September, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Walking Horse Celebration Violations Double from Last Year’s

September, 2014:  The Horse, Pat Raia: APHIS TWH Celebration Soring Violations Rise

September, 2014:  HSUS News: 8 Tennessee Walking Horses Rescued from Trainer Jackie McConnell After Federal Investigation Revealed Illegal Training

September, 2014:  The Daily News, Maryville, TN: Spokesman’s Words Don’t Match Promises on Vet Panel

September, 2014:  Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN: Don’t Let Tennessee’s Walking Horse Be a Dying Breed Due to Soring

September, 2014:  USDA Horse Protection Celebration 2014 Soring Statistics

August, 2014:  Gannett, Washington, DC: Walking Horse Study Once Blasted by Industry Now Trumpeted

August, 2014:  WPLN Blog: Can Blood Tests and X-Rays Solve the Walking Horse Soring Problem?

August, 2014:  WATE-TV:  Knoxville, TN:  Larry Wheelon, Walking Horse Trainer, Back in Court After new Soring Violation

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horses Need Protection of PAST Act

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Vet Cited as Monitoring Horse Inspections a No-Show

August, 2014:  The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, TN: Celebrations Oversight Veterinarian Committee Faces New Questions

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Article Casts Doubt on Vet’s Fairness in Walking Horse Issue

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Walking Horse Celebration Faces Tough Scrutiny

August, 2014:  Jackson Sun, Jackson, TN:  Banned Substances on Sored Horses Undercut Compliance Claims

Letter from 59 members of Congress and Senators Urges Strengthened Enforcement at Celebration

August, 2014:  Horsetalk, New Zealand:  Close Loopholes Over Soring Suspensions, says HSUS.

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Vet Advisory Council Steps up Scrutiny of Walking Horses

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  The Practice of Horse Soring Must End.

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Vet Advisory Council Steps up Scrutiny of Walking Horses

August, 2014:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, TN:  Only One Entry Makes it through Inspection for “A” Division of Stallion Class at Celebration

August, 2014:  The Horse:  Congressmen Call for Strict Inspections at TWH Celebration August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: An Industry Based on Abuse is in the Wrong Line of Work

August, 2014:  WBIR-TV:  Banned Substances on Sored Horses Undercut Compliance Claims

August, 2014:  Wordpress, The Dirty Low Rent Ethics of the Big Lickers

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, The practice of horse soring must end

August, 2014:  Times Free Press, Walking Horses Still Sore Spot Literally

August, 2014:  The Daily Times, Horse Cruelty Charges Stand

August, 2014:  Red Orbit, Tennessee Walking Horse

August, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horse Dutch Saved from Slaughter; Demonstrates Soring Life

August, 2014:  Suburban Life Publications: Bill Banning Cruel Horse Practice Stalls

July, 2014:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, TN: Horse Battle Continues in Washington on the PAST Act

July, 2014:  Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, KY: Soring Hurts More than Tennessee Walking Horses, Cruel Practice Damages Entire Equine Industry’s Image

July, 2014:  Billy Go Boy, LARRY JOE WHEELON AND RANDALL STACY GUNTER, DEFENDANTS IN MARYVILLE CRIMINAL CASE, NOW CHARGED WITH JULY 12, 2014 HORSE SORING AT CHESTNUT HILL, TENNESSEE HORSE SHOW

July, 2014:  The Daily Times, Accused horse sorers cited again

July, 2014:  The Tennessean, Sponsor of anti-soring bill may petition for House vote

July, 2014:  WBIR, Ethics Complaint could Sabotage Horse Legislation

July, 2014:  The Hill, Congress Should Work Together to Prohibit Abuse of Show Horses

July, 2014:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time

July, 2014:  Patch.com, Congressional Candidate Dennis Anderson Urges Randy Hultgren to Co-Sponsor Bill to Stop Horse Abuse

July, 2014:  Courier-Journal, Letter | Horse soring act goes too far

July, 2014:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Horse battle continues in Washington

July, 2014:  Billy Go Boy: GANNETT REPORTER GIVES CURRENT STATUS OF PAST ACT

July, 2014:  Billy Go Boy: TWO SORE BIG LICK TRAINERS TO JUDGE CELEBRATION

July, 2014:  Press Release - Federal Horse Soring Legislation Reaches 300 Cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives

July, 2014:  The Tennessean; Anti-soring bill finds its 300th sponsor

July, 2014:  The Horse.com; Local Bank, TWHBEA will be Celebration Sponsors

July, 2014:  The Chattanoogan; Roy Exum: Tracy's Idiotic Blunder

July, 2014:  Lexington Herald-Leader Soring hurts more than Tennessee Walking Horses

July, 2014:  Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Loses Sponsor

July, 2014:  It’s time for the PAST Act

July, 2014:  The Republic:  Congressman States Wife Didn’t Lobby Him on  Horse Bill

July, 2014: Jackson Sun, Jackson, TN: Hoyer, Dunn Lend Support to Horse-Soring Bill

July, 2014: Saddlebred News: Breed Support for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act

July, 2014:  HorseTalk:  Call for Congress to Pass Anti-Soring Bill

July, 2014: Walking Horse Trainers Their Own Words Speak on PAST Act:  Cat Dye and Mickey McCormick July, 2014: Louisville, KY: The Courier-Journal: Stopping Horse Torture

July, 2014: Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY: Put an End to Soring in Letter to the Editor

July, 2014: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum Horse Vote Inevitable on the PAST Act

July, 2014: USA Today: House Sponsor Expects Vote on Horse Anti-Soring Bill

July, 2014: The Tennessean, Tennessee Walking Horse event gets new bank sponsor

June, 2014: Missoulian, Practice of 'soring' horses is strictly regulated, proven not harmful when done correctly

June, 2014: Kentucky.com, Wide bipartisan support for horse anti-soring bill

June, 2014: Daily Progress, Culpeper horses to walk on Washington

June, 2014: Chattannogan, Roy Exum "Dutch" Walks in DC Today

June, 2014: Dr. Ramey, Can you help America's horses?

June, 2014: The Tennessean, Soring bill advocates blame Blackburn, McConnell for lack of action

June, 2014: Philly.com, Advocates push equine welfare in DC

June, 2014:  Horse Lovers Get Involved To Help Movement Over Cruelty to Horses

June, 2014:  The Tennessean, Regions Bank out as a walking horse celebration sponsor

June, 2014: The Equiry , Walk on Washington

June, 2014: Modesto Bee, Show Horses Need Protection

June, 2014: Philadelphia Inquirer: Horses on the Hill: Advocates push equine welfare in D.C.

June, 2014: YouTube: "WALK ON WASHINGTON" featuring Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Sponsor of the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) and former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), Father of the Horse Protection Act

July, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Withdrawing Bank Sponsorship from the National Celebration Shows Integrity.

June, 2014: Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, KY: Wide BiPartisan Support for Horse Anti-Soring Bill

June, 2014:  Ft. Wayne, Indiana:  Local Woman Rides to Washington DC to Pressure Lawmakers for Stricter Horse Soring Laws

June, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:   Regions Bank Pulls Out as a Walking Horse Celebration Sponsor

June, 2014:  Cincinnati.com, Cincinnati, Ohio:  Support Legislation for Walking Horses

June, 2014:  NEWS:  The Walk on Washington Was A Success

June, 2014:  Vet Practice News.com:  Soring Bill at Risk as Congressional Term Winds Down

June, 2014:  Video footage of the Walk on Washington to Support the PAST Act.

June, 2014: Press Release from Congressman Whitfield, KY: PAST Act Supporters “Walk on Washington” to Move Anti-Soring Legislation Forward

June, 2014: Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY: Horse Advocates’ Washington Rally Targets Soring

June, 2014: Knoxville, TN: Knoxville Woman Takes Horse to DC to Support PAST Act

June, 2014: A Humane Nation, DC: Horses Need Your Help in Climbing Steep (Capitol) Hill

June, 2014: ABC News: Members of Congress Tackle Horse Torture with WOW in Washington, DC.

June, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Keasha Speaks in Support of PAST Act to Stop Brutal Soring

June, 2014: The Daily News, Maryville, TN: Trial Date set in Wheelon Horse Soring Case for July 23.

June, 2014:  WMOT, Murfreesboro, TN:; Animal Rights Groups Promoting Tougher Federal Tennessee Walking Horse Anti-Soring Regulations are Planning a Walk on Washington.

June, 2014:  Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA:  Protect Horses from Painful Practice

June, 2014:  Ravalli Republic, Montana:  Stop Abusive Practice of “Soring” from Groom at Soring Barn in Montana

May, 2014: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Horse Alliance Offers Hope Against Soring Abuses

May, 2014: The Horse: PAST Act Supporters to Rally in Washington DC

May, 2014: Maryville Daily Times, Maryville, TN: Horse Soring Preliminary Hearing Transcript Recovered

May, 2014: Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA: Protect Horses from Painful Practice

May, 2014: HSUS: Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry

TheHorse.com: PAST Act Supporters to Rally in Washington

May, 2014:  HSUS:  The Big Lick:  Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?

May, 2014: The Hill, Washington, DC: Congress Must Act to End Cruelty to Show Horses

May, 2014: The Oakland Press, Pontiac, Michigan: Highland Township Woman Works to Eradicate Horse Abuse

May, 2014: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Horses Walk on Washington DC

May, 2014: Roy Exum: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Lamar Alexander’s Joke

May, 2014:  Horsetalk, NZ:  Opponents of Anti-Soring Bill “Blowing Smoke”

May, 2014: Oakland Press, Oakland, CA: States Work to End Soring of Walking Horses

May, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Horse Soring Bill Faces a “Narrowing Window.”

May, 2014: Lexington Herald-Leader: Lexington, Kentucky: Walking Horse Industry Not Ending Abuse

April, 2014: The Horse, Walking Horse Bill Expands Blackburn Legislation

April, 2014: AVMA, A horse industry’s change of heart

April, 2014: The Daily Times, Alexander introduces bill against illegal horse soring

April, 2014: Press Statement, Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect Tennessee Walking Horses from Abuse

April, 2014: Humane Society Legislative Fund, Key Senators Step Up to pass PAST Act

April, 2014: Horsetalk, Could popular anti-soring bill founder?

April, 2014: JAVMA News, A horse industry's change of heart

April, 2014: Norwich Bulletin: Animal Cruelty Cannot be Tolerated

April, 2014: JAVMA News: A Horse Industry’s Change of Heart: Former walking horse industry leaders calling for others to join their opposition to soring May, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Soring is Worse than Death

April, 2014: Lexington Times Herald, Lexington, Kentucky: McConnell, Paul Introduce Bill to Protect Gait Associated with Soring of Walking Horses

April, 2014: Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX: Support Adding the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to the Federal Horse Protection Act.

April, 2014: Idaho Press-Tribune, Congress Must Pass Act to Protect Horses

April, 2014: The Missoulian, Missoula, Montana: Horse Soring: End the Torture and Cruelty

April, 2014: WAMU The Animal House Radio Program: Priscilla Presley’s Appearance Supporting The PAST Act

April, 2014: The Daily Herald, Columbia, MO: Horse Groups Support Eliminating Soring Techniques

April, 2014: The Dodo: “The Cruelest Horse Show on Earth.”

April, 2014: Australia’s SBS Dateline: Mary Ann Jolley: Featuring Interviews with Priscilla Presley and Videos of Elvis Presley Riding, This Covers the Big Lick Abuse Issue

April, 2014: Australian news SBS: Animal rights groups expose Tennessee Walking Horse cruelty

April, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Senate, House Walking Horse Soring Bills have a Chance

April, 2014: Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY: Encourage Lawmakers to Support Anti-Soring Bill in Congress

April, 2014: Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Letters to the Editor for Protecting Horses with PAST Act

April, 2014:  Horsetalk, New Zealand: Could Popular Anti-Soring Bill Founder?

April, 2014:  Care2.com:  Dear Congress:  Thanks for Stepping in to Protect Horses from Cruel Training Practice.

April, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: PAST Act would Put an End to Soring’s Pain

April, 2014: VIN Veterinary News: Dueling Legislation a Sore Spot in Horse Community, by Veterinarian Dr. Linda Montgomery of TWHBEA Board.

April, 2014:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Roy Exum:  Horse Bill is Threatened

April, 2014: The Horse: Anti-Soring Bill Advances to Full Senate

April, 2014: Houston Press, Houston, TX: Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

April, 2014: Digital Journal.com: U.S. Navy Veteran Rides Into Legislative Battle on 1,150 mile Journey On Two Tennessee Walking Horses to Support PAST Act.

April, 2014: The Miami Herald, Miami, FL: End the Abusive Practice of Soring

April, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: The Walking Horse Industry Won’t Regulate Itself

April, 2014: Live Science: My Horse’s Death and the Life of a Tortured Tennessee Walker

April, 2014: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: GOP Sponsored Horse Soring Bill Advances Senate

April, 2014: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Walk on By: Lamar Alexander’s Horse Protection Bill is Not Enough

April, 2014: CQ.com: News about Congress: Laming a Horse-Welfare Bill?

April, 2014:   HSUS News:  New TV Ads Call for Passage of Federal Bill to End Horse Soring

April, 2014: Senator Joe Tydings and Donna Benefield Interviewed by Tennessean Editorial Board on Soring

March, 2014: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN: All the pretty horses: New horse abuse charged, but no new protections

March, 2014: Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, TN: Letter to the Editor on How to End the Stigma on Tennessee Walking Horses

March, 2014: Kentucky.com: Self-Policing in Walking Horse Industry is a Myth: Reform Bill Necessary

March, 2014:  DVM 360 News:  Bill Backed by Walking Horse Group Introduced to Counter Anti-Soring Legislation.

March, 2014:  Courier Journal:  Commissioner Bonnie Speaks Out Against Tennessee Walking Horse Soring and for the PAST Act.

March, 2014: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Chuck Fleischmann in Precarious Pinch Against Horse Lovers over Soring

March, 2014:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Leaders Must Protect Walking Horses

March, 2014: Horsetalk, New Zealand: National TV Ad Campaign Seeks Backing for Anti-Soring Bill

March, 2014: The Natural Horse magazine: “Anti-Soring Initiatives” by Lori Northrup

March, 2014: The Natural Horse Magazine: “The Sore World of the Big Lick TWH” by Clant Seay

March, 2014:  The Daily Times, Maryville, TN:  Case Against Maryville Trainer Larry Wheelon, Workers and Farrier Reset to May 12

March, 2014: Miss Carrie Lee Underwood Tweets about Soring

March, 2014: AAEP Opposes HR 4098, the “Blackburn Bill” on Horse Soring, in Favor of HR1518.

March, 2014: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Our Ruse in Congress over the PAST Act vs. the Blackburn Act.

March, 2014: Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY: Kentucky is Unbridled Animal Cruelty Leader

February, 2014: The Tennessean, TN Walking Horse happenings include board resignation, soring paper

February, 2014: Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Tennessee Walking Horse Bill Draws Praise and Criticism.


February, 2014: HSUS: Federal Appeals Court Asked to Uphold Regulations Protecting Tennessee Walking Horses

February, 2014: WATE Broadcast, TN: Tennessee Walking Horses Both Sides Speak Out: Winky Groover and Mike Inman Defend the Big Lick

Jan 2014 Priscilla Presley letter

Jan 2014 Pam Reband letter

Jan 2014, Alyssa Milano letter

January, 2014: Lead Sawyer Brown Vocalist is Latest to Support Whitfield’s Bill to End Horse Abuse

January, 2014: Canadian Broadcasting Channel: Episode of “Heartland” series features the aftermath of Big Lick soring. Episode 12 of the 7th series.

January, 2014:  Alyssa Milano says “soring is torture” and Wants Better Treatment for Horses

January, 2014:  DVM 360:  DeHaven Takes on Walking Horse Industry over Soring

January, 2014:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Roy Exum:  A Reformed Big-Lick Horse Owner’s Letter

January, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horse Developments to Watch

January, 2014: Nashville, TN, The Tennessean: Bill Harlin Supports HR 1518 and Worries about the Future of the Walking Horse Breed

January, 2014: Memphis Commercial Appeal, Priscilla Presley Demands Return of Trophy Honoring Tennessee Walking Horses

December, 2013: Carl Bledsoe Letter

December, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum A Horse Doctor's Letter about Soring

December, 2013:  Maryville Daily Times, Maryville, TN:  Wheelon, Gunter, Lunsford, Primm Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges for Soring

December, 2013:  Examiner.com:  Walking Horse Trainer Indicted for Horse Soring Cruelty

December, 2013:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Former Walking Horse Industry Leader Testifies, Takes Job for Whitman.

December, 2013:  Examiner.com:  Four Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges Including Horse Trainer and Farrier

December, 2013: Larry Wheelon's Arrest for Soring Makes Top 10 News Stories

December, 2013: Horse and Country: Elvis' Wife Takes Back Walking Horse Trophy

December, 2013: The Republic, Nashville, TN: Priscilla Presley Taking Back Trophy Donated to Nation's Premier Walking Horse Show over Soring Debate

December, 2013: HorseTalk, New Zealand: Priscilla Presley Seeks Return of Walking Horse Trophy

December, 2013: USA Today: Priscilla Presley Cancels Graceland Trophy at Celebration over Soring

December, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Elvis Presley's widow Priscilla Presley Takes Back the Walking Horse Trophy from Celebration

December, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: California TWHBEA Members Are Being Told They Must Travel to TN to Vote

December, 2013: Priscilla Presley Urges Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Tennessee Walking Horses from Abuse.

December, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Congress Must End Walking Horse Abuse

December, 2013: The Horse.com: Wheelon, Three Others Please Not Guilty to Charges of Animal Cruelty for Soring

December, 2013: Roy Exum Letter to David Howard

December, 2013: The Republic, Nashville, TN: Priscilla Presley Taking Back Trophy Donated to Nation's Premier Walking Horse Show over Soring Debate

December, 2013: HorseTalk, New Zealand: Priscilla Presley Seeks Return of Walking Horse Trophy

December, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Congress Must End Walking Horse Abuse

December, 2013:  The Daily Times, Blount County, TN:  Horse Trainer Larry Wheelon, Three Others, Indicted on 18 Counts Aggravated Cruelty to Livestock

December, 2013: Local 8 News, Knoxville, TN:  Maryville Horse Trainer Indicted

December, 2013: Iowa State University Students Do Career Project on DQPs:  (paper & PowerPoint)

December, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Roy Exum:  New Indictments on Wheelon Case Foil Plans

December, 2013: Wheelon and Workers Please Not Guilty; Trial Date Set for Feb. 10, 2014.

December, 2013: The Daily Times, Blount County, TN: Wheelon and 3 others Indicted for Animal Cruelty in Soring Case by Grand Jury

November, 2013:  Huffington Post:  Why this Congresswoman Opposes Effort to End Horrifying Horse Abuse

Nov 2013 John Hafner letter

November, 2013:  The Blog:  End Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses

November, 2013: Adam McCauley Describes Post Mortem the Abuse in Tennessee Walking Horse Community with Wheelon Arrest

November, 2013: FOSH Testimony Presented at Congressional Hearing on PAST #HR1518

November, 2013: AgriPulse: Law Banning Abusive Horse Training with Require More USDA Involvement

November, 2013: Impressive Listing of Endorsements for the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act

Nov. 2013: East TN News: Marsha Blackburn and Horse Soring

Nov. 2013: American Horse Council: ACH Testifies at House Committee on Soring Bill

November, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN;  Roy Exum:  Horseman's Leap of Faith from Sore Side to Sound Side

November, 2013:  TN Lawmakers Silence on Horse Bill Should be Embarrassing

November, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum Rep. Blackburn Draws Fury over Soring Bill

Nov., 2013: East Tennessee Walking Horse Association Complains that HR 1518 Would End their Industry: Read the TN Public's Comments at the End of the Article!

November, 2013:  Man Refuses to be Intimidated by Threat after Testifying About Soring on Capitol Hill

November, 2013: FOSH President Testifies before Congressional Subcommittee on PAST Act

November, 2013:  Congressional Hearing Scrutinizes Show Horse Industry Practice of Soring

Nov., 2013: America Aljazeera: Tennessee Horse Country Tries to Fight off Persistent Abuse Allegations

November, 2013: ABC: Lawmakers Clash Over Championship Horse Abuse Bill

November, 2013: Horse Soring in the Hot Seat on Capitol Hill

November, 2013: Opposing Views: Tennessee Politician Opposes Ban on Cruel Horse Soring

November, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Shame on our Republicans. Roy Exum spotlights Smith, Corker, Alexander, McConnell, Blackburn, and others

November, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Tennessee Congressmen not in Favor of HR 1518 Bill

Oct 2013 Monty Roberts letter

October, 2013:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Results Tallied in Walking Horse Bill Survey

October, 2013:  Horsetalk, NZ:  Survey Reveals Backing for Anti-Soring Legislation

October, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Roy Exum:  Landslide Horse Poll in Favor of HR 1518 Pleases Pat Stout

October, 2013:  The Chattanoogan:  Lickers Get Caught Again for Opposing Vice President’s Actions to Poll Membership on PAST Act.

October, 2013: Blount Judge Orders Return of Seized Larry Wheelon Horses

Sept 2013 Clay Harlin letter

Sept. 2013: Congressman Whitfield Corrects Shoeing Restrictions in Letter to TWHBEA.

Sept. 2013:  Chattanooga, TN:  Black Horsewoman Says She was Charged $5,000 to Enter Show Other Got in Free

Sept., 2013:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Walking Horse Leader’s Poll on Anti-Soring Legislation Sparks Uproar

Sept. 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Walking Horse Group VP Asks Poll of Membership on Legislation to Combat Soring

September, 2013: Powerful Letter to Congressman Whitfield Released by Harlin Clay

Sept. 2013:  DVM360:  USDA Asks AVMA to take down Video of Inspection Process

Sept. 2013:  DVM360:  Tennessee Walking Horse Group Finally Accepts Federal Soring Protocol

September, 2013:  The Horse:  Program Recognizes Humanely Trained Tennessee Walking Horses

September, 2013:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette:  Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Celebration and Board Members

Sept, 2013:  Celebration Turnout Down

Sept, 2013: All Animals Magazine: Healthy Strides: HSUS Campaign Builds Momentum in Fight to End Soring

September, 2013: Horse Illustrated: The War on Soring

August, 2013: Times Free Press, A New Day in Walking Horse History

August, 2013: Live Chat Transcript of Keith Dane, HSUS, and Mike Inman, CEO of the Celebration

August, 2013: Blont County, TN: Blont County SPCA gives details on Wheelon Aggrevated Animal Cruelty Case

August, 2013: HSUS Op-Ed: Step-by-Step Progress Protecting Tennessee Walking Horses

August, 2013: AVMA Footage of Celebration Inspections: Walking Horses Continued to be Sored.

August, 2013: AVMA-AAEP Soring Discussion Draws Overflowing Crowd on Capitol Hill

August, 2013:  Horsetalk, New Zealand:  Congress Has Potential to End Soring Forever.

August, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Black Horsewoman Says She Was Charged $5,000 To Enter Walking Horse Show, While Others Got In Free

August, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN Humane Society Gearing up to Talk Walking Horses and Offer Awards for Involvement in Walking Horses without Soring

August, 2013: Nathanael Jackson Files Lawsuit vs. Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Show

August, 2013: New Program Recognizes Humanely Trained Tennessee Walking Horses

August, 2013:  The Daily Times, Blount County, TN:  Judge Drops Charges Against Three Larry Wheelon Stable Workers in Soring Case

August, 2013:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Walking Horse Celebration Smiles Fade as Inspectors Eliminate Top Contenders

August, 2013:  All Pet News:  An Alternative Horse Show to Soring

August, 2013:  Maryville Daily Times, Maryville, TN:  Return of Horses Siezed in Larry Wheelon Stables Raid Delayed

August, 2013:  Shelbyville Times-Gazette:  Drama In and Out of the Ring at Celebration with Audiences Shocked by Small Number of Horses in Ring

August, 2013: Terry Dotson Resigns as PSHA Chair at Celebration

August, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: The National Celebration Opens with United Efforts Against Soring

August, 2013: Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Celebration Starts with Lots at Stake

August, 2013:  HSUS Offers $5,000 Award for Corruption Tips and Lists Top Violators Contending for Prizes

August, 2013: The Chattanoogan, TN:  Humane Society Paying up to $5,000 for Tips on Corruption in TWH Industry

August, 2013:  HorseChannel.com:  New, stiffer penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act have been enacted for this year's show.

August, 2013:  Knoxville News, Knoxville, TN:  Blount County Prosecutor Mulling Next Move in Soring Case

August, 2013:  WSMV, Nashville, TN:  Celebration Trying to Restore Reputation after Animal Abuse Scandals

August, 2013:  HSUS:  Cruelty Nothing to Celebration at national Celebration Show

August, 2013:  Shelbyville Times Gazette:  Different Start to Traditional Celebration Show with Flat-Shod Horse as Flag-Bearer

August, 2013: Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum on Big Lick Trainer Set Free on Technicality in Animal Abuse Trial

August, 2013:  Concord Monitor, New Hampshire:  Senator Ayotte is Cracking Down on Animal Abuse Introducing the PAST ACT S. 1406.

August, 2013: Congressional Briefing on Soring made by AVMA and AAEP

August, 2013: Billboards Against Soring at Celebration 2013

August, 2013: Marty Irby, Past TWHBEA President, on Why He Now Supports Outlawing Pads & Chains

August, 2013:  Horsetalk, New Zealand:  Walking Horse Group Opposes Bill Aimed at Ending Soring.

August, 2013: Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: The Budweiser Clydesdales Mourn the Celebration Sponsorship

August, 2013: LiveScience.com:  Step-by-Step Progress Protecting Tennessee Walking Horses (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com

August, 2013: KHOU Blog:  Animal Attraction: Federal Court Protects Tennessee Walking Horses KHOU (blog) A U.S. District Court in Texas upheld federal regulations to prevent the practice of "soring," in which trainers abuse horses to force them to perform an unnatural ...

August, 2013: The Horse.com:  Legislation to Eliminate Soring Introduced in Senate TheHorse.com. According to the USDA, soring has been primarily used with Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, and continues despite ...

August, 2013:  WASHINGTON, DC- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is leading the renewed effort to eliminate the illegal practice of "horse soring," a training method found most prevalently in Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Industy Proposes Stricter Rules to End Abusive Horse Training

August, 2013: Step-by-Step Progress Protecting Tennessee Walking Horses (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com. As seen in this image, soring involves the application of caustic chemicals and ... the 2012 Celebration event, the biggest Tennessee walking horse competition.

August, 2013: Animal Attraction: Federal Court Protects Tennessee Walking Horses KHOU (blog)... upheld federal regulations to prevent the practice of "soring," in which trainers abuse ... for inspections at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration."

August, 2013:  Industry Proposes Stricter Rules to End Abusive Horse Training

July, 2013:  Step by Step Progress for Walking Horses Blog by HSUS President

July, 2013: American Horse Council web site: Legislation to Eliminate Soring Introduced in Senate

July, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Nashville, TN:   Federal Court in Texas Upholds Regulations Against Horse Soring

July, 2013: Roy Exum: Horse Celebration Appears Doomed!

July, 2013: Federal Court Protects Tennessee Walking Horses in Texas Decision

July, 2013: Sound Horse Groups Announce Victory in Lawsuit

July, 2013: SHOW v. USDA Summary Judgment Opinion

July, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Judge Favors USDA in Tennessee Walking Horse Case

July, 2013:  KFGO:  Animal Rights Group Sponsors Alternative Tennessee Horse Show.

July, 2013:   WRCB-TV, Tennessee:  Former Walking Horse Leaders Fights to Stop Soring

July, 2013:  Horsetalk, New Zealand:  HSUS Sponsors Tennessee Walking Horse Versatility Show to call an End to Soring

July, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Former Walking Horse Leader Marty Irby Speaks Out to Reform the Industry

July, 2013:  ABC News:  Horse Trainer Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse

July, 2013:  The Horse.com:  McConnell Pleads Guilty to State Charges

July, 2013:  Horsetalk, New Zealand:  Case a Warning to Walking Horse Abusers

July, 2013:  UPI.com:  Trainer Jackie McConnell Barred from Owning Horses after Abusing Them

July, 2013:  The Examiner.com:  Disgraced Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Banned from Owning Horses for 20 Years

July 2013:  North Country Gazette, Nashville, TN:  Famed Horse Trainer Guilty of Abusing Horses

July, 2013:  The Farriers Journal:  Soring Arrests Now Include First Farrier

July, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN:  Jackie the Jerk is Done by Roy Exum.

July, 2013: McConnell, 2 Others, Plead Guilty; Removed from Training Horses for 20 Years

June, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Roy Exum: A "Licker" Goes to Court

June, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Roy Exum: The Lickers Are Desperate

June, 2013: Roy Exum, The Chattanoogan: Horse Breeders Still Scoff about Soring Amendment

June, 2013: The Horse Channel.com: Soring, Show Horses, and the Future of the Tennessee Walking Horse

June, 2013: HorseChannel.com: Soring, Show Horses and the Future of the Tennessee Walking Horse

June, 2013: The Horse: TWHBEA President Backs Anti-Soring Bill

June, 2013: Roy Exum, Chattanooga, TN: Horse Breeders Still Scoff at Ending Soring

June, 2013: The Horse.com: Tennessee Soring Case Expands

June, 2013: Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN: Wayne Pacelle President of HSUS Speaks about Bill to Fight Cruelty Against Walking Horses

June, 2013: WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN: Two More Arrested in Maryville Horse Soring Investigation.

June, 2013: Horsetalk, New Zealand: Warrants issues for Arrest over Alleged Soring

June, 2013: Chattanooga, TN Times Free Press: Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders inch toward Cleaning up Soring Menace

June, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry faces Uncertain Future.

Tennessee Walking Horse group president says change needed
WRCB-TV- Tennessee Walking Horse group president says change needed. A horse and rider shows in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, TN...See all stories on this topic »

New hope against Walking Horse abuse
The Tennessean Rays of light are beginning to penetrate the darkness that has protected abusers of Tennessee Walking Horses, and the dawn is long overdue. The light comes from an unexpected source: the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, ...See all stories on this topic »

Bitter medicine urged for walking horses
Paris Post Intelligencer - Tracy Boyd, president of Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, has urged the industry to "rid ourselves of the black cloud" of soring. Outlaw 'big lick' devices. He said the association's executive committee has gone a step ... See all stories on this topic »

May, 2013, Press Release - USDA Indicates 76 Percent of Horses Tested at 2012 Walking Horse Celebration Found Positive for Foreign Substances

May, 2013: Gazette of Farmerville, Louisiana Union Humane takes over Walking horse show Sponsorship of event stirs debate

May, 2013: WBBJ-TV; West Tennessee: Breeders group president says change needed

May, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Walking Horse Industry Official Calls for Change

May, 2013: Practical Horseman Magazine: Identifying the Enemy in a Streaming Video World of Ag Gag

May, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: "Ag-Gag" Bill is Aimed at Hiding Horse Abuse.

May, 2013: The Tennesseean, Nashville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Faces New Cruelty Case

May, 2013: Tennessee Governor Vetoes the Anti-Whistleblower Bill

May, 2013: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam vetoing 'ag gag' bill

May, 2013: Tenn. Governor Haslam Vetoes Anti-Whistleblower Bill

May, 2013: Governor of Tennessee Vetos the Ag Gag Bill

May, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN, Roy Exum: "Neigh" to the Ag-Gag Bill

May, 2013: The Tennessee Report: DA and Sheriff Both Say the Ag Gag Bill is a Bad Law

May, 2013: Chattanooga, TN: Famous Priscilla Presley asks Tennessee Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

May, 2013:  Maryville, TN:  Walking Horse Trainer Evicted from Barn after Cruelty Charges

May, 2013:  French Tribune:  Discrepancy in Testing for Foreign Substances in Horses Sparks Enquiry

May, 2013: Nashville, TN: Ag Gag Bill Sponsor Has Violations Himself!

May, 2013: Horsetalk, New Zealand: Walking Horse Tests at National Celebration Sparks Call for Inquiry by TN Attorney General

May, 2013: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Humane Society Says 75% of Horses at Walking Horse Celebration Tested Positive for Illegal Chemicals.

May, 2013: Actress Ginnifer Goodwin Urges Tennessee Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

May, 2013: Larry Wheelon Ordered to Vacate Barn after Soring Charges

May, 2013: DVM 360: Walking Horse Trainer Charged with Aggravated Cruelty After USDA Raid

May, 2013: Servierville, TN; Veto of Ag Gag Bill Would be the Best Thing for the Animals

May, 2013: Chattanoogan, TN: Roy Exum writes: Notorious Horse Trainer Arrested

May, 2013: Tipping Point Newsletter #2

May, 2013:  Trainer Larry Wheelon Denies Abuse Charges

May, 2013: Chattanoogan Roy Exum: America's First Ag Gag Victim in Utah

May, 2013:  Trainer Wheelon Accused of Soring Crimes Claims his Innocence.

May, 2013:  Chattanooga, TN:  Clergy Members and People of Faith Urge Tennessee Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

May, 2013: Maryville Daily Times: Wheelon Eviction Sought; Horse Soring Suspect makes Court Appearance.

May, 2013: Chattanooga, TN: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Wrestles Whether to Sign Ag Gag Bill

April, 2013: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN: Disgraced Former Horse Trainer Prosecuted Here is Indicted Again on 22 Counts of Animal Cruelty.

April, 2013: The Horse.com: Tennessee Grand Jury Indicts McConnell for Horse Soring

April, 2013: American Horse Council: Federal Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Soring

April, 2013: Vet Practice News.com: Soring Opponents Get Another Chance to Enact Nationwide Ban with HR 1518.

April, 2013: New York Times: Taping of Farm Cruelty is Becoming the Crime, with examples given including soring.

April, 2013: The Horse.com: House Bill would Amend Horse Protection Act.

April, 2013: HorseTalk, New Zealand: New bill Aims to Toughen Anti-Soring Laws

April, 2013: Blount County Daily Times: Wheelon Being Evicted after Horse Soring.

April, 2013: TV Report on Soring on Knoxville, TN WBIR Station

April, 2013: Care2 Network: Let's Make it a Crime to Stick Nails in Horses' Hooves

April, 2013: Paris, TN: Editorial Asking Governor to Veto the Ag Gag Bill Aimed at Ending Soring Investigations and Other Animal Cruelty Investigations

April, 2013: Ellen DeGeneres and HSUS President discuss the Ag Gag Legislation in Tennessee, initiated to prevent investigations that brought TWH Trainer to Trial for Soring.

April, 2013: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Animal Abuse Bill should Draw a Veto

April, 2013:  The Chattanoogan, TN:  TN Governor Haslam Urged to Veto “Ag Gag” Bill

April, 2013:  The Examiner:  Tennessee Lawmakers Ag Gag bill angers Singing Celebrity Carrie Underwood

April, 2013:  Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN:  Carrie Underwood and Animal Rights Groups Urge Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

April, 2013:  Maryville Daily Times, Maryville, TN:  USDA Raids Maryville Horse Barn with Trainer Larry Wheelan Suspected of Soring

April, 2013: Blount County Daily Times, TN: Horse Farm Raided by Federal Agents, Maryville, TN

April, 2013: Knoxville, TN: How the Ag Gag Bill Sneers at the First Amendment

April, 2013: Horsetalk, New Zealand: Tennesse Governor urged to Veto Whistleblower Bill to Avoid more Public Mistrust and Skepticism About the Workings of the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.

April, 2013: USDA Releases 2012 Foreign Substance Swabbing Results, with a Shocking 76% positive at the Celebration and 65% positive for the Year.

April, 2013: USDA Horse Protection Program Utilizing Iris Scan Technology to Positively Identify Horses in Efforts to End Soring

April, 2013: Horsetalk, New Zealand: Major Vet Groups Back the Anti-Soring Bill

April, 2013: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum: Vote Down The AgGag Bill
The Chattanoogan; When Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill last year that would make soring a Tennessee Walking Horse a Class E felony, punishable by up to five years in ...

March, 2013: Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum on Jackie McConnell Back in Court

Roy Exum awarded the Genesis Award in Hollywood for his Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Coverage

March, 2013: ABC News Takes Home 2 Genesis Awards for Animal Abuse Investigations

March, 2013: The Chattanoogan: Tennessee's Effort to Slip 48 Hour Undercover Video Law on the Books, Roy Exum

Feb. 2013: Memphis Flyer: Article Against Cohen's Support of Soring

January, 2013: The Chattanoogan.com; Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Senator Robin Webb Just Like Lance Armstrong with Evidence of Soring

January, 2013: HSUS Commends USEF for New Rule to Protect TWH

January, 2013: Horsetalk, New Zealand: New rule protecting walking horses wins praise

January, 2013: Sale of Tennessee walking horses at Kentucky Horse Park proceeds

January, 2013: USEF Bans Action Devices for Gaited Horses TheHorse.com By Pat Raia . Jan 25, 2013 . Article #31268 The application of chains, pads and other so-called action devices sometimes used on Tennessee Walking Horses ...

January, 2013: 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Celebration in Florida Cancelled Celebration cancels Florida horse show

January, 2013: Lexington Herald Leader, KY: Horse Park might host sale that could include controversial big-lick performance horses.

January, 2013: Lexington Herald Leader, KY: State senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act

January, 2013: ABC New Investigations Repeats Top Investigations, Including Investigation Fighting Cruelty to Horses

Dec., 2012: Senator Robin Webb Busted for Soring: Scar Rule

December, 2012: Shelbyville Times Gazette, Shelbyville, Tennessee, lists Tennessee Walking Horse Abuse as Top Story in 2012

December, 2012: Shelbyville Times, Shelbyville, TN: Accusations of abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry top the Times-Gazette's annual countdown of the year's top stories as chosen by a vote of staffers. Allegations, denials of abuse rock TWH industry in 2012

December, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Tennessee District Attorneys General Urged To Investigate Possible Horse Abuse

November, 2012: Roy Exum, The Chattanoogan: Evil, Twisted, Inbred People.

November, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum on TWHBEA Election Slate - Roy Exum: Beware The 'The Big Lick'

November, 2012: AVMA and AAEP call for Passage of H.R. 6388 Amendments to the Horse Protection Act

November, 2012: DVM 360: AVMA, AAEP back anti-soring resolution introduced by in US House DVM 360

November, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Stop Soring! No More Pads! The Chattanoogan

November, 2012: Vet Practices News: Bill Would Ban Action Devices and Performance Packages, Increase ...

November, 2012: Horse Talk, New Zealand: Vet Body Boss Losses Faith in Walking Horse Industry

October, 2012: The Horse: Amicus Brief Filed in HPA Penalty Case

October, 2012:  UT Homecoming Game Honors Flat Shod Tennessee Walking Horse instead of Celebration World Grand Champion: UT Welcomes Fans, Alumni to Homecoming Game Saturday

October, 2012: Horsetalk, New Zealand: HSUS Calls on court to Uphold Anti-Soring Regulations

October, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Numbers Do Not Lie on SHOW's Claims

October, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Humane Society files Brief in Tennessee Walking Horse Case

October, 2012: Press Release: Celebrities Urge Support for Federal Legislation to Protect Horses from Abuse.

October, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: a 12-Year-Old Stands Tall

October, 2012: Veterinary News DVM 360: USDA Issues Decertification Notice to Horse Industry

October, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: No Criminal Background?

September, 2012: Rood and Riddle Veterinary Clinic Speaks Out Against Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses

Sept. 2012: Rood & Riddle Veterinary Group Releases Statement on Tennessee Walking Horses to Enthusiastically Support Efforts to end Soring.

Sept. 2012: Walking Horse Report Interview Dr. Scott Hopper from Rood and Riddle on TWH Soring.

Sept, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum My Horse Whisperers Speak

Sept, 2012: HorseTalk, NZ: Grim Picture of McConnell's Soring Practices Described.

Sept. 2012: Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, TN: Cohen co-sponsored bill to Make Soring a Felony.

Sept. 2012: DVM 360: US Reps from Tennessee and Kentucky Sponsor HR6388 to Amend Horse Protection Act.

Sept. 2012: Univision Spanish-Language Network Airs Piece on Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses

Sept., 2012: American Farrier Journal, "Still Lots of Skepticism About Soring

Sept. 2012, The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Horse Advocates Are Livid

Sept. 2012, Knoxville News: Several Walking Horse Owners to be Investigated.

Sept. 2012: San Francisco Chronicle: Several Walking Horse Owners to be Investigated per District Attorney General.

Sept. 2012, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN: Horse Owners could be Next in Soring Prosecutions

Sept. 2012: Chicago Tribune: Trainer filmed abusing horses fined $75,000, given probation

Sept., 2012: About.Com: Bill Would Outlaw Horse Soring

Sept. 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Horses and Pain from Soring

Sept., 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Walking Horse Inspectors Release Conflicting Celebration Violation Rates

Sept., 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Letter to the Editor from Wayne Pacelle, HSUS: Turn the McConnell Lesson into Something Bigger.

Sept. 2012: Horsetalk, NZ: Jackie McConnell Fined Gets Three Years Probation

Sept., 2012: Paris, TN: Editorial on Walking Horse King brought to Justice

Sept., 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Gets Probation and $75,000 Fine

Sept., 2012: The Republic, Chattanooga, TN: Walking Horse Trainer and Stablehands Caught in Undercover Video Set for Sentencing

Sept. 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum "A Just but Sad Verdict" on McConnell Sentencing

September, 2012: Roy Exum, The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Finally a Day of Reckoning and the David Howard Connections.

Sept., 2012: Knoxville, TN WBIR: Tennessee Lawmakers Anxious to Review New Bill on Horse Soring

Sept., 2012: Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN: U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee, Kentucky introduce legislation to stop walking horse abuse

Sept. 2012, The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Horse Soring Bill Faces its Share of Resistance.

Sept. 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Both sides file memos in McConnell walking horse abuse sentencing

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/sep/12/memphis-representative-to-push-for-banning/

Sept. 12, MarketWatch: AVMA issues statement in support of USDA's efforts to end soring

September, 2012: Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis, TN: Congressmen Push for Banning of Soring.

Sept. 2012: Congressional Representatives Discuss bill to Strengthen Horse Protection Act.

August, 2012: Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, TN: Celebration Bans Chad Way for Two Years

August, 2012: FOX TV, Shelbyville, TN: Controversy over USDA's Findings at 2012 Celebration

August, 2012: HSUS Releases Exclusive Video Interview with Convicted Horse Abuser

August, 2012: WTVC (AP) Federal inspectors clash with walking horse groups

August, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Walking horse industry jabs at Humane Society

August, 2012: Horsetalk, NZ: Verbal shots traded in horse soring debate

August, 2012: The Tennessean: Walking Horse Industry, USDA Stand-off Intensifies:

August, 2012: Kingsport Times News (AP) Tenn. horse inspectors say USDA is decertifying them over soring case

August, 2012: San Francisco Chronicle: (AP) Defendant in horse soring case gets probation

August, 2012: WTVC (AP) Horse inspectors say USDA is decertifying them

August, 2012: Horsetalk: HSUS urges the Celebration to bring in 5 Reforms to Protect Horses Call for reforms in walking horse industry

August, 2012: The Tennessean: SHOW and other Horse industry groups closer to USDA decertification

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Humane Society Asks Changes For Upcoming Walking Horse Celebration

August, 2012: WRCB-TV: Horse inspectors say USDA is decertifying them

August, 2012: The Horse: USDA: Some Walking Horse Groups Deemed Noncompliant

August, 2012: WRCB-TV: Tennessee walking horse inspection dispute grows

August, 2012: The Tennessean: Walking Horse Celebration's flat shod classes gain popularity. Walking Horse Celebration's flat shod performers gain popularity

August, 2012: KMAS, Shelbyville, TN: Tennessee Walking Horse Show Will Inspect for Abuse of Horses: Unprecedented Inspections of the Horses to check for Signs of the Abuse

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Roy Exum: What Is Rep. DesJarlais Doing?

August, 2012: Market Watch: AVMA and AAEP Urge Strong Enforcement of Horse Protection Act AVMA and AAEP urge strong enforcement of Horse Protection Act at Tennessee ...

August, 2012: The Tennessean: The Tennessee Walking Horse industry goes on the offensive

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Give The Tennessee Walking Horse Reverence And Affection: What is really the tragedy is that the very group that "celebrates and makes money" off of these gorgeous creatures are the ...

August, 2012: WKSR, Pulaski, TN: Lewisburg Walking Horse Trainer Banned For Life From Celebration

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum on What is Representative DesJarlais Doing Supporting the Big Lick?

August, 2012: Shelbyville Times, TN: Shelbyville Newspaper Gets Attacked for Reporting on Soring Events in Courtroom

August, 2012: Chattanooga WRCB-TV: Punishment was handed down for one of four men who pleaded guilty to the soring of Tennessee walking horses. John Mayes will face more jail time.

August, 2012: The Tennessean: A former hall-of-fame walking horse trainer caught on video abusing an animal will soon face a federal judge. Jackie McConnell of Collierville, Tenn., has pleaded guilty and will be in a Chattanooga courtroom Sept. 10

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum: Is Scott DesJarlais, Congressman Representing Big Lick Industry, Crazy?

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Humane Society Offers Tip Line and $10,000 Reward for Soring Horse Abusers

August, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Roy Exum: It's Not the Court's Fault. Right now the scurrilous side of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry is in a desperate fight with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the way horses are judged.

August, 2012: Chattanoogan: Why Horses are Abused by Roy Exum

August, 2012:  Chattanoogan, TN:  Judge Orders Defendant to Write Newspaper Article About Horse Soring; Mays Released After Serving 4 Months

August, 2012:  Chattanoogan, TN:  “Roy Exum:  Horse Show is Stumbling”

August, 2012:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Publicity Battle Erupts over Tennessee Walking Horses over Outrage over Soring - Owner of diner resists publicity blitz aimed at defending ...

August, 2012: The Horse:   SHOW to Conduct TWH Celebration Inspections, USDA States, “Because the Celebration will occur before this decertification process will reach its conclusion, SHOW will carry out inspections at the Celebration." - SHOW to Conduct TWH Celebration Inspections. 

August, 2012:  The Tennessean, Nashville, TN:  Publicity Battle Erupts Over Walking Horses in Shelbyville, Lead by Hired PR Firm. - Publicity battle erupts over walking horses in Shelbyville

July, 2012: The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN: Roy Exum: Horse CEO is Jumping Off

July, Associated Press: Three Tennessee Walking Horse groups have missed deadline for compliance -
     Knoxnews.com: 3 Tenn. walking horse groups not in compliance
     Jackson Sun: 3 Tennessee walking horse groups not in compliance with inspection rules
     WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN: Walking horse groups miss deadline to adopt inspection rules
     WATE TV, Knoxville, TN: 3 Tennessee walking horse groups not in compliance

July, 2013: The Chattanoogan: New Horse Celebration CEO is Who? By Roy Exum - Roy Exum: New Horse CEO Is Who?

July, 2012: The Tennessean: Walking Horse Groups Miss Deadline to Adopt Inspection Rules - Walking horse groups miss deadline to adopt inspection rules

July, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Walking Horse Inspectors may be decertified.

July, 2012: Chattanoogan: Roy Exum: Horse Abuse in TN: Just Dial 911.

July, 2012: The Tennessean: Tennessee Walking Horse Group Announces First Swabbing Results for Illegal Foreign Substances

July, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum's Article on Mike, Turn Back! Get Out!

July, 2012: The Horse: Judge Cancels Trial in Soring Rule Lawsuit

July, 2012: Fugly Blog: A Farrier's Perspective on Stacks

July, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville: Walking Horse Industry Rescinds Efforts to Stop Soring

July, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum Ties TN Candidates to New Law Proposed to Shelter Horse Soring: No, I'll tell you what is truly shocking. Within six weeks of the million-seller tape, SHOW had sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, lambasted the Humane Society, been vilified by three prominent veterinarian groups, nearly destroyed the image of a magnificent breed of horse and insulted the integrity of the very employers of the USDA - we, the people of the United States of America.

July, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum: Coca-Cola is Horsin' Around, I want you to think about "rot" as I explain to you that the Coca-Cola Company has just publicly announced it is not sponsoring nor endorsing the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration between Aug. 22 and Sept.1 this year

June, 2012: The Tennessean: Mistreated Tennessee Walking Horses get a second chance

June, 2012: The Memphis Flyer: Animal Advocates Push for an End to the Walking Horse Category at a Local Show.

June, 2012, The Chattanoogan, Roy Exum: What Happened to Horse Sense?

June, 2012: The Tennessean: Opinion on Walking Horse Trainers' Associations' Swabbing Initiative for Illegal Foreign Substances

June, 2012: The Chattanoogan by Roy Exum: Coco-Cola Just Broke My Heart

June, 2012: Nashville, TN: News Channel 5 Interviews Keith Dane of HSUS on Horse Soring Controversy Program

June, 2012: SHOW Press Release: SHOW HIO Fines and Suspends Cotten

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer gets suspension of more than ...
The Tennessean - He is charged with knowingly filing false entry information at the Liberty Lions Club Horse Show in Shelbyville, Tenn. on June 15.


Walking Horse Trainer Faces Hefty Suspension and Fines
NewsChannel5.com - The consequences continue for a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer accused of abuse. Saturday, the Show Horse industry organization handed down the ...


Organization punishes Tennessee Walking Horse trainer
The Tennessean - Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Joe Cotten has been suspended for 7½ years and fined $5000 by the SHOW Horse Industry Organization.


Walking horse trainer Joe Cotten suspended 7 1/2 years
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Tennessee walking horse trainer Joe Cotten of Bell Buckle, Tenn., has been ... one of the longest suspensions ever issued to a Tennessee walking horse trainer, ...


SHOW suspends trainer for violations
Shelbyville Times-Gazette -"This is one of the longest suspensions ever issued to a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, even longer than what is required by the federal government," said ...


June, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Joe Cotton Punished by SHOW with 7.5 Year Suspension and $5,000 fine Tennessee walking horse horse trainer punished

June, 2012: The Chattanoogan by Roy Exum: Cruelty on Facebook Leads to Cotton's Suspension Roy Exum: Cruelty On Facebook

June, 2012: Horsetalk, NZ: Walking Horse Trainer receives One of Longest Suspensions ever Issued to a Trainer Walking horse trainer receives 7.5-year suspension

June, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Roy Exum: Now the Horse Trainers are Galloping!

June, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: Horse Industry Numbs Pain for Abusers: Editorial states: "As long as saving the industry comes before saving the horses, the abuse will continue. Walking Horse fans would do well to compare words with actions before they spend another penny toward a show ticket."

June, 2012: KMAS, ABC News: Veterinary Groups Push for Better Protection for Championship Horses: "Citing allegations of "extremely abusive" practices that persist in the world of Tennessee Walking Horses"

June, 2012, Horsetalk, New Zealand: $10,000 reward offered over soring violations: the HSUS is encouraging the reporting of soring offenses in light of the recent prosecution of well-known Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell.

June, 2012: The Horse blog: "If a segment of the horse industry cannot survive without abusing the horses it depends on, then it shouldn't survive."

June, 2012: HSUS and HSVMA Join Veterinary Groups' Call for Increased Protections for Tennessee Walking Horses: Congress Urged to Ban Action Devices and Performance Packages

June, 2012: WRCB Chattanooga, TN: Tennessee Veterinary group calls for further investigation into the training and showing of Tennessee Walking Horses.

June, 2012: Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, TN: Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association supports further investigation into soring practices

June, 2012: ABC News: Veterinary Groups Push for Better Protection for Championship Horses.

June, 2012: The Chattanoogan: Humane Society Of United States Offers $10,000 Rewards For Tips On Horse Soring.

June, 2012: Roy Exum "Two Horse Owners Write" Read these very recent observations from horse owners at a show. they will break your heart for the horses.

June, 2012: Major Veterinary Groups AAEP and AVMA Call Ban on Action Devices and Packages in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

 

Chattanoogan.com: Roy Exum: Veterinarians Decry Horse Abuse

North Jersey, Associated Press: Horse Trainers Group Announces Initiative

AAEP & AVMA: Major Veterinary Groups AAEP and AVMA Call Ban on Action Devices and Packages in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

Tennessean, Associated Press: Taking Abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses Seriously

June, 2012: Trail Blazer Magazine, letter from the Publisher against TWH Soring Abuses.

6/10/12 

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Pam Sohn: Industry Steps up Penalties

6/9/12

The Chattanoogan.com The USDA is Trying At Least

6/8/12 

Guilty Plea Entered in Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Case
TheHorse.com
Jeff Dockery, who along with high-profile Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell and two others was indicted earlier this year for violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA), has pleaded guilty to one of the counts against him. 

Soring controversy has put famed horses under scrutiny at Germantown show
Memphis Commercial Appeal
By Sara Patterson Southern Serenity Ranch Tennessee walking horse Walk Hard is shown by Patrick Thomas at the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Walk Hard was checked by inspectors before entering the ring to ensure there was no evidence of soring.

Roy Exum: The USDA Is Trying, At Least
The Chattanoogan
The Tennessee Walking Horse industry is still a long way from cleaning up its suddenly brutal image and the biggest governing group, which controls the Celebration, has handily illustrated for years it could care little about violations of the Horse ...

USDA Moves to Better Protect Horses
About - News & Issues
By Robert Longley, About.com GuideJune 8, 2012 Soring is a practice typically used in the training of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds to accentuate the horse's distinctively exaggerated gait rewarded in competitions.

USDA rule to combat horse soring
Capital Press (subscription)
By MATTHEW WEAVER A new USDA rule will help eliminate the practice of horse soring, the agency announced. The practice is primarily used in training Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring is done by irritating or blistering a horse's forelegs through ...

6/7/12

Horse trainers accused of soring will now face greater penalties
HorseChannel.com
Hidden-camera footage from inside Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell's stable brought the abhorrent practice into the public eye when it aired on ABC's Nightline last month. Soring has been around in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry ...

Final defendant pleads in Collierville stable case
WTVC
They are 60-year-old Collierville horse trainer Jackie McConnell, 47-year-old John Mays and 29-year-old Joseph Abernathy. The case involved the intentional soring of Tennessee Walking Horses at McConnell's training stable -- an illegal injuring of ...

Final plea in Collierville soring case is to a reduced charge, defendant ...
The Republic
AP CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty in a horse soring case that drew national attention after undercover video was shot inside a Collierville stable. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/MeH35J ) ...

USDA Rule Requires Minimum Soring Penalties
TheHorse.com
Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) that manage Tennessee Walking Horse and other gaited horse shows are now required to assess minimum penalties for Horse Protection Act (HPA) violations found at shows and other events they manage under a final rule ...

6/6/2012

USDA moves toward mandatory penalties for horse soring
WBIR-TV
By Brian Wilson / The Tennessean Responding to renewed outrage over the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses, the federal government moved Tuesday toward stiffer, mandatory penalties for horse soring and other violations of the Horse Protection Act. The ...

Federal government moving toward stiffer, mandatory penalties for horse soring
The Republic
... (http://tnne.ws/Kf3qWs), the US Department of Agriculture's new rule will require organizations that inspect horses to assess minimum penalties to violators of the Horse Protection Act, including violations from soring Tennessee Walking Horses.

USDA approves mandatory penalties for walking horse abuse
TriCities.com
On Tuesday, the USDA decided to implement a new rule that will make penalties for practices like horse soring uniform across the walking horse industry. (more) Stiffer, mandatory penalties will soon be in place for the abuse of Tennessee walking horses ...

Humane Society Of US Applauds USDA For Finalizing Regulations To Strengthen ...
The Chattanoogan
There is evidence revealing that soring of Tennessee Walking horses and other related breeds remains prevalent throughout this industry despite the decades-old law. A recent undercover investigation by The HSUS led to a 52 count indictment of Jackie ...

Feds moving toward stiffer penalties for soring
Knoxville News Sentinel
AP NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government will implement a new rule mandating stiffer penalties for horse soring and other related violations. According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/Kf3qWs), the US Department of Agriculture's new rule ...

USDA moving toward mandatory penalties for horse soring
Chattanooga Times Free Press
by Pam Sohn A frame captured from video of a Humane Society of the United States investigation show the measures taken to produce the exaggerated stride of Tennessee Walking Horses. In the video, horses are struck with clubs, shocked and have their ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fourth Tennessee walking horse handler pleads guilty in Chattanooga

The Commercial Appeal
Letter: Blame for 'soring' lies with owners

Lake County News

NATION: USDA publishes final rule to provide greater protection for horses


Horsetalk

Feds strengthen enforcement of anti -soring laws

The Tennessean: Horse Soring Incidents Lead USDA to Take Hard Line

Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Federal government stiffens soring penalties
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The federal government will implement a new rule mandating stiffer penalties for horse soring and other related violations. According to The Tennessean, the US Department of Agriculture's new rule will require organizations that ...


6/5/12

APHIS
 
USDA Publishes Final Rule to Provide Greater Protection for Horses
Action Will Require Horse Industry Organizations to Assess Minimum Penalties for Violations http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/06/hpa_finalrule.shtml


The Tennessean

USDA moves toward mandatory penalties for horse soring

Fourth horse trainer pleads guilty on violating Horse Protection Act
Chattanooga Times Free Press
by Pam Sohn A fourth Tennessee Walking Horse trainer pleaded guilty this morning in Federal Court in connection with charges of violating the Horse Protection Act. Jeff Dockery, 55, was charged along with Collierville, Tenn., horse trainer Jackie ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

USDA moving toward mandatory penalties for horse soring

ASPCA
ASPCA Commends USDA’s Efforts to Eliminate Cruel Practice of Horse Soring

HSUS
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds USDA for Finalizing Regulations to Strengthen Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act


The Republic

Federal government moving toward stiffer, mandatory penalties for horse soring

The Chattanoogan

Humane Society Of U.S. Applauds USDA For Finalizing Regulations To Strengthen Enforcement Horse Protection Act                                                               

KnoxNews.com

Feds moving toward stiffer penalties for soring

6/3/2012

The Tennessean

Rampant soring is a secret no longer

Tennesseans should demand more funding for inspections

The Tennessean:  Data Shows Horse Groups Find More Violations when USDA is Present


6/2/12

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: I’m No Courageous Hero                                      

6/1/12

Marshall County Tribune

97 percent compliance with HPA                                        

Knoxnews.com

Editorial: More funding needed for walking horse inspection 

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to charges of soring
DVM 360
The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration is heralded as a festive event, one that showcases the best of the breed and draws hundreds of people to Shelbyville, Tenn., each summer to see which competing horse will be crowned the World Grand Champion.

May 22, 2012:  McConnell et. Al. Guilty Plea Horse Soring Press Release from the US Attorney’s Office


5/31

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: It Gets ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’                  

ABC News

Whistleblower Who Alleged Horse 'Torture' Threatened With Expulsion from Breeders Group

DVM Newsmagazine
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to charges of soring

Undercover investigation reveals abusive practices; multiple violations of Horse Protection Act cited.

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Looking In Tennessean's Backyard

Top walking horse trainers have history of soring
Knoxville News Sentinel
NASHVILLE - Eight of the last 10 winners of the Trainer of the Year award ... review by The Tennessean of a database maintained by Friends of Sound Horses.

5/30/2012

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: Tennessee’s New ‘Horse’ Bill                        

Shelbyville Times-Gazette

New horse industry group forms

Nearly All Fun Show Horses Pass Inspection

The Tennessean

Top walking horse trainers have history of soring: 8 of last 10 Trainers of the Year have suspensions on records                                        

DNJ.com

Complaint filed against outspoken critic of horse soring

UK HorseMart Walking horse trainer charged with animal cruelty (shocking video)


KY Walking Horse Club:  Interview with State Senator Robin Webb


5/29/2012

The Tennessean

Eight of last 10 walking horse Trainers of the Year have soring violations in their past

TN Walking Horse show releases final tally on violations

The Horse

Equine Advocate Dane Facing TWHBEA Complaint

UPI.com

Most Walking horses pass inspection                           

Daily News Journal

EDITORIAL: Walking horse leaders must prove they're clean

The Examiner

Jackie McConnell evidently kept TWH abuse all in the family

The Walking Horse Chat:  WHTA Responds to ABC News Story: 

5/28/2012

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: Dane’s Walking Horse Hearing

DNJ.com

Humane Society turned 'soring' case into media circus

5/27/2012

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: And Now, ‘The Real Big Lick’

The Tennessean

Gail Kerr: You can help stop Tennessee Walking Horse abuse

Tennessee Walking Horses step under scrutiny  At majestic Spring Fun Show, inspections are serious business

5/26/2012

Roy Exum:  Justice:  Walking Horse Victory

The Commercial Appeal  Germantown horse show unbridles ire about soring.  Event isn't sidestepping McConnell matter

Knoxnews.com

Wayne Pacelle: Walking horse industry needs more transparency

WIBW:  Exposed by Undercover Video; Top Horse Trainer Pleads Guilty to Cruelty

5/25/2012

The Tennessean

Humane Society: Tennessee Walking Horse industry's self-regulation 'has failed'

DNJ.com

Humane Society turned 'soring' case into media circus

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: Horse Owners Connect The Dots

The Examiner:  Soring:  Tennessee Walking Horse Group not Only Group Guilty

5/24/2012

The Tennessean

Humane Society wants state attorney general investigation into soring    

Celebration, SHOW take hard line against soring

Tennessee Walking Horse soring may be motivated by big money:  Champions can command over $1 million in stud fee

The Chattanoogan

Roy Exum: Guess Who Judges Horses?

CNN

Exposed by graphic video, top horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty

HSUS
The Humane Society of the United States Urges Tenn. Attorney General to Investigate Possible Violations of State Horse Soring Law


5/23/2012

WRCBtv.com

UPDATE: Prominent walking horse trainer enters guilty plea

FOX 17 WZTV Nashville

Banners Dixie-Bell is the current National Walking Horse Association champion. McGregor says he trains mainly flat or lite shod walking horses which do not wear platform pads on their feet.

Gail Kerr: For horse abusers, anything less than jail is a joke


NewsDay.com

Erbe: Stop the abuses of our horses

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Defendants likely to get probation for guilty pleas in Tennessee Walking Horse indictment
 

5/22/12

The Tennessean
Tennessee Walking Horse furor renews abuse battle
Prosecutors grow more willing to enforce Horse Protection Act


Jackie McConnell offered probation in Walking Horse abuse plea deal

Horse Maimers Deserve No Mercy-editorial

Nashville Tennessean:  Put a Stop to the Carousel of Cruelty


The Chattanoogan.com

Roy Exum: The Horse Industry Is Livid


The Horse

Ag-Gag Update

ABC

Accused Tennessee Show Horse Abuser Pleads Guilty

News Channel 9

Three Men Plead Guilty in Federal Horse Soring Case

5/21/12
The Chattanoogan.com:  Roy Exum:  Throw the Book at McConnell

HSUS
Abuses Are Rampant in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry | Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation


The Commercial Appeal

Collierville horse trainer to plead guilty: Deal could dismiss most abuse charges

LTE-Keep Undercover Heat On

The Tennessean

Tennessee Walking Horse celebration keeps most sponsors
Supporters regard abuse on video as isolated incident


Knox News:  David Climer: Tennessee walking horse treatment is abuse, not sport

LTE-Put a stop to Carousel of Cruelty

GreenvilleOnline.com

LTE- Tennesseans must put a stop to walking horse mistreatment -

HorseTalk

Walking Horse Groups Condemn Training Abuses                              

5/20/2012

The Examiner

Exposure of abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses not news

ECORAZZI

Watch: Pepsi Pulls Ads From Horse Show Due to Animal Cruelty

The Chattatoogan Roy Exum: This Jerk Needs Stewarding

The Walking Horse Industry Is Laughable - And Response

5/19/2012

The Tennessean
Tennessee Walking Horse video stuns Shelbyville: A love of horses, not cruelty, animates close-knit community


CNN:  Undercover Video Shows People Hitting Horses, Applying Chemicals

Tennessean:  TN lawmakers urged to act after horse video: Bills seek more for inspections, stiffer penalties

5/18/2012

The Tennessean.com

Trainers' group revokes license in wake of soring video

TheHorse.com

PepsiCo. Withdraws TWH National Celebration Sponsorship

5/17/2012

The Tennessean

Horse Industry Can’t Ignore Soring Now

ABC News

Pepsi Drops Tennessee Walking Horse Sponsorship In Response to ABC News Report

Times Free Press

Pepsi pulls sponsorship of premiere Tennessee Walking Horse competition after ABC News program

Daily Mail UK

Shocking undercover video reveals how Tennessee Walking Horses are brutally tortured with a cattle prod to force them to do Championship winning gait

Knoxville:   WATE:  Human Society Releases Video of Tennessee Walking Horse Abuse

Senator Congressman Schrader addresses the USDA's Horse Protection Act and the issue of "soring"

Shelbyville Times-Gazette:  Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Responds to Video


Knox News:  Former UT Vet School Dean and Humane Society Expose

5/16/2012

ABC News

Video Reveals Torture of Horses Trained to Win Championships    

4/12/12 
Celebration Differs with T-G Article


3/02/12

Huffington Post

Jackie McConnell, Prominent Horse Trainer, Indicted With Three Others For Allegedly 'Soring' Horses

May, 2012: McConnell Plea Agreement from United States District Court.

May, 2012: ABC Nighline "Torture of Tennessee Walking Horses"

May, 2012: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: McConnell changes plea in HPA case to Guilty.

May, 2012: ABC Nightline Highlights Undercover Video Revealing Torture of Horses Trained to Win Championships

April 12, 2012: Horsetalk, New Zealand: Vet Body Urges More Action against Horse Soring

April, 2012: AVMA, AAEP and USDA Heightens Commitment to End Abusive Practice of Soring

April 11, 2012: The Horse: AVMA, AAEP and USDA Work to End Soring

March, 2012:  News Channel 5:  Trainer Barney Davis was sentenced this Week for Soring


March, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press video: Nathanael and Jennie Jackson speak out against Action Devices and Soring.

March, 2012: Shelbyville Times: The Walking Horse Trainers' Association initiative for comprehensive drug testing program.

March 19, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville: Four Charged with Horse Abuse Given Federal Court Dates

March 18, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Indictment Shines Light on Abuse Allegations in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.

March 16, 2012: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Stronger Penalties are Coming

March, 2012: HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle blogs against horse soring; vehement public comments follow.

March 15, 2012: Chattanooga Times Free Press: 4 Men in Federal Court in Horse Soring Case

March 15, 2012: AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association: "High time for Change"

March 13, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville: Nothing Justifies Soring Show Horses; Severe Penalties Should Greet Animal Abusers

March 8, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville, Senator Joseph Tydings Op Ed Article: Fight to End Soring is Everyone's Duty.

March 8, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville: Indictment of Horse Trainer Revives Debate over Soring

March 7, 2012: Associated Press: Humane Society Says Horses in Tennessee Still Being Sored.

March 7, 2012: The Tennessean, Nashville: Three Tennesseans Indicted in Horse Soring Case

March 7, 2012: News Channel 5, Nashville, TN: Horse Soring Cases Could Still Expand

March 7, 2012: Associated Press: Humane Society says recent indictments symptomatic of Tennessee Walking Horse soring

March 7, 2012: Marshall County Tribune, Lewisburg, TN: Top Trainer Accused of Soring Horses

March 6, 2012: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Much Soring Alleged

March 2, 2012: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Top Trainer Accused of Soring Horses:

Feb. 28, 2012: Times Free Press, Chattanooga shows incriminating video footage from US Attorney's Office of Barney Davis fitting blocks to horse's front feet

Feb. 28, 2012: Times Free Press, Chattanooga: Trainers Says Horse Soring Widespread

Feb. 28, 2012: The Horse: Trio Sentenced in Horse Soring Cases

Feb. 28 2012: HSUS: HSUS Pays out $10,000 Reward in Tennessee Horse Cruelty Case

Feb. 28, 2012: Associated Press, Columbia, Indiana: HSUS Pays out $10,000 Reward in Horse Soring Case

Feb. 27, 2012: Times Free Press, Chattanooga: Three More Sentenced for Horse Soring

Feb. 24, 2012: Joint AVMA & AAEP (representing over 88,000 veterinarians) Letter to USDA Condemning Soring and Recommending Changes:

Jan. 23, 2012: US Attorney's Office, Chattanooga, TN: Trainer Sentenced in Horse Soring Cases

January, 2012: Lexington, KY: Kentucky Horse Park will allow sale of performance walking horses after controversial decision. Kentucky Horse Park will allow sale of walking horses

Associated Press: San Francisco: Sentence for horse soring includes newspaper story

Dec. 2012: Horsetalk: Probation for admitted horse soring offense

December, 2012: The Horse: A Federal Court Judge has Sentenced Alabama Trainer for Soring

December, 2012: The Tennessean: Chris Zhand Sentenced to 2-year probation in Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Case

3 Plead Guilty To Violations Of Horse Protection Act (The Chattanoogan)

 

Three plead guilty to soring walking horses (AP, Chattanooga, TN)

 

November, 2011: AAEP is Opposed to Tail Alterations (including cutting or nicking) for Competition or Cosmetic Purposes

November, 2011: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Document Describes Soring Methods Inflicted by Convicted SSH Trainers

 

October, 2011: The Humane Society of the United States Applauds Strong Enforcement Action by U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Horse Protection Act

 

October, 2011: US Attorney's Office Announced Guilty Plea by Blackburn in Horse Protection Act Case

 

October, 2011: Soring Suspects Plan to Plead Guilty

 

September, 2011: Attendance Drops in Walking Horse Celebration, NewsChannel 15

 

August, 2011: The Tennessean, Shelbyville, TN: Soring hits final class at Walking Horse Celebration- A surprisingly small field competed in the aged stallions preliminary class at the 73rd Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

 

August, 2011: Eight stallions denied at Celebration

August, 2011: The Horse: APHIS Proposes Mandatory HPA Penalty Rules

 

August, 2011: The Horse: Indicted Horse Trainer Surrenders on Release Violation

 

July/August, 2011: American Farriers Journal: Soring Concerns Continue But Changes Are Coming

 

July, 2011: The Republic, Chattanooga, TN: Horse soring defendant locked up after video shows him working on horse while on bond.

 

July 2011: USDA Inspectors concerned about possible "horse soring" at Tollesboro Fair. July, 2011

 

July, 2011: Department of Justice, BARNEY DAVIS DETAINED AND BOND SURRENDERED IN CASE INVOLVING HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATIONS AND RELATED FINANCIAL CRIMES

 

July, 2011: Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Suspect in soring case is arrested for supervised release violation

 

July, 2011: Department of Justice, Barney Davis Detained & Bond Surrendered In Case Involving Horse Protection Act Violations & Related Financial Crimer

 

July 2011: Marshall County Tribune, "Horse Trainers Resist More Regulations."

 

July 2011: Natural Horse magazine: Soring Abuse News & Initiatives

 

June, 2011: Marshall County Tribune, "More Horse Protection Eyed."

 

May, 2011: The Horse: HIOs Reach Penalty Recognition Accord HIOs Reach Penalty Recognition Accord

 

May 16, 2011: HIOs Reach Penalty Accord

April, 2011: Sacramento Bee, California: Start of Gaited Horse Show Seasons Heightens Commitment by AVMA

April, 2011: AVMA Releases Video on Policy Against Soring

April 2011 Horse Illustrated: Show Ring Cheaters

April, 2011: The Tennessean: TWH Bigwigs Suspended on Abuse Claims


April 1, Associated Press: USDA fines, suspends Atlanta couple from walking horse shows


March, 2011: New Zealand: HSUS Praises Horse Soring Indictment

 

March, 2011 New Zealand: Three Indicted for Violations of the HPA

March, 2011: Shelbyville Times: Waterfall Farm owners suspended over alleged violations

March, 2011: News Channel 9 Chattanooga: Three Indicted in Chattanooga for Soring Horses

March, 2011: German magazine "Cavallo" The Walk of Shame

January, 2011: This Brutal Practice was Outlawed Decades Ago: Why Hasn't it Stopped? By Dr. Becker

January, 2011: Trainers Including Russ Thompson Suspended from World-Famous 2006 Celebration Incident Tennessee Walking Horse trainers suspended

December, 2010: Letter to New TWHBEA President Mr. Irby from Linda Goodwin, NC


December, 2010: HSUS "Sore Winners" article in All Animals magazine


December, 2010: The Horse magazine: Tennessee Walking Horse Organization (PRIDE, KY) Resists USDA Mandate


December, 2010: Equine Journal: FOSH Commends the USDA for 2011 Penalty Protocol.


Nov. 2010: Capital Press: Audit: Horse Show Oversight Lacking.


November, 2010: Lexington Herald Leader: USDA to Address Anti-Soring Horse Conference.


November, 2010: The Horse: Auditors Recommend Overhaul of HPA Enforcement Protocol


October, 2010: Read the full OIG Audit of the USDA regarding the Horse Protection Act, and see the USDA’s responses.


Huffington Post: Federal Audit Finds Rampant Abuses of Show Horses, Agency Reform Promised.


August, 2010: The Horse: Petition to the USDA Seeks Stiffer Anti-Soring Rules

August 2010 Equus: Letter to the Editor about Soring

August, 2010: Humane Society press release: Animal Protection and Horse Industry Groups File Legal Petition Seeking New USDA Rules For Horses

July 2010, The Horse, Letter to the Editor "Soring in Many Breeds

July, 2010:  Gary Lane provides Tennessee Walking Horse to First Lady of Kentucky

July, 2010: Equus "Shining a Light on Dark Practices

June, 2010:  Cheval Magazine, France:   “La Torture des Tennessee Walkers” by Christa Lesté-Lasserre - Article 1, Article 2, Article 3

May, 2010: Annual Animal Care Conference program on Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses presented by Keith Dane and Lori Northrup.

May, 2010: TWHBEA Denied Participation in World Equestrian Games in Enquirer.com

March, 2010: New Soring Investigation Procedures Announced by USDA, The Horse.

March, 2010: Kentucky Racing Commission Approves IWHA to Inspect Padded Horses, not SHOW or KWHA. (Lexington Herald Leader)

March, 2010: Kentucky Walking Horse Association defends itself to Racing Commission, Lexington Herald-Leader.

March, 2010: USDA’s Points of Emphasis to Horse Protection Program for 2010

March 2010: USDA’s Research Article on Coffin Bone Rotation

February, 2010: Kentucky Horse Breeders Incentive Fund Decision to use 3 Sound HIOs for Shows: NWHA, FOSH and IWHA.


Jan. 2010: AAEP Convention Interview of Dr. Rachel Cezar on the USDA Horse Protection Program.

January, 2010: HSUS Article on Soring

November, 2009: "HSUS Leaders Work with Legislative Session to Make Soring Illegal in Kentucky," Business Lexington

Kentucky Legislators Told of Measures to Prevent Horse Soring,” Kentucky.com"

October, 2009: World Equestrian Games Picks Natural Walking Horses for Exhibits, Lexington Herald-Leader

October, 2009: "Spotlight on abusive horse training. Let's put an end to it now!" The San Francisco Examiner

September, 2009: Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

September 2009: Only 12 of 33 Stallions show in Saturday Class

September, 2009: The Cruelest Horse Show on Earth by HSUS

September, 2009:  The HSUS Applauds Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Calls for Stiffer Soring Penalties

September, 2009: Walking Horse Breeders' Kentucky Incentive Funds Tied to HPA Compliance, The Horse, Lexington, KY.

September, 2009: Sored Walking Horses Will not be Eligible for Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund, Lexington Herald-Leader


August, 2009: SHOW Levies 3 Lifetime Suspensions to Violators Caught Using Cruel Nerve Cord Into Horse's Gums.
Chris Zahnd appeared for his previously scheduled hearing before the SHOW Hearing Committee today, August 20, 2009.  Prior to the commencement of the hearing, Zahnd, through his attorneys, agreed to serve the lifetime suspension previously handed down by SHOW HIO and did not go forward with the hearing ...read more!


August, 2009: Shelbyville Times Gazette asks, "I wonder how much soring, bribing and government interference there would be if all they were


August, 2009: SHOW HIO Levies 3 Lifetime Suspensions for use of Cruel Device

August 2009, “Open eyes to suffering of walking horses,” letter to the editor in The Tennessean.

August, 2009: Walking Horse Celebration Show Inspectors Ready: Federal USDA inspectors are out in full-force. The Horse.

August, 2009: The number of Horse Protection Act Federal cases pending is 121 open cases as of Aug 8, 2009

August, 2009: Ky. panel to consider restoring money to walking horse breed after soring investigation, Lexington Herald-Leader.

July 2009, American Farriers Journal wins national business editors award
One judge noted "the sheer scope and ambition of the series, which demonstrated a willingness to take some risks at a time when fewer reporters and editors seem willing to do so.” Another remarked on the “writing's passion and power, which built among readers a sense of anger about this abuse of horses and the ability to these criminals to get away with it.” ...read more!

July 2009, SHOW Initiates Suspensions for Horse Swapping

July, 2009: show issues swift penalties for nerve cord violation

July, 2009 - Recent controversy surrounding soring and inspections of walking horses is having an enormous negative impact on the region's economy, Shelbyville Times.

June, 2009: American Farriers Journal Wins Three Awards from American Horse Publications; First Place for 4-Part Series on Soring in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.

June, 2009 - Mr. Biggs - Tennessee Walking Horse's life ruined by abusive training, Examiner.com

May, 2009: Kentucky Horse Breeders' Incentive Fund (KHBIF) has issued the following statement to clarify the article titled "Fund Walks Away from Walking Horses" in Horse & Rider's May 2009 publication.

May, 2009 - USDA Comment on SHOW Penalty Structure

March, 2009 - Pilot Club’s horse show postponed due to NHSC uncertainty.


March, 2009 - Walking Horse Report article explaining the changes being considered from Trainers, NHSC, Celebration, etc.


March, 2009 - Stimulus Money Shouldn’t Forget Animal Rights.  Mark Markariam’s article includes funding needed for Horse Protection Act.


March 2009 - AAEP Veterinarians Announce Pressure Shoeing Detection Protocol


March, 2009 - Let the horses talk: USDA draws a line in the sand

March, 2009 - The HSUS Debuts New Video on Abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses

February, 2009 - Proposed Kentucky Bill Aims to Curb Soring

November 2008 - The Humane Society Applauds Court of Appeals Decision against Horse 'Soring' by Jill and Herbert Derickson.

Sept. 2008: State Regulators Investigate Breeder Incentive Recipients, The Horse magazine.

September, 2008 - Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pressured the USDA for years to back off its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

September 2008: A Girl Scout Troop created this educational DVD on why Soring Gaited Horses is Wrong and Inhumane. Titled "See it Through My Eyes," their video won the highest honor possible: the Girl Scout Gold Award.

 

August, 2008: Lexington Herald Leader: Kentucky Senator McConnell opposed USDA inspectors of sored horses (Ky)

August, 2008 - Gary Oliver Sued for Killing a Client's Horse with Soring, Lexington Herald. - See Picture

July, 2008: US News and World Report: The Sadistic Treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses, by Bonnie Erbe

March, 2008 - HSUS Offers $10,000 Reward for Horse Soring Info

March, 2008 - HSUS Offers $10,000 Reward for Horse Soring Info

February, 2008: Breyer, home to the world’s finest model horses, changed their Tennessee Walking Horse model from a big-lick version of Midnight Sun to a flat-shod example of Bluegrass Bandit. ... read more

September 2006 - 2006 Celebration Video, with horse falling with rider about 1/3 into video: "Walking horse universe crippled -- But soring controversy doesn't dull enthusiasm" by Jon W. Sparks"

November 2005 - "Why Soring Persists" special report in Equus magazine.

 

June, 2004 - Star or Martyr? From French Cheval magazine

 

October, 2003: The Nashville Scene writes about Morgan Rhoads' book "From the Horse's Mouth." Note this book is available to purchase from
www.fosh.info.

 

Nov. 2003: Interview with Tennessee Walking Horse Historian Dr. Bob Womack from the WHOA website

 

Winter, 2002: Rhonda Hart Poe writes about “More than Sore” in the Gaited Horse magazine, exposing soring, training methods, artificial hoof angles, cruel bits, and more.

August, 1999:  Historic Event when Natalie Jackson shows her Lite Shod Stallion in the World Grand Championship Class!

May, 1998 : Herald-Journal: Walking Horse Industry Veteran Claim She Sanctioned Torture

April, 1988: Walking Horse Industry is shut down by federal judge's ruling outlawing pads and chains.

Feb, 1988: Court outlaws pads & chains

July, 1986 - "CNN Special Assignment expose on Tennessee Walking Horses and Soring

1985: Walking Way News on California Plantation Show Developments Against Soring. Reflections 1 & Reflections 2

1979: Federal Register Comment on Possible Need to Outlaw Pads and Chains

1969: The Tennessean, Nashville, TN: The Shocking Plight of the Tennessee Walking Horse

Oct. 1969: Life magazine "Agony of the Walking Horse" (note: scroll down near the end of this magazine to page 77 for the article.)

Dec., 1964: Sports Illustrated: "Sore Foot Detective: Crusader Pearl Twyne Threatened as She Works to Investigate Soring."

June, 1960:  Hot Heads over Hot Feet, Sports Illustrated.  TWHBEA annual meeting breaks out in violence over soring issue.

February, 1960: Telltale Hoofs: The ring was elegant at Miami's Charity Horse Show, but behind the scenes the abuse of the Tennessee Walking Horse continued unchecked.

January, 1960: Read comments from the Sport Illustrated readers, such as:"I had thought that the sweet old Walking Horse had escaped the diabolical treatment inflicted on the other breeds of show horses. The American horse shows are a display of cruelty from beginning to end."

January, 1960 - Sports Illustrated "The Torture Must End.

July, 1956 Sports Illustrated: Woe For Walkers: A favorite show horse is often tortured to make him look good, and the time has now come to end this