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: 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, 2012: 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: 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
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: 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?
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
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.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Pam Sohn: Industry Steps up Penalties
The Chattanoogan.com The USDA is Trying At Least
Guilty Plea Entered in Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Case
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 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 ...
Horse trainers accused of soring will now face greater penalties
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
USDA moves toward mandatory penalties for horse soring
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
... (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
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 ...
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
The Tennessean: Horse Soring Incidents Lead USDA to Take Hard Line
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 ...
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 TennesseanUSDA 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 PressUSDA moving toward mandatory penalties for horse soring
ASPCA Commends USDA’s Efforts to Eliminate Cruel Practice of Horse Soring
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds USDA for Finalizing Regulations to Strengthen Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act
The RepublicFederal government moving toward stiffer, mandatory penalties for horse soring
The ChattanooganHumane Society Of U.S. Applauds USDA For Finalizing Regulations To Strengthen Enforcement Horse Protection Act
KnoxNews.comFeds moving toward stiffer penalties for soring
The TennesseanTennesseans should demand more funding for inspections
Marshall County Tribune
Knoxnews.comEditorial: More funding needed for walking horse inspection
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to charges of soring
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.
ABC NewsWhistleblower Who Alleged Horse 'Torture' Threatened With Expulsion from Breeders Group
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to charges of soring
The Shelbyville Times-GazetteLooking 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.
Shelbyville Times-GazetteNew horse industry group forms
Nearly All Fun Show Horses Pass Inspection
The TennesseanTop walking horse trainers have history of soring: 8 of last 10 Trainers of the Year have suspensions on records
DNJ.comComplaint filed against outspoken critic of horse soring
KY Walking Horse Club: Interview with State Senator Robin Webb
TN Walking Horse show releases final tally on violations
The HorseEquine Advocate Dane Facing TWHBEA Complaint
UPI.comMost Walking horses pass inspection
Daily News JournalEDITORIAL: Walking horse leaders must prove they're clean
The ExaminerJackie McConnell evidently kept TWH abuse all in the family
The Walking Horse Chat: WHTA Responds to ABC News Story:
The ChattanooganRoy Exum: Dane’s Walking Horse Hearing
DNJ.comHumane Society turned 'soring' case into media circus
The ChattanooganRoy Exum: And Now, ‘The Real Big Lick’
The TennesseanGail Kerr: You can help stop Tennessee Walking Horse abuse
Tennessee Walking Horses step under scrutiny At majestic Spring Fun Show, inspections are serious business
5/26/2012Roy Exum: Justice: Walking Horse Victory
The Commercial Appeal Germantown horse show unbridles ire about soring. Event isn't sidestepping McConnell matter
Knoxnews.comWayne Pacelle: Walking horse industry needs more transparency
WIBW: Exposed by Undercover Video; Top Horse Trainer Pleads Guilty to Cruelty
DNJ.comHumane Society turned 'soring' case into media circus
The ChattanooganRoy Exum: Horse Owners Connect The Dots
The Examiner: Soring: Tennessee Walking Horse Group not Only Group Guilty
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 ChattanooganRoy Exum: Guess Who Judges Horses?
CNNExposed by graphic video, top horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty
The Humane Society of the United States Urges Tenn. Attorney General to Investigate Possible Violations of State Horse Soring Law
FOX 17 WZTV NashvilleBanners 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.
NewsDay.comErbe: Stop the abuses of our horses
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Defendants likely to get probation for guilty pleas in Tennessee Walking Horse indictment
Jackie McConnell offered probation in Walking Horse abuse plea deal
Horse Maimers Deserve No Mercy-editorial
The HorseAg-Gag Update
ABCAccused Tennessee Show Horse Abuser Pleads Guilty
News Channel 9Three Men Plead Guilty in Federal Horse Soring Case
The Commercial AppealCollierville horse trainer to plead guilty: Deal could dismiss most abuse charges
LTE-Keep Undercover Heat On
Knox News: David Climer: Tennessee walking horse treatment is abuse, not sport
LTE-Put a stop to Carousel of Cruelty
GreenvilleOnline.comLTE- Tennesseans must put a stop to walking horse mistreatment -
HorseTalkWalking Horse Groups Condemn Training Abuses
The ExaminerExposure of abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses not news
ECORAZZIWatch: 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
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
TheHorse.comPepsiCo. Withdraws TWH National Celebration Sponsorship
ABC NewsPepsi Drops Tennessee Walking Horse Sponsorship In Response to ABC News Report
Times Free PressPepsi pulls sponsorship of premiere Tennessee Walking Horse competition after ABC News program
Daily Mail UKShocking 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"
Knox News: Former UT Vet School Dean and Humane Society Expose
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: 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)
November, 2011: AAEP is Opposed to Tail Alterations (including cutting or nicking) for Competition or Cosmetic Purposes
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
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
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
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
Keith Dane and Lori Northrup.
May, 2010: TWHBEA Denied Participation in World Equestrian Games in Enquirer.com
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 - 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.
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
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