Protest the 2020 Tennessee Walking National Celebration August 27

2018 CCBLAC Protest at the Shelbyville, Tenneesee "National Celebration" featuring horse soring, or "Big LIck" animal cruelty. ©Clant Seay.

We ask everyone who can to please join the protest of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration event which begins Thursday, August 27, 2020, in Shelbyville, Tennessee, either in person, or via social media.

Here is the Facebook Event Page for the Protest.

Clant Seay who organizes and stages the protest every year states:

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We have come so far in six years:

  • “America’s Verdict” on the Floor of the U. S. House;
  • Lowest Celebration Attendance in 50 years;
  • Shelbyville citizens not attending the horse show;
  • Increased social awareness on social media.

We need to do it again this year.

I will have gloves, masks and sanitizer. 

We will socially distance.

My thought is a large group of us gather on the FIRST night which is Thursday,  August 27, 2020. Please contact me via email if you can come on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, and then whatever other day works best for you.

About Soring

“Big Lick” Animal Cruelty

“Big Lick” animal cruelty is commonly known as horse soring.

Horse soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene—are applied to the horse’s limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering. Nails are also driven into the wooden “stacks” horses are forced to wear and perform in which also causes constant pain and horrific suffering. That is only the beginning. See below.

Undercover Video

This video is from 2012. These crimes continue, and will be on show at the upcoming “Celebration” just 20 days from now.

Although horse soring is against the law, perceived weaknesses in that law are constantly taken advantage of — all under the supervision of the USDA. We and numerous others are working to remove those weaknesses which allows this disgusting cruel practice to continue.

Help us stop these fiends by protesting this year’s National Celebration.

Related Reading

U.S. House overwhelmingly approves anti horse soring bill, Tuesday’s Horse, Jul. 2019 (Note: The Senate version is being stalled by Mitch McConnell KY and Marsha Blackburn TN) »

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Horse Soring Fact Sheet » Horse Soring FAQs » Horse Soring Images »

Featured Image: 2018 CCBLAC Protest at the Shelbyville, Tenneesee “National Celebration” featuring horse soring, or “Big Lick” animal cruelty. ©Clant Seay.

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Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As a global coronavirus pandemic spreads, Churchill Downs Inc. says it will move the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5.

The late-summer Derby would mark the first time the race isn’t held the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June during the waning months of World War II.

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO, Bill Carstanjen said the racetrack and gambling company didn’t consider canceling the iconic race for 3-year-old horses, the first leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Carstanjen said. “As the situation evolved, we reached the difficult conclusion that we needed to reschedule.” 

Churchill now plans to run the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, September 4. 

In a conference call Tuesday morning, Carstanjen said the Derby would run this year and didn’t address any contingency plans if the virus is still spreading or begins to re-appear at the time of the race. The Derby routinely has more than 150,000 people in attendance.

“We are determined that we are going to run the Kentucky Derby, and we are going to run it with a crowd,” Carstanjen said. “The Derby is a participatory event.”

The Derby is a consistent $400 million economic boon for Louisville with two weeks of events and celebration in the city, including Thunder Over Louisville. 

Carstanjen said NBC Sports is in talks with other racetrack operators to move the Preakness and Belmont.

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March Against Horse Slaughter 2020

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Hello there.

Did you think we had forgotten about March Against Horse Slaughter? We haven’t. We’ve just been incredibly busy. Some of us are just plain worn out and need re-energizing for the “big push”.

Stay with us. We have a lot coming up including a brand new, international citizens’ action campaign aimed at ending horse slaughter and the production and consumption of horse meat. It’s mega and you won’t want to miss being a part of it. Stay tuned.

Speaking of being a part of it . . .


Do you have any extra languages you are good with? Contact us here at Tuesday’s Horse and let us know if you would like to volunteer with a bit of translating here and there. It’s nothing heavy duty, or includes technical language, or anything like that.

Social Media

Social media is everything and we need all of you to help with sharing. Just about all the activities we have planned will have complementary social media activities to go with them. A lot will simply be sharing.

However, if you are extra talented and clever in the area of social media, the horses need you. Let us know what you are especially good at and what you would like and have time to do.

March Against Horse Slaughter 2017

If you are new to Tuesday’s Horse and/or the Fund for Horses (also called the Horse Fund for short), we ran a campaign against horse slaughter in 2017. You can see a list of our Tuesday’s Horse posts here.

Thank you everyone. See you back here soon.

Vivian Grant Farrell,

Fiona McIntyre crowned Lady of Racing 2020 for retraining and rehoming retired racehorses

Lady of Racing 2020, Australia: Fiona McIntyre.
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Fiona McIntyre dedicates her days to retraining and rehoming former racehorses. But it is her work with two Bart Cummings-trained champions that sets her apart.

Under her watchful eye, four-time Melbourne Cup runner and two-time Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence is now blossoming as a show horse.

The 14-year-old former grand stayer has competed in the past two Garryowen Equestrienne Turnouts, the pinnacle of the horse-showing world.

“He raced at the highest level and now he’s competing as a show horse at the highest level,” Ms McIntyre, a Racing Victoria acknowledged retrainer, said.

“He’s truly an amazing horse and we’ve just created this really strong bond. He’s got a quirky personality — some days he can be as quiet as a lamb, and other days he can be as cheeky as they come.”

Retrainer Fiona McIntyre has formed a special connection with ex-racehorse Precedence. Picture Jay Town.

Precedence and fellow former Cummings-trained Melbourne Cup runner Sirmione are among eight horses Ms McIntyre is retraining at her property near Geelong.

Ms McIntyre has just been crowned 2020 Lady of Racing for her more than 25 years of tireless work retraining and rehoming ex-racehorses.

The annual award, run by The Victorian Wakeful Club and Racing Victoria, celebrates women who have made an outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred racing or breeding industries.

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson said the award recognised Ms McIntyre’s dedication to ensuring retired racehorses led happy and healthy lives off the track.

“We are very fortunate to have Fiona as one of the RV acknowledged retrainers who support our Off The Track program, which aims to facilitate the placement of retired racehorses in secondary careers and drive demand for thoroughbreds as performance and pleasure horses,” he said.

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