New Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO is who?

Tennessee Walking Horse with Stacks and Chains. Google image.

In an OpEd published by The Chattanoogan on July 31, 2012, Roy Exum writes: When it was learned that the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has just hired a new CEO to replace the departing Doyle Meadows over the weekend, there was an audible gasp from those seeking to reform the badly-battered Shelbyville-based industry. U.S.… Continue reading New Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO is who?

CEO of Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is jumping off

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration / McConnell.

In an OpEd published by The Chattanoogan on July 22, 2012, Roy Exum writes: Dr. Doyle Meadows is jumping off what is uncannily similar to a run-away horse. After four years as the CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, it has been learned the veterinarian will soon take a flying leap after this… Continue reading CEO of Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is jumping off

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer caught on video abusing horses offered probation in plea deal

Jackie McConnell. Photo by Doug Strickland, Associated Press.

DUANE GANG, writing for The Tennessean reports: CHATTANOOGA — A plea agreement with prosecutors likely will keep nationally known Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie L. McConnell out of prison. McConnell, 60, featured in an undercover video beating and applying caustic chemicals to horses’ hooves, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Chattanooga. He could have… Continue reading Tennessee Walking Horse trainer caught on video abusing horses offered probation in plea deal

Pepsi drops Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration sponsorship

Exaggerated gait of Tennessee Walker gotten through the abusive practices of horse soring.

ABC News Reports: In the wake of an ABC News investigation revealing extreme animal cruelty, Pepsi has canceled its sponsorship of the annual Tennessee Walking Horse championship, the Celebration. The discontinuation of the relationship was "effective immediately," according to Pepsi spokesman Dave DeCecco. The company said its logo was removed Wednesday from the Celebration website,… Continue reading Pepsi drops Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration sponsorship

Indictment of horse trainer revives debate over soring

Horse soring image from The Hoof Blog

Cross-posted from The Tennessean Written by LARRY TAFT A federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a 52-count indictment against prominent Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell and three others last week, citing systematic abuse of horses. Industry watchers weren’t surprised. McConnell already was serving a five-year federal suspension that prohibited him from showing horses, the… Continue reading Indictment of horse trainer revives debate over soring