Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 17

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Barney Davis never supported National Spotted Horse Association

Editor's Note: When Barney Davis was arrested in connection with soring Spotted Saddle Horses in July, 2011, the Times-Gazette was contacted by a representative of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association, stating Barney Davis was not a member of the WHTA. Following Davis' guilty plea last week, the Times-Gazette contacted Mack Motes, president of the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, who refused to comment on Davis and denied any relationship between Davis and SSHBEA. Based on information we received, court records and USDA public record that revealed Davis was arrested at a National Spotted Saddle Horse Association show (a separate entity from SSHBEA) the Times-Gazette published a story with which the person below takes issue. We apologize for not contacting the NSSHA for comment on this story.

To the Editor:

This is to inform you that some of your information regarding Barney Davis is wrong and incorrect.

Namely, that he (Barney) was not a member of the Spotted Saddle (Horse) Breeders and Exhibitors Association in Shelbyville, and the implication that he NEVER showed there, but, rather showed quite exclusively with the National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, headquartered in Murfreesboro.

This is entirely incorrect, and UNTRUE! During the years previous to 2010, Barney would enter one or two horses at our two major shows, the Spring Show, and the Championship Show. It was only in 2010, when the SSHBEA (Shelbyville association) only hosted three or four shows, that Barney came to our shows, as customers want to show, somewhere.

True, this incident occurred at our Mid-Season Show in Manchester, in July of 2010, at which time he was issued a lifetime suspension from S.H.O.W., our DQP affiliation, based in Shelbyville.

The SSHBEA (Shelbyville association), allowed his entries, and trained horses to show at the 2010 SSHBEA World Grand Championship Show in October, 2010, even though he had been issued the lifetime suspension. (While SSHBEA has their own HIO/DQP program, they are duty bound to recognize all HIO suspensions, and especially a lifetime suspension.)

Barney Davis has never been a supporter of the National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, his loyalties seemed to be with the SSHBEA, whether they required him to be a member or not. He showed, almost exclusively with the SSHBEA, until the decline of their number of shows in 2010.

We feel it is unfortunate that this situation occurred at one of our affiliated shows, however, we strictly uphold the actions of the HIO S.H.O.W. (inspection) system, which took the necessary steps to disallow Barney Davis from exhibiting horses in this manner. The S.H.O.W. HIO, located in Shelbyville, is to be commended for their dedication and hard work, ensuring that only sound horses show.

Donna Fletcher, NSSHA General Manager, National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, Inc


Liberty School commended for veterans program

To the Editor:

I would like to thank everyone involved with the Liberty School veterans program. I was very impressed with the young boys and girls who sang and narrated the whole program. Thanks to the faculty and those responsible for the great display of military items from the Civil War to Afghanistan.

It was a great tribute and on that note I will say THANKS for caring, Liberty School. God bless America. p.s. Thanks also for the coffee, donuts and stuff.

Hal Ball

Flat Creek

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