Jeffrey Howard, center, the communications director for theTennessee Walking Show Horse Organization, speaks at a news conference held at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds while Dr. Richard Wilhelm, left, and Dr. Steve Mullins, the president of the lay-inspection group SHOW, look on Tuesday. The news conference was called to discuss concerns over the dramatic increase in the number of horses being ejected from competition by USDA inspectors over soring violations.
Photo by Alyson Wright .
published Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Horse lovers in Shelbyville, Tenn., are reeling from empty stands and thinning numbers of horses in the arena in the final week of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.