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Sunday, September 6, 1970
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2'A THE NASMVIL'E TINNISSEAN. Sunday. Spt. 6, 1970 Dark ;Clbud Says " J f. f t ' Still Over Walkers (Continued From Pag.One) ; cleanliness of the horses' feet " readily concede almost all the ; horses "have been touched up a little bit" with some kind .", of chemical irritant to help produce the exaggerated, fan-l cy, climbing showgait more - than 100,000 persons annually ' have come to expect. "Sure we have a long way to go before we have the ' business cleaned up," Moorsman said, "but we've come , a helluva long way in a year." Wink Groover, Etowah, . Tenn., trainer of aged stallion .champion Ace's Sensation, maintains trajners are more aware of their public image than ever before, and that they fear adverse public reaction more than being caught violating the laws against inhumanity to animals. - "I PULLED a horse out '. of a class he could have easily continued in and probably won," Groover said. "And it was only because I was afraid . of the public reaction. ' "Thejiorse cut himself high "on the foreleg with his hoof ' and blood streamed down his leg, but the horse was not ;: hurt. ' ;'. "I just could not take 1 he pressure of having 20,000 peo-'; pie think I was the most cruel s.o.b. in the world for soring horse and making him bleed. The public doesn't know 'much about soring, but it is . very blood conscious, now." y- BUT GROOVER is candid .'! about soring. ' "I , was always one of the 1 worst " trainers about soring horses," he said, "and you Lean quote me as saying I -.still do it just not as .. heavily,. We all have to make ' a living and you won't get . 100,000 people to come out in the rain to watch pleasure ; horses shuffle around he :.ring." :,- The celebration judges were perhaps the most adamant ' that this year's horses were "cleaner than ever." 1 "YOU CAN tell they!, n re not as sore this year because there are very,, very few that ; come into the ring creeping ' and crawling and squirming in the rear end," said Charles Martin, Murfreesboro. "You can almost always1 measiu-e the soreness of the horse my how much his rear end is ; scooted underneath the horse. There is not much of that ; this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are not : sore to some extent." Less than 10 horses were ; asked by the judges to leave the ring because of soreness, but at least two had blood on their pastern area and were not excused, according ,to judges. . . . . . Judge Berry Coffey ,. 1 rj& I 1 ' Callouses are visible below the ankle of Sundust Royal Flush Tuesday night when he won section B of the .preliminary to the 3-year-old Tennessee Walking fforse championship of the world . . . . Mover Grayson, Ky., said he marked the number of one horse Thursday night, "but the oilier two judges apparently didii't see any blood." TWO JUDGES must write down the nrmbcr of a sore horse before he is disqualified from the class. Judge .lames E. Cole, Jackson, Tenn., said he saw "a little blood ' on a horse in the aged gelding class Thursday night, but "I thought it was a break that just Happened. I started to write it down, but I let it go." Moorman said cases su:h as those are the reason he asked celebration officials to sanction the trainers association. "WE COULD enforce our rules on the judges if we were sanctioned," he said. "We suspended the licenses of three judges after the Columbia Jubilee show April 4 because they did not disqualify horses that were sore enough to be obvious to the crowd as well as to what are supposed to be knowledgeable horsemen." Clyde Orton, Cartilhersville, Mo., Preach Fleming, Winter Garden, Fla., and Paul Smith, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., were suspended for a period of six months resulting from charges brought by Moorman himself. "We cannot keep fooling the public," Moorman said. IS THE ULTIMATE goal of the trainers association the elimination of all soring? "Oh, Lord, you have asked a bad question," Moorman said, and evaded it. "It is my goal." Would he favor federal legislation if it were required to eliminate soring? "Yes," Moorman said. "I would favor anything that would eliminate soring,- but that is not our only problem." MOORMAN said a meeting is planned with three men from each of the trainers associations, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association of America, and the board of directors of the celebration with an objective of setting uniform rules' for all walking horse shows; "It is not fair for a Virginia horse or a California horse to be subjected to rigorous soring rules all season rules that are different from the ones used by Tennessee horses," Moorman said. "Then they all come to the celebration where the rules are basically those to which Tennessee exhibitors are accustomed. That is not fair. "ALL THREE associations will have a stack of proposals for rule changes and we will make them uniform if we have to meet for a solid week." Staff photo by Jack Corn V ... U J , , 111 ) W ITv -'111 A i'45XallJ iSS Bud Dunn, who trained and rode Sundusr Royal Flush to the 3-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse world championship accepts the silver trophy from Mrs. Sharon Brandon, center, secretary-treasurer of William C. Tune Jr., president of the celebration, as everyone else in the walking horse industry asserts that the soring problem is comung under control. "We tell the judges the rules and tell them to enforce them," Tune said. "If they do not, there is nothing we can do. We allow authorized representatives of the federal government and the humane association which w e recognize to check any horse on the showground, even in their stalls. We are hiding nothing." THE CELEBRATION retains official celebration veterinarians for the show, but they inspect no horses unless requested to do so by a horse's trainer or owner. The use of five judges, from which three are picked by chance draw before each class has been enthusiastical- Shelbyville Abuzz $10,000 (Continued From Page One) stallions' class and world junior champion last year. Go Boy's Black Angel, three-time winner of the aged big mares' class and third -place horse in the 1969 grand championship. Magic Mischief, winner of Thursday night's class for big aged geldings. Warlock, fourth-place winner in the big stallions' class. A Worthwhile Price for 'Big-Lick' Victory? . . . The Callouses are more pronounced in a close-up picture of the ankle Friday night when he was declared world champion 3-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse. Callouses which will not grow hair are Trainer Claims Blue Ribbon ly received by the trainers and exhibitors. "There is no way to know who will judge a class," said S. W. Beech Jr., long-time power in the industry from Belfast, Tenn. "There is much less chance for the judges to be gotten to, because all five would have to be approached." THE JUDGES say they are approached, nevertheless. "It is never an offer or bribe attempt," Coles said. "Generally it is simply a reminder that the man has a horse in a class and he would appreciate a close look at it." At least in the area of judging practices, walking horse enthusiasts are less cynical this year. Where the plaintive cry of "Tell the truth, Judge," once bounced from one side of the stadium to the other in every class, it is now a rarity. Riding' Sensational Shadow, fifth-place winner in the big stallions' class. The Entertainer, a stallion and reserve grand champion in 1968 and fifth-place winner in the 1969 grand championship. Other entries include Handshaker's Shocker, the 1966 grand champion, Sun's Grandson, Sun's Eliminator, Triple Threat Again, Invasion Persuasion, War Eagle L, w j w v'. - yy 7 i CM) V V?W Vf be the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association of America. Miss Jeannie Wilson, right, presents the ribbon and Mrs. Robert F. Witt presents the challenge trophy. BUT EVEN WITH the glints of sunlight, dark clouds stubbornly hover over the industry. There remains a struggle for power between rival factions within the breeders association. Lawsuits and threats of lawsuits plague powerful members of both the breeders association and the trainers association. Although the industry was successful in convincing state legislators they should have one more chance to "clean ourselves up," before state law takes on a more severe character, federal legislation remains a threat. THE (SEN. JOSEPH D.) Tydings bill prohibiting interstate shipment of sored horses unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in December 1969, and a similar bill in the House of Representatives is expected to face a committee hearing On 17 Ebony's Perfection and Ebony's Reward, all stallions, and The Sand Blaster, a gelding. From the record 1,793 entries to this year's celebration, the grand championship drew 17 horses for the show's finale. ALTHOUGH geldings and mares dominated the early years of the celebration grand championships, stallions have reigned as champions , in recent years. against Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration rules which dictate that a horse with such callouses must be disqualified. , Stiff photo by J. T. Phillips within the month and chances are considered good for House passage. Significantly, one year ago almost every person remotely connected with the walking horse industry was bitterly opposed to any kind of federal legislation on soring. In what apparently is mass reversal of position, the industry now prefers federal legislation to state legislation, if given a choice, apparently because they feel the federal law less likely to be strongly enforced, thereby allowing trainers to continue their light doses of "scootin' juice." THE LATE George Lenox, Memphis millionaire, who owned 1964 world champion Carbon Copy, likened soring to sin: "Everybody is against it but everybody does it." The question is: Can the walking horse industry afford even a little sinning? Horses Stallions have won 20 world Jitles, geldings, six, and mares, five, prior to last night's performance. Strolling Jim, the first grand champion in 1939 and Haynes champion, were geldings. In 1942 the mare Melody Maid took the title and was succeeded by mares, Black Angel Since White Star, a mare, won the title in 1954, all winners since have been stallions. Staff photo by J. T. Phillips I roops Of Lebanon (Continued From Page One) Beirut said the Israeli force, backed by armor, artillery and warplanes, were engaged by Lebanese troops and artillery after penetrating almost five miles into Lebanese territory. But a spokesman for the Palestine Armed Struggle Command (PASO said the guerrillas were battling the Israelis "who are attempting to move further inland under heavy artillery and air cover." THERE WAS no report of Lebanese military casualties. The guerrillas said 13 of their men were killed and a "number" of others wounded i n the first 36 hours of fighting. The Israeli spokesman said the raiding forces suffered no casualties in the two-day operation an denied the Arab reports of big-scale fighting. He said there was some skirmishing Friday but that most of the guerrillas fled when they saw the Israeli troops. The spokesman said there are no Lebanese, or very few, troops in the area which is almost completely under guerrilla control. That is why, he added, Israeli military officers referred to it as "Fatahland." Al Fatah is the biggest of the Palestinian guerrilla groups. THE ISRAELI raiders captured quantities of weapons and ammunition but brought back no guerrilla prisoners, the spokesman in Jerusalem said. He said it was a relatively small force. A Lebanese spokesman at the United Nations said the Israeli force included "two companies (of troops), armored forces and planes." The fighting flared on the Lebanese front as Israel and Egypt again traded charges of violations of the Aug. 7 ceasefire in the Suez Canal area. IN JERUSALEM, Israeli de fense minister Moshe Dayan said that if Egypt and the Soviet Union refuse to with draw the antiaircraft missiles Israel said were moved closer to the Suez Canal in violation of the military standstill terms, then the agreement on the ceasefire and Arab-Israeli peace talks no longer exists. Dayan said he would not be prepared to accept U.S. deliveries of jet aircraft, antimissile electronic gear and other weaponry as a substitute if Washington failed to persuade Cairo and Moscow to remove the missiles. "The agreement must bt honored otherwise there is no agreement," Dayan said. HE DID NOT directly mention any possibility of Israeli military action against t h e newly installed Soviet-made missiles along the canal but said Premier Golda Meir and Lt. Gen. Haim Bar Lev, chief of staff, "were right in saying we can not accept and live with the missiles we shall not be able to tolerate this for long." In Beirut, a Lebanese military spokesman said an Israeli armored force crossed into Lebanon from the occupied Golan Heights of Syria Friday night and, backed by planes and artillery, drove 4.5 miles Schools, House Eyed in Warren BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -Voters in Warren County will go to the polls Nov. 3rd to elect school board members, and a U.S. representative. Voters in the city of Bowling Green also will vote on two referendums. THE CITY WILL decide if they wish to continue with the present city-manager form of government or return to the mayor-council form. Also to be decided is whether to buy a parking lot in downtown Bowling Green which is expected to operate at a loss of $10,000 a year for the first 10 years. Second District Congressman William H. Natcher will return to the House for his ninth term. NATCHER, WHO has never missed a roll call vote, was the only congressman from- Ken tucky who had no opposition in either the primary or general elections. .L Both the city and county will elect two members to their respective school boards. Candidates for those offices may file between Sept. 4 and Sept. 21. No candidates have filed as yet in either race. Voter registration books will be open until Sept. 9 for new registrations. ' Out miles into Lebanese territory before being halted by Le-before being halted by Lebanese troops, and artillery east of Rashaya El-Fukhar. An earlier communique reported Israeli warlanes had attacked the aeas around Hasbaya, Friedis, Habbarieth and Rashaya El-Fukhar. ISRAELI communiques reported two air strikes against Arab guerrilla bases on the slopes of Mount Hermon in Lebanon and during the day. The Israelis said the raids were in retaliation for Arab guerrilla attacks on Israeli border settlements. It was the second consecutive day of Israeli air raids against targets in the area. In accepting the U.S.-initi-ated ceasefire, Israel reserved the right to strike back at guerrillas operating from neigbhoring Arab territory. The Palestinian guerrillas, had rejected the 90-day ceasefire and vowed to sabotage any attempt by Israel and the Arab states to reach any political settlement, Dayan's no-retreat on the missile crisis statements came in Hebrew and English language interviews on Israel State Radio which diplomatic sources said appeared to be calculated blending of warning and moderation. He said Israel hoped the Egyptians and Russians would withdraw the missiles so negotiations could be resumed at the United Nations on the basis of the original agreement. A FEW HOURS after Dayan spoke, Israel announced it had filed its 10th complaint with the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in Jerusalem of Egyptian ceasefire violations. The latest complaint alleged Egypt was still building and preparing new missile sites within 19 miles of the canal on Friday. The United' States, in a formal statement Thursday, announced it had conclusive evidence of its own that the Egyptians had violated the ceasefire. It called on Cairo and Moscow to stop the violations and abide by the ceasefire agreement. The Soviet Union was reported studying the U.S. charges which already have been rejected by Egypt. THE SEMIOFFICIAL Cairo newspaper Al Ahram reported Foreign M i n i st er Mahmoud Riad denied the charges in meetings with the envoy of Britain, France and the Soviet Union on Friday. A foreign ministry statement on Friday said Riad told the U.S. representative in Cairo, Donald Bergus, that the Washington statements 'a're not true." Al Ahram quoted Riad as saying that Israel "has committed many violations of the ceasefire by building new fortifications" on the occupied East Bank of the Canal and "the United States . . . knew about them." Tate Trial Office Hit By Bomb By BILL KOSMAN LOS ANGELES (AP) - A time bomb ripped out a wall next to the district attorney's office early yesterday at the Los Angeles Hall of Justice. site of the Sharon Tate murder trial. No one was injured. DIST. ATTY. Evelle J. Younger, surveying the damage and fearing a repeat attack, said security measures will be tightened "now that we know we will be subject to this type of thing." He did not elaborate on the security measures. The blast blew out a restroom's 9-by-12 red brick wall just 35 feet from Younger's office on the sixth floor of the 14-story structure where the Tate trial is being held. It also houses the county jail containing defendant Charles M. Manson and some 1,800 other prisoners. The explosion shattered six-inch water main and inflicted more than $10,000 damage. SPECIALISTS FROM the sheriff's bomb squad sifted through rubble between a stairwell and a men ' s restroom to determine the exact nature of the explosive device, but Younger said: "All I know, it had a timing device in it. I t smelled like dynamite." Younger added that the bomb was placed inside the wall through a metal door used fr access to pipes.

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