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"I was appalled by the videos," said Herbert Derickson, horse trainer who owns Shelbyville's 4 the Glory Farm. "No one could ever condone mistreating animals or animal abuse in any respect."
The video, released by the Humane Society of the United States in May, shows trainers soring, or injuring the horses legs, causing the high-stepping gait that's coveted in walking horse competitions.
But Derickson says the video and the media firestorm it created have cast an undeserved shadow over his profession.
"Bad news tends to be a headliner," Derickson said. "To paint us all with one brush is something that I don t feel is fair."
He says even though soring is a very serious problem, it's also extremely rare.
And opened the doors of the facility where he keeps and trains more than sixty horses to Fox 17. Some of them will participate in next week's 74th-Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, an event organizers say brings in some 200,000 people from across the country and is vital to the local economy.
"It's a tremendous boost," said Mike Inman, CEO of the celebration. "Annually, it'll have about a $50 Million positive impact for Bedford County."
Inman says this year's event will come under national scrutiny, which wasn't helped by a Humane Society billboard posted just up the street from the site of the celebration, which offers a reward for information leading to the arrest of horse abusers.
Inman says it's nothing more than a well-timed publicity grab and says the safety of horses has been the event's top priority for decades.
"Actually, the industry has a hotline 365 days a year, every year," Inman said. "We don't put it up and take it down whenever it's convenient."
In response to these comments, Stephanie Twining, a Humane Society representative said the claim that soring is rare is simply not true. And the billboard was timed to coincide with the celebration because they are certain sored horses will be brought to the Midstate next week for the celebration, which runs from August 22nd to September 1st.
Monday, August 20 2012, 12:35 AM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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