Horse protection group applauds soring prosecution

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A horse protection group says the successful prosecution of a trainer shows the industry's commitment to enforcing a federal law banning soring.

The Sound Horses, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections and Winning Fairly (SHOW) organization said in a news release its efforts helped lead investigators to the violation in the case, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported.

SHOW is an inspection program funded and operated by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the Horse Protection Act.

Trainer Barney Davis was sentenced this week to one year in prison and fined $4,000 for violating the act. Soring is the practice of using devices and irritants to give horses an exaggerated gait in the show ring.

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