Citizens voice concerns about charity horse show

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A group of animal cruelty activists have continued to voice concerns about the upcoming Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show in Panama City Beach.

A video from the Humane Society of the United States showing what goes into "Big Lick" training for Tennessee Walking Horses was presented to tourism leaders Tuesday morning at the Tourist Development Council meeting.

Clant Seay, the leader of the anti-horse show group asked the TDC to withdraw its $25,000 commitment to the horse show, but nothing changed.

TDC officials said the group should have attended the meeting back in January when the horse show was on the agenda.

"We will be here protesting, it's what has been done," Seay said. "There is no rational reason for this, I heard these people, look at me, the council of the Tourism Development and say, 'We are animal lovers, we did not know.' Well now they know and it's not too late."

"We had information provided from both sides after we had already voted," TDC Chairman Buddy Wilkes said. "Had we known there was potential or alleged animal abuse, this board that's made up of a lot of animal lovers would have never gone along with anything like that."

The horse show is scheduled for April 21 - 23 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.