Horse Whose Owners Sued USDA Wins Championship

June 07, 2016

Armed with a court order, a champion Tennessee Walking Horse barred from horse show competitions by government inspectors since 2013 last weekend entered—and won first place—in the Columbia Tennessee Spring Jubilee championship stakes, his owners’ lawyer said.

Honors, widely known as “the Secretariat of Tennessee Walking Horses,” was “like Muhammad Ali,” said Atlanta attorney Lin Wood, who represents horse owners Keith and Dan McSwain. “On Saturday night, he floated like a butterfly. He came back from government-imposed exile and returned a champion.” Honors won the blue ribbon in the Championship Stakes at the Jubilee, one of the larger competitions for Tennessee Walkers.