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☛ Tommy Manion on camera shooting stallion with BB pistol 7-20-17

TOMMY MANION CAUGHT ON CAMERA SHOOTING AN UNRULY STALLION WITH A BB PISTOL AT AN NCHA-SANCTIONED SHOW

 

BESIDES NCHA SANCTIONING, COULD HE AND/OR NCHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BE GUILTY OF STATE OR FEDERAL LAWS VIOLATIONS?

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 20, 2017

I have now heard from a credible witness, that they knew the well-known Non-Pro who was at an NCHA Cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, on Saturday, July 15, and shot a tied-up unruly stallion multiple times with a BB pistol. Another witness had taken a video of the event and it was soon in the hands of the NCHA. The witness assured me that the Non-Pro  in question was NCHA Non-Pro Tommy Manion, who at one time had the pistol under a jacket draped over his hand and dropped it on the ground and bent over to pick it up – all of which is on the video.

After receiving and confirming the reported horse abuse by Manion, I reached out to Rick Dennis, a Threat Assessment/Risk Analyst who is also a former Drug Enforcement Agent, for clarification of penalties resulting from Manion’s actions – for Manion, those who witnessed the event and the NCHA. Essentially, Rick informed me there are two laws in play here, one Federal, the other state, as well as two NCHA rule infractions.

There is a little-known Federal Law entitled 18 USC 4 – Misprision Of A Felony, which specifically states:  “Whoever having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” Animal abuse is now a Federal Felony with hefty fines and prison sentences.

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Also, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Law, which rates animal abuse as a Felony, states those prosecuted could be punishable by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

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Therefore, since the NCHA has already been notified of the animal cruelty case, along with being supplied with a video of the act, Manion has placed the association in a precarious spot, as whoever doesn’t report this gross violation to law enforcement in accordance with the provisions set forth in the USC 4 Code -Misprision of a Felony – is in direct violation of the federal law and could be subjected to arrest and prosecution at a later date. This includes Russell McCord, who received the phone call, as well as the Executive Director and the entire Executive Committee who met last night after being informed of the incident and determined their association’s punishment for the offense – and possibly even the lawyer who was informed of the infraction and gave the Executive Committee advice, as well as show management.

Difference of penalties between NCHA and governmental agencies:

The other curious nature of Manion’s act is the two violations in the NCHA Rulebook pertaining to animal abuse and cruelty and how they differ from Federal and State laws.

More specifically, the NCHA Rulebook states “if show management or a judge at any NCHA-approved or sponsored event discovers inhumane treatment or abuse of a horse, they may immediately bar the responsible party and contestant’s horse from further competition in the event and the judge will give a score of zero. The Executive Director must be notified within seven (7) days of the closing date of the show involved and the complaint will be referred to the appropriate NCHA Committee for investigation and consideration. Note: the Federal law says “as soon as possible It must be made known to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States and (the person) is to be fined or  imprisoned for not more than three years.”

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While the NCHA disciplines animal cruelty by offense with a fine ($1,000 to $10,000), probation and/or suspension, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Laws say that the perpetrator could be punished by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Also, the NCHA should make sure that the abused animal is made available as soon as possible to a licensed veterinarian for any damage that has been done, especially since the person who described the incident to me said the when the BBs hit the stallion, he crouched and his body shook in fear.

On May 15, 2015, Rick Dennis wrote an article addressing this very problem called “Horse Abuse Part IV.” There are many good and devoted trainers in this industry; however, unfortunately we do have our share of abusive Open and Non-Pro trainers that should be removed. Click here for a copy of this article.

What’s the  hurry?

Why did the NCHA Executive Committee jump on this animal abuse case so quickly. I feel it is because they just tried to strengthen their animal abuse penalties due to the fact that PETA might come down on them and the sport of cutting if they waited. A smart move!

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16 Comments

  1. Now Really Now I’ll admit this might not be the place to discipline a horse , but on the other hand it might be. Surely most have seen a lot worse punishments rendered to horse / dogs / children ? .
    This do- gooder stuff has to stop someplace . Now especially a young stallion , you let them get by with ” not acting like a gentleman ” and it escalates ( my opinion, only) then later you have a real problem
    The nice thing about being old is I can say what I think , not really caring what others think
    But really a Federal offence for popping a misbehaving Stallion with a BB gun !
    Now to Satisfy PETA , the NCHA will have to react – at some point , like the misbehaving stud , even the NCHA will have to stand their ground!

    • Sorry , can’t let this go :
      Spurs are cruel, bits are cruel, tie downs , and on and on – race horse whips are cruel – where does it end
      But cruel is in the mind of the beholder – I agree that cruel and inhumane treatment should never be tolerated but this ?
      Also Horse people especially Trainers, I advise you to never let the people who filed the complaint on your facility as they obviously don’t know the difference between ” wet ground and wetlands ” so to speak

    • The nice thing about being younger is I do not care what older people think. Dear James you are the reason this world has changed so much. We are so sick of that attitude towards animals and other people. Who cares…we have seen worse…whatever. How about improving your horsemanship skills and gelding the horse instead of shooting it with a BB Gun. I can’t imagine any great or good horseman or person endorsing your way of life.

  2. Mannion should be punished to the fullest extent possible. It is totally unacceptable to abuse any animal. He should be barred from NCHA for 5 years. This will probably never happen because of the politics of NCHA

    Keith McGinnis
    Past President of WCHA

  3. I HOPE THE PERSON THAT HAS THE VIDEO OF THIS TERRIBLE PERSON, SENDS IT TO THE aqha, THEY HAVE A STRONGER POLICY THAN THE NCHA ABOUT CRUTLY TO ANIMALS

  4. Lewis Wray, President of the NCHA has given a statement on their website about the Whitesboro, Texas, incident regarding Tommy Manion shooting an unruly stallion with a BB pistol.

    Wray’s statement said: Many of you may have read recent postings on the Internet containing allegations of alleged horse abuse occurring at the NCHA approved cutting held in Whitesboro, Texas on July 15, 2017. The NCHA has received a written complaint in connection with that incident. The complaint is being fully investigated and will be acted upon under the process and procedures provided for in the NCHA Rules. The NCHA also is providing the materials it received concerning this incident to the District Attorney’s Office for Grayson County, Texas, for them to review and act upon as they see fit.

    The NCHA considers any kind of mistreatment of a horse to be a very serious matter and is committed to protect the welfare of horses through the enforcement of its rules and its Zero Tolerance Policy. We hope this clarifies how this process is being handled by the NCHA.

  5. While I respect the other opinions, this is a BB pistol. It put out a BB at 360 FPS on average with 1.47 to 1.52 ft/ pounds of energy at the barrel, a hard slap has more force .
    My invisible fence for my dogs is much more cruel punishment comparatively, electric shock collars , tying horses heads back .
    While ” shooting with a pistol ” sounds terrible , in my opinion the force used in my opinion does not reach a level of cruelty

  6. I cant believe this is an actual issue. I remember my brothers and I shooting each other with BB rifles as a kid. Now some are calling this a federal crime? I am not defending anyone or any action. That person has probably done much worse things but that is not the issue.

    I am saying some people have taken leave of their senses and those who haven’t will not stand up.

    Was this bb incident a wise move on his part? No A bb could bounce around and put out a horse or human eye. But was the action cruelty or “just” punishment? I wasn’t there but I must say I have seen people get so rough it made me sick but this would not qualify so long as it was being used to train the horse to behave in a reasonable way. I promise you being hit with a bb is less painful than a whipping or being kicked with spurs or hammered with a bit.

    If we allow PC kooks to shape our reality, what’s next? Are you,the horse owner, going to let people who know nothing about horses or bb guns or likely anything else dictate what is cruel and what is not cruel? If you do, you will probably be riding bareback with no bridle or spurs in the near future. Then there will be no horse industry. Just keep in mind that in most parts of the world, horses are not on a pedestal, they are on the menu. Sad but true. I will tell you what is really scary and cruel, that is to be forced to tolerate ignorant PC bull-crap.

    • Thanks for standing up !

  7. One thing about Glory Ann Kurtz, she gets the truth out there when no one else will, and THAT’S what I appreciate about her more than anything!!! She doesn’t bury the “ugly” like the associations try to do ALL the time to try and protect their precious high rollers or big name trainers!!!! She’s happy to spill the beans on the big boys, and I HIGHLY commend her for that!!! Candance Huff Wilcox

    Can’t believe he did that knowing how easy it is for people to video now!!! No doubt he’s gonna be charged!!!!! Which he deserves the heftiest penalty they can throw at him!!!!!! Candance Huff Wilcox

  8. Horses can be dangerous and studs often even more so. That said, from what I have read of what Mr. Manion was doing it was not only calculated abuse but poor training technique. If a BB gun is a piddly as another poster thinks, then Mr. Manion was picking at the tied-up stud, and even with my much more limited experience I know better than to do this.
    I used to know a man who would tie up a stud and whip it, to “get it to behave.” One day the horse got loose in the barn. It jumped him, clasped him between his forelegs and proceeded to bite him until the man’s wife got the horse off of him. Fortunately she was a quick responder and a good hand.

    Ranching is hard work for people and horses, and a lot of the old-time training was as rough as the work. However, this long after Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, and many other opportunities to learn, people in cutting and other horse sports just have to learn better and find some other way to take out their aggression or frustration or whatever.

    The problem is far from being limited to cutting. I used to be involved in another breed. I went to a show a long time ago, maybe 20 years, (I still had the horses but hadn’t shown in awhile) and saw several riders do worse in the warm up ring there than I have ever seen among the majority of riders in any warm up or practice pen in cutting. I wrote to the breed association and they essentially said: Hunh?

    Hardly anyone has to use a horse anymore, and there is just no excuse for not knowing how to train one if you are a trainer and how to treat one if you care for it or handle or ride it.

  9. TOMMY MANION IS A VERY SORRY, PERSON. IF YOU GO BACK TO HIS HALTER AN PLEASURE DAYS YOU WILL SEE A VERY SORRY PERSON, HOPE, HIS GRANDKIDS CAN SEE THIS ONE DAY AND SAY BOY HE WAS SORRY,HE NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST OF NCAH AND AQHA AND UNDER THE LAW HE SHOULD SERVE TIME. SUSPENION FROM NCHA NEEDS TO BE DONE, PEOPLE WHO HAS NOT DONE NEARLY THIS BAD HAS BEEN SUS. FOR LIFE, SO SHOULD HE. LETS SAT BACK AND SEE IF THE EXE.COMM. HAS ANY BALLS

    • Is he the same Manion that years ago was caught using a fake testical in one of his halter stallions?

  10. wHY, WAS MY REPLY I WROTE YESTERDAY TAKEN OFF, MR. MANION WAS WRONG AN NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNABLE. HOPE NCHA HAS ENOUGH COURAGE TO TAKE THE MOST PUNISH MENT

  11. Manion has been abusive his Hole career with horses!!!! I’m shocked he can even show up on a show ground

  12. How long will NCHA take to descide what they are going to do with Mr. Manion, if it had been anyone else he would already been sus. for life.

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