An auction to raise funds for a mentally challenged man, beaten near to death, will be held on July 28, 2012 during a local Tennessee Walking Horse show. Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been donated in the last few days. An auction is also going to be held online.
Mike worked for a farm specializing in Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH), the official horse of Tennessee. Mike is a grown man whose mind never developed past that of a child, and for this he was forever teased and bullied. His duties at the farm included cleaning and brushing horses, and he did the work with love, happy to be self-sufficient. He smiled and waved, like a little boy, the entire time he was at work. His prized possession was a rickety bicycle, and he had his own apartment in a low-income neighborhood. Several weeks ago he was held up at knifepoint. He did not understand what was happening, but he did understand he should call the police, which he did. To retaliate, the knife-wielding assailant’s family knocked on Mike’s door late one night. Completely unaware of consequences, Mike answered the knock – and was beaten and left for dead by three assailants. Now one assailant is in jail and Mike in the hospital for an unknown amount of time; the first words he could speak were wondering about his job and the horses.
Some of the TWH community is holding an auction online, and a silent auction at a horse show, to pay for Mike’s astronomical medical bills. Jewelry, books, gift items, horse stud fees, and more will be available to the highest bidders. “The TWC community is really coming together, here,” says one local trainer. “I hope they carry this spirit across the board. The (TWH) community has recently been under fire” since one high profile trainer was caught on undercover video abusing horses, exposing the widely used method of soring.
The live silent auction will be held on July 28, 2012 at The Shelbyville Open Horse Show at Clearview Farm, 2291 Highway 231 South, Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show features free admission, free parking, and an indoor arena, and festivities begin at 6pm. Persons on Federal or HPA disqualifications cannot show or transport horses to this show. To participate in the online auction, click on the Facebook auction site HERE.
Mike’s employers will have a new home and his old job waiting for him when he is released from the hospital. Until then, many in the TWH arena are pulling for his recovery and gathering together ways to fund his expenses. That’s blue ribbon behavior, right there.
More information on the horse show HERE
To see some of the auction items, or to donate items for the auction, click HERE.
Cards can be sent to: Mike G. c/o 950 Rodeo Dr., Walterboro, SC 29488
A special account has been set up for Mike. Bank of Walterboro PO Box 1707 Walterboro, SC 29488 Attn: Mike G. account
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