Pepsi has pulled its sponsorship of the annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville after an ABC News investigation revealed evidence of widespread animal abuse tied to the event.
Last night, ABC News's Nightline show aired an undercover video obtained by the Humane Society of the United States that showed prominent walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell beating horses with sticks and electric cattle rods.
McConnell is also seen applying chemicals to horses' feet in order to improve their gait — an outlawed practice known as “soring.”
The video led to a federal indictment of McConnell earlier this year.
ABC News reported today that Pepsi dropped its sponsorship of the 11-day walking horse celebration, which draws thousands of visitors to Shelbyville.
This year's walking horse celebration is scheduled for Aug. 22-Sept. 1.