MIDNIGHT SUN SENSES CHANGE IN THE AIR
In December 2012 at the annual TWHBEA membership and Board of Directors meeting in Lewisburg,TN, two ladies, both Tennessee citizens, with Midnight Sun looking on publicly expressed their opinion regarding the future direction of TWHBEA. They stood outside the headquarters located in Lewisburg and urged the persons assembled inside to do the right thing for the Tennessee Walking Horse.
TWO TENNESSEANS APPEAL TO TWHBEA TO DO THE RIGHT THING
Inside the meeting, there was much debate, and when the dust had settled, the Directors had elected an Executive Committee which appeared to be pro Licker. The EC had several persons on it who had HPA violation histories or close family members who did.
Everyone thought it would be business as usual going forward.
So it was unlikely that the two women who gave up their Saturday morning in December at home with their family, who chose instead to be outside on a public sidewalk in Lewisburg, Tennessee in front of TWHBEA headquarters on a cool windy day. That these ladies would be the harbingers of change in the Spring to come.
On May 27, 2013, the pro Licker TWHBEA Executive Committee, despite its Licker heritage, weighed the issue of the day – soring of horses and the stigma associated with it that is killing the breed – and on May 27, 2013, TWHBEA broke free from the chains and pads which have made the Tennessee Walking Horse brand virtually unmarketable. The Executive Committee voted 7 – 4 to endorse H.R. 1518 Whitfield Amendment as written. Following the vote of the Executive Committee to endorse HR 1518 – Whitfield amendment – an attempt was made by a Licker lawyer to have the Directors overrule the “Runaway Executive Committee” but it was too late. The Board of Directors didn’t have the authority to do that under the TWHBEA By Laws, and the Executive Committee set the horse free.
A bell, once rung, cannot be unrung.