The Big Licker crowd is apparently pinning their hopes on Steve Smith who is the son of Reese Smith who saved the Licker bacon in 1988 when U. S. Federal Judge Oliver Gasch turned off the lights on the Trainers Show in Decatur Alabama.
STEVE SMITH – “MR FIXIT”FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT
Smith was in his middle twenties, and he enjoyed riding and showing his “Big Lick” horses out of David Landrum’s barn in Franklin, TN. He also was one of a group of people which took over the power vacuum that was created when long time Tennessee Walking Horse “Commissioner” S. W. Beech died. Smith acceded to power, and became President of TWHBEA, and many progressive things were done during his era.
As he grew older, Smith left the Walking Horse world, and became a “behind the scenes” player in Tennessee politics. He and former Tennessee Congressman John Tanner and former U. S. Senator Bill Frist are close personal friends.
Steve Smith is presently U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chairman raising $3,000,000.00 for Alexander’s 2014 Senatorial campaign. If you are a Republican office holder in Tennessee, rest assured, that Steve Smith has helped you get where you are. It is not yet clear if Lamar Alexander wants to snuggle up to the “Soring Stigma” associated with the “Big Lick”.
Today, the Big Lickers are focusing on Tennessee Congress(person) Marsha Blackburn who is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where HR 1518 PAST act to amend the HPA has been referred by House Speaker John Boehner.
A reception honoring Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will be held today at 6:15pm at the Hall of Fame Club at The Celebration show grounds. Congresswoman Blackburn is Vice-Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Lickers are “SUGGESTING” A $100 contribution to the “Blackburn for Congress” campaign in order to be able to attend the reception.
Truthfully, the “Big Lickers” have become desperate.
Last year Howard’s bunch threw about $300,000.00 into a much ballyhooed “Swabbing initiative” which they used the Walking Horse Trainers to front for. A year later, you hear nothing about the heralded “Swabbing Initiative”.
“Herr’s” Celebration & Friends spent about $500,000.00 on the hapless lawsuit vs the USDA.
About a month ago, Herr’s Celebration bunch announced that during the past five years, the Celebration has lost about $1,000,000.00. And the Celebration’s SHOW HIO owes about $600,000.00 in debt for which the Celebration is responsible.
And “Herr’s” Celebration’s 2013 loss is estimated to be over $500,000.00.
So, now “HERR’S” Crowd is looking to Steve Smith to be “MR FIXIT”.
“HERR” Howard is looking for Steve Smith to bail him and the Lickers out like Steve Smith’s father, Reese, did in 1988. Steve certainly has the political connections to give it a run – but you would think at this point in his life he would realize where the world and society are regarding the humane treatment of horses and would lend his resources and talents to more worthy causes and goals.
Smith has already announced as a candidate for TWHBEA Director, and once elected, he is expected to be a candidate for President of TWHBEA and return it to the Licker fold, nipping in the bud it’s recent progressive trend.
Stay tuned for developments on how all of this is shaping up.