LEWISBURG, TN – In an outrageous Statement, TWHBEA Interim President Loyd “Buster” Black
Statement from President Black
Dear TWHBEA Members,
You may have received recently a post card mailer asking for your opinion on some federal legislation. This mailer bears our TWHBEA logo and apparently was calculated to arrive in your mail at the same time as this year’s TWHBEA ballots for the election of directors. This mailer was not sent out by TWHBEA or paid for by TWHBEA. In fact, TWHBEA makes no request or requirement that you answer this mailer or do anything whatsoever with the mailer, and you can certainly throw it away if you want.
Due to complaints from our members, within our Association’s rules and the law, TWHBEA has been investigating to find the true origin of the matter since we first learned of it. We have been thwarted to a certain extent because we are told only that it was financed by an “annonymous” (sic) source and nothing more so you can see how there would be suspicion of the motives behind it. We are looking into the legal issues of whether there has been an unauthorized use of our TWHBEA logo and whether there has been improper use of a corporate office. As well, we are studying whether someone is trying to develop a biased political issue which would threaten our Association’s tax exempt non-profit status.
As we proceed, we will do so on an orderly basis according to our bylaws and rules and law. We are searching for facts and avoiding unfounded and premature conclusions, and I urge you to do the same. As facts develop, we will report them to you. For your own reference, please review our corporate bylaws and corporate rules to see for yourselves what provisions might apply to the available facts.
Since Black took over as Interim TWHBEA President, on July 18, 2013, he has overseen the following:
â–ª July 19, 2013 ““ TWHBEA Executive Committee passes the buck to Pleasure Horse VP Rick Wies to decide to accept $1,000.00 versatility horse show contribution from Humane Society of the United States. Wies decides to do so.
â–ª July 25, 2013 – Dehaven, Benefield, Bippen & Lane groups meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.”¨â–ª July 29, 2013 – U. S. District Court Judge Terry Means upholds the federal regulations to the Horse Protection Act known as the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” against soring which was contested by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
â–ª July 31, 2013 ““ The American Horse Council endorses HR 1518 ““ Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.”¨â–ª August 1, 2013 – United States Equine Federation endorses HR 1518 ““ Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
â–ª August 1, 2013 – H.R. 1518 – PAST Act – Gains 140 Co-Sponsors.
â–ª August 10, 2013 – Celebration denies TWHBEA use of Show Records.
â–ª August 14, 2013 – Celebration declares War on TWHBEA and kicks TWHBEA off the Celebration grounds taking back the building TWHBEA has occupied since 1970.
â–ª August 19, 2013 ““ David L. Howard, John T. Bobo and Celebration CEO travel to Washington, DC to sign the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties”.
â–ª September 26, 2013 ““ HR 1518 Prevent All Soring Tactics A ct ““ Gains 153 Co-Sponsors.
So far, Black appears to be a “care-taker” as Interim TWHBEA President and trying to obstruct constructive changes that need to take place. Black was not present for the May 25, 2013 Executive Committee vote endorsing HR 1518.
Black presently serves as TWHBEA’s represenative to the American Horse Council which has endorsed HR 1518/S. 1406 so it will be interesting to see how Black votes on the Poll question. Black has a history of abstaining from voting on a number of issues.
The TWHBEA breed registry located in Lewisburg, Tennessee and founded in 1935 has fallen on hard times in recent years. The public has rejected the soring of the Tennessee Walking Horses being exhibited in the show ring, and this has caused TWHBEA’s revenue stream to dry up. Breeders have stopped breeding their mares due to the uncertainty in the Tennessee Walking Horse business. TWHBEA’s cash flow depends directly on registration of colts born each year and transfers of ownership of horses. The organizations membership has declined from approximately 20,000 members at its peak 16 years ago to approximately 8,000 today. Foals registered each year have dropped from approximately 14,000 to 2,500, an all time low. Many horse shows have been cancelled due lack of public support as a result of the horse soring stigma which has become systemic over a number of years.
The breed organization has 6,945 members eligible to vote as of September 13, 2013. 6,673 are located in the United States, 126 in Canada and 146 scattered throughout the world including Israel and Australia.
In December 2012, a Mason-Dixon Poll of voters showed that 75% of Tennessee voters and 69% of Kentucky voters supported federal legislation to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, and 62% to 26% in Tennessee, and 45% to 36% in Kentucky, favored making horse soring a felony offense.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SUPPORTING HR 1518/S. 1406
The following organizations and individual have endorsed the passage of HR 1518/S.1406:
The American Veterinary Medical Association (83,000 members)
American Association of Equine Practitioners
The American Horse Council
United States Equestrian Federation
The American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals.
The Humane Society of the United States
American Quarter Horse Association
American Morgan Horse Association
American Paint Horse Association
Appaloosa Horse Club
American Saddlebred Horse Association
Former United States Senator Joseph Tydings, Author of HPA in 1970
Marty Irby, Past President of TWHBEA (2010 -2012)
Chuck Cadle, Former Executive Director, TWHBEA
Clay Harlin, Pastor, Former Harlinsdale Farm Executive & TWHBEA Executive Director
Gary Lane, Gaited Horse Clinician
Teresa Bippen, President, Friends of Sound Horses
Pat Parelli, Natural Horsemanship Training”¨Monty Roberts, Horse Whisperer
For The Tennessee Walking Horse
HEY BUSTER, MAYBE IT’S TIME YOU TELL US WHO YOU ARE FRONTING FOR?