Cookeville, TN – History was made on October 15, 2013 when the TWHBEA membership resoundingly voted “YES” 63% to “NO” 37% in favor of passage of HR 1518/S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, pending before the United States Congress.
According to CPA Greg Cook, owner of Cook and Co of Arab, Alabama, 1,795 votes were counted with 1,132 voting “YES” and 663 voting “NO”. Cook said approximately 978 votes were received on October 1. Cook has tabulated the TWHBEA Director election ballots for the last 10 years.
COOK AND COMPANY CPA – CERTIFIED TABULATION OF POLL RESULTS,
The TWHBEA member turnout of 26% was especially strong in light of President Black’s attempts to thwart Stout’s Polling Initiative at every turn. By comparison, the voter turnout in Tennessee Congressional elections was approximately 37%. The turnout for the Knoxville Mayor’s election was fewer than 17% of the registered voters went to the polls in the September 27, 2011 primary with five mayoral candidates.
OPPOSITION TO PAT STOUT’S POLLING INITIATIVE FROM “BIG LICK” INTERESTS
President Loyd “Buster” Black, formerly a sound horse advocate, appeared to be operating at the behest and encouragement of long time “Big Lick” supporter David L. Howard, Celebration Chairman, in an all out effort to try and stop the Pat Stout Poll. Howard has made his fortune for the past 45 years off the “Big Lick” show horse. Knowledgeable sources report that his son Jeffrey Howard, PSHA Spokesperson, defiantly told persons “They’ll never count the votes”.
And it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. The Howards appeared to task attorney Tom Kakassy, TWHBEA Director from North Carolina to orchestrate the “lynch mob” activities at the September 27, 2013 EC meeting against Pat Stout. Leading the “Big Licker” charge, at the hands on direction of Kakassy, was Performance Committee Chair Christy Lantis from California who was aided and abetted by Mike Hicks and Rob Cornelius. In an effort to intimidate and posture, at the beginning of the Meeting Kakassy distributed a “draft” of a Complaint against Stout, but he didn’t file it.
A Motion was made to excommunicate Pat Stout from TWHBEA, but it failed. Another Motion was made to allow Pat Stout on September 27, 2013 to finally be allowed to publish her explanatory Statement on the Poll on the TWHBEA Facebook page, and it was approved. Then a Motion was approved by Executive Committee to refer the Pat Stout matter to the Enforcement Committee chaired by Denise Bader Keyser.
to “investigate” Pat Stout’s actions and report back to the Executive Committee within 60 days. Bader Keyser was one of the 7 Sound Directors in May to vote to endorse HR 1518, however in light of her recent activities, it is not clear if Bader Keyser is still sound or has now gone over to the “Big Lick” sore side.
The attempted action by the Executive Committee violated TWHBEA Rules of Discipline and precedence, and Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay
objected to and protested the attempted action of the Executive Committee and described it as “fatally flawed” because it did not follow the TWHBEA Rule 20 – Discipline that a formal complaint in writing had to specify charges, be accompanied by a $250.00 filing fee and provide the accused with due process. President Black, a Georgia small claims cfMagistrate totally disregarded Stout’s right to due process in approving the EC Motion. Denise Bader Keyser on the Wednesday, October 2, 2013, following the Executive Committee meeting scheduled a “hurry up” meeting of the Enforcement Committee on which sit “Lynch Mob” leaders Tom Kakassy, Christy Lantis, Mike Hicks and Loyd “Buster” Black. Seay protested their sitting on the Committee along with Denise Bader Keyser and David Mullis and said “none of them should ever sit in judgement of my client Pat Stout”. David L. Howard apparently had inside knowledge of the “Hurry Up” Enforcement Committee Meeting because he posted on the Walking Horse Report Message Board it was going to happen, and then once the “Lynch Mob” plot was exposed, David L. Howard reported that the Enforcement Committee Meeting had been cancelled by Denise Bader Keyser for “personal reasons”.
President Loyd Black was generally unsuccessful in his time as TWHBEA President, and he resigned his position on October 14, 2013.
BACKGROUND & HISTORY OF TWHBEA ENDORSING HR 1518/S.14O6 AND PAT STOUT POLLING INITIATIVE
The TWHBEA Executive Committee voted 7 – 4 in May 2013 to endorse HR 1518/S 1406, but then a group of “Big Lick” Directors attempted to overturn the EC action. The vote of the TWHBEA members on October 15, 2013 has validated, ratified, sanctioned and conclusively approved the May action of Executive Committee members:
Denise Bader Keyser
who bravely voted to endorse HR 1518. Shortly thereafter, Tracy Boyd was fired from his job by the Big Lick Randall Baskin family member Roger Baskin. Boyd became the present TWHBEA Executive Director over the opposition of EC members David Mullis and Wayne Dean, both of whom have HPA violation cases pending resolution.
The HR 1518 matter festered during July and August during a period of ineffectual, passive and passive aggressive administration by Loyd “Buster” Black of Georgia. After generally failing as a leader, and appearing to dodge any tough decision, Black abruptly resigned as THWBEA President on October 14.
Pat Stout approached the TWHBEA leadership in August 2013 to poll the TWHBEA members to get their feelings on the soring issue, but her request fell on deaf ears. So Stout then obtained the TWHBEA membership list on September 10, 2013, and made it clear that she was going to poll the membership on the HR 1518 question. With the help of a third party mailing company, on September 20, 2013, Stout mailed 6,945 Post Card ballots from her Cookeville, TN address to the voting eligible TWHBEA members throughout the world on September 20, 2013. The cards started arriving in the homes of TWHBEA members on September 23, 2013.
On September 23, 2013, Stout issued a Statement to TWHBEA and the media explaining the details of the Poll. TWHBEA President Black refused to allow Stout who is a TWHBEA Executive Committee members, VP – Horse Show Division, to post her Statement on TWHBEA Facebook or on TWHBEA website explaining her Polling Initiative. As a result of Black’s actions, an uproar resulted from TWHBEA members, mostly from upset “Big Lickers”. A TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting was called for Friday, September 27, 2013 at TWHBEA headquarters in Lewisburg. On the day before the meeting, September 26, 2013, President Black sent a “blast” e mail to all TWHBEA members saying it wasn’t a TWHBEA poll and that members could “certainly throw away” the ballots. The meeting was held and a group of vocal “Big Lick” supporters which resembled a “lynch mob” appeared at the meeting and wailed about Stout’s audacity of polling the TWHBEA membership on the HR 1518/S. 1406 question. Stout and her attorney explained her actions and provided explanations which President Black had suppressed. An effort was made by the “lynch mob” group led by Tom Kakassy
to “excommunicate” Pat Stout from the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, but it failed. A Motion was made by Rob Cornelius, second by Mike Hicks, to have Pat investigated by the Enforcement
The membership response of 26% was overwhelming according to knowledgeable sources. Especially in light of Big Licker TWHBEA President Loyd “Buster” Black who told members they could “certainly throw the ballots away”. Black resigned his position on October 14, 2013 for what is generally believed to be health reasons.
The PAST Act will remove the pads and chains from the “Big Lick” horse around which an institution and culture of soring to win blue ribbons which has developed and nurtured over time by those profiting from it such as Big Lick enthusiast such David L. Howard. He has recently been selected as Celebration Chairman, and is Walking Horse Report media magnate. His son Jeffrey is the spokesperson for a “Big Lick” group called PSHA, Performance Show Horse Association. PSHA is the current spearhead of the Big Lick effort to stop HR 1518 from cleaning up the Tennessee Walking Horse racket. Former PSHA Chair Terry Dotson resigned at the 2013 Celebration after two of his horses were turned down as “sore” the first night. Dotson visited U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 30, 2013, along with Jeffrey Howard and Trainer Boyz President Mickey McCormick, and Dotson assured Vilsack that PSHA would clean up all the horse soring.
The HR 1518/S.1406 PAST Act amendment to the Horse Protection Act (1970) is supported by the American Veterinary Associations, American Horse Council, United States Equestrian Federation, Senator Joseph Tydings (original author of the HPA) Humane groups such as American Society For The Protection of Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, other horse breeds and organizations, and nationally recognized equestrians such as Gary Lane, Pat Parelli and Monty Roberts.
All of these organizations and individuals support the removal of the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse as the only feasible way to stop soring based of the demonstrated inability of the Big Lick crowd to be able to do so.