Dear Mr. Cornelius:
I know you are friends with this lady
who writes things and then you sign your name to them.
If you were truly concerned about all Tennessee Walking Horses you would be in favor of HR 1518 Prevent All Soring Tactics Act because part of the Tennessee Walking Horses you “say” you are concerned about are trained “sore” at the barn and shown “sore” in the show ring.
The “general welfare” of the horses in Jackie McConnnell’s barn was not good.
Here, please take a look:
And Mr. Cornelius, Jackie McConnell was not “one bad Apple”.
Jackie was a “bad apple” in a barrel of “bad apples”.
He was a World Grand Champion winner, Hall of Fame member and one of the Walking Horse Trainer kingpins. Ms. Mather with Purple Strategies may not know that, but Mr. Cornelius, you have worked in the cross ties and taken horses to the show, and you do know that.
Jackie just got caught caught doing a little stewarding and got himself put on tv.
It is with true sadness you say – “Permit me to clarify that TWHBEA did not receive an invitation and has made no arrangement to send any witness to testify in any fashion on H.R. 1518.”
Seriously, Mr. Cornelius, TWHBEA is the breed registry.
WHY would the breed registry not be invited to send a representative to testify before Congress?
Please think about it.
Isn’t that the ultimate insult ot a once proud organization that it can’t even get a seat at the table when the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse is being discussed?
Mr. Cornelius, doesn’t a light come on in your head that maybe – just maybe – there is a reason that TWHBEA’s lack of cache is so apparent. That to put in your parlance, to be that light in the backend and short behind doesn’t even get you in the good workout.
TWHBEA definitely missed the workout in Washington, DC last week.
Now sir, you go on about “this bill threatens to eliminate an entire division of our breed in that it will essentially end a major component of horse show competition that has existed for many years.”
Mr. Cornelius, you are correct that the soring in Big Lick – that entire division of our breed – has been going on for many years.
Perhaps it would be educational to read The Tennessean newspaper from 1969.
Yes siree, it has been going on for a long time.
But Mr. Cornelius, 1969 was 44 years ago, and a few things have changed since then. You have African American quarterbacks in the NFL, and women running for President of the United States, and the advent of social media where you can’t hide things like horse soring.
So what Vic Thompson, C. A. Bobo and Jimmy Holloway, all good men, were trying to say back then has now come to pass.
Your attempting to hold on the sore Big Lick, and yes Mr. Cornelius, it IS sore, is not going to cut it. You can circle the wagons and be in denial, and heck, some folks from the South after the Civil War just took off and formed a “Confederados” colony in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
So many of the sore Lickers down in Dixie think it is ok to have an enclave championing the sore Big Lick horse – but again, Mr. Cornelius, Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall, and all the King’s horses and all the King’s men are not going to be able to put Humpty back together again.
And you are buoyed with false confidence when a slick outfit like Purple Strategies takes your money, laughs at you behind your back, and you continue in an economic free fall with a virtually bankrupt TWHBEA which breed is the scorn of the equine world – all because of people like you who refused to embrace change and steadfastly are going to Drive Old Dixie Down.
- The performance division has been a vital part of our industry and if eliminated, the effects on the industry along with the economic impact for many people, towns, organizations, and charities (as traditional benefactors of so many shows) will be disastrous.
Mr. Cornelius, what you euphemistically call the “Performance Division” is what Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson in a freudian slip last Wednesday before the watching world called the “Big Lick”.
Mr.Cornelius, please repeat after me 100 times,
“The Big Lick is sore”.
And the Big Lick is the Performance Division.
You can slice it, dice it, chop it any way you want it – The Big Lick is the Performance Division and the Performance Division and the Big Lick are sore.
One of the Licker’s favorite words is “Compliant”.
Compliant means “some sore”, but not sore enough to get a ticket … especially if you have a buddy who is a dqp.
So many times, the Trainer Boyz just want to know –
“What is the speed limit”
That means – how sore can I get the horse and still be ok.
Mr. Cornelius, I know you know what I am talking about because you, sir, have trained Big Lick Performance Division horses.
And you DO know.
This high pappylorem about “the economic impact for many people, towns, organizations, and charities (as traditional benefactors of so many shows) will be disastrous” is a bunch of Purple Hooey.
- Please understand that eliminating pads and action devices as presented in H.R. 1518 will not eliminate soring!
Mr. Cornelius, that is exactly what eliminating the pads and chains is going to do – it IS going to eliminate the soring. Blue putty doesn’t work well at all if there is not a pad.
As Congressman Ed Whitfield asked you, “Now please tell me, what exactly do you need these for?”
Mr. Cornelius, you really needed to hitch a ride up to Washington, DC last week with Ray Beech from Belfast and watched American Horse Council President Jay Hickey
put the petulant Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn in her place.
From what I hear from the Senate side, the proponents of HR 1518 are doing all they can to encourage Representative Blackburn to campaign hard against S. 1406. over there.
If you eliminate that sore Big Lick Performance horse, you are going to see growth in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed like you haven’t in decades. The potential is there, but leaders like you who want to cling to the sore past are keeping it from happening.
You correctly say, “H.R. 1518 is a controversial topic within our organization”.
Truer words have never been spoken, but Mr Cornelius a Poll on HR 1518 was conducted where 6,945 ballots were mailed to the membership, and 26% of those members receiving them returned them to Greg Cook, CPA, and in an historic landslide voted 63% – “YES” – to passage of HR 1518 to remove the pads and chains, to eliminate HIOs, and to make horse soring a federal felony.
Mr. Cornelius, you can pull up the covers and pretend that HR 1518 Poll didn’t take place and those TWHBEA members didn’t vote, but they DID.
And their VOTE is going to be made part of the Congressional Record preserving for all time the will of the members of TWHBEA which some are still trying to suppress.
- If passed, this legislation will deal a staggering blow to the industry since participation in the performance division has been the primary source contributing to the economic sustainability of the industry for so long. This is a change that would be unlikely ever to be reversed.
Mr. Cornelius, when the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is passed, the breed growth will overcome what small contribution the “dying” Big Lick is providing. Look at the Kentucky Incentive shows and the non Big Lick sound shows in Tennessee in 2013 – about 5,000 horses were shown without controversy. The market is there – just get rid of the pads and chains and the soring that goes with them.
The Tennessee Walking Horse is a sleeping giant among equine breeds if it can be freed from the greedy corrupt crowd that presently controls it.
- There is an altogether different and sounder performance horse today than we had even ten years ago.
Since 2003, the Big Lick horse has gone in the toilet. The public attendance directly contradicts what Purple Strategies has written for you to sign.
Here take a look:
Mr. Cornelius, the lies and disinformation have to cease.
Sir, please let it start with you. You are embarrassing yourself and the once proud, now dying, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association with your misguided backward looking agenda.
The truth is change is on the way and you can’t stop it – and nobody is waiting around to ask TWHBEA any questions.
It’s members have already spoken loud and clear – 63% landslide in favor of HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. If you don’t think that Poll was done correctly, I double dog dare you to do another one and if you do, you’ll see that the results will be even more lopsided in favor of passage of HR 1518/S.1406 than the 63% landslide.
The train has left the station.