THETA, TN – The power of any democracy is derived from “WE, THE PEOPLE” ….
Regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry (TWHBEA) “WE, THE PEOPLE” spoke loud and clear on October 15, 2013.
In a landslide historic vote by 63% to 37% the members of TWHBEA voted – YES – in favor of passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
The reason “WE, THE PEOPLE” got to speak was because one woman – an unlikely person because she never seeks the limelight or attention – rather she just loves her horses and enjoys them and doesn’t sore them, and doesn’t like to see horses sored.
Pat Stout was a “profile in courage” because she saw soring and wanted to stop it.
She did something real simple – she asked the members of TWHBEA, all 6,945 of them eligible to vote, to please say YES or NO if they were in favor of passage of the PAST ACT a/k/a Whitfield Amendment.
They, “WE, THE PEOPLE”, said resoundingly “YES”.
Pat Stout didn’t ask permission. She didn’t have to do so. She was an elected officer of the Association, and she wanted to know how the members felt because she took an Oath and accompanying it was an Overview, part of which stated:
“¢“It is your responsibility to determine what your members need and want, and to bring those needs to the attention of the full board. You should also suggest ways in which these needs can be fulfilled.”
Pat Stout did just that – she asked the members what they wanted, and the members voted, 26% of the entire membership, YES or NO, in as fair a Poll as ever will be conducted. It was simple in its fairness. It just traced the words of Tracy Boyd who took a stand on May 27, 2013. Pat Stout didn’t tell the members how she would vote or how to vote – all she did was GIVE them the opportunity TO vote. The members responded in an outstanding turnout, and they said what they wanted.
They said in a landslide, we want the pads and chains removed and the soring to stop. We want to eliminate the corrupt HIO system. We want to make Horse Soring a federal felony.
The Big Lick minority which was the majority in Lewisburg on Saturday is in denial. They are isolated. They are sadly addicted to a culture in which soring is institutionalized in order to have a sick form of “entertainment” – similar to a Bull Fight as entertainment or a Cock Fight or a Dog Fight – and Jeffrey Howard and Celebration CEO Mike Inman shamefully parade around and call it a Sport. You can NEVER call the Big Lick a “Sport”, because it’s not. The Tennessean sportswriter David Climer settled that for all time
David Climer wrote:
“For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport.
Blood sport, yes.
Legitimate sport, no.”
This newly in charge radical minority led by Steve Smith doesn’t realize that the people of the United States were the first to turn their backs on the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse. Shows were stopped first in California and then along the Eastern seaboard and then all over, until the Big Lick soring practitioners all ended up holed up back in eTennessee and Kentucky.
Every state veterinary medical association in ALL 50 states are in favor of HR 1518/S.1405.
In the two states, Tennessee and Kentucky, people like Steve Smith’s Trainer David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee are able to be socially acceptable in their communities, yet live this other life of violating a federal law by hurting the beautiful horse in the name of greed and profit. Most of the people in that community do not have any idea that part of their lives exists. This is not to pick on Mr. Landrum. He is just an example. There are many others, although none of them are so intimately involved with Steve Smith as is David Landrum. Mr. Landrum represents the folkways and mores of the old culture in Tennessee and Kentucky that it’s all right to sore horses and to have things go merrily along on the home front. That old culture is changing. There was public outrage over the AG GAG law – and the public came out and spoke – and the Governor vetoed it.
So make no mistake about it, the people of the United States, and a majority of the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association do want those pads and chains gone. And so do the people of the State of Tennessee – two major state newspapers, The Tennessean and the Chattanooga Free Press have endorsed the passage of HR 1518/S 1406.
And – no matter what a small group of crazed eyed minority now in charge at TWHBEA on North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg, Tennessee, including one misguided young woman from Germany, think – those pads and chains are going to be removed, like it or not, ready or not.
Borrowing from Dr. King, “I have been to the mountaintop and I have seen the promised land.”
The HR 1518/S1406 IS going to pass the U. S. House of Representatives.
It IS going to pass the United States Senate.
It IS going to signed into law by the President of the United States of America.
It’s a shame that backward looking men like this guys have let it come to this, but they have. These old geezers are going to be in for a rude awakening when they go up to Washington, DC and think they can dangle some campaign money in front of some people
Truth be known, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that Steve Smith or Walt Chism or David L. Howard, three grumpy old men, can do to stop it from happening. With David L. Howard, the obvious motive is greed and control. With Steve Smith and Walt Chism, it’s ego, pure and simple. Both just plain enjoy the idea of the power being concentrated in their hands. They did some good things 20 years ago, but those days have come and gone. The Tennessee Walking Horse breed needs to reach its destiny, and its not going to be with soring pads and chains. And it’s not going to be with them attempting to go against the inevitable progress which must take place.
Public opinion and the social media are not going to let them get away with running things the way they did in the past.
Oh, rest assured, they will do some things, but they will lose the war. It’s not 1988 – it’s 2013. They would do better to lead the way for change, rather than attempt to obstruct it.
HR 1518/S 1406 will pass and become law if resolve is maintained and the people of America make their voices heard on this issue.
So far, they have, and I believe they will continue to do so.
The train has left the station.
THE LEWISBURG REPORT – SATURDAY – DECEMBER 7, 2013
As expected, the Reichstag met and against the Will of “WE, THE PEOPLE” voted for this:
PSHA Spokesperson/WHR EditorJeffrey Howard
who alternates from this guy
has put this out on “Der Spiegel”:
TWHBEA Opposes PAST Act
Sunday, December 08, 2013
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association’s International Board of Directors overwhelmingly supported a motion to oppose the legislation introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield at its annual board meeting on December 7, 2013. The motion read as follows:
The International Board of Directors of the TWHBEA strongly opposes the legislation introduced by Representative Whitfield in the U.S. House of Representatives; the legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate; and any other legislation which would make it illegal to ride or show a sound Tennessee Walking Horse.
Both of these proposed laws would make it a federal crime to show sound, healthy Tennessee Walking Horses which have never been sored, unless those horses are shown barefooted or in an “unweighted” shoe.
The great majority of Tennessee Walking Horses are shown in weighted shoes and some in pads and action devices, meeting the strict guidelines of the various divisions and the detailed regulations of the USDA. This equipment does not harm the horse.
These proposed laws would also abolish the HIO inspection system now approved and supervised by the USDA. If this system is abolished, the great majority of show horses will not be inspected or protected.
The International Board of Directors of the TWHBEA strongly supports working with the USDA and other appropriate industry stakeholders to identify and use objective, scientifically reliable testing methods to identify and eliminate sore horses.”
Jeffrey Goebbels mischaracterizes HR 1518/S 1406 just as sure as Baghdad Howard would say There are no sore Tennessee Walking Horses, Never!”
The most egregious or laughable, take your pick, was this: “Both of these proposed laws would make it a federal crime to show sound, healthy Tennessee Walking Horses which have never been sored, unless those horses are shown barefooted or in an “unweighted” shoe.”
- Healthy – Well good, but what’s this got to do with the price of bananas?
- Tennessee Walking Horses which have never been sored. Really? Never is a long time and experts will tell you that you can’t have the Big Lick if there is not “soring”. Here let Tennessean sportswriter David Climer tell you: “Sorry, but I’m calling horse excrement. Soring is still in common practice, and everybody knows it. To suggest otherwise is to bury your head in the hay.”
- Unless these horses are shown barefooted – Sheesh!!! You going to have these horses going to do some “Barefootin” –