BILLY GO BOY COMMENTARY – HR 1518/S1406 POLL SHOWS SORE BIG LICK IS DOOMED – IT HAS NO FUTURE GROWTH POTENTIAL – MUST BE ELIMINATED FOR SURVIVAL AND PROSPERITY OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREED

THETA, TN – The HR 1518 Opinion Poll Map and results show Four Walls closing in on the sore Big Lick.  The sore Lickers are surrounded and have no place to go.

The Poll conclusively depicts that the Tennessee Walking Horse breed  has no future growth potential in 46 of the 50 states. And it has little to none in the four
Red states evidenced by the public boycotting of the Celebration due to the institutionalized soring defended by Celebration Chair David L. Howard. The Celebration losses are approximately $1.5 million dollars over the last five  years and it owes about $600,000 for the broke,  waiting to be decertified by the USDA, defunct SHOW HIO.

EMPTY WEST GRAND STANDS – 2013 CELEBRATION

TWHBEA is also on shaky ground with a deep financial decline resulting from the lowest registration numbers in the 78 year history of the breed registry. It is faced with selling its building in Lewisburg, Tennessee to remain solvent.

Midnight Sun took leave in 2012.

The Poll shows that TWHBEA members in  42 of the 50  states overwhelmingly favor passage of the PAST Act.   The  International TWHBEA  members (Canada and overseas) voted 100% for passage of the PAST Act.

The Poll Map shows that a vocal minority of sore Big Lickers opposing HR 1518/S 1406 are holed up in Tennesssee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. In what may be a surprise to the Big Lickers,  support for passage of the HR 1518/S1406 Prevent All Soring Tactics Act has a majority in Arkansas and South Carolina and has about 50% in Georgia and North Carolina.

The true story is told when you look at the four States  where the sore Big Lickers have sought refuge and the fact that all close and adjoining states, except Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arkansas,  which are surprisingly  split evenly, are strongly For Passage of the PAST Act.

FOR PASSAGE OF HR 1518/S1406

Texas – 79%
Louisiana – 70%
Arkansas – 53%
Missouri – 63%
Illinois – 82%
Indiana – 100%
Ohio – 67%
West Virginia – 74%
Virginia – 67%
North Carolina – 48%
Georgia – 48%
Florida – 89%
South Carolina – 51%

The overall result of the HR 1518/S 1406 Poll was 63% of voting eligible TWHBEA members who participated favor passage of the PAST Act.

Unconfirmed, but believed reliable, reports out of Washington, DC are the PAST Act will pass the House before February 1, 2014, and S. 1406 (the Senate companion measure) is now approaching 40 Senators co-sponsoring the bill.

Pat Stout was a visionary to have the courage to do the HR 1518 Poll which truly gauged and showed where the TWHBEA members are in supporting the removing the pads and chains so the Tennessee Walking Horse breed can return to its roots, and once again by loved by persons in all 50 states on the Poll Map  and throughout the World where it hopes to grow.

The TWHBEA Executive Committee and Board of Directors,  which is now dominated by sore Big Lickers, would do well to study the lessons of The Poll and realize,  like The University of Tennessee already has, here are the future faces of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed:

2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming - Kimbrell Hines Up On "A Daring Affair" - Taking The Place Of 'Big Lick' World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

2012 – UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming – Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” – Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

Caroline Emery, her 12 year old brother, Cale Emery, "Amazing Grace" and Trainer Cat Dye, all from Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee

Caroline Emery, her 12 year old brother, Cale Emery, “Amazing Grace” and Trainer Cat Dye, all from Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

When they return to Washington, the Congressmen and the United States Senators are going to find that the Poll Map makes a compelling case For Passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

To do so would allow the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to be reborn and reach its true potential and destiny – not as the sore Big Lick horse of four red states – rather as the natural gaited sound Tennessee Walking Horse of the United States of America,  and the rest of the world.

A final note – the Big Lick crowd need not get too excited that 68% of Tennessee TWHBEA members oppose passage of HR 1518/S1406.   Why?   Because while the opposition is vocal,  it’s thinner than a one egg puddin’.   A Change.Org Petition opposing HR 1518/S1406 has been running for 30 days now, and the Lickers can’t even get 1,350 signatures. That is pitiful.    Nephew Eugene says it’s just plumb “no count”.   Carrie Underwood got that many sigs in about three hours when she decided to jump in against the Ag Gag bill.   Don’t be surprised if something like that doesn’t happen with the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

Stay tuned.

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