Your Majesty, King Steve The First,
Sire, your missive has been received.
I am sure it is dismaying for you to learn from lowly “Internet Chatterers” that trouble abounds in your Kingdom.
Frankly Sire, the “squabble” is about horse soring.
Horse soring like that with which you sir were once associated and for which you were once cited.
Horse soring you seemed to disremember when you filled out the form and aspired to be King.
Horse soring like that was perpetrated for decades by David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee – from your estate and tenements, no less.
One in which Sir David once was suspended two years from any horse show activity by the other Sovereign (Not Golden). Wasn’t this about the same time when you were serving as King of TWHBEA from 1995 – 1997.
Sire, you mention that you are reigning over an association of 8,000 members.
Actually, Sire, it has 6,950 eligible to vote members.
Sire, are you aware that these, your humble peons received ballots and 26% of them actually participated in a Poll and voted 63% For Passage of HR 1518/S1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
Yes, Sire, they voted.
One of your new Knights from Texas wanted to know more about the Poll so a Map was prepared which showed how the States, Regions and World voted.
Sire, your remaining shrinking Kingdom is the portion in Red.
Sire, it appears you are surrounded by non-friendlies to your imagined agenda. The majority of your subjects are not of one mind with you about the direction in which you and Sir Walt want TWHBEA to go.
Sire, in your letter, you propose to “promote our breed to new heights”.
Your Majesty, how do you and Sir Walt propose to do that when the majority of your subjects, the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, do not share your view.
Sire, they want no part of your “promoting” your beloved sore Big Lick Horse which you enjoyed so much in your days of Spring. Again Sire, please cast your eyes below. The areas in which you would “promote our breed” and see that they are foreclosed to you unless you decide this is the future – then there might be some hope. Until then, there is none.
Sire, it’s not 1997.
Sire, the eyes of Priscilla Presley, Carrie Underwood, Nephew Eugene, Radar, Brother Roy Exum, Adam McCauley of Al Jazeera, Iva Butler of the Maryville – The Daily Times, Lance Coleman of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Christina Wilkie of The Huffington Post, Heidi Hall of The Tennessean, Pam Sohn of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Janet Patton of the Lexington Leader-Herald, Lela Garlington of The Commercial-Appeal, Phillip Barton of Gannett, and yes even the lowly Peons from California and “Internet Chatterers” from all over America and the World are closely watching yours and Sir Walt Chism’s every move.
An internet Chatterer.