THETA, TN – Nephew Eugene was visiting one of his barn help friends Manuel in Franklin over Christmas. His friend used to work for a Big Lick trainer. The Big Lick business wasn’t going well, so the Trainer converted the barn he rents to a riding school. Stalls still have to be cleaned and horses fed no matter whether they are doing the Big Lick or not, so Eugene’s buddy was able to keep his job.
Nephew Eugene’s friend Manuel found some papers laying on the floor, and he showed them to Nephew Eugene and asked him what they meant.
Nephew Eugene brought them home, and since two heads are better than one, I thought we would let you all take a look and see if you could help us up here at Theta figure out what’s going on down at Lewisburg in the Kingdom of His Majesty King Steve Smith The First, and his Squire, Sir Walt Chism, better known as, “Two Grumpy Churlish Old Men”.
From the best I can tell from looking at the papers (shown below), the Peon Directors who represent the majority of the members of TWHBEA are fed up with
His Majesty King Steve Smith The First, and his Squire Sir Walt Chism superior and condescending attitude.
King Steve and Sir Walt got away with those tactics in 1997, but 2013 is a new day. What they do now is being reported in real time as they found out on Christmas eve when the Chattanooga Newspaper reported their trying to make dues paying members from California have to travel to Lewisburg to vote on removal of Big Licker Director Christy Lantis from office.
“California Walking Horse Show Members Say They Are Being Forced To Travel To Tennessee To Vote On Ouster Of “Big Lick” Board Member
Those telling them are King Steve Smith The First and his Squire Sir Walt Chism.
The TWHBEA By-Laws provide that secret written ballots are to be used in Directors elections and meetings. The Christy Lantis removal action is proceeding under Tennessee Law, but there is nothing in Tennessee law which states that voting cannot be done by secret written ballot. The TWHBEA By-Laws specifically provide that secret written ballots can be used in meetings, and have been. King Steve and Sir Walt appear to be meanly and spitefully playing games with their “subjects” from California
Sir Walt Chism is now holding court on the internet with the Peon Directors in an ongoing Mass Email conversation (the papers Manuel gave Nephew Eugene) and Sir Walt is acting like he is Judge Judy Chism – spouting all kinds of junk all in the name of obfuscating the real issue of the following factual situation:
- Over 25% of the California TWHBEA members have petitioned under Tennessee law to remove Director Lantis. Ten per cent is required but TWHBEA got a cooked up legal opinion saying 20% and the California folks came up with more than 25%
- A Special Meeting was called for 9:00 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2014, for one purpose: “For voting on removal of Christy Lantis as a Director of TWHBEA.”
- King Steve and Sir Walt, neither of whom are attorneys, and neither of whom have produced a written legal opinion written by attorneys setting out their position, have DECREED to the California Peon Members: Thou shalt travel over 4,000 miles to Lewisburg, Tennessee” to vote on the removal of Christy Lantis.
- Presiding self appointed Judge Judy Chism has even taken the Position in “Internet Chatterer Court”(which the King seems to royally dismiss as insignificant) that there will be a “discussion at the meeting at which California members will vote on the removal of Christy Lantis”, and Judge Judy Chism thinks that “he” will be part of the discussion as if he has a vote in the matter which not being a member from California. Of course strange things happen in Lewisburg when ballots are circulated, so while it appears on the California members will vote, the way the King and the Squire are acting who knows what the rules will be when the actual meeting takes place.
- The meeting Notice doesn’t say anything about a discussion. It says a vote will be taken on the removal of Christy Lantis.
- If the dictatorial dark King Steve Smith The First forces his California subjects to travel over 4,000 miles to vote when they can put a 50 cent stamp on an envelope or like many modern organizations do, just let their members vote electronically – like using the internet the way many professional organizations such as realtors, doctors and accountants do these days.
- I wonder what U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander thinks of his $3 Million Dollar Finance Chair Stephen B. Smith being so heavy handed with fellow American as King Steve Smith The First. If King Steve keeps going, some think that Alexander’s opponents are going to start taking out ads featuring King Smith and Lamar Alexander and Horse Soring on billboards, television and radio.
- The only logical conclusion that can reached from all this is that it King Smith and Sir Walt throwing their weight around in the sandbox has nothing whatsoever to do with the Tennessee Code
- It has all to do with two grumpy mean old men trying to oppress the TWHBEA members from California who voted 79% in favor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which the sore Big Lick crowd which King Steve and Sir Walt along with their silent partner, David L. Howard, strongly oppose.
- It seems that King Steve and Sir Walt are trying to oppress the California members who do not believe in soring Tennessee Walking Horses is right unlike King Steve who has been cited for attempting to exhibit a sore horse and now wants to defend the Big Lick horse which esteemed MTSU veterinarian Dr. John Haffner says:
One of the Peon Directors from Arizona, Pamela Reband, MD, former sore Big Licker-now Sound, who is substantially more educated than both King Steve and Sir Walt put together, eloquently expressed herself to Sir Walt about what she thinks of His Majesty King Steve and Sir Walt’s efforts to bully the Peon Directors and telling the TWHBEA peon members – “Let Them Eat Cake”.
From: Pamele Reband, MD, Peon Director from Arizona
To: Sir Walt Chism – Senior Vice President
Date: December 28, 2013 12:32:13 PM PST
Cc: Other Peon Directors
Subject: Re: California-Press Release-FYI
The location of the meeting is decreed by Tennessee law but the location of the VOTE is not. YOu could have had the meeting in TN, broadcast it on the web so all the members could see it and then had a ballot vote. That would have been fair, legal and the right thing to do. Instead you have gone about this in the manner most calculated to assure that the wishes of the members in California can be ignored and are hiding behind a ridiculous self-righteous argument that it’s “legal”. It is legal… and unfair. Other methods would have been legal and fair.
I am appalled that the Ex Com has gone to this length to deny the California members their rights and to keep someone on the board who appears to no longer be representing the people of the state for whom she is supposed to speak. I say appalled but certainly not surprised. This appears to be simply business as usual for the ex com. This is the type of behavior that has led to the loss of prestige for our horse, the loss of markets for our horse, the loss of the world’s respect for TWHBEA.
Steve’s letter was simply rude and condescending. What he calls “internet chatter” is the way the modern world communicates. It is the way the young people that could be the future market for our horses communicate. To ignore it and insult it in this manner is to assure that those who might have bought our horses in the future will now look elsewhere. To ignore it is to kill our future. And THAT sure as heck isn’t the ex com doing anything to improve the future of the Walking Horse.
“We make our fortunes and call them fate.”
““ Benjamin Disreali
OTHER EXCERPTS FROM MANUEL’S PAPER FIND
Date: December 28, 2013 6:48:27 PM PST
To: PEON DIRECTORS FROM MONTANA & PENNSYLVANIA
Cc: OTHER PEON DIRECTORS
Subject: Re: California-Press Release-FYI
You have to read it all and you didn’t. It has been reprinted here several times and I think a majority have agreed the meeting must be held in Lewisburg, TN.
The statue you refer to in various places defers to the bylaws or the charter if one exist and in other places it may prevent or mandate am action.
FROM THE PEON DIRECTOR FROM MONTANA
TO SIR WALT CHISM
Walt, Fran and Others,
I might suggest………
In summary….. TN Code says 10%. California sent in 19.9%. By-laws say 20%. California resubmitted and sent in 25%. By-laws followed not TN Code. TN Code says a special meeting. By-laws say a vote by mail is okay.
If my memory is correct TN Code says special meetings can be held in or out of State.
I suggest and see an opportunity for a compromise. Hold the special meeting in California. TWHBEA would be able to take a negative PR and turn it into a very positive PR by showing a willingness to compromise and willingness to work with it’s membership. Seems like it could be a Win Win for all.
FROM: SIR WALT CHISM
At 09:37 PM 12/27/2013, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We’re operating under Tennessee code.
What makes this recall vote different?
From: Sir Walt Chism – Senior Vice President wrote:
To: Rick, Peon Director from Montana
Rick this is the last time I’m going to respond on this matter. The Tennessee code decided the location for this meeting, not previous EC and certainly not this EC. The EC can not change the law.
Rick, Peon Director From Montana to Sir Walt Chism
(Walt) The factual information is that the EC refuses to allow the California members the right to a mail in ballot, and is requiring that they all travel to Tennessee to vote. This is outrageous
Letter from Dallas Cole – Resident of Tennessee – (Responding to article in Chattanooga Free Press:
Hi Ms. Cole,
My name is Dallas Cole (no relation, that I’m aware of), and I just read an article on a local Chattanooga, TN website that reported California members of the TWHBEA are having to travel to Tennessee in order to vote out current director Christy Lantis, who opposes a bill that cracks down on soring.
First, I want to thank you for leading the charge to get rid of people who aren’t concerned with the horses’ well-being. I do not own horses, personally, but my parents own four, two of which are TN Walking Horses (and all of which are treated better than most humans, let alone horses), and Copper, Samson, Sarah, & Kate (the latter two being sister Belgians) have shown me just how loving, intelligent, funny, and special creatures horses are. The thought of someone intentionally inflicting pain on them and putting their general welfare at stake, all for the purpose of getting them to walk a certain way, absolutely infuriates me (I would love to “sore” those people in the same manner, and let them get a taste of their own medicine, but that’s another issue for another time).
Quite frankly, I am embarrassed that people from my home state of Tennessee are not only attempting to protect Christy Lantis, but are also going to such juvenile measures as forcing Californians to travel over 4,000 miles just to vote on her ouster. Their pettiness and immaturity is a great example of the origin of the countless other problems facing our country today.
Again, thank you for leading the charge, and feel free to pass along this email and my words of encouragement to anyone/everyone, especially those traveling with you to vote. I realize that traveling such a great distance is no easy task, but I feel it will be well worth it, once Ms. Lantis is replaced with someone who deserves the position.
Sincerely and respectully,
Dallas Cole, one of many supporters from Tennessee.
On Dec 26, 2013, at 9:15 AM, Peon Director from Montana
GRASS VALLEY, CA – A large group of upset California Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry members are protesting TWHBEAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to force them to travel over 4,000 miles to Lewisburg, Tennessee to vote on removing California Director Christy Lantis.
Christy Lantis presently serves on the breed associationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Executive Committee as VP ““ Fiscal Affairss. Lantis was previously Chairman of the Performance Horse Committee where she championed the Big Lick show horse, which is subject to much controversy for being abused and exhibited in pads and chains.
The meeting to remove Director Christy Lantis from Los Angeles was set for 9:00 A.M. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, after over 25% of the California members petitioned TWHBEA to remove Lantis under Tennessee law. Ten per cent is required to have a vote on the matter.
The groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spokesperson, Fran Cole, an attorney and former California director, accused THWBEA President Steve Smith and Sr. Vice President Walt Chism for Ã¢â‚¬Å“oppressing the California membersÃ¢â‚¬ by forcing them to travel to Lewisburg, Tennessee to voteÃ¢â‚¬ .
Cole said the group was pursuing a plan to charter a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Stop The Soring -Free The HorsesÃ¢â‚¬ Bus to transport the California members to Tennessee so they could vote.
Cole said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have an elderly friend in a wheelchair who is a California TWHBEA member and wishes to vote. However, she cannot physically get to Lewisburg due to her medical condition, much less afford the travel expense. Shame on TWHBEA for treating a loyal member with physical disabilities this way!Ã¢â‚¬
Cole said she hoped a reporter from Los Angeles could accompany them and file reports along the way. She said the group would stop at television and radio stations to be interviewed regarding the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and Middle Tennessee being the horse soring capitol of the United States.
She also said that Tennessee media representatives along with music business celebrities would be invited to join the group on the bus in Nashville in order to show support, and then go with the group to Lewisburg to cover the meeting and the removal vote. She expects fellow Sound Horse supporters to follow the bus and caravan to Lewisburg.
Cole said we plan to make it clear what this Ã¢â‚¬Å“backward looking Big Lick leadershipÃ¢â‚¬ has put us through in order for us to do something that could have been handled by mail ““ all in the iinterest of attempting to protect someone who is against the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act from being removed from office.
Cole said Ã¢â‚¬Å“DirectorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ elections are always handled by secret written ballots being mailed to the members, and the votes are always counted by a Certified Public Accountant.Ã¢â‚¬
Cole said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Director Lantis was elected by written ballot and should be removed by written ballot. That’s the only right way to do it. No TWHBEA election in history has ever required members to travel to Tennessee to vote. It’s an international organization, after all. The only possible reason for denying us ballots is to disenfranchise members solely to protect an insider. We just want TWHBEA to follow the law and to act fairly towards its members.Ã¢â‚¬ She pointed out Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is in no one’s best interest, and I should point out that directors of a nonprofit corporation who act with willful misconduct or gross negligence risk personal liability in addition to the corporate liability imposed on TWHBEA.
Some people feared the worst with this KIng Steve Smith The First and Sir Walt Chism trying to be Co-Dictators at TWHBEA and it certainly seems to be coming true.
Seasoned observers believe that a national publicity fiasco awaits.