LEWISBURG, TN – Nephew Eugene loves Mexican food, and since there isn’t any in Theta, Eugene took off to Lewisburg with Leroy and Wydele and their wives to go eat at La Fuente’s up on the hill. While they were there, Eugene heard a fellow talking about something his wife heard at the beauty shop.
The fellow said his wife heard from Lorene who fixes Lucille’s friend’s hair that her Aunt Martha was real upset because she heard that Tennessee Walking Horse business over on Ellington Parkway had really had a bad week financially.
The news is that TWHBEA lost 400 members in the past week, Jan. 6 to Jan 10, 2014. On Monday, the membership was slightly over 8,000, and by Friday, the membership had dropped to about 7,600.
Aunt Martha said her best friend Mabel was terribly upset because this was the lowest membership in the last 8 years. Mabel says she can’t remember it being this low.
TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP TOTALS – 2006 – 2013
Aunt Martha and Mabel were talking about why this happened. Mabel said apparently two fellows who had recently taken the breed association over and thought they had all the answers. The President was some rich guy from up at Brentwood, and the one helping him was a senior fellow who had been active at the breed association 20 years ago.
Aunt Martha said the President Steve Smith filled out a form when he ran for office:
Nephew Eugene asked Aunt Martha what she thought the problem was.
Martha said she had lived in Lewisburg all her life and the biggest problem she knew of was the people were tired of the Tennessee Walking Horses being sored. They had stopped going to the horse shows. She said they weren’t going to go back until there was no more soring. She also said there as some new law in Congress which would stop soring and send people to prison who did it.
Martha said her best friend Mabel agreed with the soring part of it, but Mabel says she thinks the reason is the two older men, Steve Smith and Walt Chism, think they know more than anybody else, and they are not paying attention to the members of the breed association. She said the two men got into an argument with the whole State of California and they are trying to make those poor people ride a bus over 4,000 miles to come to Lewisburg, Tennessee to vote when a 50 cent stamp would take care of sending in a secret written ballot which they always used to decide who will be a Director. She said both sides have lawyers now and it looks like a Judge may have to take things over real soon.
Mabel also said that the members of the organization voted back in October in a landslide 63% in favor of the new law to stop the soring. She said the new law would take the pads and chains off the horses and let them be shown sound. Mable says this Steve Smith and Walt Chism are against the law, and this has the majority of the members of the association real upset. She said there was one Director from Texas at the annual meeting at December who wanted to know more about the 63% Poll results, so a Map of the United States was prepared which showed how the country voted.
Mabel said she thinks that President Steve Smith and Sr. Vice President Walt Chism came in on a “high horse” and they were trying to do things the majority of the members of TWHBEA were not in favor of so the members decided they would show Smith/Chism and not renew their memberships until the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act passed Congress.
Nephew said his group enjoyed the fajitas and chicken chimichangas along with sangria, and he sure did learn a lot while he was in Lewisburg.