LEWISBURG, TN – Abject denial is a difficult state for two “Grumpy Old Men” who are temporarily in charge of a 7,600 member organization to find themselves.
But they are.
In a word, it is “embarrassing“, and they are embarrassing themselves on a daily basis.
Here is Chief Justice Walt Chism’s view of the Steve Chism and Walt Smith administration expressed in an email this morning to the TWHBEA Directors.
On Jan 26, 2014, at 9:49 AM, “Walter Chism” wrote:
I think when your members see what this Executive Committee does for all aspects of the Tennessee Walking Horse world, more will join. We, have been on a negative train too long, time to start doing some positive things.
Here is one “positive thing” that Executive Commitee Member TWHBEA Performance Horse VP Ford Gates from Alabama said:
Now what exactly, Mr. Chism, did you say “this Executive Committee” is going to do?
Mr. Chism and Mr. Smith are in denial that the SORING is the elephant in the room.
According to Dr. John Haffner, who has worked on Mr. Chism’s broodmares, you can’t have the Big Lick without SORING.
Steve Smith and Walt Chism apparently stand for SORING because they are not willing to embrace the change and a new day that the PAST Act will offer.
They are carrying Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and Consigliere John T. Bobo’s water. They also refuse to embrace the Paradigm Change of removing the pads and chains to end the abuse and remove the stigma of soring from the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
Steve Smith is embarrassing U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander with his boorish dictatorial condescending “ur” style at TWHBEA.
Do these yard birds not realize it is not 1997?
Actually, Walt Chism knows he’s not living in 1997 When Mr. Chism saw the ABC Nightline on Jackie McConnell, he immediately starting dispersing his Tennessee Walking Horses and sold out.
Having done that, now he wants to come back into TWHBEA and tell everyone how they should do.
This appears to be the height of hypocrisy.
Steve Smith is apparently wanting to relive his Father’s run in 1988, but that won’t work because the times have changed.
Here is the reality of 2014.
The members of TWHBEA voted 63% in favor of the PAST Act.
The sore Big Lick – the time is up.
The ONLY positive thing that Steve Chism and Walt Smith can do is accept the change which is the sore Big Lick has to be eliminated.
Again, Dr. John Haffner, native Tennessean, MTSU faculty member, VP Tennessee AAEP, and who has worked on Mr. Chism’s broodmares, says you can’t have the Big Lick without soring.
He says you can’t have the Big Lick without PAIN.
The public is NOT going to put up with that any more.
The SORING must cease.
So far, the Smith and Chism approach:
- Extend the hours to 51/2 day work week. (Nobody is showing up to do business
- Chism went down to Lewisburg for a ‘photo op’ to publicize this new policy working – nobody was there and there was no photo taken)
- Declare war on the dues paying California TWHBEA members who petitioned to remove their Director because she supports the SORE Big Lick.
- Get sued in Federal Court in Sacramento, CA by the California TWHBEA members.
- Lose TWHBEA CPA of 10 years
- Lose $10,000.00 in December
- Eliminate the “treasured” perk of one free registration
- Appoint a “Lynch Mob” subcommittee ordered by Alexander Campaign Finance Chair Steve Smith to do “as quickly as possible” another “Witch Hunt” on Pat Stout and The Poll which has unalterably changed the direction of the breed association.
- Approve a “trumped up” Report on Pat Stout which was done outside the corporation’s rules and procedures which invoked the Code of Conduct
- Attempt to punish Pat Stout for asking the TWHBEA members Opinion HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act
The “Lynch Mob” subcommittee’s five members appointed by Steve Smith included four with HPA Citation Histories:
Tom “I Am A Proud HPA Violator” Kakassy,
DId four of the subcommittee members appointed by U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Campaign Finance Chair Steve Smith violate the TWHBEA Code of Conduct, 21.03 with these HPA citations on their records?
“TWHBEA Code of Conduct Standards”
Code of Conduct
“No person shall knowingly “¦ engage in any practice which has the effect of corrupting the integrity of the Association “¦ or otherwise engage in an unethical practice in any situation involving a Tennessee Walking Horse or any matter in which this Association has an interest.”
What can be worse than TWHBEA members being charged with violation of the Horse Protection Act for SORING?
No Mr. Chism, the perception trending toward reality is that you and Steve Smith are apparently fronting for the sore Big Lick establishment.
You are the engineers on the Negative Train of SORING, and reduction of Donut consumption isn’t going to get it done.
You have exponentially made TWHBEA’s plight much worse since taking office on December 7, 2013, and you are apparently only beginning in your misguided wrong direction.
Nobody is going to join the only breed registry in America, TWHBEA, which includes SORING as one of its “Disciplines” or SORING as one of the “aspects of the Tennessee Walking Horse World”.
What kind of legacy are you two leaving your grandchildren?