THE 13,300 MEMBER (BCHA) BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF AMERICA DECIDES TO SEVER PARTNERSHIP WITH TWHBEA OVER SORING ISSUE – STEVE SMITH/WALT CHISM REGIME TAKES MAJOR HIT AS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO LINE UP AGAINST THE SORE BIG LICK

GRAHAM, WA – The 13,300 member Back Country Horsemen of America Chairman Jim McGarvey  has decided to sever all ties with TWHBEA over the SORING issue. The two organizations recently entered into a partnership to recognize the Tennessee Walking Horse, but due to the soring associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse breed,  BCHA has decided to withdraw from the venture.

The move by BCHA was triggered by the Steve Smith/Walt Chism sore Big Lick regime at TWHBEA which opposes passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act presently before Congress.   Seven of the 10 members of the President Steve Smith TWHBEA Executive Committee have HPA Citation histories.

In an email today to Montana TWHBEA Director Rick Wies, BCHA Chairman McGarvey said,  “… The calls have been ones of outrage that the BCHA is connected in any fashion with the TWHBEA. …  When two organizations make an agreement such as the TWHBEA and the BCHA have, one usually expects a “win win ” for both.   In this case it is a
big “win lose ”.  …   The BCHA does not enter into agreements lightly but the collateral damage is growing and I am going to stop it.   The BCHA has far too many important projects on the table to be distracted by this controversy.”
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Since Steve Smith and Walt Chism came in with a sore Big Lick agenda and have gone  against the majority of the TWHBEA membership voting landslide  63% for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, the damage done to the Tennessee Walking Horse breed continues to mount.

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AHP Newsgroup: Back Country Horsemen of America Teams Up with Tennessee Walkers

Peg Greiwe
1-888-893-5161
peg@backcountryhorse.com

by Sarah Wynne Jackson

January 2, 2014 –  Back Country Horsemen of America leads the fight to save trails for horse use and the Tennessee Walking Horse is one of today’s most popular trail horses. It makes sense that BCHA and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) form a partnership to recognize Tennessee Walking Horses and their riders that best exemplify the mission of Back Country Horsemen of America.

A Unique Partnership

The innovative TWHBEA/BCHA Tennessee Walking Horse Recognition Program will present awards each year to the Tennessee Walking Horses and their riders/owners who best exemplify the mission of Back Country Horsemen of America. One horse and rider/owner will be recognized from each state in which BCHA has a formal organization. The rider/owner must be a member of TWHBEA and of the state BCHA organization. Among those recognized from each state, one horse and rider/owner will be selected for national recognition.

Although the Tennessee Walking Horse is most known as a show horse, more TWHBEA members use them for pleasure than competition. The breed’s smooth gait and quiet disposition make it an ideal trail mount. In fact, some estimate that more than half of the horses participating in Back Country Horsemen of America activities are gaited, and many of those are Tennessee Walking Horses. Gaited horses travel with a more level motion than non-gaited horses, resulting in a less bouncy ride. This quality is particularly attractive to adults new to riding or those experiencing the stiffness of age.

To find out how you can get involved with the  TWHBEA/BCHA Tennessee Walking Horse Recognition Program, e-mail Back Country Horsemen of America (execsecretary@backcountryhorse.com) or see the Programs page atwww.twhbea.com.

About the TWHBEA

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare.

About Back Country Horsemen of America

BCHA is a non-profit corporation made up of state organizations, affiliates, and at-large members. Their efforts have brought about positive changes regarding the use of horses and stock in the wilderness and public lands.

If you want to know more about Back Country Horsemen of America or become a member, visit their website:  www.backcountryhorse.com; call 888-893-5161; or write PO Box 1367, Graham, WA 98338-1367. The future of horse use on public lands is in our hands!

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http://www.twhbea.com/13PDFs/BackCountryHorsemanRecognitionProgram.pdf

TWHBEA/BCHA TWH RECOGNITION PROGRAM
An advocacy partnership between the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’
And Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) and the Back Country Horsemen Of
America (BCHA).
“¢ A program to recognize Tennessee Walking Horses, along with their owners/
riders, that best exemplify the mission of the Back Country Horsemen of
America.
– One horse and owner/rider will be recognized from each state in which the BCHA has a
recognized affiliate organization (rider/owner must be a member of TWHBEA and of the affiliate
organization.)
– States with affiliate organizations include – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinios, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Utah, Washington, West Virginia,
and Wyoming.
– Among those recognized from each state, one horse and owner/rider will be selected for
national recognition.
– TWHBEA will donate awards for each state award recipient.

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President Steve Smith and SR VP Walt Chism are turning out to be the wrong guys at the wrong time where the best interest of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is concerned.

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2 thoughts on “THE 13,300 MEMBER (BCHA) BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF AMERICA DECIDES TO SEVER PARTNERSHIP WITH TWHBEA OVER SORING ISSUE – STEVE SMITH/WALT CHISM REGIME TAKES MAJOR HIT AS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO LINE UP AGAINST THE SORE BIG LICK

  1. You have to admire the members of BCHA. They have principles and are not afraid to express them. You have to admire the leadership for listening to their members. Ya think TWHBEA could take a lesson from them???

  2. Wow, dissent against TWHBEA is growing like a bushfire. Everyday there is a new scandal leading to the ruination of TWHBEA, some of these scandals may have been just bad karma catching up with the organization, others are directly due to a small coterie of Lickers who have weaseled their way into power hell bent on continuing the abusive tradition of soring.

    King Steve & Sir Walt must step down for the good of TWHBEA. Between lying about his participation in abusing his horse, acting in direct violation of the bylaws, the bullying of members who choose to protest against their agenda & promoting an illegal activity, soring, in direct opposition to
    membership wishes.

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