THETA, TN – What world is Walt Chism living in?
Obviously, the past.
Today, a 13,300 member National Organization parts ways with the Tennessee Walking Horse over one issue.
And Sr VP Chism blithers on and on about 25 years ago.
It’s 2014, and Mr. Chism is either in denial or slipping into dementia.
Where Chism is 100% wrong is he believes the value of the Tennessee Walking Horse is based around the sore Big Lick horse.
It is not.
People will never come back to the Tennessee Walking Horse as long as there is the SORING.
Chism’s statement – “you can’t elevate something by destroying something else.”
Of course, you can elevate the Tennessee Walking Horse breed by eliminating the pads and chains and ending the sore Big Lick.
He talks about: “it is our intention to reclaim some of the value of our horse. When you increase the value of the horse, people will start buying them again. When people start buying, breeders will start breeding.”
Mr. Chism – What is “OUR HORSE”?
You have a rotten product one stained with the stigma of SORING.
What is it you don’t understand?
Another Chismism – “Never let perfection stand in the way of excellence.”
What in the world is this man babbling about?
SORING Is excellence?
You just have to wonder what is going to spill out his mouth next?
Dr. John Haffner told the hard of hearing Mr. Chism, you cannot have the soring Big Lick without soring.
Mr. Chism KNOWS you can’t have the Big Lick without soring.
So does Steve Smith.
They are the misguided ego driven individuals who value control and power over what is in the best interest of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
WHOA had 16,000 horses inspected in 2013, and there were three HPA violations.
Chism doesn’t think there can be a vibrant Tennessee Walking Horse without the sore Big LIck horse.
He is totally wrong.
Mr. Chism, there is no industry.
There IS a “racket”
You know that there is.
It’s time for Paradigm Change and you, sir, need to lead, follow or get out of the way.
From Rick Wies
To: Walt Chism
So far I am not impressed with what the EC has done to date.
On Jan 26, 2014, at 13:22, Walter Chism wrote:
You might want to give them a little more than 60 days and 1 EC meeting. I think we have an intelligent group that has the interest of the horse at heart.
Some, not all, have spent so much effort trying to destroy the padded and in the process have destroyed the value of all walking horses. Rick, it is our intention to reclaim some of the value of our horse. When you increase the value of the horse, people will start buying them again. When people start buying, breeders will start breeding.
My personal opinion is you can’t elevate something by destroying something else.
From: Cris Van Horn
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:42:16 -0600
To: Walt Chism
The sore horse, the people responsible for soring the horse, the judges who have rewarded the sore horse in the show ring, and the people who are involved in the breed and do nothing to bring an end to soring are the ones who are responsible for the downfall of this breed.
From: Walter Chism
Date:01/29/2014 8:40 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Cris Van Horn
What I have done is participate in the process to effect change. I probably can include my name on more change than 99.9% of the people involved in the walking horse industry. I served on the NHSC board, help create the independent judges committee, started maintaining show records, IPEDS today was a derivative of my work, participated in Equitana, provided fluoroscopes to NHSC, served on the EC that developed the Atlanta Protocol, helped grow the membership of TWHBEA to over 20,000, served on the forms committee for the simplification of the registration process, passed a meaningful parentage verification program, changed rules to allow off farm breeding, started the Franklin Lions Club horse show, proposed various alternatives and promoted all disciplines at all times.
What I have not done is to try to destroy a segment of the industry. Never let perfection stand in the way of excellence.