THETA, TN – Sore Big Lick President Steve Smith ascended into office on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 2013, and things have been rollicking down hill ever since. Mr. Smith received a HPA Violation that he forgot, then he vaguely remembered when questioned by a reporter from The Tennessean newspaper, and he promised the following:
Presently, the TWHBEA Board of Directors, after having been regaled with the pontificating and reveries of Smith sidekick Chief Justice Walt Chism, has now broken into an all out food fight.
It’s something resembling the ward in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.
It apparently centered around former Executive Committee member and Tennessee Director sore Big Lick Trainer Wayne Dean, known as “Deano” to his buds, who pled out and got a two-year sentence from USDA on a HPA charge.
It’s against TWHBEA By-Laws for a Director to continue to serve under those circumstances. so Montana Rick Wies and Pennsylvania Rick Chovan called for Dean to resign. Executive Director Tracy Boyd announced that Dean had resigned, but not before Performance Horse VP Ford Gates:
called the distinguished Director from Pennsylvania, Mr. Chovan, “A Prick”. Mr Chovan told Mr. Gates he did not think as a VP of TWHBEA that he was acting in a “professional and respectful manner”, and if he could not do so, then he suggested Mr. Gates resign. Mr. Gates, with no apology, stated that he represented himself in a totally professional and respectful manner when he was dealing with professional and respectful people. For the record, Mr. Gates did not admit to “fixing” any horses.
Then the Director from Kentucky Spencer Benedict weighed in with some disjointed thing about receiving death threats (wasn’t clear who received them or who made them). His words are as follows:
“From Spencer Benedict: Alright guys. Games up. I just had a good friend of mine personally threatened to “put a cap in the back of the guys head. All of them…..” Sound good to you? That’s what they deserve? This has gone way to far. “Dont get carried away.”, “This wont ever happen.” – Maybe, maybe not. In the crazed country we live in today, anything can happen. May be time for you to do your thing and I do mine. Spend your time promoting the horse you ride, the way you want, and I will ride and promote mine the way I want. Let the law and God take care of the outcome. We might ALL be suprised if we spent more time being positive than negative. I really dont take to death threats very well, legitimate or not. Is all of this worth it? Not if somebody dies. Think about it’
All of this upset the gentle lady from Illinois Director Deanna Hasler who actually did resign saying she was “scared” and could not longer be a part of it:
“Tracy and All,
Then the gentle lady from Minnesota Cynthia Endres decided to lecture the Directors Alabama Gates, Pennsylvania Chovan and Montana Wies saying:
“I have been keeping my mouth shut but this is just about enough! I am so sick of your bantering back and forth RICK! Constantly looking for something to BIT*H about or point your finger at. Its to bad those of you who where voted off the EC committee, didn’t work this hard at doing something good for the association or the breed!!!!!!! But NOW
you and your clan of haters, want to let US know, what WE should, say, think or be doing!
Thanks but no thanks. Go do something productive rather than destructive!
THEN THERE’S PEOPLE AND THINGS WHO/WHICH HAVE LEFT THE SCENE
PURPLE STRATEGIES LADY – CHRIS MATHER FROM CHICAGO
ROB AND BECKY’S FAMOUS PURPLE COUCH
PSHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KATHLEEN SPEARS – NOWHERE IN SIGHT
TWHBEA PRESIDENT TRACY BOYD – MAY 27, 2013 – WE HARDLY KNEW HIM
SHOW HIO – AND ALL THE MANDATORY MINIMUM PENALTIES
The USDA doesn’t have them, and some say the shredders have been working overtime.