LEWISBURG, TN – In the midst of TWHBEA’s downward financial spiral, TWHBEA today announced Winnett Associates of Shelbyville, Tennessee as TWHBEA’s accounting firm.
After serving 10 years, Cook and Co. of Arab, Alabama terminated its relationship with TWHBEA in December 2013.
TWHBEA then searched for a new firm,, took bids, and chose Winnett Associates located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The embattled sore Big Lick supporter California Director Christy Lantis, formerly Performance (Big Lick) Horse VP, and now VP – Fiscal Affairs, made the announcement regarding hiring of the Winnett firm.
“TWHBEA Hires Winnett Associates
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) is pleased to announce its engagement of Winnett Associates for its audit and accounting needs. Winnett Associates, located in Shelbyville, Tenn., previously served as TWHBEA’s accounting firm for many years. Winnett’s prior knowledge of TWHBEA accounting and business practices, along with their computer software, will help make this a very smooth transition.
Christy Lantis, TWHBEA Vice President of Administration/Fiscal/Audit, states that the new contract will save TWHBEA approximately 35% in accounting fees in 2014 versus what was paid out in 2013. Ms. Lantis further states; “TWHBEA is excited to work with Winnett Associates, and we are impressed with their responsiveness, professionalism and integrity”.
TWHBEA invited bids from five accounting firms and Winnett submitted the best overall proposal.”
TWHBEA is in severe financial straits because of the damage inflicted from its continued embrace of the sore Big Lick horse. Breedings, foal registrations and transfers of horss are down to record low levels due to the lack of marketability of the sore Big Lick horse.
The public has rejected it.
Here’s the proof:
Yet a hard core group of backward looking sore Big Lick supporters led by Steve Smith and Walt Chism now control the TWHBEA machinery. Rather than being willing to embrace the change that would free the Tennessee Walking Horse breed from the crippling stigma of soring. the delusional Smith and Chism are trying to roll back the clock to when the public was oblivious to the prevalence of horse soring.
Smith and Chism are serving the interests of Celebration Chair and WHR Publisher David L. Howard and his consigliere John T. Bobo.
who have managed the Celebration into a $2,000,000.00 loss, and S.H.O.W. HIO being decertified by the USDA for violating the Horse Protection Act.
It’s not working … and won’t work.
Legendary Tennessee Walking Horse figure W. W. “Bill” Harlin spoke out for change last week announcing his support of the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. He noted that the number of registered Tennessee Walking Horse foals has dropped from a high of 15,526 in 2000 to just 3,358 in 2010. During that same period, the number of individual breeders fell from 9,306 to just 1,870.
Harlin who at 90 years of age still operates Harlinsdale Farm breeding operation. He describes “H.R. 1518, (as) a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act, “to save our breed.” The bill, known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky, would ban chains and pads that are used to sore horses, improve enforcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and strengthen penalties on trainers and owners who violate the law.
TWHBEA Membership Totals
TWHBEA is in a downward spiral and is heading toward a crash.
It’s a pipeline business, and the pipeline is about empty.
The January 2014 membership was under 7,000.
There were 6,950 eligible to vote members in September 2013. The “represented” total number was about 8,000, but it included approximately 500 of those were “youth” memberships and about 500 were “gimmicky” “one time” memberships at $35.00, rather than $60.00 for full memberships. The $35.00 “give aways” were trying to get people in under the tent and then move them up to full membership.
So the February 2014 TWHBEA membership is about 6,800 – 6,900 legitimate full voting members.
Pat Stout polled the 6,950 TWHBEA members in September and 63% of the eligible to vote membership participating voted landslide “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains and end the sore Big Lick. The turnout was an impressive 26%.
Tennessee Walking Horse icon Bill Harlin joined the 63% last week.
TWHBEA is a House Divided, one with irreconcilable differences.
Billy Go Boy presciently forecasted the “Lewisburg Accords” 14 years ago.
The time has now come to either abolish the sore Big Lick (PAST ACT) or the Sound Horse(Flatters) and sore Big Lick (Lickers) agree to split up TWHBEA and go separate ways.
The two are not compatible, and despite the delusions of “senior citizen” Walt Chism and his hard headed compatriot Steve Smith, they never will be.
The “ALL DISCIPLINES” euphemism is dead.
The sore Big Lick IS going to be left behind.
Critical mass has been reached.
The only possible solutions to settle the conflict are:
- Passage of the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
- The “Lewisburg Accords”.
Verily verily, I say unto you.