SHELBYVILLE, TN – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and John T. Bobo are good at a number of things. One thing they are especially good at is getting other people to spend their money on causes which help them.
But it appears they may now have a problem.
Informed sources believe the following information is reliable:
“BREAKING NEWS: At East TN Trainers Meeting last night, Terry Dotson was there to speak on behalf of PSHA. He talked about how people that show needed to make donations to help cover their cost for everything that they are doing. He told them that they need to raise $1 million dollars to cover their debts and pay a $500k debt that need to be paid. He stated that PSHA was the only group fighting the past act, and that they were the only group that could get it stopped. He also said that if they did not support PSHA than there would be no shows as they would have to pull their money out and with out them fighting the past act, it would pass and everyone would loose their pads and chains. He claimed that PSHA has nothing to do with SHOW. When asked about the calvary group, he said he didn’t know anything about them and that PSHA was the only goup in DC fighting the bill. He is pushing for one HIO but refused to say if it would be SHOW. He said he was tired of writing checks to cover expenses for PSHA and that everyone that shows will have to start helping pay the expenses.”
Apparently, David L. Howard and John T. Bobo keep going back to the same folks, and they are getting tired of forking out.
January 29, 2014 – “The Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) met on January 28, 2014 to discuss the organizations goals for 2014 and recap the progress made in 2013. PSHA has focused heavily on the PAST Act and its developments over 2013 and into 2014. PSHA has a contract with lobbyists Jeff Speaks and Bill Spencer with Potomac Strategies that costs roughly $12,000/mo. These lobbyists have been instrumental in helping to educate the members of Congress from the states most affected by the Tennessee Walking Horse and have been successful in only having a very few members from those states support the PAST Act.
PSHA has worked diligently on potential alternative legislation to the PAST Act and believes that legislation that cures the industry of its problems is far greater than the current PAST Act that would kill the industry. Developments surrounding the potential alternative legislative route will be forthcoming in the near future.
PSHA has supported the single, independent HIO structure publicly since its inception. PSHA is aware of the application of the Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO with the USDA. PSHA has no ownership of the HIO and will remain independent of its management but will work to support the HIO if it is certified and follows the outline of independent management, independent, qualified inspectors and tough enforcement of the HPA. PSHA hopes to forge a relationship with the HIO where it assists with the recruitment of horse shows thus leading to funding to assist with lobbying, public relations, research, scientific testing, and HIO responsibilities through entry fees.
PSHA has retained the services of Preston-Osborne in Lexington, Ky. to manage the public relation efforts of PSHA in support of the performance show horse in the industry. Currently Preston-Osborne is working with outside media on education of the industry along with producing a packet of information that will help in lobbying efforts in Washington and throughout the industry. The monthly fee is being paid by a donation to PSHA at this time, however moving forward the firm will require payment by PSHA. That fee will be approximately $5,500 per month.
PSHA has assumed all financial responsibility for the lobbying services, public relation services, swabbing in 2013, and equine experts to aid in research. Contrary to false accusations that the $25 fee charged by the SHOW HIO in 2013 went to pay back the loan the Celebration made to SHOW for $560,000, only $10 of the fee went to SHOW. That portion of the fee was used to run the SHOW HIO. Of the $25, $15 was paid by SHOW to PSHA to help fund the aforementioned items.
At this point in time, PSHA has payables that exceed its available balance. Many board members, along with a core group of owners, have been generous in continuing to fund the ongoing efforts of PSHA. At this point in time, no other funding source is in place until show season. Until a new HIO is certified with independent management, SHOW HIO has informed PSHA that it will fill the void and affiliate shows and continue to send $15 of every entry to PSHA to fund their initiatives.
PSHA believes strongly that donations to fund operations of lobbying, public relations, scientific testing and expert assistance and advice should not be the method of funding. PSHA believes that everyone showing a Tennessee Walking Horse should contribute to assist with these functions. The future of the show horse is at stake.
PSHA has formed a membership committee to explore ways to launch membership of PSHA. The hope is for membership to include a fee based structure that will allow additional funding moving forward in hopes of ensuring the future of the breed. Member benefits, other than voting privileges in PSHA activities, are being explored and will include as much value to members as possible.
PSHA also was made aware of a Walking Horse Trainers’ Association (WHTA) general membership meeting on February 17, 2014. At that meeting, members of the WHTA will voice their opinion and vote on whether they will support the independent, single HIO concept exclusively. That decision will influence the efforts of PSHA moving forward and the board of PSHA will convene for a meeting on February 18, 2014.
The current PSHA board consists of Jim Cortner, Chairman, Lee McGartland, Secretary, Mike Inman, Treasurer, Duke Thorson, Terry Dotson, Jamie Hankins, Mickey McCormick, Linton Griffith, Bruce MacDonald, Buddy Stasney, Dr. Doyle Meadows and Jeffrey Howard. Frank Eichler serves in an advisory role to the board.”
www.billygoboy.com exposed the sore Big Lick plot with USDA to have an HIO approved to take the place of the David L. Howard Celebration owned S.H.O.W. HIO which is being decertified. The plan was apparently for APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea to approve the application of Independent Inspection Services, LLC HIO headed up by former Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows.
It is humorous to read that PSHA was “made aware” of a WHTA meeting on February 17, 2014. That would be this meeting:
When www.billygoboy.com exposed the David L. Howard sore Big Lick PSHA Plan with USDA to get an HIO to take the place of the disgraced being decertified S.H.O.W. HIO, it blew things sky high. The WHTA Trainer BOYZ Feb. 17 meeting had to be cancelled, and PSHA was left holding an empty bag on “its plans to move forward” at its Feb. 18 meeting. Discord was apparent with the PSHA folks thinking they had a funding source only to find out they don’t.
The David L. Howard and John T. Bobo Plan was to have a united front:
INDEPENDENT INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC HIO
with all Lickers on the same page ready to beat the drum for the Big Lick show season and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) alternative bill to the PAST ACT.
So far, it hasn’t worked out that way.
The Big Lick money sources are seeing the handwriting on the Wall regarding the momentum and reality of the PAST ACT coming to fruition.
The USDA’s way too chummy relationship with the David L. Howard Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO has been revealed, and it will be constantly scrutinized and evaluated on a weekly basis
TWHBEA has turned into a rude non-transparent dictatorial heavy-handed border-line “thuggish” type operation which doesn’t care what the majority of its members think.
There are cracks in the sore Big Lick dam and water can be seen oozing through in several places.