LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA Sr. VP Walt Chism today rudely berated TWHBEA Director Bill Adams from Alberta, Canada who voiced support for the PAST ACT. Mr. Adams shared New York TWHBEA Director Lori Northrup‘s opinion opposing President Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick Executive Committee’s endorsement of the Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) alternative bill to the PAST ACT.
Mr. Chism essentially told Mr. Adams that his investment in Tennessee Walking Horses, and those of his Canadian constituents doesn’t matter when it comes to the laws of the United States. Mr. Adams believes that the passage of the PAST ACT will increase the value of his Tennessee Walking Horses.
Mr. Chism, here is an example: The Chairman of Toyota Motor Company, Takeshi Uchiyamada, isn’t a citizen of the United States, but he has a real interest in how the laws of the United States affects his company’s business interests. And he has a right to express his opinion regarding same. And if you want Mr. Uchiyamada to invest in your country, it might be a good idea not to be rude to him and tell him to keep his capital in Japan.
HERE IS HOW IT WENT DOWN:
From: Lori Northrup, TWHBEA Director, New York
To: TWHBEA Directors and President Steve Smith – Statement Endorsing Blackburn alternative to PAST ACT
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:26:35 -0500
As a Board of Directors member, I am in disagreement of this TWHBEA support position of the Blackburn bill. However, I realize that I must be in the minority for TWHBEA to make a statement such as this. Lori Northrup, NY
From: Bill Adams, TWHBEA Director, Alberta Canada
To: TWHBEA Board of Directors
Sent: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:16 pm
Subject: RE: Statement
Lori I agree with you as do 100% of the members I represent from Alberta. they have all spoken in support of the PAST act and as their director I must put forward their directions. It is my job to represent the members and I also agree with them on this matter.
From: Walt Chism, TWHBEA Sr. VP
To: Bill Adams, Director, Alberta, Canada
Subject: Re: Statement
I don’t see this as any of your concern since you are not a citizen of the United States. I may be a little blunt but you need to express your opinion to the Canadian government and leave United States law to U.S. citizens.
Frankly, TWHBEA Sr. VP Walt Chism embarrassed himself and the organization he represents, with his rude and abrupt comments to fellow TWHBEA Director, Mr. Bill Adams.
That kind of conduct by Mr. Chism has no place in an international organization which is supposed to be promoting the future growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. It is a fact that 100% of the TWHBEA International members from around the world voted “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT. Mr. Adams noted such from his Alberta constituency.
Instead of Mr. Chism being condescendingly rude to Mr. Adams, perhaps he and Mr. Smith should realize that they are heading an organization where 63% of its members voted landslide in favor of the passage of the PAST ACT.
Perhaps they should consider that the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is not marketable as present Executive Director Tracy Boyd said last May, and realize it also causes the sound Tennessee Walking Horse to not be marketable due to the soring stigma.
Does the senior Mr. Chism, who liquidated his broodmares when the Jackie McConnell ABC Nightline aired, care that people who own Tennessee Walking Horses and cannot market them because of the sore Big Lick?
Here is what native Tennessean Dr. John Haffner told Mr. Chism and Mr. Smith:
Unlike Mr. Chism, people like Mr. Adams realizes that this cannot be marketed.
Walt Chism needs to apologize to his fellow TWHBEA Director Mr. Bill Adams or give serious consideration to resigning his position as an officer of TWHBEA, supposedly an international organization.