LEWISBURG, TN – Everett “Butch” Allen, TWHBEA Director from Texas, is fond of saying “No horse left behind”, while insisting that TWHBEA members joyfully embrace the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
The fact is when TWHBEA goes on the road to market the Tennessee Walking Horse, it leaves behind the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse paraphernalia and goods because the public wants no part of them.
The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse is an unmarketable product.
Instead, TWHBEA puts forward these items out for the public like it did in Alabama last weekend.
Everett “Butch” Allen
Sorry my first e-mail may have gone through incomplete. I am saying that most of us on the TWHBEA board support all TWHs. From bare-foot to padded horses. No Horse Left Behind. I mean how many ways does one have to say or do to make people understand that all TWHs are equally important to most of the TWHBEA members TWHBEA officals. The folks within TWHBEA that wants to support just one horse the bare foot / keg shod are the ones promoting division and trying to eliminate the show horse that use pads, action devices, and bands. Which would eliminate about 85 to 90% of the show horse population. In essence destroying the Walking Horse industry. Yes flat shod horses are fun to show and watch but so are pedded horses. I, as do most TWHBEA memebers go to showes to see both flat shod and padded horse. Those that agree with letting people chose the type of shoe to use on their horse, those that agree with supporting all TWHs and those want to help the TWH industry grow are the kind of people that we need in TWHBEA.
At the December 2013, TWHBEA Annual Directors meeting, Mr. Allen wanted more information about The Poll of TWHBA members which voted 63% “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.
The following Map of The Poll was prepared to give Mr. Allen and his TWHBEA Directors an overview of how the members felt on the issue:
It is interesting to note the verdict of The Map which reflects that 63% of TWHBEA members favor passage of the PAST ACT. It is now validated with 62% of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
Regarding “No Horse Left Behind”, it might be educational for Mr. Allen to tag along on the next TWHBEA road trip, and man one of the TWHBEA booths and try to hawk the “Big Lick” gear and see how it goes.
Upon returning, he should send his fellow directors an email and let them know first hand how it went.