THETA, TN – On October 17, 2013 the Vote of TWHBEA Members for passage of the PAST ACT was landslide 63%.
On May 9, 2014, the members of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsoring the PAST ACT was landslide 63%.
In August 2013, former TWHBEA President Marty Irby was asked at a Brentwood, Tennessee Press Conference his opinion with regard to Polling the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.
Irby prophetically answered that if the TWHBEA members were polled, they would vote overwhelmingly to pass the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains.
Irby was never more right.
When TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd was approached after the 2013 Celebration with the idea of polling the TWHBEA members on the PAST ACT, his input was the Poll needed to be “YES” or “NO” in order that it be clear-cut.
The TWHBEA Opinion Poll Question was fashioned after Boyd’s May 27, 2013 public statement.
Post card ballots were mailed to 6,950 eligible to vote TWHBEA members, and an outstanding 26% of the members responded. The Poll Results were tabulated and announced by Cook and Co.. CPA of Arab, Alabama.
The members of TWHBEA voted landslide 63% “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.
In December, this Map was produced based on a detailed State by State break down of the voting of the TWHBEA members by Cook and Co. CPA of Arab, Alabama.
Interestingly the only States from which any members of Congress have opposed passage of the PAST ACT are Tennessee and Kentucky, exactly as the Map depicts. And there is one stray Representative from West “By God” Virginia who also opposes it.
The month of May 2014 has already seen a U. S. Senator and three more Representatives agree to co-sponsor the PAST ACT with more sure to come.
The overwhelming majority of TWHBEA members favor its passage as do the overwhelming majority of the U. S. House of Representatives.
The Big Lick is not going to get a compromise based on a half package and action device. Either the law passes and there is a new day or the Tennessee Walking Horse breed will continue to twist in the wind. It deserves a lot better than that.
It’s time for the PAST ACT to become the Law of the land so the Tennessee Walking Horse breed can prosper and its members can be productive without the soring necessary to have the Big Lick.