LEWISBURG, TN – As expected, within the four corners of the “Monkey House” located on Ellington Parkway, the TWHBEA directors were treated this morning to the “Fantasy World” view of Steve Smith/Walt Chism.
President Steve Smith arrogantly and condescendingly addressed the group saying, “We have had 158 days of fabulous progress now that we have got adult leadership.”
Smith addressed the elephant in the room problem – the sore Big Lick horse – saying, “revenue will continue to fall until we get the unreliability of pre-show inspections straightened out.”
Apparently the arrival of Objective Science based inspections, such as Thermography, by the stalwart USDA is not being well received in Licker Land.
Sr. VP Walt Chism said, “The show ring pond is drying up around the country and shrinking to Middle Tennessee” Mr. Chism might also do well to notice that last night 20 miles from Lewisburg over at Shelbyville, the show ring pond also appears to be shrinking. It seems that 74 year old Walt Chism is about as “Out Of Touch” as 74 year old U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.
The Grumpy Old Men, and their supporters, are apparently willing to throw the baby out with the bath water in an attempt to save the sore Big Lick.
And the Smith/Chism “Fantasyland” view was shamelessly supported and spun by sore Big Lick Celebration Chairman David L. Howard‘s The Walking Horse Report.
First, some facts. The Steve Smith/Walt Chism TWHBEA:
- Lost $116,573.00 in fiscal 2013.
- Lost $78,797.00 so far in fiscal 2014.
- The Association’s three main revenue sources are registrations, memberships and transfers. All three of those figures are at an all time low, and under Smith/Chism, they are expected to continue to decline.
Sore Big Lick Leader David L. Howard tried to prop up Steve Smith with a ludicrous claim supporting Smith’s pronouncement of “$357,341.00 “annual improvement in the performance of TWHBEA” – none of which is based on any reality other than pure speculation and out of touch wishful thinking.
The $357,341.00 has NOT happened, and in all likelihood, will NOT happen.
One of the Smith/Chism pie in the sky claims is the projected sale of Tennessee Walking Horse license plates.
Another “out there” claim is $163,000.00 which will result from outsourcing the all but dead Voice Magazine. It is yet not clear to what group the Voice production has been outsourced. It is believed to be a group which does magazines for other breed associations.
Continuing the hilarity, $26,000.00 has been saved by shutting down the gift shop. It makes one wonder if Steve Smith/Walt Chism ever gave any thought as to why the TWH merchandise is not selling?
The Smith/Chism Plan appears clear that you can definitely lower expenses if you are willing to go out of business to do so. This appears to be exactly what TWHBEA under Steve Smith and Walt Chism is presently doing.
If you simply stop providing things to the members and the public from which they previously benefitted, you sure can save a lot of money.
At one time, the slogan of TWHBEA was “Membership Has Its Privileges”.
One of the time-honored traditions was one “free” foal registration or transfer.
Steve Smith/Walt Chism cut that one out “saving” $84,000.00.
A more detailed report of all the interplay and “Monkey Business” of the TWHBEA Semi-Annual Meeting will follow.
Here’s a tidbit, at the beginning of the meeting, President Steve Smith said, “No weapons will be allowed in the building, and nothing will be said if you want to go to your vehicle now and leave your weapon there. If you are detected having a weapon, you will be prosecuted.”
It should be noted that an armed Deputy Sheriff was present during the meeting.
Maryland TWHBEA Director Keith Dane was previously threatened by a sore Big Lick Yahoo at the National Trainers Show in front of Journalist Mary Ann Jolley. Informed sources believe that may have been the tipping point in exposing the dark side of the Yahoo element who support the sore Big Lick. It definitely appeared to affect Jolley’s view of the picture the Big Lick spokespersons had been painting.
And so it goes these days with the “adult leadership” in charge at the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association in Lewisburg, Tennessee, “where all the Lickers are stubborn, the Trainer BOYZ are still fixin’, and the Horses need protecting.”
In depth coverage and analysis to follow.