LEWISBURG, TN – It is being reported that Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick By-Laws Amendment proposal has passed by a large margin. Meanwhile in Raleigh, North Carolina the Agriculture Commissioner is under siege for allowing sore Big Lick horses at the N.C.State Fair. Bowing to public pressure, the Commissioner has publicly stated that the policy of allowing “Big Lick” horses at the N.C. State Fair will be reviewed before the 2015 fair.
It is now mid-afternoon Friday, October 17, 2014, and TWHBEA has still not posted the By-Law and Director election results. The deadline for ballots being received by Gwinnett CPA firm in Shelbyville, Tennessee was 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The lack of transparency by Steve Smith has become a hallmark. It is believed Smith will hold a TWHBEA Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, and there will be a Big Lick spin job regarding the By-Laws outcome.
Sadly, the Keith Dane led Flatters apparently didn’t care enough about the By-Laws election to even have representatives present when the ballots were counted.
Mr. Dane led a haphazard fumbling approach to opposing the Licker initiative. A “Flatter Flyer” (sans graphic or slogan) was received by TWHBEA members after the effective window had closed when the majority of the Ballots had already been received at the Gwinnett CPA firm in Shelbyville. It was a case of ineptly attempting to lock the barn door long after the horse was gone. And now it appears that Keith Dane and about 15 more Sound Directors will no longer have a voice at TWHBEA, and the interests of the members from their states will no longer be represented.
Passage of the By-Laws Amendment prepared by Chairman Tom “I”M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy) will essentially destroy the 79 year old Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry. The recently obtained financial/membership/registration/ transfer numbers are grim.
Ironically, Steve Smith ran on the following campaign pledge:
A year ago, the TWHBEA membership clearly expressed its will in the Pat Stout Poll by voting landslide 63% “YES” to 37% “NO” to pass the PAST ACT which would end the sore Big Lick obstructing the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. The vote was validated by a 26% turnout and Cook and Company CPA tabulated the ballots.
Rather than listen to the TWHBEA membership, the Steve Smith/Walt Chism sore crowd took office on December 7, 2013, and set about trying to restore a sore Big Lick product which society has irrevocably rejected. Since that time, TWHBEA has been sued by its members, dismally failed by all measurable statistics, and has attempted to further mire a noble breed in the pig slop that Smith and Chism have created.
STEVE SMITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ““ 7 HPA CITATION HISTORY
President Steve Smith ““ (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
Sr. VP Walt Chism
Secretary Loren Anderson
Admin/Fiscal Christy Lantis
Marketing Ashley Wadsworth
Performance Ford Gates (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Pleasure Jessica Hieback
VP O/E Int’l Denise Bader ““ (Husband ““ HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Trng/EquineWelfare Linda Montgomery ““ (HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Breeders David Williams ““ (Employer Has HPA Family Citation History)
VP Youth Sherry White – (HPA FAMILY HPA CITATION HISTORY)
VP Bylaws/Enf Tom “I’M A PROUD HPA VIOLATOR” Kakassy ““ HPA CITATION HISTORY
HERE ARE THE LAST FINANCIAL NUMBERS PROVIDED BY STEVE SMITH
MEMBERS RENEWING RENEWAL INCOME
JANUARY 2012 929 $49,950.00
JANUARY 2013 722 40,415.00
JANUARY 2014 621 36,390.00
33% LOSS $13,560.00 DECREASE
FIRST TIME FOAL REGISTRATIONS
JANUARY 2012 $17,245.00 340 (90-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013 10,100.00 192 (64 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014 9,538.00 201 (55 FREE)*
JANUARY 2012 $17,190.00 548 (132-FREE)*
JANUARY 2013 12,690.00 413 (107 FREE)*
JANUARY 2014 11,322.00 411 (111 FREE)*
*SMITH/CHISM ELIMINATE PERK OF ONE FREE FOAL REGISTRATION
MARES BRED FOALS REGISTERED
2008 9,869 –
2011 8,341 –
2012 7,600 3,915
2013 5,920 4,154
COMPARISON 2008 VS 2013 60% LOSS
Nephew Eugene says the time of the “Lewisburg Accords” is nigh.