LEWISBURG, TN – According to Putnam County (Tennessee) Circuit Court records, an Agreed Order entered on November 26, 2014 dismissed with prejudice Pat Stout‘s lawsuit against TWHBEA. (“With prejudice” means the case is over and cannot be refiled)
Settlement details, if any, were not disclosed in the Agreed Order.
FORMER TWHBEA VP-HORSE SHOWS – PAT STOUT – COOKEVILLE, TENNESSEE
In May 2014, Pat Stout sued TWHBEA for damages alleging that TWHBEA improperly indefinitely suspended her membership privileges in January 2014 and defamed her. In December 2013, Pat Stout was found to have not committed any wrongdoing by the 2012-2013 TWHBEA Executive Committee, but the Steve Smith 2013-2014 TWHBEA Executive Committee, without following the corporate rules, indefinitely suspended Stout’s membership privileges.
Punitively suspending Stout’s membership privileges was related to Stout’s polling the TWHBEA members seeking their opinions, “YES” or “NO”, regarding passage of the PAST ACT. In September 2013, when Pat Stout polled the association’s members on the PAST ACT, she was TWHBEA Officer – VP Horse Shows. In October 2013, the TWHBEA members overwhelmingly voted 63% “YES” to 37% “NO” for passage of the PAST ACT which would remove the pads and chains and effectively end the sore Big Lick.
“THE POLL MAP”
Flowing from “The Poll” were #PASSTHEPASTACT editorial endorsements by two of Tennessee’s largest newspapers, The Tennessean (Nashville) and The Chattanooga Times Free Press. And now, thanks to Sound Horse advocates all over the world, the PAST ACT has 307 U.S. House Co-Sponsors, 60 U.S. Senators and 118 Republicans satisfying the Hastert Rule, a majority of the majority.
FLATTERS FAIL IN OPPOSING “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” OF SORE BIG LICKERS
In the wake of the approval of the sore Big Lick By-Law Changes which regrettably were met with feeble inept resistance by the Keith Dane led Flatters, the following “BIG LICK POWER GRAB” MAP reflects how a large part of the United States will no longer have a TWHBEA director. The By-Law changes now forecloses the potential growth of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed throughout the United States and around the world.
“BIG LICK POWER GRAB” BLACKING OUT MUCH OF THE UNITED STATES
KEITH DANE, MARYLAND TWHBEA DIRECTOR & HSUS OFFICIAL – AND THE “TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE – FLATTER FLYER”
THE TWO WEEK LATE – “TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE – FLATTER FLYER”
RESIGNATIONS BY TWHBEA DIRECTORS OKLAHOMA, MASSACHUSETTS AND THE NETHERLANDS
TWHBEA DIRECTORS QUIT IN WAKE OF BY-LAW CHANGES
OKLAHOMA DIRECTOR – CRIS WREN VAN HORN RESIGNATION LETTER
“People who commission, support or perform the horrific act of soring are animal abusers. Animal abusers are criminally predatorial individuals and share the same psychology as child molestors regardless of how nice they seem on the outside, how many times they go to church in a week, or how much of a Christian they profess to be.” Cris Wren Van Horn
MASSACHUSETTS DIRECTOR – JULIE DILLON RESIGNATION LETTER
“I will never promote or support methods of training that rely upon pain to get unnatural movement from our fine horses.” Julie Dillon
Subject: Resignation from Julie Dillon To All TWHBEA DirectorsIt is with the support and encouragement of my constituents that I tender my resignation as TWHBEA Director of Region 3 (ME,VT,NH).In the future, my time, money and dedication will be spent supporting sound horse organizations exclusively. My interest is only in going toward positive and fulfilling directions to promote our Tennessee Walking Horses.The bickering will never ever stop!TWHBEA Executive and Board Members continue to insist upon the promotion of pads and chains while fully aware of the harm that action devices cause to the horse’s physical, mental and spiritual well being. This is what all of the conflict and disfavor among our directors is always about. I will never promote or support methods of training that rely upon pain to get unnatural movement from our fine horses.That pretty much means take your Oath and shove it!TWHBEA youth members will grow to understand and realize that the promotion of the Padded Performance horse vilifies and labels them as equine abusers. Over time, your children will learn that they are completely rejected by their fellow horsemen globally. What will you say to them when they realize you have initiated them into a way of life that brings them only rejection and a complete lack of respect?It is especially important for you all to know that for the first time in Equine Affaire history TWHBEA did not have any representation during the 2014 Springfield MA event last November. This is because my constituents and I are not willing to be a part of representing a breed association with so little concern for the care and humane treatment of the creatures it represents.It is my final duty to notify you on behalf of my constituents that in New England there is no support whatsoever for the Padded Performance Horse.Julie Dillon——————————————————————
NETHERLANDS DIRECTOR – SANDRA VAN DEN HOFF RESIGNATION LETTER
“I can no longer watch this ‘freak show’ (TWHBEA) and no longer want to be part of it in any way. I will never give up on my horses, but I did lose any hope for TWHBEA and I am pulling the plug”. Sandra Van Den Hoff
Herewith I am sending in my resignation for my volunteer Director Region I function and end my TWHBEA membership.
After almost 2 decades being a member I’ve now lost all hope TWHBEA will act to their member’s requests by supporting the sound horse and to make an end to the horrible abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horses scene. During my first term as Director in 2003 I hoped to be able to change things from inside but without much luck. However, being a positive person, I remained my TWHBEA membership, understanding it might take some more time for a Tennessean organization to see and understand what people outside Tennessee and outside the continent see with much disgust. Even though this so called ‘Big Lick’ Performance horse might be a decade’s long tradition, that doesn’t automatically mean it is ok to hurt animals.
For the past years I tried to hold on to Thomas Paine his quote from 1776:
“a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”
More than once I believed things would change. If not from the inside (TWHBEA) than from the outside. By now the majority is for passing the PAST Act and still TWHBEA, the breeds registry, is not supporting the PAST Act. Is this how you listen to your members? How is it possible that 2 States out of 50 States in total can prevent a bill to pass? I hold you, TWHBEA, responsible for this, as well as Senator Mitch McConnell and Marsha Blackburn.
Still, I was hopeful to be able to change things from the inside. So I offered to run for Director of Region 1 again in 2014. At that time Region I included Europe excl. Germany + many other countries like Australia, New Zealand and more. Somehow Region 1 shrank to Europe excl. Germany only without any notice upfront nor explanation afterwards. With fear I watched this year’s Celebration and noticed the danger for sound horse people that had the strength to speak up. Tennessee no longer feels save when you have a strong voice for the sound horse. Then the change of By Laws, poorly explained to the members who have no clue about the impact of those changes. Again, you, TWHBEA, are responsible. The By Laws passed, another step backwards for the sound horse.
Meanwhile I have been chosen as Director and when thinking about planning my trip I realized Tennessee, the State with the beautiful flowing hills where I’ve felt so at home for decades, no longer feels the same. It is like entering enemy grounds, I feel ashamed being a member of an organization that doesn’t put any effort in ending the abuse in their own breed but keep supporting the people who harm those beautiful creatures. There was a time when TWHBEA was focusing on Europe as the market to export their horses to. Well, don’t bother anymore because you have ruined the market completely. Most European breeders already quit breeding or switched breeds. Game over! TWHBEA did this to itself. You were lucky you had so many devoted European breeders and natural walking horse enthusiasts who kept the business going several years longer.
To say I am disappointed in TWHBEA is an understatement. I can no longer watch this ‘freak show’ and no longer want to be part of it in any way. I will never give up on my horses but I did lose any hope for TWHBEA and I am pulling the plug.
Sandra van den Hof
Walking the way of the horse
The TWHBEA Annual Awards Banquet is today, Friday, December 5, 2014. This year it is being held at breed association headquarters in Lewisburg, Tennessee due to apparent budget constraints. In previous plush years, it was held at upscale hotels in metro Nashville and Murfreesboro. It is billed as “Come spend an evening with TWHBEA and help recognize a few of the hardest working people in the business. The reception will start at 5:30 CST. Tickets are $30 to $40 per person.”
In October 2013, the event was so important to Germany’s TWHBEA Director Denise Bader Keyser that when faced with the crucial decision of providing the the TWHBEA Directors with the technology to vote electronically, Ms. Bader expressed dismay that enabling Directors to vote might adversely affect attendance at the annual TWHBEA Awards banquet.
In May 2013, Denise Bader Keyser was one of seven TWHBEA Executive Committee members who voted for passage of the PAST ACT. At that time, Ms. Bader Keyser was considered to be a “Sound Horse” person. Since that time, Ms Bader Keyser’s ardent support of the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse has come to light.
CHAIN HITTING PASTERN ON TWHBEA GERMANY DIRECTOR DENISE BADER KEYSER UP ON SORE BIG LICK “SOUTHERN DOLLAR” – JULY 20, 2013
GERMANY TWHBEA DIRECTOR DENISE BADER KEYSER UP ON SORE BIG LICK “SOUTHERN DOLLAR” – JULY 20, 2013
Since October 2013, TWHBEA’s membership numbers have spiraled downward losing over 1,000 members in 12 months, approximately 20% of the association’s members.
Yet, they continue to assiduously rearrange the deck chairs.