LEWISBURG, TN – According to an October 21, 2014, email from TWHBEA Sr. VP Walter Chism to Montana Director Rick Wies, it appears that certain members of Steve Smith’s inner circle had “privileged” access to the TWHBEA election returns after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
The TWHBEA By-Law election outcome was leaked to The Walking Horse Report owned by Celebration Chairman David L. Howard. It was published last Friday, October 17, 2014.
MONTANA TWHBEA DIRECTOR RICK WIES
TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH
The TWHBEA ballot deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and TWHBEA did not announce the results until a week later on October 22, 2014.
RICK WIES EXPOSES TWHBEA ‘HANKY PANKY’ WITH ELECTION RESULTS
Montana Director Rick Wies discovered the Steve Smith and Company shenanigans when he wrote a letter to TWHBEA President Steve Smith. Mr. Smith, who has been the center of controversy due to his prior relationships with Celebration “VAC” officials Spokesperson Tom Blankenship and Chairman Dr. Jerry Johnson, apparently asked TWHBEA Sr. VP Walter Chism to respond to Mr. Wies’s letter. (Note: The “VAC” was discredited when Mr. Howard and Blankenship lied about Dr. Dallas Goble (Budweiser Clydesdale vet) being a member of it when he was not.)
TWHBEA SR. VP WALTER CHISM
EMAIL FROM MONTANA DIR. RICK WIES TO TWHBEA PREZ STEVE SMITH
“Sent: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:40 pm
Subject: Questions for President Smith
TWHBEA President Smith and IBOD,
I have two questions.
First, where are the election results? We are
now, as of tomorrow morning, going on day six.
What is really bothersome is my second Question and that is why and how did certain
privileged individuals know of the By-Law voting results on Friday
morning? It would certainly be appropriate that the TWHBEA IBOD and
the Association Members would be first on the list to receive such
information and that TWHBEA would provide this type of information
through a press release prior to passing the results along to Country
Club individuals. I strongly recommend that this breach be
investigated and action taken to remove from office and/or fire as
necessary the parties responsible.
REPLY BY SR. VP WALTER CHISM ON BEHALF OF PREZ STEVE SMITH
“Sent: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 07:12 AM
Subject: Re: Questions for President Smith
As of this moment, I have not received the official results from the accounting firm and as soon as we do, we’ll notify the IBOD and post on the TWHBEA web site. After the voting deadline, several members of the EC were privileged to preliminary and unofficial results on some portions of the election results. I suppose if you want to know who leaked the information, assuming it is accurate, ask the persons releasing the information. Since I don’t give a hoot and you do, you should be the person to call. The only thing I care about is the fairness of the election and the accuracy of the results. That leads us back to the first point, the results will be released when the accounting firm provides us with an official letter of the results.
Thank you for your inquiry.
ARIZONA DIRECTOR DR. PAM REBAND EMAIL ON WIES/CHISM EXCHANGE
“Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:42:00 -0400
To have members of the EC receive preliminary unofficial reports leaves TWHBEA open to accusations of malfeasance and is a practice that must be stopped. The accounting firm must not only BE completely above board, it must APPEAR above board. NO one at TWHBEA should know those results until the official letter arrives. NO one at TWHBEA should have ANY contact with the firm WHATSOEVER ! Comon, Walt, you and Steve know better!
FLATTER DIRECTORS ELECTED NOT TO HAVE REPS PRESENT AT VOTE COUNT
Ironically, it was Dr. Reband, who replied when asked by www.billygoboy.com on October 6 (along with the rest of the Flatter Directors) the following question:
“What, if any, arrangements have been to have persons present when the votes are tabulated on the TWHBEA By-Laws Proposal and the Directors election?
While the other Directors, including Keith Dane (who appeared with Dr. Reband at the May Semi-Annual TWHBEA meeting), remained silent, Dr. Reband answered on October 7:
“The ballots are being sent to and counted by a reputable accounting firm. I believe that makes the count fair. It is my understanding that they are counted as one large group at the end.”
Again, while the other Flatter Directors remained silent, Dr. Reband answered the following question:
“Do you plan to be present or retain someone to be present to represent the your interests and the interests of the members who elected you, and the members of the Association, when the proposed TWHBEA By-Law changes ballots are tabulated?”
OCT. 7 – ANSWER BY ARIZONA DIRECTOR DR. PAM REBAND:
”Yes, I am aware of my right to request this. No, I do not intend to do so as I do not believe it to be necessary.”
OCT. 7 – QUESTION TO THE REST OF THE FLATTER DIRECTORS:
“Dr. Reband, Thank you for making it clear that you do not believe it is necessary to have anyone present to observe the tabulation of the By-Laws ballots.
My question to the rest of you is, based on all that has occurred from December 7, 2013 to the present, do you, individually and on behalf of the members who elected you, concur with Dr. Reband’s position that you do not feel it is necessary or would be in the best interest of the Association to have observers present when the By-Law ballots are tabulated?”
None of the rest of the Flatter Directors responded, and the Flatters did not have any representatives present to observe and monitor the TWHBEA By-Law Ballot count.
That was a huge mistake.
As depicted by “The Map: the Red States are the center of the SORING and the resistance to the PAST ACT.
TWHBEA MEMBERSHIP DECREASES – SEP 2013 to SEP 2014
Tennessee - Lost 239 members – 17% Decrease
Kentucky - Lost 85 members – 16% Decrease
Mississippi – Lost 32 members – 12% Decrease
Alabama – Lost 70 members – 16% Decrease
Total Lost – 426 Members In Sore Big Lick States
OTHER NOTABLE MEMBERSHIP DECREASES – SEP. 2013 to SEP 2014
Texas – Lost 72 members – 22% Decrease
Virginia – Lost 49 members – 25% Decrease
North Carolina – Lost 58 members – 19% Decrease
Total Lost – 179 members
TWHBEA has lost 1,137 members in 12 months.
A year ago, many sore Big Lickers questioned the mandate of the Pat Stout Poll in favor of the PAST ACT when 26.20% of the eligible membership participated.
The TWHBEA By-Law change turnout was 27.35% of the eligible voters..
Midnight Sun is glad he left the “DYSFUNCTIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE” of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association.
Nephew Eugene says Steve Smith blew $2,069.27 when Winnett CPA firm used first class stamps to send out the TWHBEA ballots, rather than utilize a business mail permit for the return ballots. There went the Do-Nut savings.