WASHINGTON, DC – America’s premier equine breed association, The American Horse Council:
kicked TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry) out for just one reason:
TWHBEA champions the Animal Cruelty of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Here is what The American Horse Council stands for:
National Welfare Code Of Practice
“Our Commitment to all Horses and the Horse Industry.WE ARE COMMITTED to the dignity, humane care, health, safety and welfare of horses in all our activities and care. These are our highest priorities. We are the stewards of our horses and must be firm in the standards and practices that guide us. Our first principle is: The welfare, safety and stewardship of the horse is the guiding principle in the decision- making process for all segments for the horse industry.”
In 2012 the American Horse Council evaluated TWHBEA and decided because TWHBEA championed “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, that TWHBEA could no longer be a member. The American Horse Council returned TWHBEA’s membership dues check in 2012.
In 2013, the American Horse Council chose WHOA to represent and speak for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed because it meets the “welfare, safety and stewardship” of the horse” as the guiding principle in the decision- making process for all segments for the horse in requirements set out in the AHC National Welfare Code of Practice.
Then the Animal Cruelty tag team of Steve Smith and Walt Chism started their takeover of TWHBEA in the Fall of 2013. Since September 2013, TWHBEA has lost almost 2,000 members.
On the other hand, WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) is booming.
WHOA doesn’t do “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
TWHBEA does it in a big way.
On May 21, the Arizona TWHBEA Director Dr. Pam Reband resigned citing “The oath includes a promise to support the decisions of the board and a promise to act in the best interest of the breed. The actions and decisions of this board in circling the wagons around the big lick and thumbing our noses at the rest of the international equine community are so appallingly self-serving and short-sighted that I can no longer stand and make those promises simultaneously with a straight face, let alone with personal honor.”
Yet TWHBEA believes so fervently in Animal Cruelty that Mr. Steve Smith and Mr. Walt Chism are presently trying to resurrect the “Big Lick” Belfast Horse Show where Mr. Steve Smith once received a DQP Horse Protection Act Violation Citation for listed as the rider for a SORE Tennessee Walking horse trained by serial Animal Cruelty “Big Lick” Federal offender Mr. David Landrum. Fast forward to 2015, and the same Mr. David Landrum just happens to be a JUDGE at the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Additionally, Mr. Smith is a member of the Celebration’s 2015 “Horsemen’s Leadership Council” which is filled with all male wealthy “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty supporters. (Please note that the horse exhibited by Mr.Smith in the picture below is not the horse which received a DQP ticket at the Belfast Horse Show in 1987.
2015 Celebration Judge Mr. David Landrum Is The Same Person Listed As David Landrum Named On The 1987 Belfast Horse Show DQP Ticket For Alleged “SENSITIVE LEFT FOOT”
One measure of comparison is WHOA’s “Walking On” magazine is up and coming while TWHBEA’s “Voice” Magazine is all but dead.
At one time, the slick and beautiful “Voice” magazine was the pride and joy of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry. It was avidly collected and handed down by generations of Tennessee Walking Horse owners and exhibitors.
In its June edition, WHOA’s online “Walking On” was a robust 46 pages.
“BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY BANNED FROM GERMANTOWN CHARITY SHOW
In June/July TWHBEA’s magazine, the 54 year old, “Voice”, was 24 pages. It is no longer published monthly. The June/July “Voice” featured 4 pages of “Big Lick” horses, two pages of Interim Executive Director Walt Chism interview, and one page on the President Steve Smith’s home farm trail ride.
The June/July Voice magazine featured an interview of Mr. Walt Chism by Shelbyville Times-Gazette City Editor Mr. John Carney.
Mr. Chism bragged about Smith/Chism essentially doing away with the Voice Magazine thus saving $130,000.00. In a shrewd management move, WHOA hired the key employees of TWHBEA who produced the Voice, and now they are producing “Walking On” Magazine for WHOA.
For almost a year, Mr. Smith and Mr. Chism have refused to release any membership or financial numbers to the public or the dues paying TWHBEA members. Based on membership numbers published on www.billygoboy.com last week, there are now 5,143+/- TWHBEA voting eligible members of which there are approximately 1,000 “lifetime” members. This leaves about 4,143+/- actual members. in play.
In the interview, Mr. Chism pointed to a favorable 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision which threw out the USDA mandated penalties for horse soring. The decision was filed on February 19, 2015, but Mr. Chism didn’t have any comment on the dynamic “2015 Citizens Initiative Campaign Against Animal Cruelty Of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse” juggernaut which has rolled across the South during the Spring of 2015 winning victory after victory.
“The Campaign” started with the following Change.Org Petition initiated on February 27, 2015:
On March 6, 2015, the sledge hammer blow fell on the “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and TWHBEA’s SORE Horse Agenda when UMMC cut ties with the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty refusing to accept charitable donations from the activity.
UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations
Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger 1:54 p.m. CST March 6, 2015
The “2014 CITIZENS INTIATIVE CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY” has rolled on from there:
- University of Mississippi cuts ties; won’t accept “Big Lick” donations.
- North Carolina bans “Big Lick” TWH from NC State Fair.
- Alabama newspaper poll votes 70% for “Big Lick” TWH to leave.
- Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show, one and done, then retreats to Shelbyville.
- Columbia and Maury County “BOYCOTT” Columbia Spring Jubilee after newspaper Ad campaign and Citizens Protests of Animal Cruelty.
COLUMBIA – MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEANS DELIVER PETITION, 8,000+ CHANGE.ORG SIGNATURES AND 3,000+ COMMENTS TO COLUMBIA MAYOR
The Maury County Grand Jury will meet in less than seven days to consider the Aggravated Assault charges against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty supporter Big Lick Trainer Mr. Jamie Lawrence regarding his actions at Maury County Park on May 30, 2015.
Meanwhile, the call for a CITIZENS BOYCOTT of the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is taking form:
Nephew Eugene says stay tuned.