Walking Horse Group VP Asks Poll Of Members On Horse Soring Bill

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pat Stout,  vice president, Horse Shows Division of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry known as TWHBEA,  said she is asking for a vote of members on whether they support the "Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.

She said on Friday she mailed a post card ballot  to all eligible voting TWHBEA members regarding a “POLL ON HR 1518/S.1406”.   

Ms.

Stout, of Cookeville, said she is asking the members to vote  “YES” or  “NO”  on the following  poll question:

“I am FOR passage of HR 1518/S. 1406 – “Prevent All Soring Tactics” Act to remove the pads and chains in order to end the public perception of soring and abuse presently associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed, to eliminate HIOs and to increase penalties for soring”.

Ms. Stout said,  “I feel like the TWHBEA membership never gets a chance to directly voice their opinion on issues.    Everyone seems to have an opinion on this question, and I believe it is important to let each member have their say on this paramount matter facing the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.” 

She said she was going to “vote YES” on the Poll question, and she urged all members to vote their convictions on this matter.

Ms. Stout said,  “I felt strongly about this issue, and I personally paid for the deposit required by the Cook and Company CPA firm in Arab, Alabama to count the votes.  She said that the cost of mailing the cards was paid for by an annonymous individual.   Stout said,  “Cook and Company CPA firm will tabulate the “Poll on HR 1518/S. 1406” ballots the same day that the TWHBEA Directors ballots are counted.”    The ballots must be received by the certified public accounting firm of Cook and Company of Arab, Alabama on or before Tuesday,  October 15, 2013. 

On May 23,  the Executive Committee of TWHBEA voted 7 – 4 to endorse HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on April 11, 2013,  by Congressmen Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN).   


2 Students Arrested At Bradley County High School After Routine Drug Search

A routine drug search was conducted Friday at Bradley Central High School. The search was coordinated by Lieutenant Julie Quinn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department. Assistance was provided by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and the 10 th  Judicial Drug Task Force. Five canines were used in the search.  “I appreciate the cooperation from Sheriff Watson ... (click for more)

Travis McDonough To Take Federal Judgeship

Travis McDonough, current chief of staff to Mayor Andy Berke, has been nominated by the White House to succeed Federal Judge Curtis Collier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Judge Collier announced recently that he was taking senior status.  Judge Sandy Mattice is slated to move up to senior judge.  Attorney McDonough was ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (2)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)

Baylor Must Contend With MBA's Chandler In DII-AA Semis

If there is one thing different about Friday’s TSSAA Division II-AA semifinal playoff game between Baylor and Montgomery Bell Academy at Tommy Owen Stadium in Nashville from the teams’ regular-season matchup, Red Raiders coach Phil Massey knows exactly what it is. Or, well, who it is. It’s Ty Chandler. Chandler, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore running back, has added ... (click for more)

McCallie's Gordon Connell - a New Wrestling Venture

Saturday morning in Cleveland when five rookie wrestling officials from the Chattanooga area take to the mats to call matches for the season opening middle school tournament at Ocoee Middle School, it will be easy to pick out the one who, at first observation, doesn't belong. Or does he? With lots of gray hair and years of coaching experience, former ... (click for more)