Skip to content

California Members Sue TWHBEA



Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) has been sued by a number of members from California over the vote they requested to remove Christy Lantis as a director from California.  Fran Cole, Kristin Herman, Julia Tarnawski, and Jackie Barton are the members from California bringing the suit.

The basis for the suit is the requirement for California members to travel to the TWHBEA headquarters in Lewisburg, Tenn. to vote on February 3, 2014 on the removal of Lantis.  The plaintiffs are using the American With Disabilities Act, California Unruh Civil Rights Act, Tennessee statutes and the TWHBEA bylaws in their lawsuit.

Although Lantis won election in November 2011 by a margin of 61-18, the plaintiffs suggest that she does not represent the views of her California constituents and thus should be removed.  The plaintiffs had the required 20% of the California members sign a petition calling for the vote on her removal.  Lantis has been an avid supporter of all disciplines of the Tennessee Walking Horse and because one of those disciplines is the performance horse, those California members want her removed.

Lantis has been opposed to the PAST Act, introduced by Congressman Whitfield since he introduced it because of its devastating impacts to the show horse.  The plaintiffs support the PAST Act and claim a majority of California TWHBEA members do as well.  The plaintiffs use an unauthorized push poll conducted by a TWHBEA member as cause for that belief.

TWHBEA has publicly stated that the poll results don’t reflect the views of the Association and at its annual elections those candidates opposing the PAST Act won by 3 to 1 margins in most cases.  The International Board of Directors of TWHBEA also overwhelmingly voted to oppose the PAST Act leaving no doubt that the leadership of TWHBEA opposes the passage of the PAST Act.

TWHBEA Senior Vice President Walt Chism, who is also a past President of TWHBEA recently commented on the Lantis situation.  “We have and will continue to comply fully with the Tennessee law and our bylaws and have repeatedly confirmed the process with our legal counsel.  Our responsibility is to make sure both the party requesting the special meeting and the party they seek to remove have fair process under the Tennessee law,” concluded Chism.

To view the entire complaint Click Here.

More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • Grace Baptist Church to conduct Celebration Worship Service

    The Celebration recently was contacted by Jeffrey McGee of Grace Baptist Church regarding the opportunity to continue the tradition of the Celebration worship service on Sunday morning of The Celebration. The opportunity became available after Pastor Steve Murphree decided not to conduct the service this year. Read More
  • North Carolina Championship canceled

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the North Carolina Championship Horse Show, scheduled for October 8-10, has been canceled for this year. The North Carolina Walking Horse Association is already beginning their planning for a better experience in 2021... Read More
  • Live from International Grand Championship

    ReporTV will provide live streaming coverage from the 42nd annual International Pleasure and Colt Grand Championship, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 4:00 pm each evening... Read More
  • Message from the President of the Alabama Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary

    I hope everyone is planning to attend the 9th Annual AWHLA Horse Show. From the sound of things, it looks like we are going to have a great show... Read More
  • Celebration implementing Covid-19 protocols

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration continues to make preparations for the upcoming 82nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The show will be held August 26 – September 5, 2020... Read More
  • Stake class splits announced by Celebration

    The 2020 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion will come from one of 14 horses that entered into the two qualifying classes that will be held Saturday evening August 29, 2020. The Celebration recently announced a 10% increase in entries for the 82nd Annual Celebration to be held August 26th – September 5th... Read More
  • Celebration Live Stream available throughout show

    Do you want to be at the 82nd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration but can’t make it? Have no fear, because live stream internet is available to anyone not wanting to miss any of the action... Read More
  • Dog Show at The Celebration Cancelled

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is sad to announce that the Dog Show held during the Celebration is cancelled. The Auxiliary feels that it is in the best interest of participants‘ safety to not host the event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More
  • Obituary – Tony Nales

    Tony Nales of Fort Lauderdale, Florida passed away on August 2, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Tony, age 67, is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Terri Nales of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, along with four grown children, Anthony, Jr., Justin, Laura and Amy.  He is also survived by four young grandchildren... Read More