☛ An NCHA history lesson 1-7-13
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Jan. 7, 2013
I am sending this to you not knowing if you will pass it on to the general NCHA membership through your website or not. I would like to remain anonymous. AS you’ve pointed out and I’ve seen, retaliation is alive and well in the NCHA.
I’ve been a member of the NCHA for over 40 years and I believe some of us need to remember a few things and the newer folks could use a small history lesson.
Mr. Dunn has stated that the Whitmires could be denied membership due to their “integrity.” Mr. Dunn, I believe, was also passing a veiled threat to anyone that would buck the system or not meet certain standards in his eyes. A short history lesson: “Mr. Dunn in the early ‘80s was appointed to the EC due to one EC member quitting the board over not agreeing with their actions. Dan Lufkin was one of the power players on the board at that time, as he had certain controls over other board members due to some personal and business interests. He got Dunn appointed to the board; this was the first board member ever appointed, NOT elected.
That is also about the time the NCHA went from 5% to 6% (all done in the middle of the year). This 1% increase was used to offset a $300,000 cost of an overall broad-span review of the NCHA and projection survey. This was performed by a group out of West Texas. There were also some attorney fees needing to be covered and a payout to a North Texas NCHA judge as he had taken the NCHA to court for their wrongfully taking away an A rating on his AAA card over a proposed rule infraction.
In that time period, EC members Jim Milner and Dennie Dunn started rewriting the old NCHA By-laws. This rewrite took certain general membership powers away and also took some governing rules from the director pool.
But now back to Mr. Dunn’s integrity. In the ‘80s, Mr. Dunn left two different trainers’ barns owing them money, had an ongoing lawsuit with his family members and business partner in Utah, filed for divorce from Sue Dunn, which became Jack Waggoner’s girlfriend for a while, later
marrying her current husband Mr. Stevens.
Point being, everyone has history, good and bad. Now a small history about Mr. Eldridge Goins or as he’s known in East Texas: the Big L. Many people think this nickname refers to “loser.” His horse trainer is Punk Carter, EC member and the guy that is very involved in the Celebrity Cutting, also a past NCHA President. The Big L has had a couple of wives, one of them being Susan West, which is now Bob McBride’s wife.
The NCHA has been good for the Big L; the membership needs to remember he has been cashing checks from us for a while now. He helped keep the Robert/Wade Rust problem going on forever. The general membership spent over $250,000 in the early ‘90s on that one, and for what? Next you get him leading the charge on the Millie Kay, Bob Bouget mess. That one took a man’s living away from him; they never proved anything, just got them both on a Rule 40, owing attorney fees. By the way, Dunn was also on that committee that went forward with the charges against the Bougets and virtually got them banned for life.
As a forty-year member, I feel that many, many things are not treated fairly. The EC doesn’t govern impartially or with openness and never has. Members forget or never know some of the things that have happened, if you’re not in the loop. If you don’t conform, sooner or later the NCHA will give you a wedgie. What new members don’t realize is that some of the things that we go through now are because of what has happened 20 years ago.
There are many things in the past years that are hidden in Jimmy’s woodpile. Strong feelings from me about why I wish to stay anonymous.
But some of these little secrets and left out facts need to be known. In the future I will pass those on but I sure don’t want the NCHA coming after me, I don’t need the problem.
What I pass on can be checked I’ve got no problem with that. The only way the NCHA is going to be cleaned up is to let all the facts be known to everyone about everything. The general membership needs to know but the general membership need to have some guts and band together and take control.
Now this is just a personal observation and opinion. Kenny Emigh should have had a chance to bid on the futurity coverage; Shelly Burmeister Gaylord Mowery should have had a chance if she wanted to. Anyone that was qualified should have had the chance, but the general membership didn’t
know this was coming up. Ride-TV really sucked. Craig with his little potbelly hanging out was pretty comical with this trusty side kick that couldn’t pronounce names. It was a lot like watching Laurel and Hardy when the picture did come in.
But what I cannot understand is why has the EC not run Morris off? You have a member threatening another member in writing; then you add in there that this clown is an EC member. Rule 35 and 39 clearly covers these actions. Morris would probably beat up on a horse or a woman, but I don’t believe you could melt him and pour him on a man in a fair fight. But I’m not saying Emigh is much of a man either.
Name Withheld by request