California Group sues TWHBEA

A group of California members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) is suing the breed association on grounds that it is violating federal law by forcing them to travel to Tennessee in order to remove a board of directors member.

Fran Cole, an attorney and a former TWHBEA director, said Christy Lantis of Los Angeles was elected to her seat on TWHBEA's board by members of the California group. That group is now seeking Lantis' removal from her post on grounds that she does not represent their interests specifically regarding the use of pads, chains, and other action devices sometimes used on Tennessee Walking Horses.

In a written statement, TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd said the breed association stands by its decision for the California group travel to the TWHBEA headquarters in Lewisburg, Tenn., to vote for Lantis' removal. A special meeting relative to that vote is slated for Feb. 3 at the association's headquarters.

On Jan. 13, Cole and three other California TWHBEA members filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sacramento alleging that TWHBEA's decision regarding the group's travel to the Tennessee for the removal vote violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The litigation also alleges that TWHBEA violated Tennessee's Corporate Code and committed breach of contract under Tennessee's Business and Professions code.

No one from TWHBEA was available for comment on the litigation.

The case remains pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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