I write to thank U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman for his terrific work against the torturous practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses, a plague that has marred the breed, and the equine world for more than 60 years. As a former eight-time World Champion rider and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association, I know first-hand how rampant this abuse is. Wittman has stepped up and done the right thing on this issue, and I applaud him.
We appreciate his bipartisan effort in cosponsoring the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 683, introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and named in honor of Sen. Joe Tydings (D-MD), who authored the Horse Protection Act of 1970 and passed away in October. The good people of the 1st District of Virginia should be proud to have Wittman representing them in Washington, D.C.