Vital Equine Industry Resource Now Available Online

Vital Equine Industry Resource Now Available Online

 

The latest trend is to resurrect things that were once considered new. In light of that trend, two esteemed equine institutions are bringing back a vital piece of informative material to assist the equine industry.

The American Horse Council (AHC) and American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) have joined forces to recreate a directory of equine educational resources known as The Source Book.

Originally published in 1999, the AYHC’s Source Book included a list of brochures, CDs, publications and other educational material. Since then, technology has delivered a wider variety of resources that now includes online learning platforms, podcasts, e-publications and more. It was time to refresh and bring back The Source Book.

The updated list will include resources that are provided by equine associations, equine nonprofits, academic institutions and Cooperative Extension Services. The Source Book will be available as an online tool on both the AYHC and AHC websites.

“One of the missions of the American Horse Council to provide as many doors to opportunities as possible to all horse owners and enthusiasts,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “And, it is the mission of the AYHC to provide leadership and resources that will serve and promote the youth of the equine industry. Partnering on this Source Book is just a small part of what both groups can do to help enthusiasts, supporters and everyone in the industry.”

Submissions are free and are being accepted by all equine associations and nonprofit organizations until October 1, 2023. To be a part of this revolutionary resource list, complete the following form: https://forms.gle/S9918UmTdvom5fA26

 

The Scores are In: American Horse Council Congressional Scorecard for the First Half of 2023

The Scores are In: American Horse Council Congressional Scorecard for the First Half of 2023 

Having support in Washington, D.C., is vital for any industry, but especially the horse industry. Wouldn’t it be easy if you had a simple way to see if your Congressional representative is one of those that supported your lifelong passion?

Enter the American Horse Council’s Congressional Scorecard. “It’s imperative that horse owners and those active within the industry are familiar with their political representatives—locally and in Congress,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “We hope that by providing a tool such as the Congressional Scorecard it makes it easier for our members to know who they can look into supporting when election time rolls around.”

The American Horse Council (AHC) regularly identifies legislation that supports the U.S. equine industry. Bills are evaluated that draw consensus among the AHC’s diverse membership in issue areas such as federal resources for equine-assisted services, animal welfare issues arising under the Horse Protection Act, labor flexibility, tax reform, public trails access, USDA resources to promote equine programs and others that may emerge as the legislative process moves forward. In addition to the legislation, points are awarded to members of the U.S. Congress who support AHC through their membership in the Congressional Horse Caucus, participate at AHC events and whether they are accessible and responsive to AHC members and staff.  

While reviewing the legislative record for the 118th Congress, which has reached the midpoint of its first session, the AHC analyzed pro-industry bills, which is also referred to as “priority legislation,” and identified the bills’ congressional champions. From this board list of “champions,” the AHC then assigned points based on a lawmaker’s degree of support for priority bills, among other factors. The point system then makes a smaller pool of “industry champions” emerge to inform members of the horse industry which incumbents should be recognized and acknowledged for their support.

The following are the top ranking five members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:

SENATE  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
1. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) 1. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Nebraska-2)
2. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) 2. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Kentucky-6)
3. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) 3. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-California-19)
4. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) 4. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pennsylvania-9)
5. Sen. John Brasso (R-Wyoming) 5. Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minnesota-2)

Those interested in viewing the Congressional Scorecard can visit the AHC website and look under “Election Center” (https://horsecouncil.org/election-center/congressional-scorecard/).

Because the AHC is bipartisan, party affiliation is not a factor in the scorecard. “The scorecard reflects those that support bills that help the equine industry, no matter what party they represent,” says Broadway.

Some of the bills from the first half of the 118th Congress include:

  • H.R. 1582 – Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2023 (PHIT Act of 2023)
    Sponsor: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)
  • H.R. 3090 – Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2023 (PAST Act of 2023)
    Sponsor: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
  • H.R. 1839 – Combating Illicit Xylazine Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-19)
  • H.R. 2927 – Racehorse Tax Parity Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
  • H.R. 2296 – Racehorse Cost Recovery Act of 2023
    Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
  • H.R. 1250 – Family Farm and Small Business Exemption Act
    Sponsor: Rep. Tracey Mann (R-KS-1)
  • H.R. 237 – Recognizing the Importance of Stepped-Up Basis under Section 1014 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in preserving family-owned farms and small businesses
    Sponsor: Rep. Tracey Man (R-KS-1)
  • S. 1108 – Death Tax Repeal Act of 2023
    Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  • S. 786 – Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2023 (PHIT Act of 2023)
    Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  • S. 993 – Combating Illicit Xylazine Act
    Sponsor: Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV)
  • S. America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 (serves as an omnibus for related bills, additional co-sponsors will be added)
    Sponsor: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

For more information, or to see the top ten, visit the AHC website: https://horsecouncil.org/election-center/congressional-scorecard/ 

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About the American Horse Council
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.

Webinar: Understanding the Farm Bill & The “Right to Repair” Bill 

Webinar: Understanding the Farm Bill & The “Right to Repair” Bill  

 

With so many versions and stressed points of a legislative bill, it can be easy to get lost and not understand how it can impact you and your livelihood. The American Horse Council (AHC) understands this, which is why it is hosting a free webinar on July 17, 2023, at 1:00 PM EDT to help horse owners and business owners understand two important bills that will have a large influence on the industry.

 

The Farm Bill covers everything from farmer support to community food access and was last signed into law in 2018. Up for its five-year renewal, the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture are hard at work holding hearings, reviewing budget and program submissions, and honing their math skills as the spending requests approach the $1 trillion mark. This will provide a “behind the scenes” look into the Farm Bill and learn how it can affect you, your horses and your business.

 

Have you ever had to do your own repairs on your tractor just to drag your arena? At best doing your own repairs might void the warranty, at worst you may be breaking the law! The “Right to Repair” (or “Fair Repair”) legislation protects you as a consumer. This is a legal right for owners of devices and equipment to freely modify and repair products such as automobiles, electronics and farm equipment.  What current “Right to Repair” protections exist, and what direction is the future of “Right to Repair” going?

 

Panel will include:

  • Justina Graff – Senior Legislative Assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. Justina is the Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and has worked alongside him since February 2023. Prior to that, she has lobbied on behalf of the coalition to promote U.S. agricultural exports, the National Milk Producers Federation and the Organic Produce Association.
  • Emily Buckman – Director, Government Affairs for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Emily joined AFBF after serving two years as the Director of National Affairs for the Kentucky Farm Bureau. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade for Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY02) as a Senior Policy Advisor and served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Rural Development and the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services mission areas. While in these roles, she worked to advance policy and legislation on issues including agriculture, education, infrastructure, and workforce development.

“The American Horse Council’s goal has always been to keep the equine industry apprised of the latest legislation that might affect horse enthusiasts, owners and businesspersons,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “These two laws can be very confusing, yet very important for all constituents to understand, which is why we wanted to host this webinar.”

 

To register for the webinar, send an email to info@horsecouncil.org by July 15th.

 

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About the American Horse Council 

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.

 

Responses Pour In for 2023 Equine Economic Impact Survey

Responses Pour In for 2023 Equine Economic Impact Survey

Just as the heat of summer is starting to increase, so are the numbers for responses during the 2023 American Horse Council Equine Economic Impact Survey. The survey launched in April and runs through September 29, and so far, more than 5,000 responses have been received.

Leading the way in state responses should be no surprise, with Texas, New York and California having the most (in that order), followed by Maryland and Ohio. The states with the least responses, so far, include Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nevada.

“We’re really hoping to get a good variety of answers from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C.,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “This is going to be the biggest study the AHC has launched in more than 50 years, with different aspects of the industry covered, so we want to get the word out to everyone.”

The economic impact study is an anonymous survey that will examine the effect the horse industry has on the economy. The survey measures changes in business revenue, business profits, personal wages, and/or jobs. As a large, economically diverse industry, the United States horse industry contributes significantly to the American economy.

The purpose of the study is to demonstrate the value of the equine industry in the national and state economies by analyzing the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of horse ownership, recreation, and equine-related services. Broadway stressed to attendees of the 2023 AHC National Issues Forum that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Census is not an accurate picture of the horse industry, thus handicapping the amount of support the industry is eligible to receive to the government. Having more accurate numbers, such as you can find in the AHC Equine Economic Impact Survey will help push for a unique sponsored Horse Census where “Every Horse Counts.”

The first two surveys are for owners of horses, ponies, donkeys, drafts, etc., as well as owners of businesses who supply the horse industry. The latest survey is the Competition Organizer Survey, which will be sent out to groups that host all types of equine-related competitions. Other surveys and data collection will include equine-assisted services facilities, racetracks, the Native American population, the Amish and Mennonite population, equine-related academia, veterinarian, mounted police, etc.

Members of the American Quarter Horse Association lead in terms of responses for the survey with 53% of the responses being Quarter Horses. The American Paint Horse Association makes up 22.5% of the responses and the United States Trotting Association rounds out the top three with 17.8% of the responses, so far.

Data collected will inform public and private investments in equine-related businesses, equine health care, education, land use decisions, tax policy, tourism, employment incentives, etc.

 

New this year are sponsored incentives for individuals and groups who participate in the survey, including a John Deere Z545R ZTrak Mower valued at $7,500, one year of Nutrena feed for one horse (a $2,000 value); one year of Purina feed for one horse (a $500 value/horse); gift certificates from Trafalgar Square Books (total value $180); free enrollment in Texas A&M AgriLife Equine Reproductive Management Online Course valued at $300/enrollment; plus more.

“The Economic Impact Study is the most effective tool in our advocacy quiver,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “When the industry needs to take aim at an issue, this data is invaluable in helping us paint the picture of the contributions the industry makes and the breath & depth of its composition.”

The 2023 Economic Impact Study can be found on the AHC website: https://horsecouncil.org/economic-impact-study/

If you have questions, contact American Horse Council President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

 

 

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About the American Horse Council
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.

 

 

AHC Annual Conference Inspires and Spurs Action in Denver

AHC Annual Conference Inspires and Spurs Action in Denver  

The American Horse Council (AHC) wrapped a trip out West with its 2023 Annual Conference on June 6. The enthusiasm for learning and combatting a growing list of missions filled a packed crowd of industry leaders and ardent enthusiasts.  

 

Attendees heard updates on the actions of such committees as the United Horse Coalition, Equine Welfare, Health & Regulatory, Racing Advisory, Show and Competition and Recreation/Trails/Land Use Committees that encompass the many facets of the AHC. Presentations spurred conviction to look for change or action during engaging presentations at the annual National Issues Forum. 

 

“The theme for the 2023 National Issues Forum is ‘The Measure of Tomorrow,’ and is intended to showcase four important focus areas for the future of equine and equestrian industry – Economics, Sustainability, Herd Health, and Strengthening the Community,” stated AHC President Julie Broadway in her opening remarks. “As you hear these presentations, I ask you to think about how the information shared will inform your actions to ‘shape’ tomorrow. We all strive to leave things ‘better than we found them’ so that’s my challenge to you – how does the content you hear today help you and us think as visionaries and leaders that have the opportunity to ‘shape’ tomorrow?” 

 

Economics and how the industry is valued was the first focus of the forum. Speakers included Dr. Gregory Graff, professor of the Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University; Michael Vanaskie of The Innovation Group, one of the lead economists for the AHC Economic Impact Study and Julie Broadway of AHC on the 2023 AHC Study. Broadway and Vanaskie highlighted how the differences between the current format of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) census and what the AHC hopes can become a more encompassing horse census. This census has been spurred by the AHC’s (ongoing) Equine Economic Impact Survey and how more accurate numbers can help the industry get a fairer piece of the Farm Bill, which is currently in debate in Washington, DC. 

 

The focus on sustainability took an eye-opening and nose-pinching turn when Colorado State University Capstone students Jessica Stock and Vanessa Roy shared their presentation on how horse manure is being repurposed to consumable electricity in Finland and how that could be used in the United States. Scott Evans shared his mission of helping horse show circuits and associations take a greener approach to their events with his initiative Green is the New Blue. It all started with trying to eliminate single-use water bottles being left behind at shows to something that’s bigger than just your local show circuit. Finally, Megan Fellows shared her mission of Carbon Hoofprints—innovative solutions for stakeholders in the equestrian stakeholders. 

 

Always a hot topic, the focus on Herd Health included Joe LaFollette of League of Ag & Equine Centers, Dr. Nat White of Equine Disease Communication Center and Dr. Angela Pelzel McCluskey of the USDA on biosecurity measures needed to mitigate disease at shows and events and at home. This was supported by a presentation by the University of Florida’s Dr. Sally DeNotta that shared how the changing climate is affecting equine infectious diseases and increasing vectors that might not have been thought of in years past.  

 

Finally, the forum focused on strengthening the horse community with the AHC Marketing Alliance. Members Jen Grant of Zoetis and Christy Landwehr of National Reining Horse Association shared a new campaign to reach out to more than our own industry, but outside the horse industry with the “HereForHorses” campaign. The campaign is an evolution of two previous campaigns that included the Time To Ride campaign to introduce riding and horses to the general public. The “HereForHorses” campaign is in its infancy, with more details to come. 

 

“This was one of the best issue forum I’ve attended,” said Dr. Josie Traub Dargatz, formerly of CSU, who was happy to attend the forum in her own back yard of Colorado. Her sentiments were echoed from many who attended. 

 

AHC also honored five award winners and the recording of the award ceremony will be on the AHC website soon. Rep Jacki Walorski, Dr . Jerry Black, Gary Carpenter, Dr Chelsie Huseman and Days End Farm Horse Rescue.  

 

“The conference is one of the best ways to engage and be reinspired with our mission to bring together the horse industry—no matter the breed, discipline, background or location,” says Broadway. “We hope everyone left reinvigorated with new ideas and calls to action.” 

 

The next AHC National Conference and National Issues Forum will be held in Washington, DC, June 9-11, 2024, with plans to build on the momentum created in Denver.  

Speakers Set and Registration Open for the 2023 AHC National Issues Forum 

What can you learn in three days? Learn eco-friendly practices for your barn. Learn how to protect your herd with proper disease mitigation and biosecurity. Learn how we can work together to strengthen the horse community.

Learn about the latest developments in legislative activities that can, and will, affect your beloved industry and animal.

All of this and more is happening during the 2023 American Horse Council’s Annual Conference and National Issues Forum June 4-6 in Denver, Colorado.

Equine industry leaders, stakeholders and those active in legislative and regulatory entities are invited to come together at the at the Le Meridian Hotel in downtown Denver. Registration is now open, and the hotel block is still available for those interested in joining.

The conference kicks off on Sunday, with meetings that will discuss the present and future of equine welfare and care with the United Horse Coalition, Youth Engagement Task Force and the Coalition of State Horse Councils.

Monday, the National Issues Forum will kick off with the State of the Industry and keynote speaker, United States Senator Michael Bennet. Senator Bennet represents the state of Colorado and is on the Congressional Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

The tentative schedule the National Issues Forum:

Monday, June 5
Valuing the Industry (the Economics of the Ag & Horse Industry)
Dr. Gregory Graff – CSU Department of Ag & Resource Economics
Dr. Brian Wyman – Sr. Vice President Innovation Group
Julie Broadway – President, American Horse Council
Greening the Industry (Ecofriendly Practices in the Equine Industry)
Scott Evans – Green is the New Blue
Megan Fellows – Carbon Hoofprint
CSU Equine Program Capstone Class Presentation on Ecofriendly Practices
Protecting the Herd (Disease Mitigation & Biosecurity Discussion)
                         Joe LaFollette – League of Ag & Equine Centers
Dr. Nat White – Equine Disease Communications Center
Dr. Angela Pelzel-McCluskey – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Strengthening the (Horse) Community (AHC Marketing Alliance)

Tuesday’s lineup continues with discussions with the Health and Regulatory Committee and discussions on recreational trail and land use. The Horse Show and Competition Committee as well as the Racing Advisory group will also meet. The marquee for Tuesday will be honoring four champions of the horse industry with the annual American Horse Council lunch awards celebration.

“This year’s edition of our conference and forum proves to cover so many facets of what’s affecting our industry,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “With our central location, we’re hoping to see many leaders and members of the industry in beautiful Denver.”

Registration is open: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-american-horse-council-annual-conference-and-national-issues-forum-tickets-585995768117

Hotel Reservations are due by May 12 at Le Meridien Hotel, 1465 California Street, Denver, Colorado: https://book.passkey.com/go/AHCMeetingLMAC2023

Any media interested in attending to provide coverage can contact American Horse Council President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org.

 

 

 

American Horse Council Honors Four Champions of the Industry 

The American Horse Council (AHC) will honor the equine industry’s brightest leaders at its annual meeting and national issues forum on June 5, 2023. The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado. Four champions of the industry will be awarded with the presentations of the Van Ness Award, the Hickey Award, the Rolapp Award, the AHC Champion Award and United Horse Coalition’s Unity Award.

The Van Ness Award is named in honor of the late Marjorie Van Ness of New Jersey, a long-time leader and friend to the horse industry. The award is presented to an individual that best emulates the dedication and commitment of Van Ness to the improvement of the horse industry at the state level.

The 2023 Van Ness Award winner is Chelsie Huseman, PhD, assistant professor and extension horse specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Huseman has served the school and equine industry in many capacities, and her talents have been utilized on the state, national and international level on all fronts, including academia and industry.

The Hickey Award is named in honor of past AHC President James J. Hickey Jr., who served AHC from 1993 to 2016. This award is presented to an individual who has been a great supporter of the horse industry and the AHC.

The 2023 Hickey Award winner is Jerry Black, DVM, whose contributions cover a host of organizations, including the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Cutting Horse Association and California Veterinary Medical Association.  He served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2021 and was AHC Board Chairman from 2016 – 2019.

The Rolapp Award is presented in honor of the late Rich Rolapp, who was President of the AHC from 1974 to 1993. This award is presented to a member of Congress who has been a great supporter of the horse industry.

The 2023 Rolapp Award winner is bittersweet because we are presenting the award posthumously to Representative Jackie Walorski, who died last year as the result of a traffic accident on August 3. As a member of Congress, Walorski was the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support. It was from that position, Representative Walorski threw lifelines from Congress to families, farms and small businesses.  She promoted legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program safety net, advocated for tax relief and promoted improvements to quality of life in rural communities through better access for health care, broadband and education.

The AHC Champion Award is presented to the AHC member (individual or group/association) that has demonstrated extensive and exemplary advocacy for the industry and the AHC.

The 2023 AHC Champion Award winner is Gary Carpenter. Throughout his career, Carpenter served within multiple aspects of the equine industry, including 10 years as executive director of the AAEP, as well as executive positions with The Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Arabian Horse Trust. Carpenter is past chair of the Horse Show Committee for the AHC and has previously served as a member of the council’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee and Animal Welfare Committee. It was recently announced that at the end of this year, Carpenter will be retiring from his tenure as Commissioner of the National Reining Horse Association.

New to the award lineup this year is the UHC Unity Award, which recognizes an individual (or organization) that has taken initiative to be involved in, and work towards, programs that promote responsible ownership and breeding, and/or programs that support horses at-risk or in transition and their owners.

 

The inaugural UHC Unity Award winner is Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Maryland. Days End Farm embodies the spirit of the unity that UHC seeks within the equine industry towards helping at-risk horses and their owners. Through their Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS), Days End Farm provides a perfect example of an owner assistance program that utilizes an all-hands approach within the industry to ensure that owners can find responsible options and assistance programs when in need.

 

Registration is still open for the 2023 AHC Conference and National Issues Forum, which will be held at Le Meridien Hotel in Denver June 4-6. The AHC invites anyone interested in the current state of affairs in the horse industry, both locally and nationally, to register online: https://horsecouncil.org/annual-meeting/american-horse-council-2023-conference/

 

 

 

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American Horse Council Debuts Podcast on Horse Radio Network

The growth of podcasts brings a world of education, storytelling, and laughs to millions of people every single day. The Horse Radio Network, an entity of the Equine Network, has cornered the market in terms of offering a variety of horse-related podcasts to offer all horse enthusiasts. It is for that reason that the American Horse Council (AHC) joins an esteemed list of groups and organizations on the Horse Radio Network.

The AHC podcast on Horses in the Morning will debut on the first Tuesday of every month, with the first episode doing live on May 2. The podcast can be found on the Horses in the Morning website, Google and Spotify podcasts and your favorite podcast platform.

“We’re looking forward to sharing the American Horse Council’s mission and keeping more people updated on what’s going on in the industry through this new endeavor,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “We’ve got a great lineup of topics and guests that I cannot wait to share.”

“We are thrilled to have the AHC join us once a month on Horses in the Morning,” says Glenn Hebert, Director of Podcasting and America’s Horse Husband on the Horse Radio Network. “We feel it is critical to keep up with the legislations and regulations that affect all horse people across the country, as well as highlighting many of the interesting members of the AHC.”

The first episode of the American Horse Council podcast on Horses in the Morning goes Western as Broadway and marketing and communications specialist Megan Arszman talks about dude ranches with Russell True, author and owner of White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

“Tucson used to be known as the Dude Ranch Capitol of the World,” says True. At one time, the city was home to 127 dude ranches, however, due to the city’s growth, that number was dwindled down to two. Most dude ranches are not corporate owned, so they are handed down through the family.

Did you know the first dude ranch opened in 1802? The Eaton Dude Ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming, was the West’s first vacation destination. Learn about the history of dude ranches and how they work to keep the history of the old American West alive, how to choose the best dude ranch for your family vacation and what you can expect on a typical stay while listening to White Stallion Ranch owner Russell True.

Each show will include updates on what’s going on with legislation in individual states, as well as on the national front in Washington, D.C.

Download the first episode of the AHC on Horses in the Morning: https://www.horsesinthemorning.com/american-horse-council-welcome-to-the-dude-ranch-for-may-2-2023/

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About the American Horse Council
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media, and the industry on behalf of all horse-related interests each and every day.

The AHC is member-supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils.

 

The U.S. House Ag Committee Wants to Hear from the Equine Industry

Chairman G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and members of the House Committee on Agriculture want to hear from you in regard to the Farm Bill. In particular, they ask for any new programs or ideas that you, or the organization that you represent, would like to see considered for the 2023 Farm Bill.

 

As with any piece of legislation—local, state or federal—the American Horse Council encourages our members to take a few minutes to fill out the survey, which can be found online. Let them know how important it is to conduct a complete census of the horse and pony population in the United States.

 

Below, we have provided a template for a letter you can also send to the members of the House Committee on Agriculture, as well as your representatives. We encourage you to write a personalized paragraph introducing yourself, and then choose any or all the bullets points we have:

 

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Dear <Representative Name>:

 

<Personally written intro paragraph>

 

I recommend the Farm Bill authorize a comprehensive census of horses and ponies to provide an accurate measure of the equine industry and its impact on the larger agriculture sector. The current equine census process used by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) lacks scope and accuracy because it excludes an estimated five million animals and an unknown number of operations and owners. Although these uncounted horses and ponies may anonymously reside in backyards, nonproduction farms and rescue facilities, they all have an impact beyond their surroundings:

 

  • Lack of census data compromises the tracking and treating of equine and zoonotic diseases which could affect livestock and public health.
  • Underreporting the equine population increases the risk of gaps in veterinarian service areas, especially in rural areas.
  • Information collected in a comprehensive equine census will provide government, business, and nonprofit organizations with key data to inform policy-making on land-use decisions, economic development policies and natural disaster planning.
  • Comprehensive equine census data are essential for the general economy because such information is useful for private-sector financial and business development.

 

Thank you for your attention to the equine industry and the necessities we need to keep the industry alive.

 

Sincerely,

 

<Your Name>

<Your Address>

 

 

Any further questions, you can reach out to the American Horse Council’s Government Affairs Liaison, Brigid Shea: bshea@horsecouncil.org

American Horse Council’s Annual Spring Youth Fly-In Set for May 14-17

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The young men and women of the horse industry are the deciding future for which direction the industry will continue to go. That’s why it’s important for the youth to be active and to learn about the actions their government–local and nationally–can have on their government.

The American Horse Council (AHC) is excited to invite the youth to their annual Spring Fly-In May 14-17, 2023, in Washington, D.C. This fly-in is open to all youth wishing to learn and participate in advocating for the equine industry.

Arrival for the Fly-In is set for Sunday, May 14. Monday, May 15, is set aside for sightseeing of our nation’s capital in the morning, followed by advocacy orientation by the AHC in the late afternoon.

Tuesday will be filled with visits to U.S. Congressional offices. Meetings with the industry’s partners and ally groups such as Farm Bureau, National Grange, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association for Equine Practitioners, the U.S. Drug Administration, and more will occur as well. Participants should plan to meet for a debriefing and goodbyes on Wednesday, May 17, prior to flying home.

“We are proud to work with our industry allies and partners year-round, and this is a great way to introduce this side of the industry to our youth,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “This is an opportunity our younger generation should not ignore.”

So far, the American Quarter Horse Youth Association and the National Reining Horse Youth Association will be attending, with more expected to be named soon. Organizations and individuals are welcome.

There is no registration fee to attend this life-changing experience and event. For any questions regarding preferred hotels and logistics for attending, contact the AHC. Attendee names must be into the AHC office by May 1 to make necessary arrangements. Any questions can be directed to Julie Broadway: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org