AHC Membership Drive Winner Announced

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

Phone: 202-296-4031
Email: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

For Immediate Release


AHC Membership Drive Winner Announced


(Washington, DC; October 24, 2022): In conjunction with the American Horse Council’s (AHC)United Horse Coalition (UHC) and Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC) Testimonial Drive held this month, AHC is delighted to congratulate, Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, Inc. based in Laurel, DE as the winner of a John Deere S240 Lawn Mower, valued at $2,600.00, provided by AHC partner Equine Discounts!


The announcement was made by AHC President Julie Broadway who stated “We were pleased with the great response to our drive. Best wishes to our grand prize winner, Changing Fates, who will be getting their new John Deere from a local dealer in their area soon.”


“We are very excited to have been chosen to receive this John Deere mower. It will help us maintain our property and enable us to spend more time on our horses. AHC, UHC, and EWDC have always been our first stop when looking for resources to help our horses” stated Robin Weinkam.


Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, Inc. is a 501c3 horse rescue dedicated to locating abused and neglected equines and rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming horses. It is their mission to provide a sanctuary for those horses that are not suitable for adoption.


The AHC and NTRA Equine Discounts Program (@myequinediscounts) sponsored this contest through the AHC Advantage Plan.  This plan offers significant discounts on brands including John Deere, Big Ass Fans, Sherwin Williams Paints, and Office Depot.



About the American Horse Council
, United Horse Coalition, and Equine Welfare Data Collective


As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council (AHC) 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, racetracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils. Learn more at
www.horsecouncil.org


The United Horse Coalition (UHC)
is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues facing horses at-risk or in transition. We seek to provide information for existing and prospective owners, breeders, sellers, and horse organizations regarding the long-term responsibilities of owning and caring for horses, as well as focusing on the opportunities available for these horses. Learn more at unitedhorsecoalition.org

 


The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC),
a program of the United Horse Coalition, was launched in 2018. The EWDC is a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance services for transitioning and at-risk equines. The EWDC was created by the United Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with past and present funding partners being The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and its program The Right Horse (TRH), the Foundation for the Horse, and US Equestrian Trust.  Participation in the EWDC is free, and all data collected is aggregated so no individual organization is identified. To view EWDC reports or contribute data, please visit the EWDC website at www.unitedhorsecoalition.org/ewdc/ or contact us at EWDC@horsecouncil.org.

American Horse Council is giving away a John Deere S240 Riding Mower!

Contact: Julie Broadway

American Horse Council

Phone: 202.296.4031

E-Mail:  info@horsecouncil.org

 


For Immediate Release

 


American Horse Council is giving away a John Deere S240 Riding Mower!

 


The American Horse Council (AHC), the voice of the horse industry in Washington, D.C, is announcing their Member Appreciation Giveaway. Thanks to a gracious donation from their partners, Equine Discounts, the American Horse Council will be giving away a John Deere S240 Riding Mower to one lucky winner.


Any person or organization that is a member of the American Horse Council, United Horse Coalition (UHC), or Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC), is eligible to win. To enter, email a brief video or written statement about what you find valuable or important about the work of the AHC, UHC, or EWDC to info@horsecouncil.org by 11:59 pm EST on October 23, 2022. Make sure to include your name, organization your representing (if applicable), address, and phone number in your submission.


“We love our members and know they love us…and we want to reward them for helping us share the word about what we do,” says Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council, “This is just another way of us saying “thank you” for being a member.”


The winner will be chosen at random from the submissions and announced on October 24, 2022.


To view the full contest rules, become an American Horse Council or United Horse Coalition member, or participate in the Equine Welfare Data Collective, reach out to info@horsecouncil.org


Contest Rules


About the American Horse Council
, United Horse Coalition, and Equine Welfare Data Collective


As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council (AHC) 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, racetracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils. Learn more at
www.horsecouncil.org


The United Horse Coalition (UHC)
is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues facing horses at-risk or in transition. We seek to provide information for existing and prospective owners, breeders, sellers, and horse organizations regarding the long-term responsibilities of owning and caring for horses, as well as focusing on the opportunities available for these horses. Learn more at unitedhorsecoalition.org


The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC),
a program of the United Horse Coalition, was launched in 2018. The EWDC is a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance services for transitioning and at-risk equines. The EWDC was created by the United Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with past and present funding partners being The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and its program The Right Horse (TRH), the Foundation for the Horse, and US Equestrian Trust.

Participation in the EWDC is free, and all data collected is aggregated so no individual organization is identified. To view EWDC reports or contribute data, please visit the EWDC website at www.unitedhorsecoalition.org/ewdc/ or contact us at EWDC@horsecouncil.org.

Special Bulletin – Progress Report on 2023 Economic Impact Study – Financial Support Needed

Special Bulletin


Progress Report on 2023 Economic Impact Study – Financial Support Needed


The American Horse Council Foundation is hoping to update the National Economic Impact Study (EIS) next year to document the economic effects of all segments of the horse industry on the state and national economy. Major economic changes have occurred since the 2017 study. Not only have business closures and resulting federal stimulus programs related to the pandemic made a major impact, but the industry has adapted to historic changes made to the tax code.


Fundraising to conduct the study started in March 2022 with the goal of obtaining the needed $350K. As of September 1, AHCF has raised $208K towards its goal. AHC President, Julie Broadway stated “We must raise at least 80% of the full price, or $280K, to even sign a contract with the consultants. Our hope is to have that amount secured by October 1 so that the project planning can begin, and we can start collecting data in early 2023. Right now, we’re roughly $72K short of our initial goal – so we’re really working hard to make certain the community understands the importance of this work. Once we reach our $280K mark, we then must continue to fundraise to reach the final $350K goal.”


Every equine organization, manufacturer, retailer and supplier will benefit directly from the public exposure an EIS provides:

  •  helps state and federal agencies scale the level of support and engagement needed to protect and serve the industry,
  •  breaks down potential barriers to federal, state and local leaders.
  •  raises equine community’s level of pride in the industry.
  •  increases awareness and interest in industry.
  •  offers an opportunity to establish and maintain a positive image of our industry in the community and among the media.
  •  opens the door for future fund-raising projects and may support efforts to work more closely with your financial institutions.
  •  provides the opportunity to highlight non-economic contributions and the civic involvement of the organization and its members.


The AHC Foundation is looking for donations from all industry participants – businesses, horse owners, and enthusiasts alike. The AHC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to it are tax-deductible. Pledge payments are due no later than 1/1/2023 and AHCF offers several payment methods and options.


If you have any questions regarding the study or how your organization and its members can assist, please contact us at info@horsecouncil.org. We would also encourage you to help us spread the word about the study. We have put together FAQs, and other promotional materials along with a DonorBox site to help gain support. We are happy to provide you any of these resources.


“We truly believe that the data this study will provide is invaluable. As such, we hope that you will begin a dialogue with your leadership, state agriculture and tourism agencies, and others that would also find value in the data provided.” The AHC would be happy to speak with you or others to help make this case. AHC receives numerous calls each week for updated data of this nature and requests for copies of reports, so we are confident that you will find supporters to help you and the AHC with this initiative.


“Should we fail to reach our target the study will have to be postponed which would be detrimental to the industry’s ability to make our case and effect legislation and regulatory challenges. We hope everyone recognizes the importance of this data to the industry and leans in to help. We can’t do it alone.”

New & Improved Horse Microchip Look Up Website

 

New & Improved Horse Microchip Look Up Website

 

Microchips are extremely important for keeping your horses safe. Many animals reunite with their owner’s thanks to their chips. A microchip is a great way to guarantee the identity and facilitate fair competition. The American Horse Council and AHC Foundation are happy to support this through two different programs. First, thanks to the great support of our member Equine MicrochipID, the AHC offers free microchips to horse owners. Second, the AHC is proud to debut our updated horse-specific microchip lookup tool, a website helping owners, competitors, rescuers and law enforcement correctly identify horses.

 

The microchip is the first part, but your horse’s microchip number is only half of the journey. The second part requires that number being registered with a manufacturer registry and/or your breed/competition organization. If you know the horse’s specific microchip ID number, you can contact the registry and make sure your info in their database is current.

 

If you don’t know the registry, but you have the microchip ID number, you can use it to search the American Horse Council’s microchip lookup tool. This can provide you with the name of the manufacturer so you can contact them. We just completed a new update to the search tool and are providing the most comprehensive information available for microchipped horses in the United States.

 

The tool, https://www.horsemicrochiplookup.com/, is a great chance for you to look up who your horse is registered with, and update that information as needed. It also contains the link you need to sign up for free microchips. Please contact the American Horse Council for more information about microchipping your horse.

 

 

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 US equine industry contributes $122B in total value added to the US economy annually and employs 1.7M people. In total 30.5% of 38M US households contain a horse enthusiast.

American Horse Council publishes National Trails Directory & Guide

 

American Horse Council publishes National Trails Directory & Guide

 

Contact: info@horsecouncil.org

 

September 30, 2022 Washington DC. The American Horse Council’s Recreation, Trails, and Land Use Committee (RT&LU) is pleased to announce a new resource guide and national trails directory. The materials and links to state-by-state trails directories are available at National Trails Directory – American Horse Council. The directory was compiled by intern Jay Harris of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

AHC President, Julie Broadway stated “We hope this comprehensive guide with links to all things trail-related will be a valuable asset to our recreational trail riding community. Through the pandemic, equestrians turned to trails to commune with nature and enjoy their horses. We felt this directory would be helpful in identifying and discovering new adventures outdoors.”

 

RT&LU Chair, Randy Rasmussen added “Many thanks to Jay for all his hard work and research on this project. And thanks to all those that contributed including Back Country Horsemen of America, Equine Land Conservation Resource along with many state horse councils. We would also be remiss if we didn’t think Jean Ligon, former RT&LU Chair who suggested this project”

 

To learn more about the American Horse Council, visit www.horsecouncil.org

 

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.

August 15th is National “Check the Chip” Day!

 

It’s National “Check the Chip” Day!

 

August 15, 2022 (Washington, DC) – Today is National “Check The Chip” Day — a day to check on your horses’ microchips and make sure they’re registered and that information is up to date.

 

Microchips are extremely important for keeping your horses safe. Many animals reunite with their owner’s thanks to their chips.   A microchip is a great way to guarantee the identity of a horse and facilitate fair competition. The American Horse Council and AHC Foundation are happy to support this through two different programs. First, thanks to the great support of our member Equine MicrochipID, the AHC offers free microchips to horse owners. Second, the AHC is proud to debut our updated horse-specific microchip lookup tool, a website helping owners, competitors, rescuers, and law enforcement correctly identify horses.

 

The microchip is the first part, but your horse’s microchip number is only half of the journey. The second part requires that the microchip number is registered with a manufacturer registry and/or your breed/competition organization. If you know the horse’s specific microchip ID number, you can contact the registry and make sure your info in their database is current.

 

If you don’t know the registry, but you have the microchip ID number, you can use it to search the American Horse Council’s microchip lookup tool. This can provide you with the name of the manufacturer so you can contact them. We just completed a new update to the search tool and are providing the most comprehensive information available for microchipped horses in the United States.

 

The tool, https://www.horsemicrochiplookup.com/, is a great chance for you to look up who your horse is registered with, and update that information as needed. It also contains the link you need to sign up for free microchips. Please contact the American Horse Council for more information about microchipping your horse.

 

 

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 US equine industry contributes $122B in total value added to the US economy annually and employs 1.7M people. In total 30.5% of 38M US households contain a horse enthusiast.

 

AHC announces August 22, 2022, Webinar Top 10 things the equine community needs to know about equine liability laws

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

Phone: 202-296-4031
Email: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

For Immediate Release

AHC announces August 22, 2022, Webinar

Top 10 things the equine community needs to know about equine liability laws

(Washington, D.C., August 1, 2022): Join the American Horse Council on Monday, August 22 at 1:00 PM ET to hear an in-depth presentation and discussion that no horse owner should miss on equine liability laws.

 

Attorney Julie I. Fershtman of FosterSwift PC will speak about equine liability laws and address risk management, including waivers/releases.  Fershtman is the author of Equine Law and Horse Sense which helps horse owners assess their needs, plan ahead and take precautions to avoid conflicts. She has tried cases in multiple states and received numerous awards for her efforts on behalf of the horse industry.

 

Insurance experts from Jarvis Insurance, Stephanie Cuper & Tina DeDario will also be on hand to outline the different coverages available to help mitigate circumstances that could arise from liability litigation. Cuper and DeDario are Farm, Ranch & Liability Agents.

 

Register for the webinar by Friday, August 19th by emailing info@horsecouncil.org.

 

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. Learn more at www.horsecouncil.org

AHC announces August 17, 2022, Town Hall Meeting To Encourage Formation/Activation of State Horse Councils

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

Phone: 202-296-4031
Email: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

For Immediate Release

AHC announces August 17, 2022, Town Hall Meeting

To Encourage Formation/Activation of State Horse Councils

(Washington, D.C., August 1, 2022): The American Horse Council and the Coalition of State Horse Councils are seeking to establish contacts with individuals in key states for the possible formation or activation of a state horse council to help with grassroots advocacy.  AHC President, Julie Broadway stated, “As you can imagine, there are often state legislative/regulatory issues that we need resources residing in the state to help us gain intel on and/or help us advocate for change.”

 

The stronger our network, the more influence we have in getting things accomplished. Unfortunately, there are currently only 26 states with a state horse council.  States we are seeking to establish contact with include AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, IN, LA, MA, ME, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NV, RI, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV, WY – Al & HI.

 

We would like to invite persons in these states to a town hall meeting on “National Nonprofit Day” on August 17th at 2:00 PM ET to learn more about this opportunity! Topics include:

 

  • Why every state needs state advocacy for the equine industry
  • How to form a state horse council
  • How to sustain/grow a state horse council
  • Introduction to three states that have successful councils
  • How to leverage the Coalition of state horse councils & American Horse Council
  • Resources available to help you get started…., and

Resources/Benefits AHC can offer state horse council members and horse owners in your state

 

The meeting will be held via zoom and a link is provided below.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81593910728

 

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. Learn more at www.horsecouncil.org

AHC Launches surveys for Members and Non-Members

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

Phone: 202-296-4031
Email: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

For Immediate Release

AHC Launches surveys for Members and Non-Members

(Washington, D.C., August 1, 2022): Beginning August 1, 2022 the American Horse Council is launching two surveys to solicit thoughts and opinions from both AHC members and the equine community at-large.

 

August 1- August 15 – AHC members will receive an email directing them to a survey to help collect information regarding their legislative and regulatory priorities. Sample questions include:

 

  • What are your top legislative priorities? (rank) Tax; Immigration; Horse slaughter/welfare; Soring; Trails maintenance/support; other

 

  • What are your top regulatory priorities? (rank) Import/export of horses; Disease mitigation; Land use; Transportation; Wild horse & Burro issues; other

 

Each week starting August 1, through AHC social media channels (FaceBook & Twitter) followers will be asked to respond to one question to collect their thoughts and opinions on specific topics. These questions are open to members and non-members. Examples for August include:

 

  • Week #1: What is the number one issue facing the equine industry that needs immediate attention? And how would you suggest it be addressed?

 

  • Week #2: What is your position on allowing horses to be shipped to Canada/Mexico?

If the SAFE Act were implemented and horses could no longer be shipped across the borders, who/how would you address the 30,000 unwanted horses per year that will need assistance/housing?

 

  • Week #3: What specific occupation in the equine industry needs to be professionalized the most?

 

  • Week #4” What is your “go-to” source for information about what’s happening in the horse industry?

 

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.  Learn more at www.horsecouncil.org

AHC Announces Leadership Appointments

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

Phone: 202-296-4031
Email: jbroadway@horsecouncil.org

For Immediate Release

AHC Announces Leadership Appointments

Washington D.C. –Friday June 24, 2022 The Board and Leadership of the American Horse Council are pleased to announce the following leadership appointments for June 2022 – June 2023 term.

Board of Trustees: Dr. Rick Mitchell (USEF) – Chair; Marilyn Breuer-Bertera (USTA) – Vice Chair; Matt Iuliano (TJC) – Treasurer; Dr. Glenn Blodgett (AQHA) – Secretary; Jim Gagliano (TJC) – Past Chair; Tom O’Mara (USEF); Russell Williams (USTA); Don Marean (USTA); David Foley (AAEP); Joe Wilson (TRA); Tom Rooney (NTRA); Christy Landwehr – at large; Justine Staten (CSHC) – at large; and Austin Halvorson (Young Adult) – at large.  https://horsecouncil.org/about-us/board-of-trustees/

Committee Chairs: Equine Welfare – Kathy Alm, CEO of PATH Intl.; Health & Regulatory – David Foley, ED AAEP; Show & Competition – Dr Billy Smith, ED APHA; Racing Advisory – Joe Wilson,  President TRA; Recreation, Trails & Land Use – Randy Rasmussen, Director of Public Lands and Recreation BCHA.  https://horsecouncil.org/ahc-committees/

 

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.