2022– CALL FOR HORSE INDUSTRY DIRECTORY LISTINGS

2022– call for Horse Industry directory Listings

 

The American Horse Council is proud to produce the horse industry’s leading source for all things equine!

 

The 2022 Horse Industry Directory (HID) will have thousands of listings including equine publications, federal and state sources of information, breed registries and associations, show and sports organizations, racing and gaming organizations, and service providers. The HID also includes handy facts and figures about the industry, including breed registration numbers and trends, a guide to interstate health requirements, industry meetings and conference dates/locations, and synopsis of important legislative and regulatory happenings.

 

Of course, all AHC business and organizational members receive a free listing!

Non-Members may purchase a three-inch-by-three-inch listing for $25, or receive a free one-line listing (name, contact, address, and phone).

 

Great advertising opportunities are also available. If you would like to advertise in the HID, please contact Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org for a rate card.

 

We encourage past entries to go online and check your listing for the most current information at
 Business Directory – American Horse Council

 

Submissions and/or updates to 2022 listings are due by January 31st, 2022.
Contact info@horsecouncil.org if you have questions or would like to submit a new entry. The final product will be available on the AHC website in digital format in March.

 

AHC Equine Industry “Ecosystem” Research Summit

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC Equine Industry “Ecosystem” Research Summit

(Washington, D.C., November 2021): The American Horse Council Foundation hosted a virtual equine industry “ecosystem” research summit Nov 2nd and 3rd, 2021. In today’s business climate and with looming threats to our industry’s livelihood, it’s essential that the equine industry not only proactively conduct research on all aspects of our “ecosystem”, but that we promote and publicize our work to demonstrate that we are good stewards for our equine companions, our participants, our industry employees, and partners. This summit was intended to open a dialogue to help develop strategies to identify ways to collaborate and leverage our collective resources to accomplish more research, promote cross platform networking, and develop strategies to help inform the public about our efforts to maintain/enhance health, safety, and the overall well-being of the equine community.

AHC President Julie Broadway stated, “We strategically chose the word “ecosystem” to encompass the entire community of research whether it be equine health, equestrian safety, equestrian health and well-being, environmental i.e., turf, footings, dust particles, or other aspects of the equine industry.”

Funders such as Grayson Jockey Research Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, AQHA Foundation, Horses & Humans Research Foundation, EQUUS Foundation and many others, along with 25+ university researchers participated in the summit and offered the following possible needs:

  • Infrastructure: Need for establishment of an entity to continue these conversations and serve as organizer and umbrella organization for the effort
  • Communications & Promotion: Improve communications regarding research across the industry; Develop resources and mechanisms to promote existing research; Ask breed/discipline association to include at least 1 research article each month in the newsletter; create central repository to house all research (WebMD for horses!)
  • Resources & Relations: Develop mechanisms to foster collaboration and networking among funders and researchers; build a 10-year plan to grow our pool of researchers –concerns about fewer students going into research and loss of tenure tracks; and start mentoring program for young researchers

 

AHC staff will be processing all the summit findings and develop next steps to continue these conversations.

Cliff Williamson added “We were very pleased with the quality of conversations and enthusiasm for this subject. The bullets shared here are only a partial list of ideas so we look forward to working with the industry to prioritize and move this forward.”

Contact Cliff Williamson at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org for additional information.

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 Welcomes new Government Affairs Liaison – Mark Riso

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC Welcomes new Government Affairs Liaison – Mark Riso

 

(Washington, D.C., November 15, 2021): The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce the selection of Mark Riso to serve as the organization’s Government Affairs Liaison.

Mark is a public policy professional and national lobbyist, with over three decades of public policy – advocacy experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. – with an expertise in the legislative, regulatory, and political processes. Mark served as Legislative Director to two senior Members of Congress and as a professional staff member on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (U.S. House of Representatives, House Banking Committee). Following his work on Capitol Hill, Mark has served as a senior lobbyist for past twenty-five years for industry associations, and passionate about advocacy.

AHC President Julie Broadway stated “Mark will be a great addition to our team. In addition to his deep experience as a lobbyist/govt affairs lead, he has also authored a book on advocacy titled “The Stone Mover- awakening and embracing the advocate in all of us” – so he really “gets” what AHC strives to do accomplish in DC.  Please join us in welcoming Mark.”

Mark added “I’m truly honored and excited to join the AHC staff…I will give you all I’ve got.”

Mark succeeds Bryan Brendle who left AHC at the end of September to pursue another career opportunity.

 

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 announces November 15, 2021 Webinar featuring Compton Cowboys Founder – Randy Savvy

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC announces November 15, 2021
Webinar featuring Compton Cowboys Founder – Randy Savvy

(Washington, D.C., September 14, 2021): For our final webinar of 2021, the American Horse Council is delighted to host Randy Savvy of the Compton Cowboys on Monday, November 15th at 1:00 PM ET.

Randy, a born and raised cowboy, is also an entertainer and activist. His family founded the Compton Jr. Posse in 1988, a non-profit equestrian program using horses to keep kids off the streets.

The social climate of Compton in the 1990’s was troubled — crime, drugs, gangs and other issues were rampant city-wide. The ranch and horses of the Compton Jr. Posse kept Randy, his twin brother Carlton, and many other local youth, distracted from street life by providing them a robust outdoors lifestyle through equestrian activities.

Randy formally established the “Compton Cowboys” in 2017, which expanded to include his closest friends from childhood who grew up riding in the Jr. Posse with him. They are still together today paying it forward by introducing kids to horses both local and abroad through their work on the world stage.

Randy holds a BA in Sociology from Occidental College and an MA in Music Administration from California State University, Northridge. He aspires to leave a lasting positive impact on the world through art, business, and philanthropy, though working with horses to pave the way for future generations.

To register for webinar, send an email to info@horsecouncil.org no later than November 12th and we’ll send you a zoom link with meeting details.

 

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 2021 Virtual Congressional Fly-in big success

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC 2021 Virtual Congressional Fly-in big success

(Washington, D.C., November 1, 2021): The American Horse Council (AHC) held its annual fly-in virtually on Thursday, October 28, 2021, featuring a series of industry advocates and congressional staff. Below is a recap of the topics discussed.

  • Helping American’s veterans with Equine Assisted Services.
    Andy Barr (R-KY) spoke to how evidence-based research has proven the effectiveness of EAS in helping youth, veterans, and the disabled community, Adaptive Sports Program through VA initially helped with funding for EAS with $1.5 million which was increased in 2020 to $5 million in grant appropriations. Barr urged the attendees to contact Senators about keeping this 5 million dedicated to EAS and to improve upon that.
    Barr also spoke regarding the Suicide Prevention Bill, John Scott Hannon Mental Health Care and Improvement Act.  Data shows that 21 Veterans take their lives every day in USA.  Only 14 of those had any sort of interaction with the VA in the previous 2 years – thus we need other entry points and access points for Veterans who are not utilizing the VA.  Barr offered an amendment for non-VA organizations, which passed and made it into the final bill.   Barr again asked attendees to talk to Senators to keep the house amendment on a dedicated budget.
    Kathy Alm of PATH Intl. and Ruth Dismuke-Blakely of AHA mentioned that EAS for veterans should all fall under the umbrella of mental health and keeping the boundaries clear regarding treatment for Veterans when it comes to EAS.  When it’s under Adaptive Sports, it undermines EAS as a treatment strategy when asking for reimbursement and confuses the public. Barr agreed to have further discussion and investigate strategies.
  • Guest Workers – We need them, but can we get them?
    Andy Harris (R-MD) who is the lead on H2B Visas, shared how we need temporary workers to help fill the vast need for farm workers and the returning worker exemption is one option or exempt/remove some from H2B. Rep. Harris asked attendees to help his colleagues on the hill learn and understand the difference between immigration vs guest workers, as the penalties are strict for temporary work visas.
  • House Ag Committee Update
    GT Thompson (R-PA) shared his goal of being a strong voice for American Agriculture. The House Ag Committee is blessed with opportunities to help Agriculture rebound from these crisis (COVID, natural disasters, etc.).
  • What’s happening with Tax policy?
    Jordan Harris and Mason Foley of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office spoke about the new framework for reconciliation package which was recently released. AHC staff asked about the Build Back Better – looking to get this reevaluated and would like suggestions on raising the awareness.
  • Can another state’s legislative issues affect me? Case Studies… 11:30 AM

Julie Beeman spoke regarding CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feed Operations) Challenges in CA and shared San Jan Capistrano Case Study:  Located in Orange County CA.  Rancho Mission Riding Park (large CAFO) and three medium CAFO’s, and 6 small stables.  Clean Water Act prohibits anyone from discharging pollutants through a point source into waters of the US unless they have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.  Stables with less than 500 horses, can qualify as a CAFO, or AFO (Animal Feed Operation) .  NPDES regulation is centered around CAFO’s, and the goal is to be considered AFO. Otherwise, small and med AFOs must be designated as a CAFO by the permitting authority if they are significant contributors of pollutants.
Scott Dorenkamp spoke of potential rodeo ban in Los Angeles CA. Concern that this movement will move up and down the state of CA and into CO.  With potential impact on future equestrian events that involve fixed spurs.  If Rodeo is banned, others will not be far behind, so it is in everyone’s interest to pay attention to this.

  • Senate Ag Committee Update
    Kyle Varner of Sen. Deb Stabenow’s Office (D-MI) shared that thus far this year the committee has been working on confirming any administration nominees, turnover of secretary positions at USDA. 28 Nominees.  COVID relief package passed, monitoring the USDAs release of those assistance programs.  Kinks in the supply chain.

Varner also spoke about climate change and Introduced Growing Climate Solutions Act, 94-6 vote passed out of the Senate.  Intended to help USDA put more structure around carbon markets that producers are taking advantage of.  Helps provide more certainty for farmers/ranchers in getting involved with that, certification process for USDA.  Certification process for verifiers on the ground, so farmers know who to trust.  One stop shop website for producers who are interested in participating in the carbon markets.

Varner stated that the committee will start turning to more formal review of 2018 Farm Bill.  Changes, new ideas, what’s working, what’s not.  Current bill doesn’t expire until 2023, so there is time for industry input. AHC staff mentioned the Equine Industry is consistently underrepresented in the USDA census data.  Making that large gap in numbers critical to address for future changes to the Farm Bill.

  • What is the status of the PAST Act?
    Rep Steve Cohen (D- TN) shared that the PAST Act was introduced in June, with 209 co-sponsors initially, 234 now, which is majority of the house. Cohen also noted that in 2017, USDA submitted a role to the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) that would take the language from the Past Act and codify it in a way that the USDA could take action on it now.  This rule change gives USDA the teeth they need to enforce the Horse Protection Act.  If this rule was to be introduced, it would likely be adopted.
  • What is the Congressional Horse Caucus and what are its priorities?

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) noted that the Equine Industry contributes over $50 billion to the US economy annually and plays a key role in conserving agricultural land.  The Caucus Is made up of bi-partisan members who are aware of and support the Equine Industry as well as the health and safety of horses in the racing industry.  90% of the public has wanted stronger action on uniform medication reform.  Horse Racing and Safety Integrity Act puts wellbeing of horses and jockeys front and center with medication reforms and track safety.  Save Americans Forgotten Equines Act (SAFE Act) will put an end to horse slaughter.  PAST Act will protect gaited horse breeds from soring.  Horse Transportation Safety Act would put an end to double decker transport of horses.
Tonko urged the attendees to use storytelling as a tool to help get PAST Act over the finish line.

And AHC offered its services to help grow the Horse Caucus and its mission – outreach, build by consensus.

  • Updates from the US Dept. of Agriculture
    Oscar Gonzales, Asst. Secretary USDA spoke about his 3rd generation connection to the horse industry and efforts underway by National Security Council, to bring in workers from Ecuador, El Salvador & Guatemala to help with season work and address labor shortage. Making sure that worker protections are paramount, and that ranchers/farmers are aware of this program.  Also working towards comprehensive immigration reform.
    Gonzales also spoke about keeping eyes out for legislation to unleash a substantial amount of funding in rural areas.  Making sure that children are fed and that the needs of rural America are being met.  Reaching out to small business owners, most families in agriculture have some form of supplemental small business.  Providing workshops to find out what the needs of small business owners are. AHC staff asked if there is any discussion about reintroducing the rule change in the Horse Protection Act – Specifically realigning the language around testing procedures and protocols related to the PAST Act. Gonzales said he was not up to speed on this and would make inquiries.

AHC staff also noted that the Farm Bill is an important part of the USDA’s program funding, and the equine industry is looking to include more provisions for better horse census numbers.  AHC would like to see the USDA to find a better solution to this problem, and better realize the equine population in the United States.

Lynn Coakley of Equus Foundation asked if Gonzales had any idea why the number of horses being exported for slaughter appear to have decreased significantly in the past year?  Discussion about possibilities followed including potentially more awareness about the issue, less demand, and COVID possibly reducing the number of horses crossing the border.

  • How to get the biggest bang from Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA)?
    Sherry Reaves & Brenda Yankoviak of USFS spoke to the GAOA. The GAOA provides funding through Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF).  Forest Service is the largest agency under the Department of Agriculture. National Parks and Public Legacy Restoration Fund, authorized up to $285 Million annually.  Used to address deferred maintenance (maintenance that was not performed when it was scheduled or should have been accomplished and which, therefore, was put off or delayed for a future period.

Yankoviak suggested what makes a successful GAOA project includes Priorities:  deferred maintenance reduction, visitor access and experience, supporting undeserved communities, mitigating climate change, leveraging partnerships.

GAOA Implementation timeline, we are implementing FY21 projects, awaiting approval and funding of FY22 project, and FY 23 project proposals are ranked and scored this fall.  Summer 2022 will solicit proposals for FY24.  Approval Process:  Forest Service -> Department of Agriculture -> OMB -> Congress.

Partnership Actions:  $200 million in partner contributions to date, volunteer hours, matching funds, non-cash contributions (staff and equipment time.)

Creating story maps and connecting people to these projects.  Promoting these improvements across the country.  The more people see the impacts, the more they are willing to support and contribute.  Share your stories!

Tangible examples of people engaging in GAOA projects.  Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex project example to reduce DM on 3,200+ miles, $1M a year for 5 years, encompasses 3 forests.  Includes Forest Service staff and partners working on brushing, tread repair, log removal, and structure repair.

How to get involved:  Leverage funding, collaborate on project development, provide feedback on projects, assist with data collection, and volunteer!

 

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 announces October 28th Virtual Congressional Fly-in

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC announces October 28th Virtual Congressional Fly-in

(Washington, D.C., September 28, 2021): The American Horse Council (AHC) will hold its annual fly-in VIRTUALLY on Thursday, October 28, 2021 beginning at 9:30 AM ET.   A series of industry advocates and congressional staff will be available to meet with attendees to hear their thoughts, suggestions, opinions, and feedback on issues.

This event is open to anyone who would like to learn about advocacy, hear about the federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting the US equine community, and meet with congressional members and staff to discuss the issues.

Tentative agenda:

  • Meetings with congressional offices, industry executives and advocates
  • Helping American’s veterans with Equine Assisted Services.
    Office of Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) – 9:30 AM
  • Guest Workers – We need them, but can we get them?
    Office of Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) – 10:00 AM
  • What’s happening with Tax policy?
    Office of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – 11:00 AM
  • Can another state’s legislative issues affect me? Case Studies… 11:30 AM
    Prop 16 (CO)- TBD, CAFO Challenges (CA)- Julie Beeman, and Rodeo Ban (CA)-Scott Dorenkamp
  • What is the status of the Horse Protection Act & PAST Act?

Office of Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) – 2:00 PM

  • What is the Congressional Horse Caucus and what are its priorities?

Office of Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) – 2:30 PM

  • Updates from the US Dept. of Agriculture
    Oscar Gonzales, Asst. Secretary USDA – 3:00 PM
  • How to get the biggest bang from Great American Outdoors Act?
    Brenda Yankoviak – USFS National Trails Program Manager 3:30 PM

Several other congressional offices have also been invited to participate.

To register simply send an email to info@horsecouncil.org with your name and contact information. We’ll send you a zoom link and information packet to prepare you for the event.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct 27th at noon ET.

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

AHC announces September 20, 2021 Webinar – Are you worried about climate change and how its effects are impacting your horses?  

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release

AHC announces September 20, 2021 Webinar

(Washington, D.C., September 14, 2021): Are you worried about climate change and how its effects are impacting your horses?  Between record hot temperatures and smoky air, the summer months have become a dreaded time for many people and their horses. Join AHC on Monday, September 20th at 1:00 PM ET to hear from two experts:

  • Corey Scott, Livestock Services Lead with Truterra LLC, a division of Land O’Lakes Inc., will open with some thoughts and observations on climate change and its possible implications on the equine industry. Truterra is the sustainability business of Land O’Lakes, offers the only farmer-owned, farmer-driven food and ag sustainability program in the U.S. Since the program launch in 2016 by Land O’Lakes, Inc., over 1,600 farmers put their trust in the Truterra network to help them advance and accelerate stewardship on 26,000 fields. We partner with forward-thinking farmers, value chain companies, conservation organizations and ag retailers to help better deliver the future of on-farm sustainability. Corey and her husband Darren met through showing quarter horses and currently keep hunter/jumpers at their small farm in Scandia, MN.
  • John Blackburn, Senior Principal with Blackburn Architecture C., co-author of two highly lauded books, American Equestrian Design and Healthy Stables by Design, which focuses on designing facilities that function for the owner and riders while preserving and contributing to the health and safety of the horses . Blackburn had designed for different environments as well as climate change and will speak to the how these impact the design of horse farms.  “I encourage the use of common sense barn design as well as the farm design implementing Best Management Practices and I try to show how BMP’s guide one to produce a more sustainable farm that is healthy and safe for the horse and compatible with the environment.” – stated Blackburn.

 

To register for the webinar – which will run from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST – send an email to info@horsecouncil.org no later than September 20th at 10:00 AM ET

 

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 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; September 9, 2021): In conjunction with the American Horse Council’s (AHC) Annual Membership Drive held in August 2021, AHC is delighted to congratulate Healing Arenas Inc. of Escalon, CA, 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 membership drive which resulted in new members for AHC, United Horse Coalition, and the Equine Welfare Data Collective. Best wishes to our grand prize winner, Healing Arenas, who will be getting their new John Deere from a local dealer in their area soon.

We were both surprised and excited to receive the news from the American Horse Council that through our new membership/partnership with the United Horse Coalition we are the winner of their most recent giveaway, a JOHN DEERE lawn tractor!  Our location requires more than average maintenance due to our lucky ability to water by flood irrigation – this product will serve us very well!  We have enjoyed our JOHN DEERE tractor for many years and look forward to another great product from this manufacturer!” stated Julie Baker, President of Healing Arenas.

Healing Arenas mission is “to support emotional healing through equine interaction and provide safe and restorative homes for retired racehorses”.  They accomplish this by utilizing retired racehorses (who are retrained and rehomed) as part of their team for therapy projects.  These projects have included veterans, foster children, trafficking victims and many more.  Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, they provide the upmost in care and administration of these wonderful horses – and with the help of the United Horse Coalition, they hope to provide even more homes for these horses in the future!  You can learn more about them here:  www.healingarenas.org.

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

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.

Horse Power – AHC Announces membership drive!

 

Horse Power – AHC Announces membership drive!

 

(Washington, D.C., August 2, 2021):  The American Horse Council (AHC), the horse industry’s voice in Washington DC, is holding our annual “Horse Power” membership drive.

What does it take to keep the horse industry alive, thriving, vibrant and relevant? It takes YOU!
There’s never been a better time to become a member and support the industry so we can ensure the equestrian lifestyle and passion you have for horses remains at the forefront of everyone’s mind. AHC works with federal legislators, agencies such as USDA, DOI, EPA, DOT and partners with numerous coalitions to like the Sports Coalition, Outdoor Industry Coalition, H2B Coalition, Economic Business Coalition, Agriculture Tax Coalition and many more.

To incent YOU to join our “Horse Power” Campaign, AHC is offering your choice of one of the following publications:

  • Digital copy of “2019 Tax Handbook” ($95 value)
  • Digital copy of “Horse Power” Booklet – Summary of the 2017 Economic Impact Study
    ($40 value)
  • Digital copy of “Grass roots Advocacy” Booklet
  • Digital copy of “Estate Planning Guide for Horse Owners”

Plus – entry into our annual drawing for John Deere Mower S240 Lawn Tractor with 42-in. Deck

  • 21.5 HP* V-Twin Engine
  • 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep™ Deck, compatible with optional MulchControl™ kit
  • Comfortable 15-in (38-cm) open back seat
  • Side-by-side forward and reverse pedals
  • K46 heavy-duty hydrostatic transmission
  • Easy read fuel gauge
  • 3-year/200-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty

LIST PRICE: $2,599.00 USD

Join AHC, the United Horse Coalition or submit data for the Equine Welfare Data Collective during the month of August and you get the publication of your choice and we’ll enter to possibly win this fantastic prize!

The American Horse Council is not government subsidized, nor does it receive any funding through check off programs like some livestock groups.  AHC relies on memberships, contributions, sponsorships and advertising to fund our mission of advocating for the legislative, economic and social interests of the US equine industry.

And we don’t mean to brag – but during the pandemic we’ve stepped up in a BIG way to make certain the equine industry’s needs are heard and met – everything from PPP loan qualification,  SBA loan qualification,  legislation to help shuttered venues, a COVID 19 resource database, a new congressional scorecard so you know which congressional members are helping us and we even produced weekly newsletters.

 

AHC offers three tiers of membership:

Individual Membership (account in your name)

Individual members have 1 email address on file that receives the AHC newsletter, Washington updates, Action alerts, are members of the congressional calvary and receive our “call to Action” notices and have access to the member portal.

  • Basic $60
  • Premium $125
  • Supporter $500
  • Student $25

 

Business (account in business name)

Business members have 2 email addresses on file that receive the AHC newsletter, Washington updates, Action alerts, Tax Bulletins and have access to the member portal.

  • Basic $100
  • Premium $250
  • Supporter $500
  • Supporter PLUS $2500 (qualifies for committee seat)


Association/organization 

Association/Organization members have 4 emails on file that receive the AHC newsletter, Washington Update, Action Alerts, are members of the Equine Executive Forum, and receive an annual legislative report for their annual membership meeting.

  • State horse council $350
  • Basic $750
  • Premium $2500 (qualifies for committee seat)
  • All other association/organization membership levels please contact AHC at info@horsecouncil.org for details of other benefits.



 

For additional information contact AHC President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org.

AHC Board of Trustees Announces New Officers

 

Contact: Julie Broadway
American Horse Council

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

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2021

 

AHC Board of Trustees Announces New Officers

AHC Committee Chairs confirmed

 

(Washington, DC)- At its mid-year meeting held on June 28, 2021, The American Horse Council Board of Trustees elected 2021-2022 officers.

 

Chair- Dr. Rick Mitchell (United State Equestrian Federation)
International veterinarian, Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, DACVSMR, has been named Chair of the American Horse Council Board of Trustees. Dr. Mitchell has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian. The 2016 Olympic Games marked his sixth visit to the Olympics as an attending veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team.

 

Dr. Mitchell has served on the AHC Board since 2012 and been chair of the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee for several years.  Dr. Mitchell attended Guilford College majoring in biology then received his B.S. from North Carolina State University, and his DVM from Oklahoma State University. He is currently in private veterinary practice limited to equine medicine and surgery with an emphasis on lameness. He has been in practice with Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, CT since 1989, where he is president.

 

Dr. Mitchell has served on various boards, including the United States Equestrian Federation, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is a founding member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and is currently Chair of the Foundation for the Horse.

 

Vice Chair – Marilyn Bertera (United States Trotting Association)

Marilyn Breuer-Bertera, of Northville, Michigan, has been elected the Vice-Chair of AHC’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Breuer-Bertera has been on the AHC Board since 2016 and a board member of the USTA since 2010. She is Chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee that supports racing states in their individual legislative efforts. She is a past Director of the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association, serving as Secretary of that board for 15 years.

 

Ms. Breuer-Bertera and her husband, Rocky Bertera, a trainer and blacksmith, race a small stable of horses in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. She grew up on a farm in central Michigan, racing harness horses at the Michigan county fairs with her father. She also holds a B.S. in Education- Physical Education and Business Education- from Central Michigan University.

Secretary – Dr. Glenn Blodgett (American Quarter Horse Association)

Dr. Blodgett’s professional contributions are immense. He has been committed to the betterment of the American Quarter Horse breed and steadfast in his involvement dating back to 1991 when he began serving Texas as an AQHA Director. He has served as chairman of the Stud Book and Registration Committee and also served on the AQHA Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1995 to 2009. In 2011, he was elevated to director-at-large and in 2012 was elected to AQHA’s Executive Committee. In 2015, Dr. Blodgett served as the AQHA Executive President.

 

As a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners for 41 years he received the AAEP Distinguished Life Membership Award in 2016, Blodgett has served on the organization’s Board of Directors as well as the Racing Ethics and Ethics Ad Hoc committees. In addition, Dr Blodgett served on the first Texas Racing Commission and served as the commission’s vice chairman from 1993-1995.

 

Dr Blodgett has been recognized by numerous organizations. In 1990, he was named the Equine Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association; in 1991, he received the AQHA Register of Merit Award; in 1992, he received the Joan Pew Award from the Association of Racing Commissioners International; in 2004, he was awarded an adjunct professorship in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; in 2006 Oklahoma State University Graduate of Distinction in Animal Science; in 2011, he was named the Outstanding Texas A & M University Alumni; in 2012 he received the AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award; in 2013 Dr Blodgett was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame; in 2017 he was awarded the Golden Spur Award by the National Ranching Heritage Center; in 2019 he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

He also continues to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation. He teaches at Texas A & M University as an adjunct graduate faculty member, and he mentors 25-30 senior veterinary students each year at the Four Sixes Ranch.

Blodgett joined the AHC Board in 2015.

 

Treasurer – Matt Iuliano (The Jockey Club)
Matt F. Iuliano, was named executive vice president and executive director of the Jockey Club in 2009 where he oversees all matters concerning the American Stud Book and represents the Jockey Club as it interacts with industry organizations.  Iuliano joined the Jockey Club staff in June 2001. Prior to that, he served in several executive capacities at Churchill Downs Inc. over the course of a 12-year stint. He was also director and operations manager of Lasma East, an Arabian horse farm at the time, in LaGrange, Ky., for seven years.

 

He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Colorado State University before earning an MBA and a law degree from the University of Louisville.

Iuliano joined the AHC Board in 2017.

 

In addition to the officers, the other AHC board members include Past -Chairman Jim Gagliano (The Jockey Club), Dr. Tom Lenz (AAEP), Don Marean (USTA), Alex Waldrop (NTRA), Joe Wilson (Thoroughbred Racing Associations), Billy Smith (American Paint Horse Association), Jean Ligon (Coalition of State Horse Councils), David Foley (American Association of Equine Practitioners), Russell Williams (USTA) and Tom O’Mara (USEF) for the 2021-2022 term.

 

AHC also confirmed the Chairs of the five AHC Committees:

    • Equine Welfare Committee: Dr. Tom Lenz, American Association of Equine Practitioners
    • Health & Regulatory Committee: David Foley, American Association of Equine Practitioners
    • Show & Competition Committee: Billy Smith, American Paint Horse Association
    • Racing Advisory Committee: Alex Waldrop, National Thoroughbred Racing Association
    • Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee: Jean Ligon, Coalition of State Horse Councils

 

 

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