American Horse Council Releases Supporting Report for National Equine Economic Impact Study

American Horse Council Releases Supporting Report for National Equine Economic Impact Study


The American Horse Council (AHC) and AHC Foundation are proud to release the 2023 National Economic Impact Study Technical Appendix (also known as Report #2). The original report, released in January 2024, contained national statistics and economic impact data, while report #2 offers demographics, consumer data and detailed tables from the study that were not contained in Report #1. This includes responses to questions on purchasing patterns and future involvement.


This supporting report is available for purchase on the AHC website for $50.00. A two-page PDF of the Report #1 results is available for FREE on the AHC website, and the full report is available for purchase for $100.


“We are very excited that, for the first time, we can offer some additional insights and trends obtained during the course of the study,” states AHC President Julie Broadway. “We believe you will find this data very useful and fascinating.”  


Broadway added that because AHC staff and board have had the time to process the results and the numbers, there was one noted correction, which is as follows:

Page 40 on horse acreage should state … If 62% of the horse owners reported owning or leasing a farm, barn, or stable this results in ~2 acres per horse. 

The supporting report looks to highlight more details relating to the horse industry’s increased contribution to the gross distribution product (GDP) and can be a valuable tool for business owners and professionals alike.


For more information and to purchase the overall National Equine Economic Impact Study (Report #1) or the supporting report (Report #2), see the AHC website:

American Horse Council Announces 2024 National Issues Forum Speakers

American Horse Council Announces 2024 National Issues Forum Speakers


When you want to be in the know about the latest issues affecting the horse industry nationally and regionally, you’ve got to be in Washington, D.C., June 9-12.


The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel is the place to be for insightful and informative discussions on all things affecting the equine industry for the 2024 American Horse Council Conference and National Issues Forum. The two-day event will wrap up with opportunities for organized agency and congressional hill visits as a way to show unity within the equine industry.


The American Horse Council (AHC) is excited to announce its lineup of tentative speakers and presenters for the annual conference at the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel. Attendees can expect to get the most current and relevant information on topics affecting the equine industry.


The tentative schedule (all times EDT):


Sunday, June 9

1:00 pm – Panel discussion on “Own Responsibility” and “Social License to Operate” – moderated by David O’Connor of USEF, including Dr. Jim Heird (others TBA)

3:00 pm – Grass Roots Advocacy (part of the Coalition of State Horse Councils meeting)


Monday, June 10

8:00 am – Here For Horses Presentation by the AHC Marketing Alliance

8:30 am – AHC Legislative & Regulatory Update from AHC Staff

9:00 am – Advocacy Playbook: Learn How Other Associations Develop Their Positions and Polices – Dr. Mark Lutschaunig (AVMA), Burton Eller (The National Grange), Ryan Yates (American Farm Bureau Federation) and Jeff Evan (American Society of Association Executives)

10:00 am – Economics of Ag & Equine – Todd Van Hoose (President and CEO of Farm Credit Council) and Julie Broadway (American Horse Council)

11:00 am – Equine Assisted Services – Kathy Alm (PATH International), Kathy Blaine Loudon (therapeutic riding) and Karyn Brown (retired veteran)

1:00 pm – Racing Committee – Topic and speaker TBA, Unsanctioned Racing Update (Brigid Shea of AHC and AHC intern Ramsey Stroud)

2:00 pm – Health Committee – Veterinary Workforce Development – Dr. Paula Parker (AVMA), Dr. Eleanor Green (Lincoln Memorial) and Dr. Katherine Garrett (AAEP)

3:00 pm – Welfare Committee – Equine Euthanasia and Disposal – Dr. Michael Murphy (AVMA) and Dr. Emily Cornell (FDA)

4:00 pm – Show and Competition Committee – Innovation and Technology – Fatima Terry and Fredy Diaz (USDA Digital Services) and Juliana Chapman (The Tech Equestrian)


Tuesday, June 11

8:00 am – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Results from the AHC DEI Task Force

8:30 am – Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee – Together Outdoors – Outdoor Recreational Roundtable and Holley Groshek (Equine Land Conservation Resource)

9:30 am – Regulatory Committee – The Regulatory Playbook: How Does It All Work? – Emily Stearns (AHC), Jennifery Reynolds (UMD) and Sandra TenBroech (University of Florida)

10:45 am – Congressional Hill Visit Orientation and Briefing – AHC Staff


Afternoon & Wednesday, June 12 – Agency and Congressional Hill Visits


Event registration is now open:


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Nominations for 2024 American Horse Council Annual Awards Open

American Horse Council Awards

Nominations for 2024 American Horse Council Annual Awards Open


Deadline extended!

The American Horse Council (AHC) is looking to honor the brightest leaders in the equine industry. The nomination period for the prestigious awards is now open. Honorees will be named during the AHC’s annual meeting and National Issues Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., June 9-12.

These awards highlight the remarkable achievements and contributions made by those dedicated to advancing and promoting the horse community. While there are so many individuals and groups that should be recognized, the AHC looks to accept suggestions from all industry stakeholders.

The annual awards include:

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. This award is presented to an individual who best emulates the dedication and commitment of Marjorie Van Ness to the improvement of the horse industry at the state level.

The recipient of the Van Ness Award must fulfill at least one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully worked to pass legislation that had a beneficial and significant impact on the horse industry in his/her state.
  • Developed programs through state government or state agencies that promoted and represented the interests of all horse people in the state.
  • Increased awareness, generated interest, and raised the visibility of the horse industry through educational programs and related events.

Last year’s recipient of the Van Ness Award was Cheslie Huseman, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension horse specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.

The Hickey Award is named in honor of past AHC President James J. Hickey Jr., who served the 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 recipient of the Hickey Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibited a history of service and leadership to the industry and AHC.
  • Made a lasting impact on AHC and the industry.
  • Given their time and expertise willingly with the simple goal of improving the industry.

The recipient of the 2023 Hickey Award was Jerry Black, DVM, whose contributions cover a host of organizations, including the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Cutting Horse Association, and the 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 to 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 recipient of this award is selected by AHC staff and leadership. In 2023, the award was given posthumously to Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

The AHC Champion Award will honor an AHC member (individual or group/association) who has demonstrated extensive and exemplary advocacy for the industry and the AHC. The recipient of this award will be selected from nominations by AHC staff and leadership.

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibited a history of service to the industry and AHC – routinely attending participating and presenting at AHC events, Fly-ins, and webinars, serving on AHC committees and/or task forces.
  • Exhibited leadership by routinely submitting letters to congressional offices regarding legislative issues and furthering the goals of AHC.
  • Involvement in and recognition of education, research, and professional development of the industry.


The 2023 AHC Champion Award was given to Gary Carpenter, who recently retired as Commissioner of the National Reining Horse Association.

The UHC’s Unity Award which recognizes an individual (or organization) that meets the following criteria:


  • An active member of the United Horse Coalition for two or more years, in good standing.
  • Taken the 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.
  • Used their industry relationships to work collaboratively to further strengthen and promote the mission of the United Horse Coalition.

The inaugural winner of the UHC United Award was Days End Farm Horse Rescue, located in Woodbine, Maryland.

Nominations are due April 1, 2024, and may be sent to the attention of current AHC President Julie Broadway at

More information regarding the 2024 AHC Conference and National Issues Forum will be released soon.

One Stop Shop: The Source Book Looks for Submissions of Equine Educational Resources

One Stop Shop: The Source Book Looks for Submissions of Equine Educational Resources

Submit Equine Educational Resources for Updated Source Book Directory of Equine Educational Resources

The latest trend is to resurrect things that were once considered new. Considering 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 focusing on the equine industry. Since then, technology has delivered a wider variety of resources that now includes online learning platforms, podcasts, e-publications and more. With so much information, that can honestly be a little mind boggling, it was time to refresh and bring back “The Source Book.”

The refresh edition will include resources 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 is 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 The 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 from all equine associations and nonprofit organizations.

Submissions received by March 29, 2024, will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 Visa gift cards.

To be a part of this revolutionary resource list, complete the following form for each resource:

American Horse Council Internships

American Horse Council Internship Opportunities for Summer 2024

American Horse Council Internships

American Horse Council Internship Opportunities for Summer 2024

The American Horse Council (AHC) is currently seeking student interns for the Summer 2024 (May-August) session. Most internships can be completed remotely, but opportunities are also available for students wishing to experience government affairs activities in person in Washington, D.C. All projects are coordinated by AHC staff and are limited to 12-week terms. Students may choose to receive course credit or a financial stipend (up to $125 per week, dependent on agreed-upon project commitment). Project commitments typically range from 10-20 hours per week. The AHC is also able to accommodate thesis projects and other student-led research academic credit needs.

Students participating in AHC internships gain experience in the larger equine industry through exposure to association involvement in active government affairs and regulatory issues at the Federal level and introduction to the immense range of industry stakeholders. Interns are invited to attend virtual staff meetings to understand active and future AHC initiatives outside of their direct project as well as general association operations.

Students do not need horse experience to apply. Projects listed for student involvement are not necessarily comprehensive of all available opportunities. Students are encouraged to reach out to the AHC if they have a related interest that is not specifically listed. This would include students interested in advocacy and political science, equine welfare, and other industry-related topics.

Potential Internship Positions:

SEO Project Internship

The AHC maintains an active and constantly updating website. The website is a key component of how the AHC communicates current issues and events to members and stakeholders. Search engine optimization (SEO) is needed to improve the appearance and positioning of web pages in organic search results. Interns should have experience with SEO and YOAST. This project may be done remotely.

Congressional Fly-In Support Internship

Each year as part of its Annual Conference, the AHC coordinates congressional office and federal agency visits for attendees. This position will work closely with the AHC Government Affairs and Regulatory staff to schedule meetings and, using information collected from the attendee’s registration forms, put together teams to meet with congressional and federal agency staff. The intern will also research and prepare issue briefings. This individual may work remotely but must be located in the D.C. area and attend the AHC Conference June 9-12, 2024.

For more information and or to apply contact Julie Broadway, AHC President, at

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Is your business organized as a Limited Liability Corporation?

Is your farm, ranch, or business organized as a Limited Liability Corporation?


If so, you may be required to file a report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). FinCEN is a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury.


Who has to report?


  1. A corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), or was otherwise created in the United States by filing a document with a secretary of state or any similar office under the law of a state or Indian tribe; or
  2. A foreign company and was registered to do business in any U.S. state or Indian tribe by such a filing.

If your company was created or registered prior to January 1, 2024, you will have until January 1, 2025, to report. (There are different reporting timelines if your company was not created or registered prior to 2024. See the Website for guidance.)

Companies required to report need to do so through FinCEN’s Website:


Resources for more information include:

FinCEN’s Small Entity Compliance Guide

Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation




These reporting requirements stem from the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020. In 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act.


This law creates a beneficial ownership information reporting requirement as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to make it harder for bad actors to hide or benefit from their ill-gotten gains through shell companies or other opaque ownership structures. While this legislation has been around for a few years, FinCEN, a bureau within the U.S. Treasury Department, recently issued a final rule establishing the beneficial ownership information reporting requirements, which take effect on January 1, 2024.


The reporting requirement is to record Beneficial ownership.

A beneficial owner is:

  • Directly or indirectly exercises “substantial control” over a company, or
  • Directly or indirectly owns or controls 25% or more of a company’s ownership interests.

A person can be a beneficial owner when they have significant influence over the activities and decisions of the entity, even if they don’t own a substantial portion of the company’s stock or hold a formal title such as, but not limited to, CEO or President.

“Beneficial owners” could be found beyond the normal scope of ownership potentially extending to certain family members. These rules are complex and should be examined thoroughly to ensure compliance.

Information collected include the following items.

  • The business’s legal name and any trade names or “doing business as” (DBA) names
  • The current street address of its principal place of business in the U.S.
  • Its jurisdiction of formation or registration
  • Its taxpayer identification number
  • The name, date of birth, and address of all beneficial owners of the company
  • A unique identifying number from an acceptable identification document, such as a driver’s license issued by a U.S. state or passport

The company must also submit an image of the identification document to FinCEN.

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A woman kissing a horse. National Day of the Horse

Help Celebrate Day of the Horse

A woman kissing a horse. National Day of the Horse

Help Celebrate Day of the Horse

The American Horse Council doesn’t need a specific date on the calendar to know when to celebrate the horse, and we know that for those whose lives center around the horse, you don’t either.

However, December 13 is National Day of the Horse. And it’s a time to celebrate.

This day was designated by Congress in 2004 to encourage Americans to be mindful of the horse’s contribution to the economy, history and the character of the United States of America. Each year has a theme, and this year’s theme is:

Horses Make Our Lives Better

We know how much better our lives are thanks to horses. Now, let’s make horses’ lives better because of that.

Throughout the month of December, the AHC has counted down to December 13 by sharing different ways that the American Horse Council, its partners and off-shoots are working to help the horse and help the horse owner. If you have not seen the campaign, we encourage you to follow the AHC on Facebook and Instagram by searching “American Horse Council.”

On Wednesday, December 13, the American Horse Council is asking its members to help us promote National Day of the Horse and encourage followers and members to support the American Horse Council Foundation. The AHC Foundation is seeking funding to further research, increase educational pursuits through scholarships and potentially launch grant programs to help other equine-related nonprofits continue their mission. We know there are so many great causes asking for money, so we appreciate any consideration for supporting the Foundation.

You can find out more information on the AHC Foundation by visiting the website:

As you share your celebration of the day on social media, we’d appreciate tagging the American Horse Council in your social media posts, so we can share with our audiences as well. Remember to use the hashtags #Here4Horses and #NationalDayoftheHorse

Thank you for everything you do for the horse—personally and professionally. Together, we can continue to share the brilliance of this magnificent animal and all the things they do to make the world a better place.

Portrait photo of Julie Broadway, president of the American Horse Council.

AHC President to serve on International Advisory Board 

AHC President, Julie Broadway, to serve on International Advisory Board 

The American Horse Council is pleased to announce that President Julie Broadway has been added to the International Advisory Board of EUNetHorse.

EUNetHorse is an international group that is researching ways to improve the resilience and performance of horse farms in Europe. Eleven countries including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States will share their experiences and insights on important issues such as:

  • Climate change and resource management
  • Animal welfare
  • Sanitary crisis
  • Social and economic crisis

“It’s an honor to be asked to represent the United States and to serve with leaders from across Europe on this important issue,” states Broadway. “I look forward to our collaboration and the development of ideas and solutions that could benefit everyone.”

Broadway has over 30 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.

She’s a lifelong horse enthusiast ranging from recreational rider to breeder and show competitor. In her years in the equine industry, she has built a network of partners and colleagues to draw from on issues such as those EUNetHorse is seeking to address. She also has strong contacts across the livestock, animal, sports, and association spaces. She has led and volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards and is a past president of PATH International and is currently on the group’s Credentialling Council. She was named President of the American Horse Council in 2016, where she leads the group’s mission to advocate for the social, economic, and legislative interests of the equine industry in the United States.

EUNetHorse is funded by Horizon Europe (a research program of the European Union Commission) and will focus on the transfer of knowledge over a four-year period through several workshops, leading to a series of factsheets, video and tools.

To learn more about the other members on the American Horse Council staff, visit:  AHC Staff Members

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AHC 2024 Dues Announcement

AHC 2024 Dues Announcement

Dear AHC members,

Despite our thriftiness and best efforts to manage expenses, AHC leadership has determined that beginning in 2024 we will need to implement dues increase. AHC last raised dues in 2017, so after 6 years, AHC is seeking a modest increase in membership dues to continue to address the important legislative and regulatory issues facing the equine industry; maintain advocacy partnerships and keep pace with technology.

Our objective was to strike a balance among the diverse membership entities and individuals that comprise the AHC. The proposed schedule recognizes the considerable financial and human resources contributed by our longstanding members without overburdening the smaller organizations and individuals that we need to continue to recruit. For example:

  • Individual members will go from $60 to $65.
  • Business members will go from $100 to $110.
  • State Horse Councils will go from $350 to $375.
  • Associations/Organizations paying various rates will see increases ranging from 2% to 7% depending on the level of contribution.

Please feel free to contact for additional details.

Over the past year, AHC has provided its members with timely legislative updates and advocated for members in the regulatory area by providing comments on labor, horse welfare, environmental, and tax issues. We facilitated member contacts with Congress and represented the equine industry in a multitude of forums and coalitions.

AHC has also expanded our communications and advocacy through an increased presence on social media, to include monthly Podcasts, quarterly Webinars, and editorial placements in relevant media platforms.

Coming up in 2024 is our National Issues Forum scheduled for June 9-12, 2024, at the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill. We will also be participating in member-sponsored events and other national forums.

There are a lot of “voices” in Washington. AHC is solely dedicated to representing the equine industry and its partners.

We are considered an honest broker of information – a valued and rare distinction due to the active involvement of our members.

Thank you for your membership. We look forward to the year ahead with you as a member of the AHC.

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