b' MetwithWhiteHouseofficialsandsubmittedcommentstoContinuedEquineWelfareDataCollective,adatacollectiondepartment of labor advocating for a streamlined h2a guestinitiative to provide population metrics of horses at-risk and in worker visa application process, clarifying eligibility of equinetransition. workers. Continuedpromotionofthe2017EquineIndustryEconomicImpact Successfullyadvocatedforpermanentreauthorizationforthe study. land and Water conservation Fund, increasing resources for ContinuedcollaborationwithAAEPonresearchchallengeswithconservationprojectsandeasementsthatpromoteriding. goal of holding equine research summit in 2020 to include fundersAdvocatingforRestoreOurParksAct(ROPA)(H.R.1225/S.500); and researchers. this bill eliminates barriers to outdoor recreation, making it easier ContinuedAHCMarketingAllianceTimetoRideprogramwhichhasformoreAmericanstogetoutdoorsenjoyingitsbenefitsand exposed over 135,000 newcomers to horses and equine pursuits. generatingjobs.H.R.1225has329co-sponsors,whereasthesenate version has 50.2018 accomplishments AdvocatingforSimplifyingOutdoorAccessforRecreation(SOAR)Forthesecondyearinarow,successfullyadvocatedforincreased,act (h.r. 3879/ s. 1665), to expedite processing of trail permits.dedicated funds for equine assisted activities and therapiesFacilitatingimplementationoftheNationalForestTrails (eaat) for veterans, championed by rep. Barr, from $1 million to stewardship act; directs the Forest service to develop a strategy$1.5 million, within the Fy2019 department of Veterans affairs to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in(Va) spending package. maintaining national forest trails. ClarifiedaprovisionintheAgricultureImprovementActof2018 MonitoringandcontinuedpromotionofHorseProtectionAct (farm bill) to preserve classification of horses as livestock, as regulatorychangeswhichcontinuestobeinaholdingpattern. opposed to pets or companion animals, while allowing horsesAdvocatedforindustryengagementinthedevelopmentofmore to be covered within the context of a broader womens safety supportive import/export regulations; specifically 60 to 90 daysprogram. rule change.Authorizedmajorlivestockhealthmeasureswithinthe2018farm SupportedEquineDiseaseCommunicationCenter,andcollaborated bill, including the animal disease and disaster Prevention Program, with various organizations and agencies on disaster response. creation of a Foot and mouth disease Vaccine Bank, and increasedProvidededucationandadvocatedforchangestoproposed funding for the national animal health laboratory network electronic logging devices and commercial drivers license. (nahln). Collaboratedwithindustryonexpansionofwww.Horselookup.TaxPolicysuccessfullyextendedanexpiredthree-yearorg, an equine microchip look up tool with 2 new databasesdepreciation incentive for racehorses through 2017, and advocating incorporated. for an additional extension through 2018.JoinedwithnationalandinternationalnaturaldisasterresponseTaxReform-monitoringregulatoryclarificationstotheTaxCutsandleaders to establish more effective communication and supportJobs act of 2017, especially as they relate to new tax deductions efforts. for small business, aka, pass-through entities; advocating forParticipatedinandhelpfacilitateannualAPHISStakeholder repeal of the unrelated Business income tax (uBit) burdens meeting with usda officials and equine health leaders. imposed on non-profits.AttendedFreeRoamingEquineandEcosystemSustainabilityPushedreformstotheH2AAgricultureGuestWorkervisaprogram,summit to discuss current issues surrounding the wild horse andclarifying that diverse segments of the horse industry automatically burro situation.qualify for an expanded pool of farm worker visas.ProvidedwrittencommentsandstrategicsupportformunicipalandWorkedonreformstotheH2BGuestworkerProgramandthestate efforts to protect and preserve equestrian access to publicincrease on the h-2B visa cap lands and local/state/federal parks. AdvocatingforRNRAct,ROPARecreationNotRedTapeAct, Foughtforimprovedaccessandstandardizedprotocolsfor restore our Parks act; these bills remove barriers to outdoor members engaged in international transport of horses into and outrecreation, making it easier for more americans to get outdoors-of the united states. -enjoyingitsbenefitsandgeneratingjobs.Expeditingpermitting, ContinuedeffortsoftheUnitedHorseCoalition(formerlyUnwanted encouraging volunteers for maintenance, etc. horse coalition) to educate the public on responsible ownership FacilitatingimplementationoftheNationalForestTrailsand reduce the number of unwanted horses. stewardship act; directs the Forest service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails ahc accomPlishments112021 horse industry directory'