American Horse Council National Issues Forum and Fly-In

American Horse Council National Issues Forum and Fly-In


Washington, D.C. – The American Horse Council (AHC) is holding its National Issues Forum and Fly-In from June 9 to 12.


AHC members—owners, breed registries, horsemen’s associations, rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, racetracks, veterinarians, farriers, state horse councils, commercial suppliers, and transporters—are in Washington (sans their horses) to talk to Members of Congress and relevant federal agencies about the priorities of the $177 billion dollar contributor to the U.S. economy.

“The equine industry is an integral part of our agricultural sector”, said Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council. “The National Issues Forum and Fly-In allow AHC members to meet directly with Members of Congress, key congressional staff, and federal regulators to speak about pressing issues facing our industry. This year’s event is pivotal as the Farm Bill debate heats up.”


In addition to the Farm Bill, AHC members are urging Congress to address tax reform and relief for small businesses, family farms, and ranches. Concerns over worker shortages, access to federal public lands, the veterinarian shortage, and funding equine-assisted services are also on the agenda.


A highlight of the week is an Awards Luncheon where Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) will be honored as the 2024 recipient of the Rollap Award for his support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2023, the PAST Act.


The PAST Act addresses the illegal practice of soring horses. The soring of horses includes various actions taken on horses’ limbs to produce higher gaits that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.


“We are proud to recognize Senator Crapo. His exceptional record in supporting legislation that advances the interests of horse welfare and the equine industry is commendable. The Rolapp Award is our way to acknowledge Senator Crapo’s leadership and efforts to unite colleagues from both sides of the aisle in advocating for the PAST Act and other measures that impact the equine industry,” explained Broadway. The Rolapp Award, named after the late Rich Rolapp, president of the AHC from 1974 to 1993, is presented to a Member of Congress who has been a strong supporter of the horse industry.


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The American Horse Council is a national trade association representing all segments of the horse industry.