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AHC modifies 2021 Annual Meeting

posted Mar 10, 2021, 8:59 AM by Ken Carpenter

Due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, industry partners, volunteer leaders, staff and other stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Horse Council (AHC) announced today that the 2021 Annual Meeting that was scheduled to take place in Denver, CO will be held virtually. The dates for the reimagined 2021 Annual Meeting will be the week of June 14-18, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, AHC has relied on CDC, federal and state-by-state event restrictions and member surveys to gauge how to best conduct meetings. Given the current pace of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and member comfort in participating tied to whether they are vaccinated, AHC has concluded it’s not possible at this time to guarantee the success of an in-person, multi-day annual meeting.

While this is disappointing—both for AHC and its members, and for our scheduled 2021 host city Denver—we are shifting all efforts to ensuring that this Annual Meeting delivers the best content and experiences possible for our many stakeholders. 

Thank you for your understanding and for being part of the AHC community. We hope to see you at the reconfigured 2021 Annual Meeting and at future in-person events when it’s fully safe for us all to meet.
Details about the June 14-18th virtual meeting will be forth coming as speakers and logistics are finalized.

Please note that AHC plans to host it’s 2022 meeting in Washington DC and the 2023 meeting in Denver, CO. 

Fall Coalition Zoom Meeting

posted Oct 22, 2020, 2:58 PM by Ken Carpenter

We are looking forward to attending the American Horse Council Meetings next week.  There will be a great deal of conversation on important issues in our Equine Community.  The AHC staff has done a great job in putting together a meaningful program.  

The Coalition will have representation at each of the committee meetings  as some of us are on the actual committees and will  be able to report to you on the committee outcomes and discussions.

Staying true to our model, the Coalition will be having a virtual meeting following the AHC sessions.  

Our meeting is scheduled on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 11:00 am MDT.
You will find an invitation/'notice below.  

Please plan to attend or have someone attend in your place.  The agenda will be send out the agenda next week so there is time for you to help participate in placing topics on the agenda.  

Please send you agenda suggestions to Bill Scebbi Email:

We look forward to having all of our member states and guests join us.  

Topic: Coalition of State Horse Council - Zoom Virtual Meeting
Time: Oct 29, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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AHC’s National Issues Forum Moves to Virtual Event for 2020

posted Jun 15, 2020, 2:52 PM by Ken Carpenter

(June 15, 2020; Washington, DC)- After much deliberation, and in consultation with AHC members
regarding their travel concerns due to the pandemic, AHC's Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum  originally scheduled for June 7-10, 2020 and postponed to October 2020, has now made the decision to forego an in person meeting and will instead be hosted in an online virtual format the week of October
26-29, 2020.

The AHC is known for convening the equine industry’s visionaries and leaders in an intimate three days
of informative and innovative discussion on some of the most relevant challenges and initiatives facing
the industry. Attendees get to participate in discussions that help shape the industry and optimize existing
and emerging legislative and regulatory issues.  

AHC President Julie Broadway stated “While disappointed we won’t be able to network and socialize, we
are excited about the possibilities a virtual event allows us to embrace. We envision opening attendance to
some speakers to anyone interested for free, while some educational content will be offered at a deeply
discounted rate. We’d also like to have a virtual cocktail party and celebrate our Van Ness, Rolapp and
Hickey Award winners.”

Registration will open on or around August 1, 2020 on the AHC website for the virtual conference Guest speakers and specifics regarding meeting dates/times to be announced very

AHC will hold its 2021 meeting June 6-9 at The Le Meridien in downtown Denver, CO.

Spring AHC National Issues Forum

posted Mar 18, 2020, 8:01 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 8:02 AM ]

Save the date for one of the most informative conferences you’ll attend all year.  
The American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum

June 7-10th Le Meridien Hotel -Downtown Denver, CO

(Washington, DC)- The American Horse Council (AHC) is known for convening the equine industry’s visionaries and leaders in an intimate three days of informative and innovative discussion on some of the most relevant challenges and initiatives facing the industry.

Attendees get to network with industry leadership and participate in discussions that help shape the industry and optimize existing and emerging legislative and regulatory issues

Tentative speakers include:

· Dr. Tony Franks, Chancellor of Colorado State University
· David Fuscus, President/CEO Xenophon Strategies, Inc.
· Paul Andrews, CEO National Western Complex
· Leslie Janecka, Kentucky Equine Management Internship
· Jen Rotyz – Thoroughbred Racehorse Project
· Todd Gralla, Director of Equestrian Services, Populous
· Amy Showalter – CEO Showalter Group
· plus many, many more….

AHC will also honor industry brightest leaders with the presentation of the Van Ness Award, Rolapp Award and the Hickey Award. Registration will open on or around April 1, 2020 on the AHC website Hotel reservation are being accepted until May 18th at 303-893-1888, use Group Code “AHC”.

Sponsorships are also available for the AHC’s National Issues Forum. This is the only meeting where every segment of the equine industry gets together to discuss issues of importance, to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole. As such, your sponsorship dollars will be ensuring you receive outreach to every segment of the industry. Contact AHC President at for more information. 

Benefits of Joining the AHC & Coalition

posted Oct 30, 2019, 7:06 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 9:55 AM ]

Member Benefits

2019 Fall Meeting

posted Aug 15, 2019, 5:44 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 7:16 AM ]

Updated Information & Registration available here:  Putting the Pieces Together

Spring Forum June 2018

posted Mar 24, 2018, 9:11 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

The AHC's Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum is right around the corner! This year, the meeting will take place June 10-13 at the Capital Hilton here in Washington, DC.

The AHC’s rate for the Capitol Hilton is $319/night, and includes access to the Capital Hilton’s Executive Lounge which provides continental breakfast, evening appetizers, and snacks throughout the day. The cut off to make your room reservation is May 20th, so please be sure to book your room as soon as possible. Room reservation link:


Also attached is a tentative schedule. We are still working out the times and some of the speakers for Tuesday, so please be aware that it may change slightly. Please note that the CSHC Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 10th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Registration is now open! Register online here: or download a hard copy registration form here: 2018 Registration Form. Registration forms can be emailed to

Additionally, we have opened the submission period for the 2018 Van Ness Award. Attached you will find a memo and nomination form for a nominee. All nominations are due by May 2, 2018.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you!

Ashley Furst

2018 Fall CSHC Conference with Trails Event

posted Jan 12, 2018, 7:52 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated May 16, 2018, 11:20 AM ]

Our Fall conference will be a joint event with the National Equestrian Trails Conference and held in Arizona.  The Conference is being planned with a focus on trails.  But there will be other topics scheduled through out the weekend that will be on general interest to non trail riders because our Councils have a broader interest than just trails.  We will still have our business meeting on Sunday.

The dates will be November 2 - 4 and you should plan on flying into Phoenix.  This area is so unique and fun that the planners encourage you to come early and stay late.  To encourage you the discounted hotel rates can be expanded beyond the conference dates.  And the planning team is preparing tourism information to help those looking to add a few days their stay with suggested activities. 

Information on Registration, Book your stay, Program outline and Sponsorships available here:  Sharing the trails Conference

Fall 2017 Meeting in Lexington

posted Aug 31, 2017, 7:19 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Kentucky is hosting our Fall 2017 meeting this year in Lexington November 10-12 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa.

Conference Schedule

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Discount rate available until October 20th

BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program Status

posted Jul 1, 2017, 1:42 PM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

The BLM has produced a presentation on the status of their wild horse & burro program.  It is presented here with their permission for informational purposes only.  The CSHC has taken no formal position or action, but wants its members to have access to factual information on this issue.

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