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Planning Underway for AHC's 2018 Issues Forum

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:07 PM by Ken Carpenter

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that 2018 National Issues Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. The theme will be “Let’s Capitalize On It!” and will focus on ways the equine industry can learn and grow from both equine and outside industry segments as well
as expanding technology beneficial to both humans and equines.
“This year we wanted to bring in a combination of equine industry and outside industry speakers,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “It’s always interesting to hear from outside segments about what they are doing to cultivate their own industries and how the equine industry itself can learn and grow from what they are doing. Additionally, we thought it would be fascinating to gain some insight into new technologies that are not only enhancing human lives, but equine ones as well.”
The Forum will kick of Tuesday with speaker Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, where he will give an overview of his roles and responsibilities, as well as explain how other states could adopt a similar model. Following Mr. Benitez will be a panel titled “Survey Says” and will examine various data trends within the equine industry over the past several years.  The morning will also include a youth engagement panel, “Building the pipeline of future horse enthusiasts,” and will feature representatives from the PGA “First Tee” program, Outdoor Industry Association’s “Outdoor Nation,” and the Center for Creative Leadership.
The afternoon session will start with Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). AZA is a nonprofit association dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. Fran Jurga who will examine emerging technologies in the equine industry in a segment “CES 2017- Equestrian Style.”  The afternoon will also include panels of Congressional representatives, and equine aftercare, followed by round table discussion on topics of interests.
New this year, vendors will be set up to provide live demonstrations of emerging technologies including health monitoring sensors for horses and virtual reality demonstrations.
The AHC’s Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, June 10th – Monday, June 11th where the various committees of the AHC will meet. The Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum are open to both AHC members and non-members- we encourage anyone involved in the equine industry to attend to learn about new developments and how they can become involved!
Please check the Event page on the AHC’s website for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC at

2018 Fall CSHC Conference with Trails Event

posted Jan 12, 2018, 7:52 AM by Ken Carpenter

Our Fall conference will be a joint event with the National Equestrian Trails Conference and held in Arizona in early November.  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. 

On the home page there is a slide show about the hotel and area.  Check it out.  Same slide show is below if you want to download it.

The AHC’s Spring 2018 Annual Meeting

posted Sep 28, 2017, 6:49 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 6:49 AM ]

The AHC is pleased to announce that its 2018 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place from June 10-13, 2018 at the Capital Hilton in the heart of Washington, DC.
The Capital Hilton is a new venue for the AHC's Annual Meeting, as the past several years the meeting has been held at the Washington Court Hotel just a few blocks from Capitol Hill. In 2018, the AHC decided to give meeting attendees a glimpse of a different part of DC with a hotel that is just two blocks from the White House. Additionally, some changes have been made to the schedule to ensure attendees are able to attend the meetings that they would like to.
Historically, the AHC’s Annual Meeting, when all AHC Committees and the Unwanted Horse Coalition meet, has taken place on Monday. While the AHC’s five main committees will still meet on Monday, the Unwanted Horse Coalition meeting will now take place on Sunday.
With the growing industry and public interest in aftercare and retraining/rehoming, the UHC felt it was best to shift the 2018 meeting schedule around to allow more time for a robust discussion during the UHC’s meeting.
The National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will take place on Tuesday, June 12th. The agenda is still being finalized, but at this time topics include a Youth Panel, Tax Reform, Data Insights and Implications, Immigration, and Aftercare.

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.

Fall 2017 Meeting

posted Jan 26, 2017, 7:03 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

Mark your calendars!  The 2017 CSHC Fall Meeting which will be held in Lexington over the November 10-12 weekend.  A block of rooms set aside at the Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa.  To book at the reduced rate, please follow this link:  Book your room for CSHC FAll Meeting Here    This greatly reduced rate will be available until October 20, 2017. 

2017 Fall Meeting Announced

posted May 7, 2016, 4:44 PM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated May 7, 2016, 4:46 PM ]

The 2017 Fall meeting will be hosted by the Kentucky Council November 10-12.  Mark your calendar.

Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)

posted Oct 7, 2015, 7:26 AM by Ken Carpenter

As you heard at the AHC’s Annual Convention in Washington D.C., the horse industry is always just one step from the calamity of a disease outbreak. Our industry is built on its ability to move horses easily for sales, breeding, racing, showing, events, work and recreation and an infectious disease outbreak has the potential to limit such movement through emergency action imposed by state, federal or international authorities to stop the spread of the disease.

Through the good efforts of many organizations and individuals, we have the opportunity to be more proactive in protecting our industry. Led by the American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and state and federal health authorities, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) is ready to go. Funding will make it a reality and ensure the industry is better prepared for future outbreaks.

The Coalition of State Horse Councils decided at the AHC Annual Convention to pool donations from the various state councils to contribute to the EDCC. The Coalition’s annual meeting is quickly approaching and the time to act is now. By collaborating, even small donations of $100, $200 or $500 can help to make a big impact on disease control and in raising awareness of the Coalition and its interest in equine health.

The EDCC is now operating in a limited capacity. Please visit the website at to see the very real threats infectious disease imposes on the industry at large. With your contribution, the EDCC will be completed and staffed, allowing complete functionality. The EDCC’s completion will also provide your members access to a trustworthy source of news and information unlike anything available today regarding equine disease and outbreaks.

Many organizations and individuals have already contributed. All contributions are tax-deductible through the AAEP Foundation. The goal is to raise $100,000 per year to cover operating expenses for the first three years, allowing time for industry development of a sustainable plan to fund the operation. We encourage contributions of any size to be made for three years in order to put the EDCC on a good foundation. The Coalition’s collective donation has the potential to rank among the top of the organizations contributing. Not only would this show strong industry support for national horse health, but it would also showcase the critical importance of the State Horse Councils to cross-country industry issues.

I hope you will be able to attend the Coalition of State Horse Councils annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 30 and make a pledge on behalf of your Council. However, even if you are unable to join us in Minnesota, I hope you will contribute to the Coalition’s collective EDCC donation.

Jean Ligon

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