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Fall 2017 Meeting in Lexington

posted Aug 31, 2017, 7:19 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

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

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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.

Registration Open for AHC's Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:06 PM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:09 PM ]

Registration information, along with a tentative schedule and link to make room reservations is available on the AHC website Events tab . New this year, the AHC is offering discounted registration for those who register before April 15th!

The theme of the National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will be “The Power of Unity,” and will feature keynote speaker Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association. The Issues Forum will feature two panels: a Research Panel and a Youth Panel.
The Research Panel will be moderated by Allyn Mann of Luitpold Animal Health and will feature researchers from AQHA, AAEP, Grayson Jockey, Horses & Humans, and Colorado State University. The panel will focus on why research is important to our industry, and some of the research they have recently completed that is transforming the industry.
The Youth Leader Panel will be moderated by Julie Broadway & Dannette McGuire of the American Youth Horse Council and will include youth leaders from Arabian Horse Youth Association, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, US Pony Club, AMHA and AQHA. They will focus on what their respective organizations are doing to engage youth and give attendees some insight as to what the industry should be doing in order to remain relevant to the younger generation.
The AHC will also provide an overview of its new Strategic Plan, and Tom Zitt of the Innovation Group will give attendees an update on the progress of the 2017 Economic Impact Study. Two members of Congress have also been invited to speak on why the horse industry means so much to them and what we can do to ensure it remains successful and thriving. Finally, in a new part to the Issues Forum, breakout group discussions will take place at the end of the presentations with various topics being discussed.
The AHC’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum is the only meeting where every single segment of the equine industry meets! We hope you will take advantage of the discounted registration if you register before April 15th.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AHC at or 202.296.4031.

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. 

Upcoming Meetings

posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:08 AM by Ken Carpenter

Our Spring meeting will be held in Washington, DC in conjunction with the AHC's National Issues Forum.  Our Fall meeting will be hosted by the Kentucky Council and be held in November . 

Upcoming Fall 2016 Conference

posted Aug 19, 2016, 6:23 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 6:25 AM ]

Hi Folks,

We’re really getting excited about the speakers we have lined up for our fall meeting, held in Kansas City, Oct 28-30.  We’ve recently added a panel to discuss multi-user trail issues, success stories, and how we can better interface as groups to do trail maintenance work and host multi-user functions. Reps include:  Linda Craighead, Asst. Secretary of Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Brian Leaders, landscape architect Dept. of the Interior, National Parks System; and Monica Chapman, Back Country Horsemen and AERC.  We will also have reps from biking and hiking groups. (full schedule is below)

One of our sponsors, Valley Vet, has donated these great boot bags.  Get your registration in early because a bag will be given to one of the first 20 people that register! 

Here’s the link to book your hotel room at the Hyatt Place Kansas City Airport hotel: , only $79/night for kings and $84 for doubles, plus free airport shuttles. 

Catered meals will be served for lunch and dinner on Saturday courtesy of our sponsor, Merial!  We know you’ll enjoy the Saturday afternoon program at the Mill Creek Lodge in the beautiful Flint Hills.  Here’s a link: 

This is going to be a fun weekend with plenty of useful information to take back home.  Keep in mind that when we ask national caliber sponsors to support our CSHC meetings a good turnout is vital.

Pattie Stalder

Executive Director, Kansas Horse Council   

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.

Spring Meeting Reception

posted Apr 28, 2016, 4:44 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated May 7, 2016, 4:41 PM ]

Coalition of State Horse Councils 

To Our State Horse Councils

Hello All! 

            Our Coalition of State Horse Councils is preparing to convene in Washington, D.C. June 12. Our Spring meeting is traditionally held during the American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum in Washington from June 12-June 15.

The Coalition of State Horse Councils hosts a Welcome Reception for all Forum attendees on Sunday evening June 12.  We will have been in a Coalition meeting for the past few hours with our own committee reports and business sessions so this is a great way to end the day.

            All of the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum activities will be held at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, just three blocks from the Capitol.  If you have not already made your plans to be represented, I invite you to look at the American Horse Council web site ( for more details on Forum registration and hotel reservations and make your plans so that the representative of your state horse council can be with us.  We want your state with us since this is the time and place where we can get together to talk policy, exchange ideas, and make our collective voices heard.

And whether your representative can be with us or not, our Coalition of State Horse Councils requests that you show your state’s participation and support of our Coalition in another way too. The Coalition has the responsibility for raising the funds needed to underwrite the Sunday evening Welcome Reception for all Forum attendees. If your state horse council makes a contribution of as little as $100 toward the Welcome Reception, your council will receive recognition at the reception and elsewhere that acknowledges your state’s participation and support of our combined state efforts at the national level. I hope that your state will want to have a place in participating with us by making a contribution and by sending your representative.

            The American Horse Council is the single best point of contact for your state horse council on national issues impacting the horse industry every day.  Please check and see if your state council’s membership is up to date. If not, I urge you to see that your state council restores its eligibility to participate in all the benefits of our member councils and participates with us in Washington. I look forward to seeing you with us in person starting June 12.

                                                                        Jean Ligon


                                                                        Coalition of State Horse Councils

AHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum

posted Mar 24, 2016, 5:07 PM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 11:39 AM ]

The AHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place from June 12-15 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.

Room rate of $289/night at the Washington Court Hotel for AHC meeting attendees. Please click here to make your room reservation. All room reservations MUST be made by May 21, 2016.

A tentative schedule, online registration, as well as a hard copy registration form on the website here:

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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