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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

Download Registration Form

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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