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  • Building political advocacy among Horse Council members
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  • Working with other Agricultural Commodity Leaders
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  • State Liability Laws: Best Practice
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  • Setting Standards or Certifying Equine Rescue Organizations
CSHC Officers
Madelyn Millard, Chair
Kentucky Horse Council

Jean Ligon, Vice-Chair
Michigan Horse Council

Val Cole, Secretary
New Mexico Horse Council

Glen Eaton, Financial Liaison
Minnesota Horse Council
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NC Horse Council

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KY Horse Council

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KS Horse Council
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KS Horse Council

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Another One In The Books


In June of each year we gather in our nation's capital with equine leaders from all over the United States for the American Horse Council Issues Forum. This year the chosen topic was "Reinvigorating the Horse Industry" and you will read more about this soon.


As the newly elected Chair of the Coalition of State Horse Councils, I want to recognize and thank Lloyd "Buster" Black, Georgia Horse Council, for his years of service to the Coalition as Chair. Through his leadership, Buster saw that the Coalition was perfectly positioned to move ahead with so many exciting opportunities. It was my pleasure to have served as Vice Chair alongside Buster and will count on his continued support as we move forward.


I also take this opportunity to welcome Jean Ligon, Michigan Horse Council, as the new Vice Chair. Jean has been practicing law in the State of Michigan since 1991 with emphasis in the areas of Probate & Estate Planning, Elder Law, Family Law, Business Law, Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use, Environmental Law and Equine Law matters.Jean serves as Chair of the Environmental, Land Use & Zoning Committee of the Michigan Horse Council.


And finally, I thank Val Cole, New Mexico Horse Council, Glen Eaton, Minnesota Horse Council and Lee Sackett, Wisconsin Horse Council for agreeing to continue in their roles as Secretary, Financial Liason and Parlimentarian, respectively. Special thanks are extended to Ken Carpenter for his continuing support on all things technical and computer related - web sites, google groups, etc.


"Putting the Pieces Together" is Theme for Fall Meeting


The Colorado Horse Council is pleased and honored to host the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Coalition of State Horse Councils. "Putting the Pieces Together" in the theme of the meeting is scheduled for November 2-4, 2012 and will be held in the Denver Metro Area. The scheduling of topic presentations is still being confirmed but will assist equestrian councils and clubs in the areas marketing, animal welfare, and management. In addition, this gathering will offer sessions of discussions that will assist the start up of clubs and unite horse councils in common goals and of will be extremely valuable to all.  


The "Putting the Pieces Together" meeting hotel has been selected and is the Red Lion Hotel, Denver Central (4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216, 303-321-6666). They are offering a great rate for attendees at $69 per night. They are offering complimentary transportation to and from the Denver International Airport, Downtown Denver and numerous shopping and dining locations in the immediate area. The planning committee is working diligently to keep the cost down so that it is affordable, educational and beneficial for all that are able to attend.

You won't want to be the missing piece of the puzzle that we are putting together to rejuvenate and continue to develop our equine community. Keep a look out for further information and plan to be part of "Putting the Pieces Together".


Jim Shoemake Elected AHC Chairman

Jim J. Shoemake, past President of the American Quarter Horse Association and senior partner in the St. Louis law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C., was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council (AHC) at the AHC's annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 26. The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.


Shoemake and his wife Rita own a farm near Farmington, Missouri and have been involved in breeding and raising registered American Quarter Horses for many years. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University and is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. Shoemake is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, and serves on the boards of a number of other charitable and not-for-profit entities, including the American Quarter Horse Association, the Urological Research Foundation, and the Missouri Quarter Horse Association.


Shoemake succeeds Russell Williams, Vice Chairman of the United States Trotting Association.


"We are very fortunate to have Jim as the Chair of the AHC," said AHC president Jay Hickey. "His broad background in the horse industry, his legal skills, and his legislative experience when he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice will be great assets to the organization."


"I appreciate the confidence the AHC has shown in me by electing me chair. We have some difficult issues before Congress and several agencies, but we will continue to protect the horse industry," said Shoemake.


Dr. Jerry Black, past President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was elected AHC vice chair. Dr. Black received his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. He is presently the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair and Director of Undergraduate Programs in Equine Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Black recently completed two terms on the Executive Committee of the National Cutting Horse Association. He also owns Valley Oak Ranch, a stallion station, with his wife Melinda.


"Both Jim and Jerry have been AHC Trustees for some time. They know the issues the AHC must deal with and will step right into their new roles," said Hickey.