Jim Shoemake has been elected chairman of the American Horse Council board of trustees, the organization announced July 10.
Shoemake is a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association and senior partner in the St. Louis, Mo., law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake. He was elected chairman of the board June 26 during the AHC annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Shoemake and his wife, Rita, own a farm near Farmington, Mo., and have been involved in breeding and raising registered American Quarter Horses for many years. Shoemake succeeds Russell Williams, vice chairman of the United States Trotting Association, as AHC chairman.
"We are very fortunate to have Jim as the chair of the AHC," AHC president Jay Hickey said. "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," Shoemake said.
Dr. Jerry Black, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was elected AHC vice chairman.