U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat from Arkansas, has been awarded the American Horse Council’s 2010 Rolapp Award, presented annually to a member of Congress.
"I am honored to receive this award and proud to serve as an advocate for our nation’s horse industry," Lincoln said in a statement from the AHC. "As an Arkansan, I recognize the importance of the horse industry, and the role it plays not only in the agriculture community but also in sport, recreation and entertainment. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, I can assure you I will continue to work hard to provide solutions to issues impacting the horse industry."
The award, presented to the member of Congress that "has been of great service to the horse industry," is named in honor of Rich Rolapp, the former president of the AHC, who died in 1993.
"Senator Lincoln is most deserving of this award," AHC president Jay Hickey said in the release, citing Lincoln efforts on two important key pieces of legislation. "Senator Lincoln has been a long-time friend and supporter of the horse industry."
According to the AHC, Lincoln was an original sponsor of the Equine Equity Act that included the reduction in the depreciation period for racehorses from seven to three years; made horse breeders eligible for the first time for emergency loans following a natural disaster; and specifically included horses in the livestock eligible for federal assistance. She was also involved in the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, according to Hickey.