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O'Connor Elected to AHC

O'Connor Elected to AHC

David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist, and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist, has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Horse Council.

Harrison to Handle AHC Communications

Harrison to Handle AHC Communications

Bridget Harrison has been named director of communications for the American Horse Council, the Washington, D.C., organization announced June 24.

Election Year is Key for Horse Industry

Election Year is Key for Horse Industry

Though the United States presidential election will get the biggest headlines as November approaches, horse industry representatives were told June 17 they should pay attention to -- and get involved in -- congressional races around the country.

Officials: Don't Discount Welfare Groups

Officials: Don't Discount Welfare Groups

Though their views and actions may at times be considered extreme and bizarre by some, animal rights and welfare groups have a large constituency, have proven effective at making their point, and shouldn't be disregarded when they seize on an issue, officials said.

Hickey: Good, Bad in Horse-Related Bills

Hickey: Good, Bad in Horse-Related Bills

American Horse Council president James J. Hickey Jr. briefed attorneys May 1 on legislative actions in Congress during the 23rd National Conference on Equine Law, but he also handicapped the immediate passage chances of a couple of them as remote.

AHC, USDA Host Unwanted Horse Forum

The American Horse Council and the United States Department of Agriculture are co-sponsoring a forum on the issue of unwanted horses. The all-day event will be held June 18 at the department's Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC.

More Organizations Join AHC 'Cavalry'

More Organizations Join AHC 'Cavalry'

The "Congressional Cavalry," organized by the American Horse Council and some of its member organizations in an effort to better serve the horse industry in Congress, continues to grow in numbers, officials said.

USDA Considers Slaughter Transport

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a change to its regulations concerning the humane transport of horses being shipped to slaughter.

AHC Adds Fowler to List of Forum Speakers

The American Horse Council has added Dr. Kent Fowler, veterinarian and chief of the animal health branch at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to its list of industry speakers at this year's National Issues Fall Forum at Keeneland Nov. 2.

Horse Farmers Asked to Participate in 2007 Census

Horse farm owners are being asked to participate in the 2007 Census of Agriculture, which will help determine the size and economic impact of the horse industry in the United States.

New Immigration Regulations to Impact Horse Industry

The United States Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce in September will implement new immigration measures intended to improve border security, step up enforcement of immigration laws, streamline existing guest worker programs, and address the failures of the current immigration system, according to the American Horse Council.

Language Harmful to Horse Industry Stripped From Bill

Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry proved successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied the movement of horses by cutting off funding for inspections.

American Horse Council Industry Directory Available

The American Horse Council's 2007 national directory of breed and sport organizations, equine publications, state resources, and racing and gaming organizations is now available for purchase. The 2007 Directory and AHC membership opportunities are available at the AHC website, www.horsecouncil.org or by phone at 202-296-4031. AHC members at the Congressional Level and up will receive their copies shortly.

Congressional Cavalry Program Launched

The American Horse Council and some of its member organizations have initiated a new direct grassroots effort called the Congressional Cavalry Program. The purpose of the program is to identify at least one member of the American Horse Council in each Congressional District across the nation who will agree to contact his or her Representative, Senator, or other federal officials when horse industry issues come up.

House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act" (S. 3880) by voice vote Nov.13. The bill clarifies that it is a crime to damage or interfere with a legitimate, legal animal enterprise.

Unwanted Horse Coalition Meets in Lexington

The Unwanted Horse Coalition met officially for the first time under the auspices of the American Horse Council at the United States Equestrian Federation headquarters in Lexington Oct. 31.

Jockeys Insurance Bill Opposed by NTRA, Other Groups

Several horse industry groups took a strong stand against legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday that would divert revenue from simulcasting to state racing commissions to fund accident insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, and other racetrack workers.

Unwanted Horse Coalition Officially Under AHC Umbrella

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started as the Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council convention in April 2005, is being folded into the American Horse Council. The possibility was discussed this April when the plan was presented to the AHC board of trustees.

Proposals Sought on Equine ID Project

The Equine Species Working Group, the designated United States Department of Agriculture working group for horses on the issue of the National Animal Identification System, is soliciting proposals in the area of equine identification related to equine health and disease control.

Nicholson Takes Over as Horse Council Chairman

Keeneland president Nick Nicholson and Russell Williams, vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, are the new chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the American Horse Council. The AHC board of trustees met April 3 as part of the organization's issues forum in Washington, D.C.

Clinton: Horse Industry Has 'Significant' Impact in New York

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York said individuals may not realize the economic importance of the horse industry to Empire state, and that even she was "a little surprised" when she saw the results of the most recent American Horse Council national economic impact study.

Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by Congress.

Slaughter Amendment Part of Agriculture Legislation

An amendment that removes money for United States Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughterhouses and horsemeat is included in the 2006 agriculture appropriations bill that was signed into law by President Bush on Nov. 10.

AHC Horse Industry Study Available

The American Horse Council announced Aug. 22 that its "Economic Impact of the Horse Industry Study" is now available for sale to the general public. The study finds that the horse industry in the U. S. contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact to the economy and supports 1.4 million jobs on a full-time basis.

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