AHC Announces Speakers for 2005 Issues Forum

The American Horse Council has announced the speaker line-up for its National Issues Forum April 18-19, featuring seminars about planning equine events and issues involving unwanted horses.

During the April 18 seminar, "Attracting Events....Have You Thought of Everything?" experts will discuss their experiences and advice in planning a major equine event.

Pam Blatz-Murph, of The Breeders' Cup, will describe her experience in dealing with the problems that arose when an outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis in Texas threatened the 2004 Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred Championships. John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, will describe his ongoing efforts to bring the World Equestrian Games to Kentucky, and Cam Foreman, of the American Quarter Horse Association, will explain the issues associated with organizing AQHA's yearly World Championship Show.

Presenters lined up for the April 19 seminar, "The Unwanted Horse: Understanding the Issues," will provide an in-depth look at the issues involving unwanted horses.

Nat Messer, IV, DVM, associate professor of Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine will discuss "The Plight of the Unwanted Horse;" Jennifer Williams, Ph.D., Lone Star Equine Rescue, will look at "Rescue and Retirement Options in the United States;" Timothy Cordes, DVM, of APHIS Equine Programs at the U. S. Department of Agriculture, will explain "Enforcement of Federal Transport to Slaughter Regulations;" Carolyn Stull, Ph.D., University of California – Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension, will speak about "California and the Unwanted Horse;" and Temple Grandin, Ph.D, associate professor at Colorado State University will give a "Perspective on Equine Slaughter from the Field."

Additionally, there will be a recreation forum that will include presentations and discussions on invasive weeds, recreation fees, and Great Outdoors Month as well as an update on equine identification and a federal tax update on tax laws relating to the horse industry.

The annual AHC awards luncheon, featuring presentation of the Van Ness Award to an individual who has shown dedication and commitment to the improvement of the horse industry at the state level, will also be held April 18. A Capitol Hill Congressional Reception will give attendees an opportunity for one-on-one communication with elected officials the evening of April 19.

Visit the AHC Web site, www.horsecouncil.org, for registration and more information, or contact the Horse Council at 202-296-4031.