- Horses that enter the U.S. from foot-and-mouth-affected countries must have a health certificate with an endorsement from a veterinarian designated by the National Veterinary Services.
- Tack trunks and containers sent independently of the horses must be accompanied by a certification for disinfection.
- Horses are to be groomed to remove dirt and debris, and subsequently wiped, sprayed, and sponged down with a vinegar solution of 6.5 ounces of concentrated glacial acetic acid in one gallon of water. Their hooves are also to be cleaned and then disinfected with 4% sodium carbonate solution. It must be preformed at the airport in the exporting country prior to departure and is to be repeated upon arrival in the U.S.
- All crates and transportation vehicles should be cleaned and disinfected. It must be preformed in the exporting country and upon arrival in U.S. quarantine facilities.
- Personnel who accompany the horses must launder or dry clean their clothing and outerwear. Footwear must be cleaned and then disinfected.
Each year, the horse council presents the Rolapp Award to the member of Congress who has done the most for the horse industry the previous year. The award is presented in honor of the late Rich Rolapp, president of the AHC from 1979-1993. This year's award was presented to Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky at the AHC's annual Congressional dinner in Washington, D.C., April 2.
Rogers sponsored an amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act to clarify that federal law permits interstate wagering on pari-mutuel racing, and that each state can license and regulate the activity.