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American Horse Council Announces 2024 National Issues Forum Speakers

WASHINGTON, DC | When you want to be in the know about the latest issues affecting the horse industry nationally and regionally, you’ve got to be in Washington, D.C., June 9-12.  


The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel is the place to be for insightful and informative discussions on all things affecting the equine industry for the 2024 American Horse Council Conference and National Issues Forum. The two-day event will wrap up with opportunities for organized agency and congressional hill visits as a way to show unity within the equine industry.  


The American Horse Council (AHC) is excited to announce its lineup of tentative speakers and presenters for the annual conference at the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel. Attendees can expect to get the most current and relevant information on topics affecting the equine industry.  


The tentative schedule (all times EDT):  


Sunday, June 9 

1:00 pm – Panel discussion on “Own Responsibility” and “Social License to Operate” – moderated by David O’Connor of USEF, including Dr. Jim Heird (others TBA) 

3:00 pm – Grass Roots Advocacy (part of the Coalition of State Horse Councils meeting) 


Monday, June 10 

8:00 amHere For Horses Presentation by the AHC Marketing Alliance 

8:30 amAHC Legislative & Regulatory Update from AHC Staff 

9:00 amAdvocacy Playbook: Learn How Other Associations Develop Their Positions and Polices - Dr. Mark Lutschaunig (AVMA), Burton Eller (The National Grange), Ryan Yates (American Farm Bureau Federation) and Jeff Evan (American Society of Association Executives) 

10:00 amEconomics of Ag & Equine – Todd Van Hoose (President and CEO of Farm Credit Council) and Julie Broadway (American Horse Council) 

11:00 amEquine Assisted Services – Kathy Alm (PATH International), Kathy Blaine Loudon (therapeutic riding) and Karyn Brown (retired veteran) 

1:00 pmRacing Committee – Topic and speaker TBA, Unsanctioned Racing Update (Brigid Shea of AHC and AHC intern Ramsey Stroud) 

2:00 pm – Health Committee – Veterinary Workforce Development – Dr. Paula Parker (AVMA), Dr. Eleanor Green (Lincoln Memorial) and Dr. Katherine Garrett (AAEP) 

3:00 pm – Welfare Committee – Equine Euthanasia and Disposal – Dr. Michael Murphy (AVMA) and Dr. Emily Cornell (FDA) 

4:00 pm – Show and Competition Committee – Innovation and Technology – Fatima Terry and Fredy Diaz (USDA Digital Services) and Juliana Chapman (The Tech Equestrian) 


Tuesday, June 11 

8:00 am – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Results from the AHC DEI Task Force 

8:30 am – Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee – Together Outdoors – Outdoor Recreational Roundtable and Holley Groshek (Equine Land Conservation Resource) 

9:30 am – Regulatory Committee – The Regulatory Playbook: How Does It All Work? – Emily Stearns (AHC), Jennifery Reynolds (UMD) and Sandra TenBroech (University of Florida) 

10:45 am – Congressional Hill Visit Orientation and Briefing – AHC Staff 


Afternoon & Wednesday, June 12 – Agency and Congressional Hill Visits 



For more information or questions, contact the AHC:  



About the American Horse Council  

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.  




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