AHC National Issues Forum Set for Denver

“What can you learn in three days? Learn eco-friendly practices for your barn. Learn how to protect your herd with proper disease mitigation and biosecurity. Learn how we can work together to strengthen the horse community. Learn about the latest developments in legislative activities that can, and will, affect your beloved industry and animal,” reads a recent American Horse Council press release.

Where industry leaders come together

It’s all happening during the 2023 American Horse Council’s Annual Conference and National Issues Forum June 4-6 in Denver, Colorado. “This year’s edition of our conference and forum proves to cover so many facets of what’s affecting our industry,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “With our central location, we’re hoping to see many leaders and members of the industry in beautiful Denver.”

Equine industry leaders, stakeholders and those active in legislative and regulatory entities are invited to come together at the at the Le Meridian Hotel in downtown Denver. Registration info can be viewed at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-american-horse-council-annual-conference-and-national-issues-forum-tickets-585995768117.

Conference schedule

The conference kicks off on Sunday, with meetings that will discuss the present and future of equine welfare and care with the United Horse Coalition, Youth Engagement Task Force and the Coalition of State Horse Councils.

Photo, AHC logo and banner for 2023 annual AHC conference from AHC website
Image from AHC website

Monday, the National Issues Forum will kick off with the State of the Industry and keynote speaker, United States Senator Michael Bennet. Senator Bennet represents the state of Colorado and is on the Congressional Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

The tentative schedule for the National Issues Forum:

Monday, June 5
– Valuing the Industry (the Economics of the Ag & Horse Industry)
Dr. Gregory Graff – CSU Department of Ag & Resource Economics
Dr. Brian Wyman – Sr. Vice President Innovation Group
Julie Broadway – President, American Horse Council
– Greening the Industry (Ecofriendly Practices in the Equine Industry)
Scott Evans – Green is the New Blue
Megan Fellows – Carbon Hoofprint
– CSU Equine Program Capstone Class Presentation on Ecofriendly Practices
– Protecting the Herd (Disease Mitigation & Biosecurity Discussion)
                         Joe LaFollette – League of Ag & Equine Centers
Dr. Nat White – Equine Disease Communications Center
Dr. Angela Pelzel-McCluskey – U.S. Department of Agriculture
– Strengthening the (Horse) Community (AHC Marketing Alliance)

Tuesday’s lineup continues with discussions with the Health and Regulatory Committee and discussions on recreational trail and land use. The Horse Show and Competition Committee as well as the Racing Advisory group will also meet. The marquee for Tuesday will be honoring four champions of the horse industry with the annual American Horse Council lunch awards celebration.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is based in McLean, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.). A GuideStar Exchange Silver participant, the organization works daily to advocate for the social, economic and legislative interests of the United States equine industry. For more information, visit the AHC website.

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