With over 30 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, Julie holds a BS, MBA, Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and is Certified Association Executive ® . She’s a life-long horse enthusiast ranging from recreational rider, breeder, and show competitor. A native of NC, she and her husband now reside in DC along with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Morgan horses.
In her down time she enjoys volunteering (she’s president of the board of PATH International), horseback riding, gardening and cooking. “I’m passionate about the equine industry because horses have enhanced my life and well-being so profoundly," said Julie. "Working at the AHC is a way to give back to the equine community and ensure the long term health of the industry.”
Ben Pendergrass is Senior Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs of the American Horse Council (AHC). In this capacity Ben works on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues that impact the equestrian community. Ben has over 13 years’ experience working in and with Congress and the federal agencies in Washington D.C. Before joining the AHC, he served as a Legislative Aide to Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM).
“I have spent my whole life around horses and the agricultural community. It is deeply gratifying to work on a daily basis to protect the interests of the horse industry here in Washington.”
Ben is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of Tulane University. He lives with his wife and son in Arlington, Virginia.
For information regarding any equine legislative and recreation issues, please contact Ben.
Cliff Williamson is the Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs for the American Horse Council based in Washington D.C.
He grew up in Reva, VA on his family’s horse farm, participating in both horse and livestock 4-H activities. In 2008 he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Animal Science, where he was an active member of both the animal science club Block & Bridle as well as the agricultural fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. After graduation he spent 27 months in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps for their Food Security Program. Upon his return to the United States he spent four years in the animal export industry as the Director of Animal Logistics for T.K. Exports, Inc. In that time he was honored to be appointed to a seat on the Board of Directors for the Culpeper chapter of the Farm Bureau Federation.
For information regarding any equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal and international requirements regarding the movement of horses, please contact Cliff.
Ashley has been involved in the equine industry since she was seven years old, where she started showing ponies in Florida. She has extensive experience in the Hunter/Jumper industry, showing her own ponies and horses on the Florida Winter Circuits, the major indoor shows during the Fall, the Devon Horse Show; as well as care of FEI level Grand Prix horses. Ashley currently hold her B.S. in English from Towson University, and her M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.
Ashley joined the AHC in 2011, and has enjoyed learning about the impact that Congress and other Federal agencies can have on the industry. "When I first started at the AHC I was very naive as to how much Congress could impact the horse industry. After seeing how effective and important the AHC has been for the industry the past 47 years, and how much work they have done on behalf of the horse and the horse industry to ensure it's longevity, it's crucial it is for those involved in the industry to join the AHC so we are able to continue to work on their behalf."
For information regarding Individual & Organizational membership, Sponsorship's, website content, marketing or public relations issues, please contact Ashley.
Jennifer joined the AHC as Director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition in March 2016.
Growing up in south Florida, Jennifer worked after school and during summers at a local riding stable. She earned a master’s degree in adult education and a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of South Florida before working as an Assistant Professor and education specialist Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After relocating to Maryland with her family in 2013, Jennifer shifted gears and joined Freedom Hill Horse Rescue. In addition to providing hands-on care to horses in need, she revamped the rescue’s marketing materials, tripled grant funding, and coordinated a month-long fundraising campaign which earned the rescue national recognition two consecutive years. Her first-hand knowledge of issues surrounding the unwanted horse combined with her experience in education, grant writing, program development, and evaluation will help the UHC expand its programs to help more unwanted horses.