2010 Accomplishments

  • Worked with others to enact the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, which continued bigger write-offs for horses and other property purchased and placed in service by a horse business.
  • Began developing a National Equine Health Plan to implement a proactive approach to mitigating the health and economic impacts of future equine disease outbreaks. The Plan includes industry driven education, communication, and biosecurity elements.
  • Co-hosted a workshop with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state animal health officials, and industry organizations during the AHC’s National Issues Forum in June, 2010 to discuss the issues surrounding the handling of equine infectious disease prevention, diagnosis, and containment.
  • Worked with the National Equine Piroplasmosis Working Group on the Long-Term Recommendations of EP in the US to ensure the recommendations minimize the health and economic imapact of EP incidents and to ensure EP remainds a foreign animal disease in the US.
  • Published the first yearly Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Public Lands and dissimilated this report to the federal land management agency to help them understand the issues equestrians are experiencing on federal land.
  • Worked with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as an informational resource during the development of the objectives scope and methodology for the GAO study: Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.
  • Submitted comments to the Obama Administration’s Taskforce on Childhood Obesity, highlighting the health benefits of equestrian activites.
  • Participated in the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors and submitted comments to the Administration concerning the equestrian community’s connection to America’s private and public land.
  • Supported the enactment of The Travel Promotion Act that creates new programs to help increase foreign tourism in the U.S. and will benefit equine tourism.
  • Requested the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which prepares official national estimates of crop and livestock production, disposition, and prices undertake a count of all equine in the US, regardless of their activity, to provide accurate information to estimated disease risk and evaluate the economic impact of the horse industry along with numerous other support industries.
  • Worked with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to ensure research grants for equine infectious diseases were eligible in future competitive grant programs. The AHC secured eligbility for equine diseases under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program.
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