- Achieved passage of the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act (H.R. 845/ S.1110). This law directs the Forest Service to take several actions to address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians.
Specifically, the new law will create a new national strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance and a new priority trail maintenance program. The law will also create a program to allow outfitters and guides to treat their national forest trail maintenance activities as an in-kind donation to offset fees owed to the federal government.
- Submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting important improvements and clarifications to proposed regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA).
The AHC’s comments strongly urged USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the widely supported Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act. The AHC believes making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will still achieve the goal of ending soring.
- Since 2014, the Time to Ride Challenge has introduced over 90,000 new enthusiasts to horses through 1,500 host stables across the country. These newcomers are the industry’s next riders, owners, competitors, clients, customers, and members.
- In 2016 Time to Ride also launched new collaborative programs including the Pledge to Take a Friend Riding, and Collegiate Challenges held at Colorado State University and Texas A&M University.
- Continued to advance the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC).
2016 Numbers to date:
239 Alerts posted since January 1, 2016
251 Outbreaks reported since January 1, 2016
344 Alerts posted since April 2015
485 Outbreaks reported since April 2015
2,142 subscriptions to the EDCC email alert list
- Continued to gain support for the AHC Welfare Code of Practice. The code of practice is a broad set of principles designed to establish good welfare procedures for organizations to follow to “Put the Horse First,” and has been endorsed by 54 national horse organizations.