AHC ATTENDS ORGANIZATIONAL MEETINGS
United States Equestrian Federation
January 11-14th AHC President Julie Broadway attended the United States Equestrian Federation conference in Lexington KY. In addition to sharing 2016 AHC activities and accomplishments, she met with Past President Chrystine Tauber, new CEO Bill Moroney and recently elected USEF President Murray Kessler to discussion USEF’s 2017 legislative and regulatory priorities.
United States Trotting Association
AHC President Julie Broadway spoke at the US Trotting Association Conference in Las Vegas Feb 26-28. In addition to meeting many of USTA members from across the country, Broadway spoke about the AHC’s role and responsibilities, highlighting collaboration with Standardbreds and plans for the new National Economic Impact Study. A number of attendees shared issues of interest to harness racing including import/export regulations, health & regulatory issues and immigration.
Carriage Operators of North America (CONA)
AHC President Julie Broadway also spoke at the CONA conference in San Antonio March 2-4. Approximately 60 carriage operators from across the US attended to hear guest speakers and share best practices. In addition to her presentation on the AHC, Broadway joined the group for a backstage tour of the Yellow Rose Carriage Company. The group shared topics of interest including identifying the economic impact of carriage operations on tourism, interest in agri-tourism, and disaster preparedness strategies.
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
AHC President Julie Broadway attended the AQHA conference in San Antonio TX March 18-20.
A featured speaker for Sunday’s general members’ meeting, she focused on AHC activities specifically the upcoming Economic Impact Study. In addition, she attended and participated in the AQHA Public Policy Committee meeting.
American Youth Horse Council (AYHC)
April 22-23, 2017 AHC President Julie Broadway attending the AYHC Symposium in Wakefield MA.
At the Sunday Breakfast meeting, she spoke to the 125 attendees about AHC youth efforts including a new student membership, internship opportunities and a youth panel at the upcoming AHC conference in June 2017. In addition, she was featured presenter to share with the participants AHC’s role and responsibilities, along with key initiatives. The highlight of the presentation was a role play where the audience was asked to examine various industry issues and come up with positions for or against the subject.
Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA)
In April, AHC Sr. VP, Policy and Legislative Affairs Ben Pendergrass, joined Back Country Horsemen of America in Great Falls, Montana for their annual board meeting. The meeting included a day dedicated to public lands. Several representatives of the National Forest Service gave presentations regarding the implementation of the recently passed National Forest System Trail Stewardship Act, which was championed by the AHC and BCHA. Pendergrass gave a brief presentation regarding how the bill become law, the current political climate in Washington D.C. and the forthcoming AHC National Economic impact study.
American Paint Horse Association (APHA)
Ben Pendergrass also attended the APHA’s Annual Meeting in February to give a Legislative and Regulatory update.