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The Farmers Market takes place on the National Mall right on 12th street, and is a “living laboratory” for farmers around the country. Every Friday from May 5 to October 27, more than 30 farmers, ranchers, and small businesses gather to sell their organic produce, flowers, homemade breads, and locally made foods. “Part of the AHC’s work is to introduce people to horses and increase accessibility not only to the horses themselves, but the horse industry as well,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We felt this partnership with the USDA’s Farmers Market was a perfect opportunity to have people come meet a horse in a relaxed atmosphere. Summer is a great time for families to connect with their local stables, and plan to add horse activities to their schedules.” Most city residents no longer have the opportunity to interact with,and benefit from, horses," said Victoria Lowell, President of the Washington International Horse Show. "We appreciate being a part of the AHC's ‘Meet a Horse Day’ as we prepare for WIHS, held at Capital One Arena, October 22-27, 2019, including a free Kids' Day on Saturday Oct. 26. Both these programs extend the opportunity to experience the joy of connecting with horses here in our Washington DC community." Make plans to stop by the Farmers Market on Friday, July 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Use the hashtag #HorsesInDC and #MeetAHorse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be featured on the AHC’s social media pages! If you have any questions, please contact the AHC. [post_title] => Meet a Horse in Washington, DC! 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Hickey Jr. Award presented in honor of the past AHC President, “Jay” Hickey, who served from 1993 to 2016.  The new award will be presented annually to an individual who has been a great supporter of the horse industry and the American Horse Council. The 2019 Hickey Award was presented to Thomas “Tad” Davis of Davis & Harman LLP for his outstanding service to the horse industry. In 1985, Tad joined with Bill Harman to form Davis & Harman LLP. As a founding partner, he specializes in legislative and administrative law issues—particularly in the areas of tax, financial markets and agricultural policy. Since AHC’s formation in 1969 Tad has authored several editions of the AHC Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook, which is recognized as the leading authority on tax issues relating to the horse industry and been editor the AHC Tax Bulletin. Hickey was present at the reception to help AHC President, Julie Broadway, present the award to Davis. [post_title] => Inaugural James J. Hickey, Jr Award [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => inaugural-james-j-hickey-jr-award [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:41:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 12:41:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4688 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4687 [post_author] => 2978 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 06:58:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 11:58:01 [post_content] => (Washington, DC; June 10, 2019): In conjunction with the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 50th anniversary celebration, this week AHC announced the winner of its 50th Anniversary Membership Contest. Congratulations were given to Robert Lindgren who won a John Deere S240 Lawn Mower, valued at $2,600! Mr. Lindgren is an owner and breeder in Minnesota who owns Honey’s Sox Appeal the #3 all-time money earner at Canterbury Park. When asked about his win Mr. Lindgren replied, “I’m shocked!” Mr. Lindgren says he joined the AHC so that he would be up to date on tax and legislation in the horse industry. The announcement was made Tuesday during the AHC’s 50th Annual Meeting by AHC President Julie Broadway. Mr. Lindgren will be getting his new John Deere from a local dealer in his area soon. The AHC and NTRA Advantage sponsored this contest through the AHC Advantage Plan.  This plan offers significant discounts on brands including: John Deere, Nationwide, Sherwin Williams Paints, Office Depot, UPS, RedBrand Fence, Dover Saddlery, Premier Equestrian arena footing, Triple Crown Nutrition, US Rider, and SmartPak. 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The webinar lasts approximately one hour, and will allow for Q&A at the end of each speaker’s presentation. To register for the webinar, please contact Bryan Brendle at bbrendle@horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us on May 15. 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This award is presented to an individual that best emulates the dedication and commitment of Marjorie Van Ness to the improvement of the horse industry at the state level. This year’s recipient has been an avid lifelong equestrian and was an Arabian horse breeder for more than 25 years. Since returning to school in 1988 to earn her law degree, she has limited her equestrian activities to keeping a few pleasure horses at home for recreational riding on Michigan’s horse trails. This soon led her to become an advocate of equestrian interests in zoning and land use. Jean Ligon of the Michigan Horse Council (MHC) will be presented the 2019 Van Ness Award for her outstanding contributions both at the state and national level. Ms. Ligon presently serves on the AHC Board of Trustees as At-Large Director representing the Coalition of State Horse Councils, of which she is co-chair. Ms. Ligon is currently President Elect of the Michigan Horse Council, having previously served as Vice President for 10 years. She also chairs the MHC Legislative, Environmental, Land Use and Zoning Committee. She has an extensive list of accomplishes having worked both with Michigan State University Dept. of Animal Science and Michigan Dept. of Agriculture. Michigan Horse Council member, Colonel Don Packard, stated “Jean is a tireless supporter of all things horse. She attends every meaningful horse related activity in the state. What is most unique about Jean’s participation in the horse industry is that it is totally selfless. Her efforts are always for the good of the entire industry. She never has a motive beyond what will benefit everyone.” Ms. Ligon will be honored on Monday, June 10th at a luncheon at the AHC Annual Meeting being held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. For information about AHC Annual Meeting and to register go to www.horsecouncil.org . 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This year, Glen “GT” Thompson (R-PA), a long-time member of the Congressional Horse Caucus, will be presented with the American Horse Council’s 2019 Rolapp Award for his outstanding service to the horse industry.  In recognition for his leadership on the Farm Bill, and supporting common-sense equine welfare legislation, Thompson’s efforts on behalf of the industry are much appreciated. The award will be presented to Thompson on June 11th at a 6:00 PM Congressional Reception at the Decatur House during the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC before leaders of the horse industry and members of Congress. “For all of these reasons, and because Rep. Thompson recognizes the importance of the $122 billion horse industry to both PA and the United States, it is truly a pleasure to present this year’s Rolapp award to him,” said AHC President, Julie Broadway. 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The Farmers Market takes place on the National Mall right on 12th street, and is a “living laboratory” for farmers around the country. Every Friday from May 5 to October 27, more than 30 farmers, ranchers, and small businesses gather to sell their organic produce, flowers, homemade breads, and locally made foods. “Part of the AHC’s work is to introduce people to horses and increase accessibility not only to the horses themselves, but the horse industry as well,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We felt this partnership with the USDA’s Farmers Market was a perfect opportunity to have people come meet a horse in a relaxed atmosphere. Summer is a great time for families to connect with their local stables, and plan to add horse activities to their schedules.” Most city residents no longer have the opportunity to interact with,and benefit from, horses," said Victoria Lowell, President of the Washington International Horse Show. "We appreciate being a part of the AHC's ‘Meet a Horse Day’ as we prepare for WIHS, held at Capital One Arena, October 22-27, 2019, including a free Kids' Day on Saturday Oct. 26. Both these programs extend the opportunity to experience the joy of connecting with horses here in our Washington DC community." Make plans to stop by the Farmers Market on Friday, July 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Use the hashtag #HorsesInDC and #MeetAHorse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be featured on the AHC’s social media pages! If you have any questions, please contact the AHC. [post_title] => Meet a Horse in Washington, DC! 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