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AHC members can now enjoy $1000s more in membership benefits through partners Tickets at Work, a FREE USEF Fan Membership which entitles them to USEF Member Perks, and returning benefits from the AHC Advantage Plan.  These programs offer 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, SmartPak, and countless destinations, theme parks, sporting events, Broadway shows and other events. The first contest is a 50th Anniversary Video Testimonial Contest. In a 3 minute video, members are asked to share why they are AHC members and why the AHC is important to the success of the equine industry.  There will be two winners, one individual AHC member and one winner from a member organization. Entrants must produce a video to be shared and judged on the AHC Facebook page and website.  The best videos will be announced during the AHC Annual Meeting on June 12, 2019.  Winners will receive a BG50 Stihl Leaf Blower, with a retail value of $230! Official rules and entry information can be found on the AHC website at www.horsecouncil.com. The second contest is a new member campaign drive. New AHC individual members, will be entered in a drawing to win a John Deere S24 Lawn Mower, valued at $2,600! Finally, State Horse Council members who join AHC, can earn points to help your State Horse Council win a gift certificate, as well as being entered in the John Deere S24 Lawn Mower drawing. 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Speakers will include: - UHC Chair, Kristin Leshney, on the new mission and vision of the Coalition, - AHC President, Julie Broadway, and the newly named UHC Director, Ashley Harkins, on the new strategic plan and operational initiatives, and - EWDC Program manager, Emily Stearns, on the UHC’s Equine Welfare Data Collective initiative. The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend! 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 Dennis Martinez at DMartinez@horsecouncil.org no later than February 7, 2019.   About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                        The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. 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Students will be eligible to apply to one internship per year in the AHC Internship Program. “We feel that offering an internship is a great way for students to understand exactly what it is the AHC does here in DC, and educate the next generation to advocate on behalf of the industry be it at the local, state or national level.” said AHC President Julie Broadway. The three types of internships available are: 1 or 2 week shadowing program to gain a broader understanding of the AHC with a focus on expanding knowledge of equine industry and policymaking. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $250 available to offset expenses. Open to high school and college students.
  • 1 or 2 month internship- includes overview of AHC, student would conduct a research project and write a white paper on a specific topic of interest for academic credit, or learn about a focus area and provide support for initiatives related to that subject matter. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students.
  • Semester internship- includes overview of AHC, research project and white paper for academic credit and attendance at annual AHC meeting. Transportation and housing not included; Stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students.
There are also several focus areas to choose from (some in the DC office, and others with partner organizations): Policy & Legislative, Health & Regulatory, Marketing/Communications, Equine Disease Communication (at AAEP office in Lexington, KY), or Equine Welfare. “We encourage those that apply for these internships to also join at the Student Membership level in order to be fully engaged in their experience,” said AHC’s membership coordinator, Emily Brockway. “That way the candidate will be able to see the relationship between the work that we do, and the information that is shared with members.” Please visit the AHC website here for more details and to download the application form. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the internship program, please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org About the American Horse Council   As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                        The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. [post_title] => AHC to Offer Internships in 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ahc-to-offer-internships-in-2019 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-07 15:01:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-07 20:01:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4145 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4146 [post_author] => 2955 [post_date] => 2019-01-07 15:09:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-07 20:09:50 [post_content] =>   American Horse Council Celebrates 50 years of Advocating for Equine Industry (Washington, DC; January 7, 2019): In 1969 when the founders of the American Horse Council (AHC) first gathered to discuss formalizing an organization to advocate for the equine industry, no one had a crystal ball to look into the future to see all possible changes that could take place or how things could evolve so rapidly in 50 years. Through the years the one enduring variable has been the necessity for the industry to have a voice and to leverage horse enthusiasts, cultivate their knowledge and skills, to meet the changing needs of the industry. It’s these visionaries and extraordinary members whom AHC will honor and celebrate in its 50th year. To commemorate its golden anniversary, AHC members and stakeholders will join together in a year-long 50th anniversary celebration that will carry through to the AHC Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Washington, DC on June 9-12 at the Georgetown Marriott. Mark your calendars!   Call for Abstracts The 2019 AHC conference is right around the corner, and we are accepting abstracts for presentations. Share something new, cutting edge and important with horse industry leaders. Submission deadline is March 1, 2019. Conversely, got a topic you’d like to hear more about? Let us know and we’ll see if we can put together a presenter or panel of subject matter experts. Suggestions are welcome!   About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                        The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. [post_title] => American Horse Council Celebrates 50 years of Advocating for Equine Industry! 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  • Become familiar with the communications and educational mission of the EDCC;
  • Learn the communication standards of the EDCC;
  • Utilize the EDCC database to create disease reports;
  • Develop skills in writing and posting disease alerts for the EDCC website and social media;
  • Create and/or review disease or biosecurity factsheets for the EDCC;
  • Investigate needs and preferences for horse owner communications
  • Create articles for publication in horse owner and veterinary literature;
  • Learn about the role of State and Federal Animal Health Officials in investigating and mitigating equine diseases;
  • Become familiar with the National Equine Health Plan;
  • Become aware of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ goals and activities.
The EDCC is offering a two-month internship with a flexible starting date between May 1st and July 15th, 2019. The intern will be located at the American Association of Equine Practitioners office in Lexington, Kentucky. The internship stipend is $500 per month. Applications should be sent to Bailey McCallum at bmccallum@aaep.org. [post_title] => EDCC 2019 Internship [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => edcc-2019-internship [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-03 09:32:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-03 14:32:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4141 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4132 [post_author] => 2955 [post_date] => 2018-12-21 11:51:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-21 16:51:11 [post_content] => With Congress gridlocked on passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government into January, the following are some real world consequences that could impact AHC members from a possible Government Shutdown;
  • National Park Closures – With the temporary suspension of federal government operations, the Department of Interior could shut down the National Park Service (NPS).  During a partial shutdown in 2013, the NPS marked as closed, or gated, all roads accessing national parks.  The NPS also closed all visitor and information centers.  Similar measures during a possible winter 2018 shutdown would hinder hikers and horseback riders from gaining access to nearly 60,000 miles of trails under NPS jurisdiction.
  • National Forest Service, Possible Flexibility – According to a 2017 “shut down” contingency plan from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), any activity already certified by a permit could move forward in the event of a shutdown, so long as NFS personnel aren’t necessary to guarantee the safety of the participants, per the terms of the permit.   However, NFS has the discretion to apply these contingencies on a “case-by-case” basis.  AHC recommends that members research the status of specific NFS and NPS trail closures before loading their trailers.
  • Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) – According to a USDA memorandum, the White House has identified at least some APHIS functions as exempt from a shutdown, based on their role in protecting public health.  This includes APHIS’ Safety and Security Unit (SSU), which oversees health, safety, and security issues.
  • Critical Services – As a general rule, federal employees involved in “critical services” will not be subject to a furlough.  This group includes air traffic controllers, military personnel, and hazardous waste handlers, among others.  Other exempted services include USDA’s inspection and quarantine of animals prior to import or export.
  • U.S. Mail – Finally, U.S. postal workers are not exempt from a federal funding furlough and will continue to deliver the mail in the event of a Shutdown.
AHC will keep you informed of major developments impacting the horse industry, in the event of an extended, partial government shutdown. [post_title] => Happy Holidays from Washington! Funding Fight May Initiate Partial Government Shut-Down, “Critical Services” Exempt [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => happy-holidays-from-washington-funding-fight-may-initiates-partial-government-shut-down-critical-services-exempt [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-21 11:55:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-21 16:55:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4132 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4456 [post_author] => 2978 [post_date] => 2019-03-04 16:19:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-04 21:19:37 [post_content] => (Washington, DC; March 4, 2019): In conjunction with the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 50th anniversary celebration, this week AHC announced a number of new member benefits, and launched a membership drive campaign that includes several contests. AHC members can now enjoy $1000s more in membership benefits through partners Tickets at Work, a FREE USEF Fan Membership which entitles them to USEF Member Perks, and returning benefits from the AHC Advantage Plan.  These programs offer 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, SmartPak, and countless destinations, theme parks, sporting events, Broadway shows and other events. The first contest is a 50th Anniversary Video Testimonial Contest. In a 3 minute video, members are asked to share why they are AHC members and why the AHC is important to the success of the equine industry.  There will be two winners, one individual AHC member and one winner from a member organization. Entrants must produce a video to be shared and judged on the AHC Facebook page and website.  The best videos will be announced during the AHC Annual Meeting on June 12, 2019.  Winners will receive a BG50 Stihl Leaf Blower, with a retail value of $230! Official rules and entry information can be found on the AHC website at www.horsecouncil.com. The second contest is a new member campaign drive. New AHC individual members, will be entered in a drawing to win a John Deere S24 Lawn Mower, valued at $2,600! Finally, State Horse Council members who join AHC, can earn points to help your State Horse Council win a gift certificate, as well as being entered in the John Deere S24 Lawn Mower drawing. [post_title] => American Horse Council Announces New Member Benefits & Anniversary Contests [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => american-horse-council-announces-new-member-benefits-anniversary-contests [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-04 16:19:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-04 21:19:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4456 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 234 [max_num_pages] => 39 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 1af9fe36b37c40e5206edc558427419a [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) )
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