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  • 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! 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The changes reflect the industry’s unity around the importance of aftercare and the progress and extensive resources that have come to fruition since the UHC’s inception. The UHC’s new mission statement reads, “Through industry collaboration, the UHC promotes education and options for at-risk and transitioning horses.” “The industry has responded with significant resources dedicated to aftercare, and so the UHC is poised to move to a new phase by focusing on serving more as a clearing house for education and options available to help at-risk and transitioning horses,” said AHC President Julie Broadway.  “The power of the coalition has long been its ability to promote and encourage industry collaboration, so it’s a natural evolution that we now embrace that role more fully given the programs offered by organizations such as Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, The Right Horse, ASPCA, EQUUS Foundation, and Thoroughbred Charities of America, and more locally through state horse councils and others.” UHC Chair Kristen Leshney stated, “The UHC has been very successful in bringing attention to the issue of the unwanted horse, and it has served as a catalyst for aftercare programs at many of its member organizations. The new name and mission statement reflect the next phase of industry collaboration to help transition more horses into their next home.” The UHC will refocus its services by redesigning its website as a single source to help horse owners learn about resources and options available to place horses in need of new homes. The website also will provide information to potential adoptees including how to adopt, best practices when adopting, places horse are available for adoption, and owning responsibly.   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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As part of our celebration we plan to publish the most in-depth, robust Horse Industry Directory (HID) ever! The HID is the most inclusive directory of all facets of the equine industry – literally a “Who’s Who” featuring thousands of listings and resources including breed associations and discipline organizations, federal contacts, state horse councils, general state agricultural contacts, commercial vendors, service providers, as well as equine rescues, publications and veterinary schools. The service providers section alone is the “go to” guide for horse owners which includes attorneys, accountants, farriers, feed companies, shippers, trainers, farms and much more. HID also includes handy facts and figures about the industry including breed registration numbers and trends,  a guide to interstate health requirements, industry meetings and conference dates/locations and a synopsis of important legislative and regulatory happenings. Provided to all AHC members at no charge and sold to over 500 industry participants, the HID is widely circulated and relied upon by the industry! If you want your organization, company or products to be seen by the equine industry – this is the place to be! AHC members receive a free three inch by three inch listing. Equine welfare and rescues organizations receive a free one inch by three inch listing. Non-Members may purchase a three inch by three inch listing for $25 or receive a free one line listing (name, contact, address, and phone).  The directory also contains premium advertising space, so contact Emily Brockway at the e-mail below to get a rate card and details about placements. Our goal is to put every industry contact you need at your fingertips!  If you would like to be included in our directory, please send your information to ebrockway@horsecouncil.org  with the subject “HID Info” by January 18, 2019. Look for the 2019 Horse Industry Directory coming in March 2019! 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As Congress returns for a final, “lame duck” session following the November 6 election, lawmakers have an opportunity to pass widely-supported, bipartisan legislation that promotes access to public lands for equine enthusiasts.   The horse industry seeks to push two major trails bills across the finish line: Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 6510/S. 3172) – The House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously to pass H.R. 6510, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, underscoring the bi-partisan support behind the bill.  The House bill currently has 209 cosponsors.  On the other side of the Capitol, Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have joined 33 senate colleagues to give momentum to the Restore Our Parks Act of 2018 (S. 3172).  The Restore Our Parks Act (H.R. 6510/ S. 3172) will fund National Park Service trails maintenance projects by diverting energy development revenues to a new public lands restoration account. Recreation Not Red Tape (RNR) Act - Since House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the RNR Act (H.R. 3400) in 2017, the chairman conducted a full committee hearing, resulting in passage of the legislation in April 2018.   House leadership has the discretion to schedule a vote on H.R. 3400 before the end of the year.  The legislation currently has 12 bipartisan co-sponsors.  On the Senate side, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a companion bill, S. 1633, which has won bipartisan co-sponsorships from Sens. Donnelly (D-IN), Ernst (R-IA), Tester (D-MT) and King (I-ME).  Although leadership has referred the bill to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, no hearings have been scheduled. While the Restore Our Parks legislation has quickly gained significant support from lawmakers, the RNR Act has not gained as much traction.  To put more horsepower into the bill, urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the RNR Act.  Please contact your lawmakers today, and urge them to pass these important bills before the end of the year. https://app.muster.com/take-action/P4REOVPGyI/?t=2c7b32a935cf62d1ff63ac51090e0011 [post_title] => Tell Congress to Pass Popular, Bipartisan Trails Bills! 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The EWDC is collecting national data on equine welfare from transition centers, adoption centers, rescues, sanctuaries, shelters, and other organizations involved in equine welfare. We will measure progress and identify risks and opportunities within the industry, so organizations like yours can develop impactful and sustainable programs. The success of the EWDC depends on a robust contribution of data from all organizations within the industry. The first round of data collection will focus on the population of intakes and outcomes within the United States. Online surveys will be distributed to EWDC affiliate organizations beginning immediately. How does your organization become an affiliate? Affiliates must commit to responding to surveys on a quarterly basis. Participation in the EWDC is free, and all results will remain anonymous. Organizations that contribute data will be the first to receive the results and will be given an EWDC badge for their website to publicly demonstrate their commitment to our mission. Granting organizations such as the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), The Right Horse Initiative (TRH), American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEPF), and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will be looking for your contribution to the EWDC as part of their funding considerations. Your data contribution will provide more accurate study results to help you understand and communicate the scope of the issues you are tackling, better serve your community, and become a benchmark among industry leaders. To become an affiliate or for more information, please contact Emily Stearns, EWDC program manager, at EWDC@HorseCouncil.Org. 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According to the 2017 economic impact study analyzing the horse industry, more than 30% of U.S. households include equine enthusiasts among their ranks.  Nearly two-thirds of this group – or more than 17% of U.S. households - includes individuals who are active participants in equine activities making them subject to liability waivers.  The waivers can take the form of written contracts and/or signage placed on an equine property and may limit the rights and responsibilities of riders and property owners engaged in equine activities.   Because equine liability law is a state matter, the $122 billion U.S. horse industry is subject to a patchwork of disparate laws and regulations that vary across jurisdictions.  Ms. Fershtman and Mr. Toby will help us navigate the legal maze, identifying common threads that cross state lines, and analyze nation-wide legal trends impacting the equine sector. Julie Fersthman is a shareholder in the Michigan-based law firm of Foster Swift.  Her law practice covers all equine breeds and disciplines and serves stables, industry professionals, associations, trainers, and show management.  Highly experienced in handling a variety of disputes involving the equine sector, Ms. Fershtman has served as special out-of-state counsel on equine-related lawsuits in 18 jurisdictions across the country. Milton Toby is an attorney and award-winning author based in central Kentucky.  For the last decade, he has taught courses in equine commercial law, regulatory law, and federal income tax for the equine industry program in the University of Louisville’s College of Business.  A noted thoroughbred racing historian, Mr. Toby has written about high profile racing disqualification controversies and horse theft. 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.  We look forward to having you join us on November 14. [post_title] => AHC Announces Topic for 4th Quarter Webinar! 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  • 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.
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