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insights about some of the more noticeable tax law impacts on the industry.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at 3:00 PM ET.   Equine tax law expert Jennifer Shah is Director of Tax Services for Dean Dorton Allen Ford in  Lexington, KY, and currently leads the firm’s equine practice.  Ms. Shah has over 20 years of tax planning and compliance experience with federal, international, and multistate tax and operational matters for both individuals and businesses.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.  Ms. Shah also serves on the advisory board of the American Horse Council’s Tax Bulletin, and a member of the Equine Financial Group.  She is a frequent speaker on equine tax and operational matters to a variety of industry participants.   AHC’s Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, will deliver on overview of the major changes to the tax law that reflect the industry’s priorities during the advocacy phase that laid the groundwork for the new law.  Ms. Shah will focus on the “real world” implementation of some of these issues, including considerations to maximize small business tax breaks, evaluation of impacts on businesses classified as “C corporations,” and how to maximize use of the 100 percent bonus depreciation measure.   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 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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AHC Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, and Jen Shah, CPA of Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC  will present and address questions. To register contact bbrendle@horsecouncil.org Wednesday May 15, 3:00 PM ET [post_title] => AHC 2nd Qtr. Webinar to focus on recent Tax Reform [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ahc-2nd-qtr-webinar-to-focus-on-recent-tax-reform [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-03 08:01:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-03 13:01:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.horsecouncil.org/?post_type=press-release&p=4541 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => press-release [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4542 [post_author] => 2955 [post_date] => 2019-04-03 08:03:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-03 13:03:06 [post_content] => AHC Annual Meeting – Book you trip! Plans are being finalized for the AHC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference – June 9-12th at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. To view the schedule, list of speakers and presenters, see hotel reservation information, and access the registration forms go to www.horsecouncil.org and view under the calendar. All attendees must be registered in order to attend committee meetings and National Issues Forum. Early bird discounts on registration apply till April 30th! [post_title] => AHC Annual Meeting – Book you trip! 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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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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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