June 2016 Issue - page 5

June 2016
Page 5
The American Horse Coun-
cil’s National Issues Forum on June
14 in Washington, DC will feature
several Members of Congress in
line with the theme of “Putting
More Horsepower in Congress.”
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS),
Chairman of the Senate Agricul-
ture Committee, is confirmed as
the leadoff speaker. Congressman
Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman
of the House Agriculture Commit-
tee, has also been invited.
The Issues Forum will also
feature a special panel, which will
include representatives of the U.S.
Equestrian Federation and The
Jockey Club, to update the indus-
try on their plans to require the
microchipping of horses beginning
in 2017. Speaking will be Mary
Babick, Vice President of the
U.S. Hunter Jumper Association,
Summer Stoffel, who serves on the
USEF Horse Recording & ID Task
Force Committee, and Matt Iuliano,
Executive Vice President and
Executive Director of The Jockey
Club. Each has been intimately
involved in their organization’s
move to requiring microchipping.
“This should be a real opportunity
for attending organizations to learn
first-hand about their plans, how
they will affect their members, and
how they might want to prepare for
the new requirements,” said Hickey.
This year’s National Issues
Forum will be held on Tuesday,
June 14, during the AHC’s annual
convention. The convention
will run from June 12 to 15 at
the Washington Court Hotel in
Washington, DC.
The AHC convention will
also feature the inaugural meeting
of executive directors of national
equine organizations. Organized
by Julie Broadway, the new presi-
dent of the AHC, and David Foley,
executive director of the American
Association of Equine Practi-
tioners, this meeting will allow the
top staff of horse associations to
join together to discuss internal,
administrative-type issues that each
may face in their day-to-day oper-
ations. Such issues might include
membership retention, dealing with
volunteers, and management. This
meeting will feature two speakers
from the American Society of
Association Executives to talk
about their peer group formation
experience and benefits.
TheAHC annual meeting will
also include the meetings of all the
AHC’s committees. This year each
committee will be asked to address
how its members can get their orga-
nizations more involved in grass-
roots lobbying on legislation and
regulations within their jurisdiction.
The AHC’s convention will
also include the AHC’s Congres-
sional Reception on June 14,
the evening of the Issue Forum,
and the Congressional Ride-In
on Wednesday, June 15, during
which the industry can meet with
their federal elected officials to
discuss issues important to them.
Complete information on
these Forums and the entire AHC
annual meeting, including regis-
tration and hotel information, can
be found on the AHC’s website,
Speakers for
Issues Forum
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