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Congress Passes Agriculture Bill Defining Horses As Livestock, Not Pets

As the countdown to close the 115th Congress heads to the final stretch, Congress on Wednesday passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), sending the legislation to the president, who is expected to sign the bill into law this week, according to the American Horse Council. Horse industry highlights include a revised statutory […]

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Universal Equine Microchip Look-Up Tool Spearheaded By American Horse Council

Through the American Horse Council’s (AHC) work with the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Animal Health Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and various equine organizations, we have identified the need for a universal equine microchip look-up tool to coordinate and streamline horse identification across multiple […]

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American Horse Council: House Advances Relief On H-2B Guest Worker Program

House Appropriators Score Win for Horse Industry, Advance H-2B Visa Cap Relief! On July 25, the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives convened a mark-up for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). By voice vote, the committee approved an amendment that exempts returning workers from the […]

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House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill; Animal Health Provisions Included

In the wake of a failed vote on the 2018 farm bill on May 18 – largely precipitated by controversy surrounding unrelated immigration policy issues – on June 21, House lawmakers revisited the legislation and finally passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 213 to 211.  Since Senate […]

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American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum Capitalizes On Industry Data, Opportunities

On Tuesday, June 12th, attendees of the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 2018 National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, gathered to learn more about the theme of “Let’s Capitalize On It!” With a variety of speakers from different trades, attendees gained valuable insight as to how the horse industry can learn from other industries, […]

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American Horse Council Honors Late Tim Capps With Van Ness Award

Each year the American Horse Council (AHC) gives out the Van Ness Award, which is named in honor of the late Marjorie Van Ness of New Jersey, a long-time leader and friend to the horse industry. This award is presented to an individual that best emulates the dedication and commitment of Marjorie Van Ness to […]

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Equine Assisted Therapy For Veterans Gets $5-Million Boost From Barr Amendment

The American Horse Council reports that on Friday, June 8, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5895, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations Act.  Per an amendment offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), the House bill increases funds for Equine Assisted Activities and […]

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American Horse Council Adopts ‘Safe Sport Code Of Practice’

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce the adoption of a Safe Sport Code of Practice. “The reputation and integrity of equestrian sports and all equine related programs and activities is maintained when all person’s act, and are seen to act, in a way which is of the highest ethical standards,” said AHC President […]

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American Horse Council: State Breakouts For 2017 Economic Impact Study Now Available

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the state breakouts for the 2017 Economic Impact Study are now available for purchase. Fourteen states received breakouts: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. “In the process of putting the study together, we […]

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American Horse Council Appoints New ‘Time To Ride’ Marketing Firm

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that Martino Flynn, LLC of Rochester, NY has been selected to manage and market the Time To Ride program for 2018. Established in 2012 and funded by AHC’s Marketing Alliance, a coalition of equine businesses and organizations, Time to Ride’s purpose is to attract non-horse owners […]

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