Only one week left until the American Horse Council‘s 2021 Virtual Conference! UHC will be having its annual meeting on Thursday, June 17th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST. Don’t forget to register!

AHC Conference Agenda

The AHC is known for convening the equine industry’s visionaries and leaders in an intimate, informative, and innovative discussion on some of the most relevant challenges and initiatives facing the industry. Attendees get to participate in discussions that help shape the industry and optimize existing and emerging legislative and regulatory issues.

The American Horse Council is pleased to announce the FINAL line-up and guest speakers for its June 14-18, 2021 Virtual Conference as follows:

Monday June 14: Federal Legislative & Regulatory Day
10:00 AM – Noon       Legislative Updates with invited guests:
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – Industry champion on horse protection issues and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) – Small business and H-2B visa champion, member of the House Hispanic Caucus
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM     Regulatory Updates
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM     Health & Regulatory Committee with guests:  Dr. Angela Pelzel- McCluskey and Dr. Iwona Popkowski of USDA

Tuesday June 15: State Day
10:00 AM – Noon       State legislative issues with guests:
Amy Showalter – noted speaker, author and founder of the Showalter Group on grassroots advocacy;
State presenters include West Virginia – Maria Catignani, Mary Sell; Iowa – Jon Moss; Florida – Lonny Powell; Michigan – Jean Ligon and Colorado – Scott Dorenkamp.
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM     Coalition of State Horse Council Meeting

Wednesday June 16: Industry Sector Day 
10:00 AM – Noon       Recreation, Trails & Land Use Committee with guest:  Brenda Yankoviak, National Forest Service (NFS)
Noon – 2:00 PM          Show & Competition Committee with guests: Brooke Marie Jarvis & Tina DeDario of Jarvis Insurance
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM     Racing Committee with guest:  Jerry Black, DVM on Horse Integrity & Safety ACT (HISA)
4:00 Pm – 5:00 PM     Working Horse Sector Panel with invited guests: Kathy Alm of PATH Intl.; Tommy Doyle of Palmetto Carriage; William Crimbring- North America Mounted Unit Commanders

Thursday June 17: Equine Welfare Day
10:00 AM – Noon       Equine Welfare Committee
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM     United Horse Coalition /Equine Welfare Data Collective with guests
Dr. Stacie Boswell; Dr. David Ramey (Ramey Equine);  Karen Gustin (Kentucky Equine Adoption Center); Christy Landwehr (Certified Horsemanship Association)

Day 5: Industry Initiatives Day
10:00 AM – Noon       Marketing Alliance
Noon – 1:00 PM         AWARDS Ceremony recognizing  Dr. Peter Timoney & Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM     Youth Engagement Task Force Update with guests:  Katie Reynolds of AQHA & Kendyl Healy of PATH Intl.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM     Diversity Equality and Inclusion Task Force Update with guest: Brianna Nobles of Mulatto Meadows
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM     2022 Economic Impact Study Update

UHC Meeting Agenda


The United Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues surrounding horses at-risk or in transition. We seek to provide information for existing and prospective owners, breeders, sellers, and horse organizations regarding the long-term responsibilities of owning and caring for horses, as well as focusing on the opportunities available for these horses.

MEMBERS:  Full Level (5 Member Organizations), Associate Level (4 Member Organizations), Supportive Level (6 Member Organizations), Non-Profit Level (206 Member Organizations)

1:00 – 1:25pm:  United Horse Coalition Updates (Ashley Harkins)

  • Educating and advocating for Responsible Ownership and Responsible Breeding industry wide.
  • UHC Updates
    • UHC Action Items Update from Committees
    • Educational materials available and in development
    • Future progress/plans

1:25 – 1:50pm:  Equine Welfare Data Collective Updates (Emily Stearns)

  • EWDC identifies the demographics of at-risk equines and provides critical information for both owners and equine welfare organizations.
  • Summary of the current data and recent report review


2:00 – 2:30pm:  Responsible Ownership: Things you need to know before acquiring your next horse (Dr.Stacie Boswell)

  • Having a Veterinarian lined up to address medical needs
  • Working with a trainer to address behavioral challenges
  • Proper knowledge of husbandry requirements and a place in plan for care
  • Setting up an exit strategy, estate plan, and plan for euthanasia/disposal




2:40 – 4:00pm:  Ask the Experts: Panel Discussion of Responsible Ownership


  • Veterinarian POV – Dr.David Ramey, Ramey Equine
  • Trainer POV – Christy Landwehr (or representative from Certified Horsemanship Association)
  • Rescue Organization POV – Karin Gustin, Kentucky Equine Adoption Center

Registration is open through Eventbrite and MUST be completed by Friday June 11th.

Video conference logistics will be sent to registered participants along with committee meeting agendas and bios for guest speakers.