Disease control and equine identification programs are among the topics on the agenda for the American Horse Council National Issues Forum June 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

The general session on June 19 will feature the following seminars:

“Disease Control: Who’s Really Responsible?” Equine diseases have dramatically affected racing, showing, breeding, sales, and the movement of horses over the last two years. The session will take a look at prevention and management at the federal, state and individual levels.

“The Unwanted Horse Coalition: Own Responsibly.” With the closing of processing plants, the issue of the “unwanted horse” is even more critical. The session will provide an update on the coalition’s recent activities and future plans.

“Equine Identification/National Animal Identification System: Is There Life Left?” The seminar will offer a candid look at the NAIS in regard to horses. The United States Department of Agriculture said the system is voluntary.

“World Equestrian Games: A Great Opportunity for All.” The session will feature an update from World Games 2010 Foundation chief executive officer Jack Kelly. The 2010 games in Kentucky will provide an opportunity for the horse industry to showcase itself on the national and international stage.

“Horse Parks: Should Your State Have One?”

“A Collaboration Success: Partnerships Pioneer New Programs to Maintain Trails.”

During the forum, attendees are encouraged to visit the congressional offices of their elected representatives and various federal agencies. The AHC will host the event at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, located a few blocks from Capitol Hill and within walking distance of the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums.

More information about the 2007 National Issues Forum, including registration forms, daily schedules,