The American Horse Council’s (AHC) National Issues Forum on June 14, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, in Washington, D.C., will feature several members of Congress in line with the theme of “Putting More Horsepower in Congress.”

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is confirmed as the leadoff speaker, and Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, has also been invited.

“We would be very fortunate to have the chairmen of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees address us,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “The $102 billion equine industry is an important sector of the agriculture community, not only when horses are in their breeding life, but also when they move into their racing, showing, work, or recreation careers. The equine world is still regulated by the USDA in terms of disease control, import/export, interstate movement, and research. The Congressional agriculture committees are important to the horse industry.”

The Issues Forum will also feature a special panel, which will include representatives of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The Jockey Club, to update the industry 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 and Identification Task Force Committee; and Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. Each has been intimately involved in their organizations move to requiring microchipping.

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