Craig Huffhines, executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees.

Meanwhile, Jim Shoemake, past-president of AQHA and previous chairman of the AHC Board, has been elected a trustee emeritus.

“To be elected to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees is an honor,” said Huffhines. “I am humbled to sit in the company of such esteemed leaders in the industry, and I look forward to what we can accomplish working together for the horse. Representing the equine industry in Washington is a great privilege, and I’m very committed to our work to improve the health of the entire industry.”

Huffhines graduated with a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and received a master of science from Colorado State University. After college, he began working at the American Hereford Association, where he was the director of feedlot and carcass programs and director of Certified Hereford Beef before he was elevated to executive vice president in 1997. In April 2015, Huffhines accepted the executive vice president’s position at the AQHA.

He has recorded success in turning around a 30-year decline in registrations and beef breed popularity, balancing budgets during lean years, developing a new branded-beef enterprise, executing and revising governance structure to meet the demands of the 21st century, and reinvigorating the interest among youth, while growing the Hereford Research and Youth foundations and managing the American Hereford Association staff.

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