Where can you find people involved in every segment of the equine world working together to advance our industry? How can you find out what projects and initiatives are being worked on in every corner of the equine industry?

The answer: the American Horse Council’s (AHC) Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health. The event will take place June 11-14 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Even if you are not a member of the American Horse Council, we encourage anyone involved in the industry to try to attend our Annual Meeting and Issues Forum,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “This is the only meeting where every segment of the industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole.”

Monday, June 12, will see committee meetings for the AHC’s five committees: animal welfare, horse show, health and regulatory, recreation, and racing.

“Anyone is welcome to attend any committee meeting they like until they go into executive session,” Broadway said. “In fact, we encourage people to attend as many as they can to get an idea of what the AHC is working on within each committee.”

Monday will also spotlight the Van Ness Award, which is given to a member of a state horse council who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state.

The theme of the National Issues Forum on Tuesday, June 13, will be “The Power of Unity.” This year’s keynote speaker will be Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, which is the national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America.

“The U.S. Travel Association works to engage, connect, and inform the travel industry, similar to how the AHC seeks to inform and engage all segments of the equine industry,” he said. “Although different in the types of businesses we work with, the AHC and the Travel Association are similar in that we both encourage working together to advance the industry.”

Additionally, a panel of researchers from the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Foundation, American Quarter Horse Association Foundation, Horses and Humans Research Foundation, and Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center will discuss the importance of research for the industry, as well as any research they have done and its significance. Allyn Mann, of Lutipold Animal Health, will moderate the panel.

The Innovation Group will also provide a progress report on the National Economic Impact Study, and the AHC will also present its new strategic plan to give attendees an idea of what the AHC will be undertaking in the years ahead.

At the conclusion of the Issues Forum, breakout sessions will be set up to allow groups to have further discussion about topics they found particularly interesting.

For a tentative schedule and additional information, visit the “Events” tab on the AHC website. More will be posted there in the upcoming weeks. Individuals with questions should contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org.