Registration for the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 2017 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum has opened.

Registration information, along with a tentative schedule and link to make room reservations is available on the AHC website in the "Events" tab. New this year, the AHC is offering discounted rates for those who register before April 15.

This year’s National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will focus on “The Power of Unity,” and will feature keynote speaker Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association. The Issues Forum will also feature two panels: a research panel and a youth leader panel.

The research panel will be moderated by Allyn Mann of Luitpold Animal Health and will feature researchers from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Association of Equine Practitioners, Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Horses & Humans Research Foundation, and Colorado State University. The panel will focus on why research is important to the equine industry and speakers will discuss some of their recently completed research.

The youth leader panel will be moderated by AHC President Julie Broadway and Dannette McGuire of the American Youth Horse Council. It will feature youth leaders from Arabian Horse Youth Association, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, U.S. Pony Club, AMHA, and AQHA. They will focus on what their respective organizations are doing to engage youth and give attendees some insight as to what the industry can do to remain relevant to the younger generation.

The AHC will also provide an overview of its new strategic plan, and Tom Zitt of the Innovation Group will give attendees an update on the progress of the 2017 Economic Impact Study. Two Congress members have been invited to speak on what the horse industry means to them and what we can do to ensure it remains successful and thriving. Finally, in a new part to the Issues Forum, breakout group discussions will take place at the end of the presentations with various topics being discussed.

Individuals with questions can contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org or 202/296-4031.