AHC Announces Exciting New Membership Benefits and 2021 Award Nominations

The American Horse Council (AHC) announced two new membership benefits and their 2021 award nominations.

The American Horse Council (AHC) is the horse industry’s voice in Washington, D.C., that represents all U.S. horse industry interests, iStock/Casarsa Guru

The American Horse Council (AHC), the horse industry’s voice in Washington, D.C., that represents all U.S. horse industry interests, is pleased to announce two exciting new membership benefits plus our 2021 award nominations.

The 2021 Horse Industry Directory (HID) is now provided in two formats—an online flipbook and an online searchable database. Both have thousands of listings, including equine publications, federal and state sources of information, breed registries and associations, show and sport organizations, racing and gaming organizations, and service providers. Note: The flipbook also contains handy facts and figures about the industry, including breed registration numbers and trends, a guide to interstate health requirements, industry meetings and conference dates/locations, and a synopsis of important legislative and regulatory happenings.

View the Flipbook by clicking the button below:

Click here to view the 2021 Horse Industry Directory Flipbook!

View the searchable online database at www.horsecouncil.org/business-directory/.

Who’s listed? AHC, UHC & EWDC members (associations, organizations and businesses) are automatically listed in both versions. To protect their privacy, we do not include individual members. Non-members may purchase a 1-year listing in both versions for $50. Simply fill out the online form to submit your HID Listing. AHC Members who for some reason do not have a current listing, or who would like to update their current listing can contact info@horsecouncil.org to submit.

AHC is also pleased to welcome Marathon Group, a national provider of vehicle extended service contracts, and their innovative program, healthCAR, as a new AHC affinity partner. AHC individual members, organizational & business members (and their members) will enjoy the following benefits with healthCAR:

  • Vehicle protection at an affordable price
  • No mileage limitations.
  • No long-term contracts, monthly pay program.
  • Easy on-line enrollment.
  • One call initiates a claim.
  • Use any licensed repair facility for repairs.
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance included at no additional cost.
  • Enhanced Ancillary benefits—rental car/rideshare assistance.
  • Phone App for easy connect to claims and roadside assistance.

Marathon has tailored our AHC program to include trucks up to one (1) ton, so horse enthusiasts using larger trucks to haul their horse trailers can enjoy protection too! Go to www.horsecouncil.org/about-us/membership/.

Lastly AHC will honor the equine industry’s brightest leaders at its annual meeting and national issues forum on June 14-18, 2021 at its virtual conference with the presentation of the Van Ness Award, the Hickey Award and the Rolapp Award.

The Van Ness Award is named in honor of the late Marjorie Van Ness of New Jersey, a long-time leader and friend to the horse industry. This award is presented to an individual that best emulates the dedication and commitment of Marjorie Van Ness to the improvement of the horse industry at the state level. The recipient of the Van Ness Award must fulfill at least one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully worked to pass legislation that had a beneficial and significant impact on the horse industry in his/her state;
  • Developed programs through state government or state agencies that promoted and represented the interests of all horse people in the state;
  • Increased awareness, generated interest, and raised the visibility of the horse industry through educational programs and related events.

The Hickey Award is named in honor of past AHC President James J. Hickey Jr., who served AHC from 1993 to 2016. This award is presented to an individual who has been a great supporter of the horse industry and the AHC. The recipient of the Hickey Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibited a history of service and leadership to the industry and AHC;
  • Made a lasting impact on AHC and the industry;
  • Given willingly of their time and expertise with the simple goal of improving the industry.

The Rolapp Award is presented in honor of the late Rich Rolapp, who was President of the AHC from 1974 to 1993. This award is presented to a Member of Congress who has been a great supporter of the horse industry. The recipient of this award is selected by AHC staff and leadership.

Nominations for the Van Ness Award and Hickey Award are due May 1, 2021, and can be sent to the attention of AHC President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org.

About the American Horse Council

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.

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