Marilyn Breuer-Bertera, of Northville, Michigan, has been elected to the AHC’s Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a Director for District 2 of the United States Trotting Association.
Ms. Breuer-Bertera replaces Russell Williams, who represented the Standardbred industry for several years, including a stint as Chairman of the Board. She will join USTA District 9 Director Don Marean and USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner as harness racing representatives.
“As a lifelong participant in Standardbred harness racing, I have always worked to advance the initiatives of the horse racing industry,” said Ms. Breuer-Bertera. “I now welcome this opportunity to collaborate with representatives of various breeds, for the benefit of the entire equine industry in North America.”
Ms. Breuer-Bertera has been a board member of the USTA since 2010. Recently she was appointed Chair of the newly formed Legislative Advisory Committee that supports racing states in their individual legislative efforts. She is a past Director of the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association, serving as Secretary of that board for 15 years.
“The AHC is fortunate to have Ms. Breuer-Bertera join the AHC’s Board of Trustees,” said AHC President Jay Hickey. “The Standardbred and harness racing industry has a long and valued history with the AHC and we are pleased to continue that. Her addition to the board will bring new ideas and influence for the horse industry.”
Ms. Breuer-Bertera and her husband, Rocky Bertera, a trainer and blacksmith, race a small stable of horses in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. She grew up on a farm in central Michigan, racing harness horses at the Michigan county fairs with her father.
She also holds a B.S. in Education–Physical Education and Business Education–from Central Michigan University.
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. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.