David Foley, CAE, the executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), was elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees on October 23, 2018. Foley replaces Dr. Jerry Black, Director of Equine Sciences Program and Equine Reproduction Laboratory at Colorado State University, who represented the AAEP on the Board.
“David is visionary leader who has made numerous contributions to the industry and the American Horse Council. We are delighted that he will be joining the board to lend us his extensive knowledge,” said Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “At the same time, we deeply appreciate the guidance and commitment Dr. Black provided to the Council. He has been a tireless advocate for the industry, an AHC trustee since 2003, and former board chair. Jerry helped spearhead numerous changes and growth in AHC programs, and oversaw an AHC presidential leadership change.”
Executive Director at AAEP since 2000, Foley is active within the equine, veterinary and association communities. He has served on numerous committees and as a board member for a variety of organizations, including the American Horse Council, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, PATH Intl., the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. He also is a past president of both the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives and the Kentucky Society of Association Executives. Foley joined the staff of the AAEP in 1988 and oversaw the association’s convention, trade show, membership, sponsorship, and publications prior to his appointment as executive director. He is a native of Louisville and a 1985 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural economics.
“I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees along with long-time AAEP representative Dr. Tom Lenz and the other distinguished members of this Board, though Dr. Black leaves big shoes to fill,” said Foley. “The AHC serves a vital role in Washington for our industry and I look forward to contributing to its continued success.”
In addition to Foley, the other AHC board members are: Chairman Jim Gagliano (The Jockey Club), Dr. Glenn Blodgett (American Quarter Horse Association - AQHA), Marilyn Breuer-Bertera (United States Trotting Association - USTA), Dr. Eleanor Green (AQHA), Craig Huffhines (AQHA), Dr. Tom Lenz (AAEP), Don Marean (USTA), Dr. Richard Mitchell (United States Equestrian Federation - USEF), Chrystine Tauber (USEF), Alex Waldrop (National Thoroughbred Racing Association - NTRA), Matt Iuliano (The Jockey Club), Billy Smith (American Paint Horse Association – APHA), Jean Ligon (Coalition of State Horse Councils), Joe Wilson (Thoroughbred Racing Associations - TRA) and Russell Williams (USTA) for the 2018-2019 term.
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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.