American Horse Council Makes Governance Structure Changes

American Horse Council (AHC) President Julie Broadway and the AHC Board of Trustees have announced two governance changes to the AHC’s Board effective 2018.

The current 15-person AHC Board of Trustees is made up of individuals representing organizations that hold AHC Organizational Memberships at the “strategic” level*. These organizations include The Jockey Club, American Association of Equine Practitioners, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, U.S. Trotting Association, U.S. Equestrian Federation, Thoroughbred Racing Association of North America, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Starting in January 2018, the AHC Board will add two “at large” seats.

The first “at large” seat will be filled by the current Coalition of State Horse Councils chair. The second “at large” seat will be determined by applications.

In January 2018 the Broadway will call for applicants for the second “at large” seat from current AHC member organizations to serve a maximum two-year AHC Board term. Only member organizations paying dues at the level designated for their size organization are eligible. Applicant’s organization must be willing to commit to the time needed to serve on the board and cover expenses necessary to attend meetings, etc.

In March 2018 the Board will review all applicants and elect a trustee based on:

  • The need for that sector of industry to have a voice not currently represented by sitting trustees; and
  • The individual’s background and knowledge of the equine industry.

“As part of the AHC’s strategic plan, a task force was formed to review the organization’s overall governance structure and ensure relevancy and best practices,” said Broadway. “Based upon their research it was recommended that additional voices and perspectives would be beneficial. We look forward to these additions to the board and would like to express our appreciation to the Governance Task Force and Membership Task Force for their research and input.”

Jerry Black, DVM, AHC board chair, added, “As the national organization representing the equine industry in Washington, D.C., the AHC strives to be inclusive while ensuring the board is a manageable size and the trustees are strongly committed to AHC’s mission. These additions will serve AHC well as we look ahead at challenges facing the equine industry.”

Learn more about the AHC’s governance and opportunities to participate on ad hoc committees, task forces, and standing committees at

*View the organizational membership levels available at

About the Author

American Horse Council

The American Horse Council was organized in 1969 to represent the horse industry in Washington before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. It is a nonprofit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry.

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with FREE weekly newsletters from Learn More