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Julie Broadway the President of the American Horse Council joins Freddie Hudson, Trade Martin and Bob Marks on the Harness Racing Alumni Shows weekly podcast.   Julie gives a brief description of the important work that the AHC is doing in Washington, D.C. She discusses micro-chipping and the horse look up website where you can look up any horse that is micro-chipped.   Also she tells of the newly formed Equine Disease Communication Center where people can sign up and get disease alerts.   The show can be listened to by clicking on the play button below:     Julie speaking on Capital Hill   From USHRAA

Washington, DC --- Russell Williams, the president of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) chairman of Standardbred Horse Sales Co., and chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms has been named to the American Horse Council's (AHC) Board of Trustees following the organization’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, which was held in Washington D.C. June 11-14. Williams replaces Michael Tanner, executive vice president of the USTA and joins Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club in this role. “Russell Williams has served as both a member and chairman of the American Horse Council board and we are grateful that he will be re-joining the board to lend us his extensive knowledge and understanding of not only the harness racing industry but the equine industry itself,” said Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “At the same time, we deeply appreciate the guidance and commitment Mike Tanner provided to the council.” Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, as well as a law degree from the University of Richmond. He also currently serves as a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and the Hanover Foundation for Excellence in Education. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Mr. Williams previously served on the AHC’s Board from 2001-2008 and as chairman of that board 2009-2012. “Working with the trustees and staff of the AHC adds energy to the other work I do in the horse industry,” said Williams. “I’m very glad to be back on the board.” Iuliano was elected upon the expansion of the board of trustees from 14 to 15 and was also named treasurer of the AHC, succeeding Alex Waldrop in that role. He was named executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club in 2010, after more than eight years as the organization’s Vice President of Registration Services. He oversees all matters concerning The American Stud Book and represents The Jockey Club as it interacts with national and international industry organizations and committee. “Matt Iuliano has played an active role with the AHC while serving on our Racing Advisory Committee, and we are looking forward to his increased involvement as a board member and treasurer,” Broadway said. Prior to joining The Jockey Club in 2011, Iuliano served in several executive capacities at Churchill Downs Incorporated. He also spent seven years as the Director and Operations Manager of Lasma East, a prominent Arabian horse farm that was located in LaGrange, Ky. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Equine Physiology and Biophysics from Colorado State University before earning an MBA and a law degree from the University of Louisville. “The Jockey Club is grateful for the support and dedication of the American Horse Council as an advocate for the entire United States equine industry, and I am honored to have been selected as a member of the board of trustees,” said Iuliano. In addition to Williams and Iuliano, the other AHC board members are: Chairman Dr. Jerry Black (American Association of Equine Practitioners - AAEP), Vice-Chairman Jim Gagliano (The Jockey Club), Dr. Glenn Blodgett (American Quarter Horse Association - AQHA), Marilyn Breuer-Bertera (USTA), Craig Huffhines (AQHA), Dr. Tom Lenz (AAEP), Don Marean (USTA), Dr. Richard Mitchell (United States Equestrian Federation - USEF), Chrystine Tauber (USEF), Johnny Trotter (AQHA), Bill Thomason (National Thoroughbred Racing Association - NTRA), Alex Waldrop (NTRA), and Joe Wilson (Thoroughbred Racing Associations) for the 2017-2018 term. At the annual meeting, the AHC Board of Trustees also approved a name change for the AHC’s Recreation Committee. The new name will be the “Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee.” Historically, this committee has dealt with trail and land use issues in addition to traditional recreational riding. In addition to the election of two new Board members, the Chairs of the five AHC Committees were also confirmed: Animal Welfare Committee: Dr. Tom Lenz, American Association of Equine Practitioners Health & Regulatory Committee: Dr. Richard Mitchell, United States Equestrian Federation Horse Show Committee: Gary Carpenter, National Reining Horse Association Racing Advisory Committee: Alex Waldrop, National Thoroughbred Racing Association Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee: Jim McGarvey, Back Country Horsemen of America by Ashley Furst, for the American Horse Council 

Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings are set to begin this Sunday, March 1 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Sunday's activities include registration beginning at 2 pm, and a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. HHI Board members will meet briefly beginning at 4:45 pm that afternoon as well.   Monday's (March 2) General Session begins promptly at 9 am, with opening statements from HHI President Tom Luchento and Jay Hickey, President of the American Horse Council (AHC). Topics to be reviewed that morning include HHI business and association reports, along with a panel discussion concerning current racing commission issues on whipping and kicking.   The General Session on Tuesday, March 3 begins at 9 am and features keynote speaker Dr. Mary Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA who will articulate "Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century." Later, HHI committees will convene to deliberate insurance, finance, legal, convention and foundation issues.   Wednesday's (March 4) General Session begins at 9 am with HHI elections and committee reports, followed by the annual HHI Awards Luncheon at 12:30 pm where racing's Gene Oldford, Jerry Knappenberger and Derick Giwner will be feted with HHI's prestigious honors for 2014.   Oldford, an HHI past president, is the 2014 Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Knappenberger, former GM of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will accept the 2014 HHI Appreciation Award; and Giwner, the Daily Racing Form's harness racing editor and writer, is the 2014 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner.   HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Burlington, NJ --- Harness Horsemen International will hold their annual meetings and awards luncheon beginning Sunday (March 2) at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Featured speakers include Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council; Phil Langley, president of the United States Trotting Association; and T.C. Lane, the USTA’s director of registry & member services. Registration starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m., with general sessions to begin daily on March 3, 4 and 5. In addition, HHI committees will meet on Tuesday (March 4) to discuss pertinent industry issues and concerns. As well, harness racing’s John Brennan, Don Marean and Robert Schmitz will be feted with HHI’s most prestigious awards for 2013 at the HHI awards luncheon on March 5. Brennan, a New Jersey-based writer, is the 2013 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner; Marean, a longtime Maine breeder, is the 2013 HHI Appreciation Award winner; while Schmitz, chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission, is being honored as HHI’s 2013 Man of the Year. The HHI annual meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday (March 6). HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represent the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations. by Kimbery Rinker, for HHI

Over the decades the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has held annual awards banquets to celebrate the accomplishments, both human and equine, at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track. Along with those accolades the scribes have also honored special individuals whose contributions to the sport have been exceptional. Tom Charters, president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, will be the recipient of this year's Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA's Lifetime Achievement Award at the chapter's upcoming banquet in mid-November. If you ever have the opportunity to listen to Charters talk about his life you'll hear a soft-spoken, almost humble, account of a long and meritorious career in harness racing. As he expounds his voice never changes a decibel but the more he tells of the people, places and things he been involved with, the more you realize you are listening to one of the true superstars in the sport. Like most who are successful, Charters didn't start at the top. A native Buckeye from Springfield, Ohio, he began his distinguished career as a groom for Dick Hackett. In the spring of 1968, while studying print making and painting at Ohio's Miami University he took a summer job grooming horses for legendary Hall of Famer, Delvin Miller, a move that was to play a key role in his life. After a two-year stint in Vietnam, Charters returned to college this time at the University of Kentucky earning his degree in animal science in 1973. "When I returned from Nam I wrote Delvin a letter stating if I bring my own rub-rags and my dog could I have a summertime job again to which Miller replied 'yes but leave the dog home and I'll supply the towels'. That was the last job application I ever made," Charters said with a laugh. Working for Miller for four years Charters cared for the 1974 Yonkers Trot winner Spitfire Hanover and then toured Europe with Delmonica Hanover, one of the greatest trotting mares the sport has ever known. "My family was real proud," Charters said with tongue in cheek. "Here I am with a college degree working for $100 a week caring for horses!" In February, 1976, Charters was named assistant racing secretary at The Meadows, the western Pennsylvania track founded by Miller, and in January 1980 he became racing secretary there. In May, 1983, he left the Meadows on a long jaunt to China, where he became director of racing and racing secretary for the newly opened Macau Trotting Club. A year and a half later, again at Miller's suggestion, he returned stateside to become executive director of the Breeders Crown, a year-end, the year-end championship series formed under the aegis of the Hambletonian Society, Inc., one of the most prestigious and important organizations in the sport. After ten years of distinguished leadership of the Crowns, Charters was named executive director of administration for the Society, overseeing its administration of 130 races it owns or services across North America, including the sport's ultimate prize the Hambletonian. Four years later in 1998, he was named president and chief executive officer. During his outstanding career Charters has been honored in the Standardbred industry with the 1993 Bill Haughton "Good Guy" Award from the United States Harness Writers Association and the 1998 Meritorious Award which is presented annually by the Ohio Chapter of that group to an native Ohioan for a dedicated and significant career in the harness industry over the previous two decades. He also was recognized by the Hambletonian Society in 1994 with the F. L. Van Lennep Memorial Award, citing extraordinary and important contribution to the harness racing industry and in 1999 by Sports Eye, the former New York area harness paper, with their William Haughton Award. In 2001 he received Harness Tracks of America's first Distinguished Service Medallion and in 2004 he was the recipient of the Proximity Achievement Award. Charters is a director of the Hambletonian Society, Inc., as well as the Society's representative on the Racing Committee of the American Horse Council and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium. He is a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum, a steward of the Grand Circuit and formerly president of the American Harness Racing Secretaries, and trustee of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation,. He is a member of: the U.S. Harness Writers Association (N.J. chapter); the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, the Cranbury Lions Club and a parishioner of the Queenship of Mary R.C. Church in Plainsboro, N.J. He resides in Cranbury, N.J. with his wife, Dr. Susan Saravalli, Ph.D. Charters will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award when the scribes hold their 55th Annual Awards Banquet at the Fountains in Middletown NY on Sunday, November 17. For reservations, or to place a congratulatory ad in the chapter's charity journal, please contact banquet chairman John Manzi at 845.794.4100x455 or email him at . by John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA  

Janine Engelman went through the market crash of Arabians, Quarter Horses and Paints and now fears that both the harness racing and galloping variety may follow suit. 'I have been involved in the rise and fall of many breeds,' said Engelman, who runs the 115 acre facility named Engelwood Paint Horses in Bloomsburg PA.

The American Horse Council is pleased to announce that Christopher McErlean (former harness racing 'Vice President of Racing Operations' at the Meadowlands), President of the Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been appointed to the AHC Board of Trustees.

Another bill has been introduced in Congress to license and regulate Internet gambling. This bill is in the Senate. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed in 2006. UIGEA does not prohibit Internet harness racing or thorobred wagering.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, a subsidiary of the American Horse Council continues to present a false facade of neutrality on the explosive issue of horse slaughter in America, all the while doing everything in its considerable power to bring back an industry shunned by the overwhelming majority of Americans.

Russell C. Williams, USTA vice chairman and director for District 7 (Pennsylvania) was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the American Horse Council (AHC) at their annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 16.

President Obama has signed into law the Stimulus Bill, which is intended to provide a jump-start to the U.S. economy. The Stimulus Act continues the bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service during 2009.

Tax season is near and the American Horse Council has extensive tax information that can influence your equine business tax returns. For 40 years, the American Horse Council has provided the horse industry with tax information through the Tax Bulletin, the Tax Handbook and other various publications.

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