Kansas horse owners have strong national representation on all matters related to the equine industry.
“The American Horse Council (AHC) represents all horse interests at the federal level,” according to Justine Staten.
Twenty two states including Kansas have councils representing the equine industry on the state level. Staten serves as executive director of the Manhattan based Kansas Horse Council which is an AHC member.
“Located in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council addresses equine issues directly with Congress on a regular basis,” Staten said.
“These state horse councils form the Coalition of State Horse Councils,” Staten informed. “We gather twice a year to provide continued industry education and also collaborate on issues that affect each state.”
Staten attended that group’s recent fall meeting in Denver, Colorado. “Speakers discussed what motivates people to belong and participate,” Staten said. “The Colorado Department of Tourism provided examples of how they market equine businesses on a driving tour plan.”
There was discussion about nonprofit foundations building relations with benevolent people.
“We also toured an equine center that started as an impoundment for horses. It is now a renowned facility for helping place rescued horses,” Staten said.
Officials of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) talked about the “Equine Welfare Data Collective” and the “Right Horse Initiative.” An update was given on issues facing federal park trails.
Advantages and sometimes necessity of microchip identification during an emergency were reviewed. “There was a lot of discussion about microchipping requirements from state to state,” Staten said.
“Kansas horse owners can link to the Colorado Horse Council’s website to purchase an equine microchip kit,” she added.
“Challenges of engaging members and non-members to interact with state horse councils was a major topic of concern,” Staten insisted.
The Kansas Horse Council offers a free web directory: www.kansasequinedirectory.com.
“Equine businesses, services and groups are welcome to be listed to provide contact information and promote activities,” Staten said. “We have a calendar where breed associations and disciplines are welcome to submit their show season schedules.”
Membership to the KHC and additional information are available by calling 785-776-0662, or online at www.kansashorsecouncil.com.