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Subsequent to a panel discussion at the June 7,2022 AHC Show & Competition Committee meeting on proposed amateur rules changes -which included remarks from US Equestrian Federation, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association and Certified Horsemanship Association; the American Horse Council Board of Trustees and Show & Competition Committee have released the following statement:

Due to the decline of youth and young adult involvement with horses over several decades, and for the urgent need to engage youth and young adults in equestrian sports, the AHC Board of Trustees and AHC Show & Competition Committee, calls on all equestrian competition organizations to review their amateur rules, giving greater berth of opportunities for properly certified or supervised amateur exhibitors to provide fee-for-services introductory riding lessons without the threat of losing amateur status.

Thank you.

AHC Board of Trustees

Dr Rick Mitchell, DVM -Chair
Marilyn Bertera – Vice Chair
Dr Glenn Blodgett, DVM – Secretary
Matt Iuliano – Treasurer
Jim Gagliano – Past Chair
David Foley
Austin Halverson
Christy Landwehr
Don Marean
Tom O’Mara
Tom Rooney
Justine Staten
Russell Williams
Joe Wilson

Show & Competition Committee

Dr Billy Smith (APHA), Chair
Darrell Bilke (PtHA)
Gary Carpenter(NRHA)
Stephan Hienzsch (USDF)
Bill Moroney (USEF)
Stan Morey (AHA)
Justin Billings (AQHA)
Rob Burke (USEA)
Scott Dorenkemp (PRCA)
Harold Palmer (TJC)
Glenn Petty (USHJA)
Kim Jarvis (Jarvis Insurance)
Bud Wills (CSHC)