American Farrier’s Association Supports AHC 2017 Economic Impact Study

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American Farrier’s Association is pleased to announce that the AFA’s Education Committee, Chaired by Travis Burns, CJF,TE,EE,FWCF, has contributed $1,000 from their annual budget to the American Horse Council in support of its 2017 Economic Impact Study. The AHC is appealing to diverse stakeholders within the equine industry to support this study which is projected to cost $400,000.AHC President Julie M. Broadway summarized the research in an appeal letter:“This study documents the economic effects of racing, showing, recreation, rodeo, and other segments of the horse industry on the state and national economy. It provides invaluable data on the number of horses, jobs, and related industries that are impacted by horse ownership.” 

Mr. Burns has referenced data from prior studies during his work as Lecturer and Chief of Farrier Services at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and he notes: “ The American Horse Council’s National Economic Impact Study provides a great deal of information about the horse industry that is invaluable including job numbers, horse numbers, etc. This information can be used by farriers to help plan and structure their business and support research.It is a very valuable study that needs to be updated, since the current one is several years old. I think it’s a responsibility of the American Farrier’s Association, as a national membership organization representing a critical component of the equine industry, to contribute to endeavors like this.”

The American Horse Council and American Farrier’s Association have enjoyed a long and productive partnership. As a member organization of the AHC, the American Farrier’s Association maintains a voice in Washington on issues of interest and importance within the equine industry. Leaders from both organizations also consult jointly on matters that have potential impact for membership. The AFA’s funding of this important project was acknowledged by AHC President Julie Broadway: “The AHC is grateful for the AFA’s support of the 2017 National Economic Impact Study. Their support puts us closer to our goal of being able to fund this important project, and we are happy to add them to the list as one of the first distinguished equine organizations supporting the study.”

The American Farrier’s Association was founded in 1971 and is the largest U.S. based organization serving farriers worldwide and the only U.S. farrier membership association to have an internationally recognized certification program. To learn more visit www.americanfarriers.org

The American Horse Council was organized in 1969 to represent the horse industry in matters before Congress and of regulatory concern. To learn more visit www.horsecouncil.org