American Horse Council Appoints New Trustee and Elects Leadership

Tom O’Mara, the incoming Board President at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is the newest American Horse Council board member.

At the American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees meeting held on October 30, 2020, the board welcomes its newest member, Tom O’Mara, the incoming Board President at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). O’Mara is filling the recent vacancy of USEF representative Chrystine Tauber.

Jim Gagliano, AHC Board Chair, praised Tauber for her years of services and contributions and stated “Tom will be an outstanding addition to the AHC Board given his extensive board experience and financial acumen. We look forward to leveraging his expertise and his contributions.”

In other business, the AHC Board elected officers to serve till June 2021, including Chair Gagliano representing The Jockey Club, Vice Chair Dr. Rick Mitchell representing USEF, Secretary Craig Huffhines representing American Quarter Horse Association, and Treasurer Matt Iuliano representing The Jockey Club. The Board also approved new committee chairs for the Health and Regulatory Committee—Dr. Eleanor Green—and Show & Competition Committee—Dr. Billy Smith of the American Paint Horse Association.

Those unable to attend the AHC Virtual conference held October 26-28,2020 can listen to the committee meetings on the AHC website at

About the American Horse Council

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.






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