SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Celebration Board of Directors Chairman Charles McDonald attended the 2009 American Horse Council's (AHC) National Issues Forum recently in Washington, DC.  The topic of the conference was "The
Welfare of the Horse". 

While at the conference McDonald heard from several equine industry leaders concerning horse welfare, a topic that spans across all breeds and disciplines.  McDonald stated "While the emphasis has been on placing sound, compliant horses in the show ring in the walking horse industry, I learned that we are not the only breed within the equine world that faces similar issues."

Those in attendance at the conference heard from several speakers, notably leaders from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation, United States Trotting Association, and National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The final day of the conference was used for attendees to visit with Congressional Leaders and Federal Agencies.  McDonald was able to meet briefly with Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

The American Horse Council, of which The Celebration(r) is a member, is a national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, DC.  Founded in 1969, the AHC is member supported by approximately 160 organizations and 1,200 individuals representing every facet of the horse world - from owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, racetracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.