American Horse CouncilJuly 10, 2012
AHC elects a new chairman.
Jim J. Shoemake, AQHA Past President and senior partner in the St. Louis law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C., was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 26. The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.
“I appreciate Jim’s willingness to serve in this capacity and believe with his leadership we can expect even greater successes at AHC, said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr.
Shoemake and his wife Rita own a farm near Farmington, Missouri, and have been involved in breeding and raising registered American Quarter Horses for many years. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University and is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. Shoemake is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, and serves on the boards of a number of other charitable and not-for-profit entities, including AQHA, the Urological Research Foundation and the Missouri Quarter Horse Association.
“Jim will be a tremendous asset to both AHC and the entire horse industry given his past experience as an AHC Trustee," said AQHA President Gene Graves.
Shoemake succeeds Russell Williams, Vice Chairman of the United States Trotting Association.
“We are very fortunate to have Jim as the Chair of the AHC,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “His broad background in the horse industry, his legal skills and his legislative experience when he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice will be great assets to the organization.”
“I appreciate the confidence the AHC has shown in me by electing me chair." said Shoemake. "We have some difficult issues before Congress and several agencies, but we will continue to protect the horse industry.”
Dr. Jerry Black, past President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was elected AHC vice chair. Dr. Black received his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. He is presently the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair and Director of Undergraduate Programs in Equine Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Black recently completed two terms on the Executive Committee of the National Cutting Horse Association. He also owns Valley Oak Ranch, a stallion station, with his wife Melinda.
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