Congressional Horse Caucus

Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko have been named co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus.

The American Horse Council
July 12, 2013

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Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko are the new co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus.

Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) have been named co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus in the 113th Congress.

Barr and Tonko replace former co-chairs Congressmen Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY).

“We are happy to have Congressmen Barr and Tonka as the new co-chairs. They both represent districts that are important to the horse industry and we are lucky to have their leadership in the 113th Congress,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council.   

The Congressional Horse Caucus is a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives formed to educate Congress and their staffs about the importance of the horse industry in the economic, agricultural, sporting, gaming and recreational life of the nation.

“I am honored to represent the ‘Horse Capital of the World,’ and excited that I have been named co-chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus,” said Barr.

“Kentucky’s signature horse industry provides Kentuckians with nearly 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, and has a $4 billion economic impact on our state annually. As co-chairman, I have already been hard at work recruiting new members to the caucus and planning meetings to educate Congress on issues impacting the horse industry. I am glad that Congressman Paul Tonko from New York will be my co-chair and appreciate his bipartisan leadership as we plan these events,” Barr said.

“The equine industry represents a large number of quality jobs, economic growth and a way of life not only in my Upstate New York district, but across the nation in rural and urban areas alike. I look forward to serving as co-chair of the Congressional Horse Caucus and working with my colleagues in the House in a bipartisan manner to promote this sector of our country’s culture, tradition, and economy,” Tonko said.

The AHC encourages all members of the horse community to contact their representatives and urge them to join the Congressional Horse Caucus.

For more information on the American Horse Council, visit www.horsecouncil.org.