Trotter Elected to American Horse Council

American Quarter Horse Association President Johnny Trotter is elected as an American Horse Council trustee.

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AQHA President Johnny Trotter is elected as an American Horse Council trustee. (Journal photo)

The American Horse Council elected American Quarter Horse Association President Johnny Trotter and Chris Welton to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees.

“AHC is pleased to have Johnny Trotter and Chris Welton join its board,” said AHC President Jay Hickey. “The experience they have in both the horse and business world is outstanding. We are pleased to have them working in yet another capacity to keep our industry strong and feel that they will be great assets to the board and the organization.”

Trotter is the current president of AQHA, and has served as an AQHA director for 11 years. He has served on the racing, nominations and credentials, stud book and registration committees, as well as the foundation, ranching and racing councils. His involvement in the American Quarter Horse Industry is focused on racing, roping, and horses used for ranch work and breeding. He is an avid team roper and has made the finals for the World Series of Team Roping the previous two years. Trotter is also the CEO of Livestock Investors LLT and owns Bar G Feedyard.

In addition to his involvement in the horse industry, Trotter is actively involved in his local community. He has served on the West Texas A&M University Foundation as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Kings Manor Methodist Retirement Home boards. Trotter is also a former member of the Texas Cattle Feeders board of directors and was the 2006 recipient of the Tri-State Fair Western Heritage Award. Trotter lives in Hereford, Texas with his wife, Jana.

“I would like to thank my predecessor, AQHA Past President Jim Barton, for his many years of dedication to the AHC board,” Trotter said. “I am honored to be selected to serve and follow in his footsteps and the many AQHA leaders before him. The role the American Horse Council plays in virtually every aspect of the equine industry is more important today than ever. AQHA and AHC have worked together for many years, and there is great value in AHC’s work on behalf of all segments of the equine industry. I look forward to helping in all of these efforts.”

Welton is the CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation, replacing John Long who announced his retirement last year.

Welton possesses a broad background in sport development and management, including experience with the Olympic movement. In 1991, Welton was named vice president for corporate partnerships and sponsorship for the Atlanta committee for the Olympic Games where he managed the domestic sponsorship program for the Atlanta Games. Following those Games, Welton founded Meridian Management, which became the exclusive marketing representative of the International Olympic Committee, responsible for managing all IOC sponsorship and marketing activities.

In 2005, after eight years as Meridian’s CEO, Welton joined the international sport marketing consultancy Helios Partners, where he served as Helios Partners’ CEO until early 2013.

In addition to his experience at the Olympic level, Welton has a passion for horses and equestrian sports. He and his family own a horse farm, and he is a western pleasure rider, while his wife rides hunters and jumpers.

Welton said “The American Horse Council is one of USEF’s key partners, helping to ensure that all parts of the equine community have a strong and trusted voice in Washington. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and AHC staff in continuing to perform this important function.”

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