Black Elected American Horse Council Chairman

AQHA Director Jerry Black was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council.

Dr. Jerry Black is elected to serve as chairman of the American Horse Council. (CSU Photo)

American Quarter Horse Association Director Dr. Jerry Black was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the organization’s annual meeting on June 15 in Washington, D.C. AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.

Dr. Black, a veterinarian, is the Wagonhound Land & Livestock Chair in Equine Sciences and director of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory and the Equine Science Undergraduate Program at Colorado State University. He is a 1971 graduate of the veterinary school at CSU.

“I am honored to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council,” Dr. Black said. “The AHC board is representative of the equine industry and is well positioned to lead the AHC in its mission of representing the various breeds, disciplines and activities in dealing with the many issues that come before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. Like the industry itself, the AHC board is diverse and includes individuals from all sectors of the horse industry.”

Jay Hickey, AHC president, added, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Black as the chair of the AHC. His broad background in the horse industry, not only with our industry’s veterinarians, but also with the Quarter Horse and cutting horse industry, is a great asset to the AHC. His experience with many sectors of the industry is unique. He has also been involved with the AHC for many years, including chairing the animal welfare committee and serving three years as vice-chairman.”

Dr. Black is a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and a past president of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association. He also serves on the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission. Dr. Black is the immediate past chairman of the AAEP Welfare and Public Policy Council and is also the chairman of the National Cutting Horse Association Medication Review Committee.

Dr. Black has received the distinguished alumnus award from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and is an American Association of Equine Practitioners distinguished life member.

Dr. Black succeeds AQHA Past President and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Jim Shoemake.

Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, was elected AHC vice chairman. Gagliano has been with The Jockey Club since 2005 and has extensive experience in the racing industry with Magna Entertainment Corporation, Greenwood Racing, and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Gagliano has a bachelor of arts degree from Providence College.

“On a daily basis, the American Horse Council looks out for and acts in the best interest of the equine industry and I am honored to serve as vice chairman for such a widely respected industry organization,” said Gagliano.

Hickey noted, “Both Dr. Black and Jim Gagliano have been AHC Trustees for some time. They know the issues the AHC must deal with, have broad experience in various sectors of the horse industry, and will step right into their new roles. We are fortunate to have them.”