Huffhines Elected to AHC Board of Trustees

Craig Huffhines, executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association, has been elected to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees.

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Huffhines’ enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge and passion for the agriculture and livestock industries is quickly recognizable. (AQHA photo)

AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines has been elected to the American Horse Council’s Board of Trustees. AQHA Past President and previous Chairman of the AHC Board Jim Shoemake has also been elected a Trustee Emeritus.

Huffhines’ enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge and passion for the agriculture and livestock industries is quickly recognizable. He graduated with a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and received a master of science from Colorado State University. After college, he began working at the American Hereford Association where he was the director of feedlot and carcass programs and director of Certified Hereford Beef before he was promoted to executive vice president in 1997.

In April 2015, Huffhines accepted the executive vice president’s position at the world’s largest equine breed organization – the American Quarter Horse Association. Huffhines brings 17 years of experience with him to the Association. He has recorded success in turning around a 30-year decline in registrations and beef breed popularity, balancing budgets during lean years, developing a new branded-beef enterprise, executing and revising governance structure to meet the demands of the 21st century, and reinvigorating the interest among youth, while growing the Hereford Research and Youth foundations and managing the American Hereford Association staff.

“The American Quarter Horse Association has been actively involved with the American Horse Council since its formation in 1969,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Over those many years, the legislative issues facing horse owners and our industry have changed dramatically and, now more than ever, it’s critical for us to be involved in Washington. We are pleased to have another trustee working in yet another capacity to keep our industry strong.”

Huffhines and his wife, Mary Jon, have three sons: Seth, Cole and Miles. Seth is in medical school, Cole is attending Texas A&M University and Miles, a freshman in high school, lives with his parents in Canyon, Texas.

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