Educational Opportunities Offered at Convention

Be sure to attend the Equine Industry Business Workshop and Industry Issues Town Hall Meeting March 2 during AQHA’s annual convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

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The AQHA convention isn’t just about rule-making. The Association is also offering a full day of education for all convention attendees: on Friday, March 2, the Equine Industry Business Workshop is 8 a.m. to noon and the Industry Issues Town Hall Meeting kicks off at 1 p.m.

Equine Industry Business Workshop
This year, the Equine Industry Business Workshop includes speakers focusing on topics such as professional horseman opportunities, financial planning for retirement and nutrition for equine athletes. A panel will also be discussing requirements and enforcements of commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations in conjunction with the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.

Workshop speakers include Jody Stoddard, AQHA director of operations and distribution and director of AQHA’s Awards Recognition Concepts; Sam Renken, financial adviser and manager associate of the Piedmont Group Independent Financial Services; and Russel Mueller, M.S. PAS, innovation and NPSS manager with Nutrena Feeds.

The panel discussion will host Cliff Williamson, director of health and regulatory affairs for the American Horse Council, and representatives from the Florida Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.   

Industry Issues Town Hall Meeting
AQHA welcomes back “Cattlemen-to-Cattlemen” television show host Kevin Oschner as emcee for an afternoon of informative presentations and panel discussion – and your chance to win an iPad! The 2018 Industry Town Hall meeting begins at 1 p.m.

“We are thrilled to again have Kevin Oschner to host our town hall meeting,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “This meeting is an opportunity to share the exciting transformations in progress within the walls of AQHA Headquarters with convention attendees. It’s also a way for members to ask questions and share feedback through polling questions.”

Topics covered include transformation within the Association, a look into current AQHA projects focused on transformation, and much more. The afternoon will also include a panel discussion featuring American Quarter Horse Foundation Council members Maggie Belleville and Dan Henson, along with AQHA Past President Steve Stevens. Panelists will share how their experiences with transformation within other industries relate to AQHA.

Attendees of the Industry Town Hall Meeting will have a chance to win an iPad! Refreshments will be provided.

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