By unanimous vote of the American Horse Council’s (AHC) board of trustees, at-large trustees Jean Ligon of the Michigan Horse Council and Coalition of State Horse Councils and Dr. Billy Smith, executive director of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), have been elected for a second two-year term from June 2020 – June 2022.
The AHC board consists of 16 equine industry leaders from major associations including American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, The Jockey Club, United State Equestrian Federation, and United States Trotting Association. In 2018 the AHC added two at-large seats to the board to provide a greater level of inclusion to ensure the organization is truly representative of a variety of stakeholder interest groups.
Ligon has been an avid lifelong equestrian and was an Arabian horse breeder for more than 25 years. An attorney, Ligon serves as president of the Michigan Horse Council and is an advocate for equestrian interests in zoning and land use.
Smith is executive director of the APHA, where he’s been at the helm for 8 years. A graduate of University of North Texas and Texas Tech University, he holds a doctorate in education.
Jim Gagliano, AHC board chair, stated, “Jean and Billy have brought great insight to board conversations, and we are pleased they have agreed to serve a second term.”
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