Director of Equine Science Jerry Black elected AHC Chairman

Dr. Jerry Black, Associate Professor of Animal Science October 27, 2011
Dr. Jerry Black

Dr. Jerry Black, Colorado State University veterinarian and director of the equine science program, is taking on a new leadership role in the horse industry. He was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 15.  The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.

Representing the horse industry before Congress

The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.

Black is the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair in Equine Science and is the 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,” 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.”

Broad background

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Black as the Chair of the AHC,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.  “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.”

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

Awards and honors

Black has received the distinguished alumnus award from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and is an American Association of Equine Practitioners Distinguished Life Member.

Black succeeds Jim Shoemake.  “Jim did a great job for the AHC and its members and we appreciate his service,” said Hickey.

The American Horse Council

For more information on the American Horse Council and its mission, please visit its website at www.horsecouncil.org.

CSU University Communications Staff