Ann Swinker Re­ceives Van Ness Award

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The Amer­i­can Horse Coun­cil has pre­sented its pres­ti­gious Van Ness Award to Ann M. Swinker, PhD, of Univer­sity Park, Pa., dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton, DC. The award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to an in­di­vid­ual who has shown lead­er­ship and ser­vice to the horse com­mu­nity in his or her state. It’s awarded in mem­ory of Mar­jorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Coun­cil and one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the AHC’s Coali­tion of State Horse Coun­cils.

“Dr. Swinker has ded­i­cated more than 45 years of her pro­fes­sional life to the horse in­dus­try,” said AHC Pres­i­dent Jay Hickey. “She has had a great in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of state poli­cies as they ap­ply to horses, agri­cul­ture, and peo­ple. Her suc­cess as a horse­man, ed­u­ca­tor, and per­son are grounded in her com­mit­ment to peo­ple and her high stan­dards for in­tegrity.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE AHC The Amer­i­can Horse Coun­cil has pre­sented its pres­ti­gious Van Ness Award to Ann M. Swinker, PhD, of Univer­sity Park, Pa.

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