Gary Carpenter, commissioner and CEO of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), was named the recipient of the 15th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), presented the award to Carpenter at the AHP seminar in Orlando, Florida.
The Equine Industry Vision Award is the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. Established and sponsored by Zoetis, the prestigious award recognizes ingenuity and service, and serves to inspire those qualities in others.
“Zoetis is proud to recognize Gary for his work in connecting people with horses,” said Sally Amtmann, senior equine biologicals marketing manager for Zoetis. “Gary’s passion for increasing involvement with horses and working across disciplines has been instrumental in progressing the equine industry.”
Throughout his career, Carpenter served within multiple aspects of the equine industry, including 10 years as executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), as well as executive positions with The Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Arabian Horse Trust. Carpenter, a certified association executive, continually focuses on identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and provide the best experience for horse enthusiasts.
During his tenure at the AAEP, Carpenter assisted in changing its vision to focus on the health and welfare of the horse. He helped create many programs, including the AAEP Foundation and the On Call program, which provides veterinarians to discuss horse health on equine event telecasts. Carpenter’s continued encouragement of the equine industry to work together also led to the inception of the Horse Industry Alliance.
While with the AQHA, Carpenter was instrumental in the development and renovation of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. Carpenter strongly believes that preserving the stories and history of great horses and equestrians is key to showcasing the impact horses have on our lives.
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