Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action, will present the portfolio of federal equine protection initiatives currently before the U.S. Congress at Equine Collaborative International’s Spring Kickoff on Saturday, March 14 in Boston.

This is the third year in a row Irby has presented the federal update in the region. The Spring Kickoff will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road.

Other presenters include Jim Miller with Green Mountain Nutritional Services, Emma Minteer with Mustangs Empowering Women, Dr. Cindy Lankenau, trainer Megan Mangold, Steven Stevens and Amber Roberts.

“I’m honored and grateful to have the opportunity to speak at Equine Collaborative International’s Spring Kickoff again this year,” said Irby, a former 8-time world champion equestrian rider. “I applaud the equine advocates in Western New York who have worked tirelessly to help advance federal policies that will protect our iconic American horses — whose very backs this country was built upon.”

Irby is a life-long horseman, former president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association and former Communications Director in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was named by The Hill as one of the Top Lobbyists for 2019 and resides in Washington, D.C.

Irby’s written works on equine protection have been published in USA Today, The Hill, Albany Times-Union, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Chicago Daily Herald, Louisville Courier-Journal, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Horse Nation and numerous other outlets across the country.

Irby will be presenting updates on the following issues:
The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R. 1754/S. 1820 introduced by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., in the U.S. House, and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in the U.S. Senate.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST), H.R. 693/S. 1007 introduced by U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla., in the U.S. House, and U.S. Senators Mike Crapo R-Idaho, and Mark Warner, D-Va., in the U.S. Senate.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 961/S. 2006, introduced by U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., in the U.S. House and U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in the U.S. Senate.

The Wild Horse and Burro management, round-up and fertility, and incarceration plans underway by the Federal Bureau of Land Management.
Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act of 1970 by the United States Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue.

For more information on Equine Collaborative International’s Spring Kickoff please contact Barbara Moore at or (716) 912-2100.