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Following the transplant she developed sepsis due to a nicked bowel and kidney . She also experienced her body ’ s first rejection of the new lungs . She ended up spending 100 days in the hospital , finally heading home the week of Christmas . In April of the following year , her body rejected the lungs for the second time and in September it happened a 3rd time . Kim relates , “ God told me to do what I needed to do , that my days were numbered , so I went and bought myself a Jose Jose mare .”
She placed that mare , Jose ’ s B Excellent , in training with Jason Crawhorn with a goal to get back in the saddle and back to the show ring . It proved to be a very challenging journey , but at the 2021 International , with the help of a very supportive barn family and friends Terre and Amanda Huebner , she was able to achieve her goal . She states , “ I couldn ’ t mount or dismount without help and I really couldn ’ t get my breath , but I was so grateful to be able to show at the International .”
In addition to her beloved mare , Kim still has several horses at home in Wisconsin . While her activities are limited , she tries to spend time with them every day . As we all know , horses feed the soul and make even the most challenging situations bearable .
Kim is grateful for each and everyday , and for every person that decides to be an organ donor .
AHC Welcomes New Government Affairs Liaison – Mark Riso
The American Horse Council ( AHC ) is pleased to announce the selection of Mark Riso to serve as the organization ’ s Government Affairs Liaison .
Mark is a public policy professional and national lobbyist , with over three decades of public policy
– advocacy experience on Capitol Hill in Washington , D . C . – with an expertise in the legislative , regulatory , and political processes . Mark served as Legislative Director to two senior Members of Congress and as a professional staff member on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations ( U . S . House of Representatives , House Banking Committee ). Following his work on Capitol Hill , Mark has served as a senior lobbyist for past twenty-five years for industry associations , and passionate about advocacy .
AHC President Julie Broadway stated , “ Mark will be a great addition to our team . In addition to his deep experience as a lobbyist / govt affairs lead , he has also authored a book on advocacy titled “ The Stone Mover- awakening and embracing the advocate in all of us ” – so he really “ gets ” what AHC strives to do accomplish in DC . Please join us in welcoming Mark .”
Mark added , “ I ’ m truly honored and excited to join the AHC staff … I will give you all I ’ ve got .”
Mark succeeds Bryan Brendle who left AHC at the end of September to pursue another career opportunity .
About the American Horse CouncilAs the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington , D . C ., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities .