Not sure if this has been done before at the meeting, but I love Dr. Christmanns bloodline lecture. It is obviously Hannoverian focused but also covers some Tb, Trak, and Holsteiner lines.
Also, would love to have a lecture that shows videos of horses at young horse shows (WCYH, Bundeschampionat, Pavo, etc) and have someone (well trained) talk us through what they see and why each horse scored as they did. They did this (live) at the Bundeschampionat a few years ago and some friends attended. The participants sat in the stands with head phones on while someone discussed everything that they were observing....movement, use of hind leg, relaxation, uphill, softeness in bridle, willingness, etc. Obviously this is much more effective live but might still with with video.
Something the KWPN-NA has done several times during their annual meetings as well as some keurings, is having judging seminars where they have an "expert" judge from Holland and the meeting attendants are broken up into several groups. The different groups judge the horses in front of them on conformation and movement and then get critiqued by the expert. Amazing how much you learn when you have immediate feed-back!
Siegi Belz www.stalleuropa.com
2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.
I'm not sure how many young professionals you have in AHS but you could discuss the international young breeders championships (put on by WBFSH). Very few people here in the US know about it but it is wildly popular in Europe with all of the registries over there. I went to the competition in France in 2011 and will be back to Sweden this summer for the championships.
Another thought... They may be adding a jumper breeding section alongside the hunter breeding section (at least this was a possibility we discussed at the last USHJA annual meeting). Perhaps that could be a discussion topic if they go forward with that division.
At the CWHBA (Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association) AGMs several times now we've had trainer panel discussions. They go over great with the audience and helps draw people. The organizers prepare specific questions to start and then allow the audience to ask questions. We typically would have a big name trainer from each of the mayor disciplines to talk to "what they look for" when shopping for horses, tips for marketing horses etc etc.
It may be helpful to have a discussion of inspection scoring, performance tests results, and breeding values, what these numbers may or may not mean, and how "breeding by numbers" may not be an effective breeding strategy.
When & where is the 2014 annual meeting?
Also, as a rider rather than a breeder, would love to see some type of educational info showing babies thru under saddle and the development of these horses. All babies are always cute, but it would be great to hear what an expert sees in a baby and how that baby matures and meets those expectations.
And what different bloodlines, both stallion and mare lines, typically bring to the equation. All of the above ideas sound great too!