Horsemen's Council of Illinois serves as the voice of the horse industry in our state to protect our animals and our rights as horsemen, educate within and outside our industry about horses and their impact, and to advocate for horses and for you, the horse lover. HCI is the only horse association in this state that represents all breeds, all disciplines, and every type of horse-related enterprise throughout our state. READ MORE


 Sep 29 - Oct 2 NIHJA Finals at Ledges - Roscoe, IL
 Oct 1 IDHMA Draft Horse Farming & Plowing Demonstration
 Oct 1-2 3 State Junior Rodeo
 Oct 2 Illinois Boots and Saddle Club Show - Alton
 Oct 7-9 Youth Charity Horse Show - Springfield
 Oct 9 Illinois Boots and Saddle Club Halloween Show - Alton
 Oct 15 Draft Horse Farming & Plowing Demonstration
 Oct 15 Ogle County Riders - Chili Dump Ride
 Oct 15 Fulton Saddle Club Trail Ride - Vegter Ride

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HCI is pleased to announce that "StrategicEQ" has been selected to plan and manage the 2017 Illinois Horse Fair, scheduled for March 3-5, 2017.
Owner, Sally Rush is working with Horsemen's Council of Illinois, the HCI Horse Fair Committee and a very dedicated group of volunteers to put together our IHF2017 Strategic Plan. If you have suggestions for a clinician, entertainer, educational topic, please let Sally know. We want input to ensure IHF2017 provides the educational support, entertainment and shopping opportunities our equestrians community desires. Contact Sally by email at  IHF@horsemenscouncil.org.

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Action Alert for All Horsemen

Changes proposed to Horse Protection Act could adversely affect aspects of the horse industry.
Fellow Horsemen,

Horsemen’s Council of Illinois is committed to the humane treatment of all horses and to the protection and vitality of the entire Illinois horse industry. An issue has arisen that requires the attention of every horseman.

The practice of intentionally soring a horse in order to achieve an enhanced movement is abhorrent and should be stopped.  This occurs within the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse and Racking Horse breeds, but not other trotting-based gaited horse breeds.  The Horse Protection Act of 1970 was designed to eliminate soring.  It has met with limited success due to a number of factors.  The USDA is assessing new and additional methods to address this issue.  The announcement attached explains some of the proposed changes to the Horse Protection Act, and provides you with links to view the wording of the specific changes. 

The USDA is seeking public comment on these proposed changes.  Horsemen’s Council of Illinois has reservations about the current vague wording of some sections, and we are concerned that as written, other innocent horse breeds – where soring does not and cannot occur – will be adversely affected.  We ask you to read the proposed changes and assess for yourself, check with your various breed groups, and give USDA your input. 

Horsemen’s Council of Illinois will be discussing this at length in the very near future and we will update you on our assessment of the proposed changes to the Horse Protection Act.

Even if this does not affect you directly, please remember that what affects any part of our wonderful horse industry eventually affects us all.  I hope you will take the time to educate yourself about this important issue and contribute to the discussion. The voice of Illinois horse industry should be heard.

Sheryl S King, PhD
Horsemen’s Council of Illinois

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Public Comment period extended to 
Horsemen’s Council of Illinois has established two annual awards to celebrate the importance of the horse and equestrian life in our state. The HCI Ambassador Award will recognize an outstanding individual or organization. There are thousands of horsemen, horsewomen and organizations in Illinois who positively influence others in the equine community and serve as examples of good sportsmanship, good horsemanship and promoting the equestrian way of life in Illinois.

HCI Dust Commander Lifetime Achievement Award will pay tribute to an Illinois equine. There are thousands of Illinois horses who have impacted individual lives as well as the equine industry. We all know outstanding horsemen and horses. Help us recognize their contributions.

Nominations for these awards will be accepted from July 1 through October. Honorees will be announced at Illinois Horse Fair in March 2017. Now is the time to submit an award nomination for these special individuals, organizations and animals. 


Equestrians in Barrington Hills Continue to Defend Horse Boarding in Their Community


In Barrington Hills, Illinois horses have always been part of the landscape where many homeowners have their own  stables or board horses in the residential community. Their rights to own and keep horses are threatened in a years' long conflict over zoning, development and politics that we first shared with you last week.  Horsemen's Council of Illinois advocates for the right to own and keep horses and for access to land for equine recreation. We believe it's important for all horsemen to stay informed on such matters and support each other. It can happen anywhere. Follow the story on this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/barringtonhillschronicle/


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