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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

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Horsemen’s Council of Illinois - Statement on COVID-19 Phase-4

All recommendations are to be considered guidance and not legal advice. For further questions pertaining to your situation, please contact your Local Health Department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Illinois has resumed Youth & Recreational Sports with a limit of 50 people. Please use the link for the Guidelines from Illinois Department of Commerce  


Recommendations for Barn Owners/Mangers and Horse Show Managers:

  • Post your cleaning and disinfecting plan where everyone can see it.
  • Plan & post a protocol for individuals that become sick during an event.
  • Split classes to limit the number of animals in the show ring.
  • Stagger activities in washing/grooming & shared areas so that exhibitors can maintain 6’ distancing.
  • Require or encourage pre-registration to reduce in-person interaction on site.
  • Individuals with a temperature of 99.5 or above should not be permitted.
  • Consider tacking up in stalls instead of isles or shared grooming areas.
  • Make available hand washing stations or hand sanitizer.
  • Provide liability release forms.
  • Check with your insurance carrier to see what activities are covered by your policy during this time.

For more information from the CDC on How can to run equestrian facility safely Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 and Animals

Recommendations to Horse Owners:

  • Be aware of others in the barn, at shows or trail riding.
  • Wear face coverings per the Governor’s Executive Order when social distancing cannot be accommodated.
  •  Read, respect and follow instructions from barn owners/managers and show officials.
  •   Refrain from touching your face and wash hands frequently
  •    If you or anyone in your household is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19, please self-quarantine

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