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IHF 2015 

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 Coalition of State Horse Councils


 Governor Rauner Proclaims


Day of the Horse

At the request of Horsemen’s Council of Illinois, on March 8th  Governor Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation officially declaring December 13th as the Illinois Day of the Horse.   In doing so, Governor Rauner helped to raise awareness throughout the state of the importance of equines to the economy, history and character of Illinois.   The date of December 13 coincides with the date designated by Congress as the National Day of the Horse.


With this action, Illinois joins states including New Jersey, Maryland, Kentucky and Delaware, which have also issued Proclamations recognizing horses and the importance of the equine industry to the state and local economies.

“Equines were instrumental in building our great state of Illinois and they still figure mightily into its economic and social fabric.  The horse industry, and its ancillary professions and services, generates billions of dollars to Illinois’ GDP and horses provide tens of thousands of our residents with recreation, service, labor and companionship”, says Sheryl King, President of the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois.

Companion legislative recognition in the form of a Senate Joint Resolution has been sponsored by Senator William R. Haine (56th Senate District) as Senate Joint Resolution 0046, filed March 8, 2016

Illinois Statewide

Horse Trails

Spring Clean-up

April 30  - May 1

Organized  by:

Horsemen’s Council of Illinois, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Volunteers are needed at 8 IDNR equestrian trail sites to do basic trail maintenance.

Can you spare a few hours? 

Click Here for More Information

IDNR land comprises 44% of the total miles of equestrian trails in the state. There are 49 sites with equestrian facilities. Join us in this stewardship effort.

Let’s protect our assets.

 More Trails News

Trails Work Day 2016 is just the beginning. 

Future work days will expand to include other sites throughout the state.

If you or your group will lead a work day for 2017 and have a site in mind, please forward your information to the HCI office: or 217-689-4224x106.

2016 Illinois Horse Fair a Success!!

Over 3 Days, 13,800 attendees took in all things "horse" including queen contest, youth judging trials, clinics, shopping, , carriage rides, Heartland Horseman's Challenge, seminars, sold out rodeo performance, breed & sport demos, Liberty Challenge, Pitch A Pony, grant presentations fashion show and lots of socializing.

Click HERE for IHF Results

    Click Here to view Photos from our official photographer Mane Event Promotions.

    Our deepest thanks to Committee Chairman Ron Rhoades, the coordinating committee, volunteer force, sponsors, exhibitors and vendors. See you in 2017!

     2016 Sponsors

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