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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  • Horse Protection Act - On January 13, 2017 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced final regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry.

    The final rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring. The AHC is currently reviewing the details of the final rule to determine its impact on the horse industry. However, USDA seems to have made several modifications and clarifications to the final rule in accord with the comments submitted by the AHC and others.   AHC comments can be found here.
  • EDCC - Equine Disease Communication Center - The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
We've pleased to announce that four bills and one resolution helpful to horse owners have been filed in Springfield's 2017 legislative session.  Click on the Key Issues header and choose the Legislation option for details.   


Act now to renew or join so you have full advantage of all the benefits for 2017.
The HCI events calendar has been updated with nearly 100 new events such as trail rides, horse shows, rodeo events and clinics. Plenty to do! Click here to see the full list of events.
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