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 HCI Board Members

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Paula Briney
President
Chatham

Paula Briney of Chatham, Illinois serves as the President of the HCI Board and Chairman of the Illinois Horse Fair Committee.

Paula is the manager and head instructor of her family’s Pratense Farm. Paula teaches English lessons and coaches her students in competition. She competes in Saddleseat and dressage events. Paula advances the horse industry by volunteering her time and leadership with many organizations. 

She is a lifetime member of the United States Pony Club and a graduate of their program at the H-A level and is still very active in Sangamon Valley Pony Club. She is a lifetime member of the CenterLine Dressage organization which is part of the United States Dressage Federation.  Paula has been a delegate to the USDF convention for the last 10 years and is an active competitor.  She has Bronze, Silver, Gold Medal rider status with USDF, has passed their judges program with distinction and is accepted into the USEF "r" dressage judge program.  She serves on the Youth Charity Horse Show board as co-vice president.  She loves the Saddlebred and now serves as the committee chair for the ASHA Sporthorse committee and is vice president of one of their charter clubs called Versa. She has a BS from Stephens College in Equine Science with a minor in Business.

Paula’s parents helped organize Horsemen’s Council of Illinois and Illinois Horse Fair, so she is a ready resource for other board members and volunteers. She joined the board of HCI in 2013. Paula has organized the English clinics, demonstrations and breed demos for Illinois Horse Fair for many years and currently serves as Chairman of the Illinois Horse Fair Committee.

 
     
  Sheryl S. King, PhD
Past-President
Makanda
 
Dr. Sheryl (Sheree) King
currently serves as the Past-President of the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1988. She is a Professor Emeritus and retired Founder/Director of the Equine Science Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. King received a BS degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her PhD in Animal Physiology from the University of California Davis.  She has had the privilege of teaching hundreds of students about the care and management of horses, worked with many hundreds of horses and provided advanced reproductive services to the university and community. Among her honors, Dr. King was elected a Fellow of the Equine Science Society in 2009, an Associate in the Fifty Year Horse Society, an SIU Outstanding Scholar and Faculty Service Award recipient.  She has authored many scientific research publications as well as general horse articles and has spoken on horse management topics in more than a half dozen countries on five continents. Although retired from her primary career in academia, Dr. King continues to serve the horse industry through active membership in a number of advisory boards, authoring educational articles and providing leadership on legislative issues of concern to the horse industry.
 

Dennis French, DVM
Urbana

Dr. French graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and began his professional career as an instructor at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he did both ambulatory and in-house medicine and surgery.  Dennis then went to a private equine practice in Naperville, IL for a period of time before returning to LSU as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. French was active in large animal practice during his career at LSU as well as being involved in numerous large animal research projects. He has published over 65 refereed papers on various large animal topics. He has also presented numerous presentations to audiences throughout the world. Dr. French certified as a Diplomate of Equine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1985, and has maintained his certification in 1993, 2006 and 2014. Dr. French served as the lead shelter veterinarian for the Hurricane Katrina equine relief effort in 2005, spending over 50 days meeting the needs of over 300 rescued horses. He joined the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a Professor of Large Animal Medicine in 2009 and currently serves as the Interim Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Dennis is active on the HCI committees, serving as a member of awards, emergency response and Illinois Horse Fair. He and his bride of 34 years have three equids on their farm, a Peruvian Paso, a Paso Fino and a donkey. 

 

Elaine Ramesh, PhD, JD
2nd Vice-president
Barrington Hills

Elaine Ramesh of Barrington Hills serves as the 2nd Vice President of the HCI Board and chairs HCI's Legislative Committee.  She has four horses which she keeps at home, and enjoys trail riding and competing in the hunter/jumper discipline. She is a member of AHC, ELCR,  USEF and IHJA.

Elaine has experience working with municipal government at the local and county level.   She was the appointed Clerk of her town, was an elected Trustee in her town, is founder and Chair of the Equestrian Coalition of McHenry County and has served on the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board.

Elaine is a patent attorney with 
Flener IP Law in Chicago, specializing in chemical patent prosecution.


Equestrian Land Use Issues

HCI Legislative Initiatives

Comprehensive Plans and the Equestrian

David Nobbe, PhD
Treasurer
Carpentersville

 

Russell (Russ) Derango
Secretary
Lexington

Manager - Illinois State University Research Farm

Horse Show Management, Horse Judging Teams, Arabian Horse Associations. Shows Arabians in halter and western pleasure.


Brad Hubbard
Oregon


 
Debbie Clinebell 
Waterloo

Deb Clinebell comes to the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois as a lifetime member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association. In her youth she showed Morgans, Arabians, and Saddlebreds in a great variety of disciplines due to the generosity of many horsemen. Deb taught riding lessons for Parkland College and the University of Illinois physical education courses. She attended the University of Illinois where she was active in 4-H House, the Horse Judging Team, Intramural Riding Club, and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. After graduation from the U of I Deb was employed as Breeding Manager at Redwing Farm where she showed Saddlebred weanlings and yearlings in hand in addition to caring for the stallion, broodmares and babies. For several years Deb judged 4-H, Youth and Open horse shows in southern Illinois and twice served as the SaddleSeat clinician at the Illinois Horse Judges Seminar. She and her husband, Jeff Clinebell, DVM, breed and raise American Saddlebreds. As a Board member of HCI Deb hopes to share her time and experience with other horse enthusiasts in Illinois!

 

Mike Bassett
Godfrey


 
   
Kevin Kline, PhD
Urbana
Dr. Kevin Kline is a Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves as the State Extension Specialist - Equine, and also has appointments in resident instruction and research. Dr. Kline’s Extension appointment includes both youth and adult components. Dr. Kline serves as a Director of the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI) and Chair of the Illinois Equine Foundation that raises scholarship funds on behalf of HCI. He also has served as a consultant for several state racing commissions and race tracks regarding the integrity of horse racing. Dr. Kline conducts research regarding the detection and deterrence of illegal substances in race horses using blood gas testing, and has done several nutrition studies related to the effects of feed processing on growth and feed efficiency in growing horses. Dr. Kline teaches the popular undergraduate Horse Management and Equine Science courses at U of I, with enrollment of about 60 students per semester. He also teaches the equine section of Introduction to Animal Sciences with up to 180 students and independent study courses in horse breeding, foaling management, and yearling sale preparation. He has over 20 undergraduate advisees and also advises MS and PhD degree candidates in Animal Sciences. Dr. Kline produces the annual Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar, maintains the Illinois State Horse Judges Directory, and cooperates with several nearby states to offer the Multi State Horse Judges Seminar.
Dr. Kline is personally active in Standardbred Breeding and Harness Racing.
 



 
Anna Ruman, DVM
Coffeen

Dr. Anna Ruman works for the USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, in Springfield, IL as the Area Emergency Coordinator for Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. In this position, she works with state, federal, and local governments as well as private industry to promote and assist in emergency preparedness. She was the incident commander during the 2009 Contagious Equine Metritis incident in Illinois, receiving an award for her achievements. She is trained as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician and delivers presentations to groups on current events in foreign animal disease. Anna, an Illinois native, is a lifetime horse owner of both pleasure and harness race horses. She is a licensed trainer and driver of harness horses and currently owns Standardbred broodmares. She resides on her farm in Coffeen, Illinois. Anna is also a member of the board of Illinois Equine Foundation.

 
Jim Stevens
Augusta

Jim Stevens of Augusta, Illinois is retired from multiple careers: Vo-Ag teacher; owner western retail store; farrier, trail boss in Eminence Missouri. His areas of expertise are trail riding, equine tack and equipment, horseshoeing. He has a passion for keeping youth involved in horse activities and in the horse industry. Jim and his wife Betty live in Augusta, Illinois on the boundary of Weinberg King State Park horse trails. As a board member of HCI, Jim hopes to cultivate a renewed partnership with youth organizations and develop more access for trail riders.

 
Jerry Sutton
Norris City

Jerry Sutton and his wife Dorothy own S&H Arena - “Where Kids Are King”, in Norris City, Illinois. His family is passionate about providing opportunities for youth. Last year they hosted 17 events at their facility including shows, rodeos and clinics. They are avid supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and annually host the Saddle Up for St. Jude auction. Jerry brings his experience in management of youth rodeo and youth horse shows, boarding, training, lessons, and breeding to HCI. Jerry is an AQHA Professional Horseman.

 
Tony Troyer
Earlville

Tony Troyer is the owner-operator of T2 Enterprises an Arabian Carriage Company. Tony and his team work throughout the region providing the equine touch to weddings, parties and community events. In addition to carriage driving and training, Tony is a strong and vocal advocate for horse trails and participates in  endurance & competitive riding and driving. He also provides long distance horse hauling services. Tony lives in Earlville, Illinois. Tony is taking the lead for HCI in developing organized trail work days throughout the state.

 
 ADVISORS    
 
Yvonne Ocrant
Wheaton

Yvonne C. Ocrant is a transaction and litigation attorney and practices equine law, and commercial litigation in areas including employment, title insurance, general commercial litigation, at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, a Chicago based law firm.  She currently serves as Chair of the Equine Law Subcommittee of the Animal Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Ocrant assists individual horse owners, trainers, breeders, riding, boarding, and training facilities, veterinarians, and other equine industry clients litigate and resolve claims for personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and a variety of other legal issues. She also drafts contracts for horse purchases, sales, leases, and commission arrangements, and creates equine liability releases for boarding and training facilities, trainers, transporters, and other individuals and entities sponsoring or participating in equine activities.

Ms. Ocrant provides pro bono legal services for the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) in Woodstock, Illinois and Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society (HARPS) in Barrington Hills, Illinois, and is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Horsemen's Council of Illinois (HCI). Ms. Ocrant is a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA) and currently trains for dressage and eventing in Illinois and Florida and competes in United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and United States Eventing Association (USEA) sanctioned events.

 

HCI board members serve as resources to all members. If you have a question or concern, please contact HCI Operations Manager, Cheryl Waterman and she will connect you. (hci@horsemenscouncil.org, 217-689-4224) 



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