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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.

Horsemen's Council of Illinois is a non-profit association serving Illinois' diverse equine community through legislative representation, education and advocacy. We are affiliated with the American Horse Council, the industry's national lobbying and trade association based in Washington, D.C. Horsemen's Council of Illinois works to:

  • Provide education and resources to horsemen and the public
  • Represent the common interests of horsemen
  • Present a unified stand against issues confronting horsemen
  • Advocate improved health and well-being of horses
  • Actively expand and improve Illinois' horse industry

Over the years, we have successfully led many efforts to create new Illinois laws and amend existing laws for the benefit of horse owners and the Illinois equine industry.  We have fine-tuned legislative proposals, informed and advised horse owners of existing laws which affect them, and defended existing laws.  A partial list of such legislation includes:

 *  770 ILCS 40/49:  added Stable Keepers provisions to the Innkeepers Lien Act to allow liens or sales on horses if boarding fees are not paid 

*   510 ILCS 67:   Illinois Equine Research and Promotion Act - established the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotions Board, and authorized the Board to levy an assessment on horse feed to offer grants for projects pertaining to equines

*   510 ILCS 65:  Illinois Equine Infectious Anemia Control Act - established this law to protect the Illinois equine population from equine infectious anemia being brought into the State through the importation of infected equidae and to control the spread of equine infectious anemia within the State

*   745 ILCS 47:  Equine Activity Liability Act - established this law to encourage equine activities by delineating the responsibilities of those involved in equine activity

*   225 ILCS 115:  Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Practice Act - added two exemptions (7 & 8) in Sec. 4 of the Act to allow horse owners to treat their own animals under certain circumstances



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