In Memoriam


Peter L. Veit

August 16, 1928 - July 14, 2014

Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Director

Horse Trails Advocate




Peter Veit served on the Board of Directors for the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois for ten years.  He came to HCI through his longstanding involvement with the Illinois Trail Riders and the Trail Riders of DuPage.  He was involved with trails issues as well as equine emergency preparedness training and was a passionate and effective advocate for the Illinois horse industry.

Peter was born in Germany and fled the Nazi regime with his mother in 1938.  He was raised in New York where he discovered sailing and skiing.  Peter married Bernice (von Lenz) Hubschman in 1956 and moved to the Chicago area in 1964.

In Illinois, Peter discovered horses and the love of riding in the outdoors.  He belonged to the Cornwall Hounds and enjoyed the excitement of the hunt for many years as well as the peace of riding trails with his equine and human friends.  Peter actively trailered and rode his horse Dan until the age of 84.

Peter worked passionately at equine trail advocacy and believed in cooperative engagement to solve trails issues.  He could be found at many statewide and national trails meetings, and he was famous for gathering together various trails user groups and land use managers to debate issues and make sure that horses were included in trails plans.  His strong but conciliatory voice, passion and vision will be greatly missed.

Peter Veit’s primary occupation was engineering, and he served as President of TSR Engineering for over 30 years.  He remained active in planning and consulting until days before succumbing to complications of pancreatic cancer.  He is survived by two stepdaughters, Gwen Bilek of Clarendon Hills, IL and Susan Miller of Satellite Beach, FL plus several grandchildren.

In memory of Peter, and to insure that his work on trails advocacy is continued, the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois has created the Peter L. Veit Trails Advocacy Fund, to be administered by the Illinois Equine Foundation.

Tax-deductible donations to this fund can made electronically at our secure website at (please note the Peter L. Veit Fund in the comments section) or contributions can be sent to Illinois Equine Foundation, 3085 Stevenson Dr., Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62703.

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