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IHF 2015

 Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources

 Coalition of State Horse Councils


TRAILS - Respected Access is Open Access
Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) has recently announced a new partnership with Tread Lightly! and AQHA to launch a Respected Access is Open Access campaign targeting the equine community. Image result for trail riding imagese The message is simple – responsible and respectful behavior leads to continued trail access. While this powerful message resonates in the hearts and minds of the entire outdoor recreation community, ELCR has teamed up with Tread Lightly! to bring this educational campaign to the equine community with support from the AQHA STEP (Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships) program. Thcampaign will focus on raising awareness of the consequences of riding wet trails ranging from resource damage to increased conflict with other trail users through educational articles and placement of printed public service announcements.

Read more about Respected Access is Open Access Campaign

Equine Liability Warning Signs


These signs should be posted at every barn, entrances to premises, arenas, trails, etc. Complies with Illinois statute to display equine liability disclaimer. Sturdy construction. Easy to read.

 HCI Members: $14.00 each.  Non-Members: $20.00 each.  Price includes tax.        Shipping: $8.00 up to 4 signs.

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 Learn more about the Equine Activity Liability Act - Download Article

Four Tips to Help Your Horse Beat the Summer Heat

From The HorseHeat and humidity place an added burden on horses during training, competition, and transportation. Especially during the busy summer travel and show season, it's important to make sure your horse is not becoming overheated, stays sufficiently hydrated, and remains comfortable, even when temperatures soar.

"Horses are better equipped to work in cold weather than in the heat," said Katie Young, PhD, equine nutritionist and manager equine technical services for Purina Animal Nutrition. "They build up a tremendous amount of body heat as a result of fiber digestion and muscle exertion, plus insulation from their haircoats and body fat, and hot, humid weather can make heat dissipation extremely difficult."

Young and Karen Davison, PhD, equine nutritionist and sales support manager, shared the following tips for horse owners to help ensure a healthy summer season.


The horse industry is a very large and important part of our national, state and local economies. It is diverse, involving agriculture, business, sport, gaming, entertainment and recreation.

The economic study done by Deloitte Consulting LLP for the American Horse Council Foundation in 2005 validates what the industry has known for some time, that the horse industry is a highly-diverse, national, serious and economically significant industry that deserves the attention of the general public, the media and federal, state and local officials. (Please note that all figures are accurate from the time the study was done and may have changed slightly)

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Highlights of the national study include:

There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.

4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Tens of millions more participate as spectators.

2 million people own horses.

The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.

The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. Including off-site spending of spectators would result in an even higher figure.

The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

Spending by suppliers and employees generates additional jobs for a total employment impact of 1.4 million FTE jobs.

The horse industry pays $1.9 billion in taxes to all levels of government.

Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000.

Over 70% of horse owners live in communities of 50,000 or less.

There are horses in every state. Forty-five states have at least 20,000 horses each.

Click here to see full article on AHC website

Upcoming events

October 10, 2015 9:00 AM • Loud Thunder Horseman's Arena, Rock Island County
October 10, 2015 5:00 PM • 15358 Bishop Drive, Gillespie, IL 62033
October 16, 2015 7:00 PM • Hillsboro, IL 62049
October 18, 2015 11:00 AM • Terry Park Golf Course & Arena
October 18, 2015 1:30 PM • Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, Chandlerville IL
October 22, 2015 • Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL
October 23, 2015 • Sommers Gate Farm - Vandalia, IL
October 24, 2015 5:00 PM • 15358 Bishop Drive, Gillespie, IL 62033

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March 4-6, 2016
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