Benefits of Membership
Frequently Asked Questions About The Wisconsin Horse Council
What is Wisconsin Horse Council?
WHC is a non-profit organization representing horsemen and women and the equine industry in Wisconsin. In representing the equine industry we promote the horse through leadership, education, and service, and take a proactive role in the growth of our industry.
Who is WHC?
You and me - we are the Horse Council through our membership, our participation in our districts, and our involvement in WHC committees and programs. We are the force of the horse in Wisconsin.
Why should I belong to WHC?
This is the only organization that is here for the horse and the people who own them or simply love them. We are not a breed organization, a saddle club, or a riding discipline. We exist solely for the welfare of the horse and the betterment of our industry as a whole. Membership in WHC connects you with other horse people who share your concerns and brings you to a broader view of the equine industry. The strength of our voice is in direct proportion to the size of membership. How many members we have is what always matters to officials. Often, people belong to organizations in relation to their profession; you should belong to this organization in relation to your passion. WHC represents the horse people of Wisconsin, and the horse people of Wisconsin need to support their state organization through membership.
Benefits of WHC Membership Include...
* CounciLetter - WHC newsletter available either in print ($10 annually) or on-line (free)
* Programs for members only, such as: (click on each program name for more details)
- Ride Wisconsin! – a cumulative award program for the number of hours you ride on trails.
- Trail Quest is a companion program of Ride Wisconsin!
- Championship Challenge – an award program for open show participants
- Judges Certification Program – an annual seminar for educating open show judges in Wisconsin
- Trail Grants – financial help for clubs in building, improving, and maintaining public horse trails in WI
- Sponsorship/Grants – financial help to support youth horse activities, therapeutic riding, equine education programs, and many other activities that promote and grow our equine industry
* Special advertising rates in our newsletter and on our website
* Option for individual and family memberships to purchase $1 million Excess Personal Liability Insurance at an excellent rate. Please click on the link above to view the details of this great benefit.
* WHC employs a professional lobbyist to assist in protecting our equine industry in legislative issues at the state and local levels
* WHC is a member of American Horse Council, the organization that lobbies in Washington DC and gets involved in national issues affecting our equine industry
* As a member of American Horse Council, WHC members are allowed to participate in AHC’s Advantage Program, which offers discounts with many companies
New ideas for adding benefit to membership are always welcome.
What else does WHC do?
- We own and produce one of the largest and most successful horse expos in the U.S. - the Midwest Horse Fair.
- We conduct a Show Judge program, improving the level of open show judging through educational seminars and certification.
- Annually we award scholarships, sponsorships, and trail grants at levels that provide significant financial help to students, equine charity events, clubs who are building and improving trails for recreational riding, etc.
- We encourage and sponsor recognition of the people who have invested their time and money in growing and developing our industry through mentoring young horse people, initiating new programs, providing leadership in various equine/equestrian areas, and promoting responsible use of horses.
- We conduct educational seminars and clinics for horse owners.
- We conduct an annual 4-day school on designing and building recreational trails for horse people.
- We produce and sell the best guide book on horse trails in Wisconsin.
- We take an active role in legislative matters affecting both the state and the national equine industry.
- We encourage a strong connection with our ag/livestock partners by participating in Ag Day at the Capitol.