The WHC can in no way provide legal advice, interpret law, insurance policies, etc. We are here to provide you with the information that we are given and can find for you regarding the COVID-19 situation and Governor Evers' declarations. We are a one-person office, and this will also include us not being able to be open for business as usual. Please have patience with us if you should have any needs that arise during this time. When we have more information, we will try our best to get it posted on the WHC website and share it on the WHC Facebook page ASAP. Please refrain from leaving any voice messages on the WHC Office phone or sending e-mails, as we will not be able to access them and respond in the immediate future. We will be monitoring and responding on Facebook as much as possible. Thank you for your patience and stay safe!



When planning your horse show, you may want to read the guidelines at regarding outdoor events. You may want to consider contacting your county health department for further recommendations.


Initial Public Input Period Set For Central Sand Hills Master Plan
Public Comment Accepted Through June 12, 2020

MADISON, Wis -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is developing a master plan for properties it manages in the Central Sand Hills region, which includes all of Marquette County and portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green Lake, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties.

The department manages almost 92,000 acres of land in the region in a series of parks, natural areas, fish and wildlife areas, and a variety of other types of properties including fish hatcheries, the Poynette Game Farm, water access sites, and parcels acquired under different statewide authorities.

Some of the more popular properties that will be part of this master plan include: Devil’s Lake and Hartman Creek state parks; fishery areas along the Mecan, Pine, White and Willow rivers; Grand River Marsh, Germania, Lawrence Creek and White River Marsh wildlife areas; Observatory Hill, Parfrey’s Glen, and Gibraltar Rock natural areas; and portions of the Ice Age Trail.

As a first step in the process, the department is seeking public perspectives, suggestions and ideas on:
• Current recreation uses and experiences at these properties;
• Regional recreation needs that the properties may be well-suited to provide;
• Current and future habitat management objectives and strategies; and
• Issues that the department should consider or evaluate in the planning process.

Given the need for social distancing at this time, the department will not host public open house meetings during this phase. Rather, the public can provide input in the following ways through the Central Sand Hills Central Sand Hills master plan page:

Online input form
Printable input form to provide comments on specific properties;
Printable input form to provide comments on general issues related to use and management of DNR properties in the region;
Email, write or call the lead planner

The public comment period for this first phase of the planning process has been extended to allow people extra time to review materials and provide input. The comment period will run through June 12, 2020.


4/28/2020 Wisconsin State Parks Update

Effective, May 1, 2020, nearly all Wisconsin State Parks properties will be open. Annual admission passes and/or trail passes are required. New hours for all properties will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. All properties will close weekly on Wednesday.

Camping will remain closed through May 26, 2020 – full refunds will be issued to those with reservations.

The following properties will remain closed for the health and safety of the public, staff, and property integrity:
• Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area
• Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area
• Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area
• Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area

There will be no opportunity to purchase admission passes on-site. If you haven’t already, please purchase via phone at 1-888-305-0398.

Capacity will be limited at all properties to prevent overcrowding.

All facilities, including restrooms and drinking fountains, will be closed.

We will continue to monitor property conditions and make adjustments as needed to limit the spread of COVID-19, protect natural resources and provide safe and accessible opportunities for Wisconsinites to enjoy the outdoors.

Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles, maintain social distancing and choose opportunities for outdoor recreation that are in their local community to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

For more specific details, visit:


UPDATE from the WEDC:

Here is info from the WEDC in response to a question from a trainer about horse boarding and riding facilities. It is clear horse facilities  are considered essential businesses and operations; that they can continue to operate while taking precautions; and that owners can ride and care for their horses.

"You are receiving this email because previously issued guidance related to horse boarding has been updated as follows: Thank you for your patience awaiting our response. Your inquiry relates to Food and Beverage production, Transport, and Agriculture. In part, this includes businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, boarding, rescues, kennels, and adopting facilities. Under Section 13.c of the order,  these are considered “Essential Businesses and Operations.”  Owners of animals being boarded may visit their animals to provide necessary care and exercise, including the riding of horses.  However, these businesses must:  Avoid meeting in person whenever possible, and switch to virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e., work from home);  Comply with all Department of Health Services guidelines for businesses; and  Follow Social Distancing Requirements between all individuals on the premise to the maximum extent possible. Additionally, beginning April 24, 2020, these businesses must: Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the essential operation.  Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.  Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. All businesses are encouraged to follow WEDC’s best practices for a COVID-19 response plan. Thank you!"


COVID-19 UPDATE from Governor Evers "Safer at Home" Order Issued 3/24/20 & 4/16/20 UPDATE: "Safe at Home" declaration EXTENDED to 8 a.m. on 5/26/20

Click Here to Read Governor Ever's Bounce Back Plan: 4-20-20
Click Here to Read the Entire Order: 3-24-20

Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsinites across our state is the Governor’s top priority. As we work with public health experts to respond to the health crisis, we have been careful to listen to the science and mindful of the impact our protective measures will have for EVERYONE.
Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully! [attached]
The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is extension issued for 5/26/20.
Wisconsin residents must comply with this order. As outlined in the order, individuals can leave their home to perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, get services and supplies necessary for staying home, and care for others.
After reviewing the order, if a business believes their business is doing essential work and they are not exempted in this order please go to this link
These are important steps to ensure we working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to do our part and work together to protect each other. The Governor did not take this decision lightly, but we know what Wisconsinites can do when they care about each other.
Essential services will continue to be provided to our communities. We ask that you recognize the efforts of those who are providing those services.
We are extremely grateful to everyone. #SaferAtHome
Additional actions and information from agencies below.
DOR Tax Filing Deadline Extension
DOT Rest Areas Remain Open
OCI Guidance on Insurance Flexibility
DATCP Guidance for Serving Unpackaged Foods
DOT Emissions Testing Timeline
DWD Unemployment Information
DFI Federally Insured Financial Institutions
DPI Updates


Midwest Horse Fair 2020 - CANCELED

It is with deep sadness that we announce the 2020 Midwest Horse Fair, scheduled for April 17, 18 & 19, is cancelled.

Our board and staff has held many discussions over the last several weeks in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and as a result has decided it is in the best interest of all involved that we forgo our 2020 event. We are truly heartbroken to make this choice, but ultimately health and safety is of the utmost importance.

We want to assure our patrons that their best interest drives our decision-making and refund options will be available shortly as we are finalizing our contingency plan.

Ticket holders, exhibitors, participants and sponsors will be eligible for a full refund. Additionally we will offer the opportunity to roll over fees paid and apply them to next year’s event.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time as we finalize this plan. Details on how to obtain your refund or roll over your fees to 2021 will be provided by Wednesday, March 18 at the latest. Information will be posted at and on as soon as it is available.

It is with immense gratitude that we thank our partners, participants, exhibitors and ticket holders for their unwavering enthusiasm each and every April. You inspire our organization to plan and produce an innovative and magical event.

Please mark your calendar as we look forward to honoring our shared interest and celebrating the almighty equine, next April 16, 17 & 18, 2021!


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The Wisconsin State Horse Council (WHC) is here for "the horse" and the people who own them or simply love them. We exist solely for the welfare of the horse and the betterment of our industry as a whole.

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  • To represent and to foster a unified equine industry of Wisconsin.
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The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States

IT'S HERE! The American Horse Council Foundation's results of its 2017 National Economic Impact Study are now available!

Please click on the link below to be redirected to the American Horse Council's website page where you can get all of the details and a link where you can purchase the new booklets of information.


AHC INFOGRAPHIC 2017 Economic Impact Results - NATIONAL (PDF)

AHC INFOGRAPHIC 2017 Economic Impact Results - WISCONSIN (PDF)

WHC's 2017 Economic Impact Brochure - (PDF)


Time To Ride Challenge Information

The purpose of the Challenge is to support individual equine businesses and organizations in attracting newcomers to horses by hosting an event at their facility. This grassroots approach gives barn owners the opportunity to grow their business by introducing non-horsey people to the beauty and benefits horses bring to our lives, while simultaneously growing the horse industry overall.

Visit the link below for more information and to register your barn today







Please click on the link below for all of the details and to access the donation form for this program.





Announcements and Notices

WHC Horsemen's Calendar of Upcoming Events

Want to know what equine related events and activities are going on in your area? Please click on the heading above to access a list of up-coming events and a form that you can complete and send to us to have your equine related activity added to this new calendar!

WHC Classified Ads

Exclusively for Wisconsin Horse Council members........

We are offering FREE classified ads on our website and in the newsletter!

Recreational Trail Aids (RTA) Program

This is a federal program administered in all states. Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

Legal Transportation of Horses Across State Lines

WHC would like to share this important information with you courtesy of Please click here to access this excellent article.

Attention All WHC Members

Important information for all WHC Members! Please click below to read the details.

Great News for WHC Members!

Did you know that if you are a member of the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC), you are also eligible for the American Horse Council's (AHC) Advantage Plan?


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