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!


COVID-19 UPDATE from Governor Evers "Safer at Home" Order Issued 3/24/20

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 issued.

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


The WHC Board of Directors Annual Meeting scheduled for 3/25/20 has been POSTPONED until further notice. Thank You!

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!


WHC 2020 Certified Judge Seminar - CANCELED

The Wisconsin Horse Council Certified Judge Seminar Program Committee has made the decision to CANCEL the 2020 WHC Certified Judge Seminar that was scheduled to be held on April 4th, due to the Coronavirus situation.

We will provide those that have already registered and our other current Certified Judges more details with how everything will be handled once the committee has ironed everything out.

Please pass this information along to all of those that you know to be affected by this cancellation. We will be posting this info on the WHC Facebook page as well as sending out an e-mail to all of those that have registered and our current judges.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times and please stay safe!


Welcome to the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC) Website!

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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.

Our Mission

  • To represent and to foster a unified equine industry of Wisconsin.
  • To promote the equine through leadership, education, service and communication.
  • To take a pro-active role in the future growth and development of the equine industry.

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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.

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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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