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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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DNR Master Plan Kickoff Rescheduled:
Central Sand Plains
Regional Master Plan

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DNR Master Planning Project                                               August, 2019

New Regional Master Plan to Begin
The DNR invites the public to provide input as a regional master planning process begins for department properties located in the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape. People can offer input online and during an upcoming open house and office hours.
A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties.  Under the regional master planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region.  The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin, distinct areas of the state that present different ecological attributes and management opportunities.  The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.
The Central Sands Plains

CSP MapThe Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape encompasses portions of Adams, Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, Portage, Waushara, and Wood counties.  Department properties in this region for which new plans will be developed include Wildlife and Fishery Areas, State Natural Areas, and State Parks.
Approximately 45,000 acres of DNR-managed lands will have new plans developed as part of this planning process. Properties within the Central Sand Plains that already have NR 44-compliant master plans will have these existing plans referenced during the planning process.  The DNR will evaluate whether any updates need to be made to these existing plans; any necessary updates will be included in the regional plan to be developed. 

Learn More and Provide Your Input
You can learn more about the Central Sand Plains regional master plan and provide your input at upcoming public input opportunities on August 28, 2019 and online.
August 28, 2019: Office Hours & Public Meeting
Office Hours, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm:

  • Black River State Forest, Castle Mound office, W10325 Highway 12, Black River Falls, WI 54615
  • Mirror Lake State Park office, E10320 Fern Dell Road, Baraboo, WI 53913

Public Meeting, 5:00-7:00 pm:

  • Adams Community Center, 569 N. Cedar Street, Adams, WI 53910.

Visit the DNR's Property Planning webpage and select Central Sand Plains for information about the region and properties and to access our online questionnaire.
The comment period will be open through September 27, 2019.




July 25, 2019

House Lawmakers Pass the PAST Act in Historic Vote!

On Thursday, July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve the Sen. Joseph Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2019 (H.R. 693) by a vote of 333 to 96.  Even though lawmakers have introduced the PAST Act four times since 2013, today marks the first time the House has voted on the bill, which has always received broad, bi-partisan support.  Today’s historic vote constitutes one of the most significant legislative wins for equine welfare since passage of the Horse Protection Act in the 1970s.
Since being introduced in January, the PAST Act has gained more than 300 co-sponsors.  Under new House rules, any legislation gaining 290 or more co-sponsors moves to a “consensus calendar,” enhancing prospects for a vote on the floor.  Thanks to continued advocacy from the horse industry, the PAST Act surpassed the 290-cosponsor threshold in June and gained a spot on the House consensus calendar.  This spring, members of the American Horse Council (AHC) sent more than 270 letters to federal lawmakers urging support for the bill and resulting in today’s passage.   
H.R. 693 will strengthen the Horse Protection Act and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. AHC, along with most major national horse show organizations and state and local organizations, supports the PAST Act.  Now that House lawmakers have done their part, AHC will focus its efforts on promoting the bill in the senate.  For more information on the PAST Act, please contact AHC’s Bryan Brendle at 202-296-4031.


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)


Have you heard? The 2018 Time To Ride Challenge is now open for registration!

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 TheHorse.com. 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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