OUR PURPOSE IS TO PROMOTE ALL FACETS OF IDAHO’S EQUINE INDUSTRY, TO SERVE AS ITS VOICE, MONITOR LEGISLATION AFFECTING EQUINE ACTIVITIES, AND BE THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR IDAHO’S HORSEMEN AND HORSEWOMEN.
The Idaho Horse Council was organized in 1975 with the purpose of creating a united front representing horse organizations, individual horse owners, and others involved with the horse industry in Idaho. The Council was created because charter members realized that: “As horse ownership and use increases, so do restrictions in the form of administrative or legislative regulations concerning various issues including travel, trail use, zoning, health requirements, horse shows and rodeos, tax status, racing, and access to state and federal lands.” The original founders believed that unless the horse industry is vigilant, informed and united, it will have no appreciable impact on the myriad of regulations beginning to affect the industry.
Each year the Idaho Horse Council produces the State’s largest equine Expo which attracts exhibitors and spectators from across the United States. The Expo features highly regarded trainers and clinicians from across the state and nation, the latest in products ranging from jewelry to arena equipment, entertainment, industry-related seminars, youth activities, and competitions from youth roping, to trail events and even jousting.