Welcome to the Sonoma County Horse Council

Horse Cabinet Meeting: Tiffany McNeil

The next Horse Cabinet meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7 pm.  The Cutting Horse Industry started here and grew.  Horses have been integral in the development of our society, we could not have done it without them, and now they are being turned out or used for recreation.  Please come and hear Tiffiany McNeil introduce us to the next phase of Horsemanship, The European Association of Horse Assisted Education.    Our horses teach us everyday, but what about those less fortunate that do not have a connection to the Equine world?  In chatting with Tiffany I'm convinced that if we are to evolve our society needs to communicate better with each other.  This group specializes in fostering this education.  They want us to host their International Convention.  They have heard about our Horse Council.  We are...


New Board of Directors Elected to Sonoma County Horse Council

Elected for two year terms: Elizabeth Palmer; President, Dr. Ted Stashak and Patrice Doyle;  elected for one year terms: Greg Harder;Vice President, Joan Rasmussen; Treasurer, and Melissa Kalember.


Equus Award Banquet moved to Bi-Annual Event

The SCHC Board of Directors has decided to move the ever popular Equus Awards gala to a bi-annual format.  Our next Equus Awards Banquet will therefore be held in 2016.  Start thinking now about who you will nominate for induction into the Equus Hall of Fame in 2016!


Emergency Contact for Equine Housing in Sonoma County

For any Sonoma County emergency housing need for horses in a flood or other emergency, your primary contact:

Debbie Townsend officeassistant@sonomacountyfair.com  707-545-4200 x205

Sonoma County Fairgrounds

1350 Bennett Valley Road

Santa Rosa, CA  95404

707-573-9342 fax

 www.sonomacountyfair.com  ...


2014 Report on the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County

Sonoma State's 2014 Report on the Economic Impact of Equestrian Activities in Sonoma County was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 12th and was enthusiastically received by the Supervisors.  The headline is: There are an estimated 26,217 horses (and other equines) in Sonoma County which generate direct and indirect spending of $613 million annually and support 7,700 jobs and provide over $11 million in local tax revenues to Sonoma County every year.  We are fortunate to have a Board of Supervisors that embraces and appreciates the importance of the horse industry to the economy and culture of Sonoma County.  Our challenge now is to capitalize on this enthusiasm and take the steps that we need to preserve, protect and grow the horse industry in this wonderful county of ours.
See below to...


Ron Malone claims NCHA Super Stakes Amateur

Sonoma County Horse Council President Ron Malone claims the National Cutting Horse Associations Super Stakes Amateur Prize.
Congratulations, Ron!  We are proud of you.



DMV Rules for Hauling Horse Trailers

Officer David Juricich of the CHP came and spoke to the Horse Cabinet last week to clear up some confusion about proper licensing of drivers who haul horse trailers.

Most of us have a Class C license.

With a Class C license you may:

  • Drive 4 wheel vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 26,000 lbs.
  • You may haul a horse trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 10,000 lbs.
  • You may haul an RV with manufactured living quarters with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 15,000 lbs.

Once you exceed any of those limits, you must get a Class A (Commercial) license. It must be renewed every 2 years with a physical exam, written test and driving test in the vehicle you will be hauling.

You must carry your medical card in your vehicle at all times and there is zero tolerance for any alcohol in...


Equine Interstate Movement Requirements

The new federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule became effective on March 11, 2013. Since then we have received numerous questions regarding equine interstate movement requirements.  The attached Equine Interstate Movement Question and Answer document was developed to answer the questions related to equine movement under the new federal rule.

Please see attached file for requirements.


Thanks to the EQUUS Awards Sponsors

Our event wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of the following sponsors. Pleaseuse their services whenever possible to thank them for their support.

  • Circle Oak Equine
  • Premier Equestrian Properties
  • American AgCredit
  • Larsen Feed & Pet Supply
  • Martin Ranch Supply
  • Honig Vineyard & Winery
  • Hunter Lane Equestrian Center
  • Cochran/Erickson; Attorneys at Law
  • Greg Harder; Edward Jones
  • Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
  • Burgess Lumber