Welcome to the Sonoma County Horse Council

Biosecurity Guidelines

SCHC is so appreciative of the generous folks who are fostering equines displaced by the Valley Fire. In the coming weeks and months, more of us may become foster sites, as fire victims recognize their need for longer term animal care. Our local veterinarians, Ted Stashak, DVM and John Kaufman, DVM along with Claudia Sonder of U.C. Davis’ Center for Equine Health, have put together the attached guidelines for health and well-being when new horses are introduced onto a property where other equines are present.  Please review this important information, whether you are considering fostering horses or have already taken in horses in need.     




The most current info will be on our Facebook page, so pleae refer to that. 

Here is a note from our president:

The SCHC is ready to help our neighbors in Lake and Napa Counties, if called upon. We have a database of commercial and private barns, ranches, and people who have stepped forward and expressed a willingness to help transport and/or shelter horses and deliver feed and equipment, as needed. If you would like to be included, please contact me at 707-478-8082. You can also post your information on the Horse Council’s Facebook page, or send an email to president@sonomacountyhorsecouncil.org (be advised that our email system has occasionally become overloaded...


Donations for Valley Fire:


Dear Friends:

Over the course of the past week, you may have witnessed the destruction caused by the Valley fire in Lake County, CA in which over 800 homes burned to the ground and an unknown number of animals perished or are still at large.  The scene in the small community of Middletown can only accurately be described as apocalyptic.  In an amazing stroke of luck, the Middletown Animal Hospital remained in tact and has now become a center for animal care and sheltering in the community.  

The animals of Lake County are in dire need of medical supplies and veterinary service to treat burns, dehydration, wounds and illness.  Middletown Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Jeff Smith has made it his mission to keep his doors open to offer free veterinary service for any and all animals that are brought to him....


Renew your Membership Now!

Did you know that there are over 26,000 horses in Sonoma County? The horse industry is an undeniable assent to our county supporting over 7,700 jobs and providing $11 million in local tax revenues.* The Sonoma County Horse Council addresses all concerns the horse community, from horse ownership and use, to land issues, political concerns and stewardship of the land. Your membership in the Sonoma County Horse Council helps to unify and strengthen the horse community into one powerful group. 

Individual/Family yearly membership is only $30, and it means everything to our community when you show your support. You will receive our Horse Journal via mail 4 times per year. 

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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!


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.
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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