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March 5th – Illinois Day of the Horse

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On March 4, 2019

The Day of the Horse…

On March 8, 2016, Governor Rauner signed a proclamation declaring December 13th as the Illinois Day of the Horse (which coincides with the national recognition) through 2018.  As described on horsemenscouncil.org, this was done to raise awareness throughout our state of the importance of equines to the economy, history and character of Illinois.  


In efforts to keep this recognition, Barrington Hills’ own Elaine Ramesh (see photo) was successful in changing Illinois state law and officially recognizing The Day of the Horse annually on March 5th (ridingclubofbarringtonhills.com).

(5 ILCS 490/195 new)

Sec. 195. Day of the Horse. The fifth day of March of each year shall be designated as the Day of the Horse, to be observed throughout the State as a day to encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois, and to recognize the benefits of the equine industry to the economy, agriculture, tourism, and quality of life in Illinois.

Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
Effective Date: 8/22/2018


The Riding Club of Barrington Hills suggests to hold an educational event or to participate in a fundraiser supporting your favorite horse rescue organization.  Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s on the 5th or another day, respect these magnificent creatures and make it a special experience.