Happy Fall!

Shake it off

The heat of the summer is finally winding down. It is time to shake off the dust and get back on the trails for a beautiful fall season.

This Fall, the Delaware Equine Council and its partners have a lot happening. We will be celebrating Membership Appreciation Day at the end of September. The DECF is the beneficiary of a Halloween Trail Ride organized by the American Mustang and Burro Association in late October. The "Autumn on the Brandywine" riding event has been rescheduled to early November. Also, in early November, the DEC is sponsoring a New Horse Owner Seminar. We will be electing four new Directors, a Secretary, and a Vice President. The DEC license plate is now available for trailers. There have big changes to the DEC web site and much more to come soon. Finally, we are gearing up for the DECF scholarship drive and Winter banquet. Read below for details on all of these new events.

Member Appreciation Day

AMBA Halloween Trail Ride

"Autumn on the Brandywine"

New Horse Owner Seminar

What is coming to the web site

DEC License Plates

2018 DEC Elections

Scholarship Drive and Banquet

DEC Board Elections

The Delaware Equine Council elects new board members every year. The term of service for board positions is two years. Nominations for open positions are made at the October meeting (10/15/2018). Elections are held at the November meeting (11/19/2018). In 2018 six positions are open for nomination: Vice President, currently occupied by Ken Horeis, Secretary, currently held by Pam Nebel, and four Director positions. Any member in good standing over 18 may be nominated for any position. All members in good standing may attend the November meeting to cast their vote.

Come to a Meeting

Volunteer Your Time

View Our Bylaws

The 2019 Scholarship Drive

The Delaware Equine Council Foundation is gearing up for the 2019 Scholarship Contest. We will be contacting potential sponsors for donations, accepting applications for grants, and planning the banquet.

The Foundation and Banquet Committee can use lots of help. This is a large undertaking that directly benefits the future of the Equine Community in Delaware. Please Consider Supporting it.

Learn More About Scholarships

Volunteer Your Time

"Autumn on the Brandywine"

A DEC Riding Event

Due to the impending RAIN and WIND for Saturday morning, we are using our RAIN DATE of Sunday, NOVEMBER 4TH. The Ride out time will be pushed to 11:00am to help with travelers and drying time. Thank you for your understanding and come have a great day of riding, food and fun!!
Ramsey’s Farm - 500 Ramsey Rd, Wilmington DE 19803

Registration begins at 9:00 - Ride Out at 11:00

Same day registration is welcome!

$30 per Rider


  • Guided Hunt Pace or Guided Leisure Pace. RIDE on the beautiful private DuPont Estate “Granogue” and public lands of the Brandywine River area - includes river crossings
  • LUNCH provided in the beautiful Picnic Grove with UD Creamery ice cream
  • Raffle Prizes
A wonderful time was had by all!

See Photos of the Event

New Horse Owner Seminar

Saturday, November 3rd

Kent County Extension Office
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

Pre-registration is required. $10 Adults; $5 Youth Under 18

Light Lunch Provided

Proposed Agenda:

  • 8:30 - 9:00, Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:15, Introductions - Ken Horeis
  • 9:15 - 10:00, Farrier
  • 10:15 - 11:00, Horse Care & Health Issues - All Creatures Veterinary Service, Vaccinations, 1st Aid, Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
  • 11:15 - 12:00, Pasture Management & Maintenence - Susan Truehart-Garey, Extension - U of D
  • 12:00 - 1:00, Lunch and Visit Vendors
  • 1:00 - 1:45, Nutrient Management - Brooke Walls, DE Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Section
  • 2:00 - 2:45, Trailer Maintenence & Safety - Ronnie Lloyd, Delwood Trailer Sales
  • 3:00 - 3:45, Basic Nutrition - Ken Horeis or Jennifer Hartnett, Cargill Nutrition
This was a wonderful, informative, and fun event.

Pictures coming soon.

Member Appreciation Day

Trail Ride and Drive 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018; 10:00 am

Redden State Forest, Headquarters Tract

18074 Redden Forest Drive, Georgetown, DE

Registration begins at 9:30 am

Carriages drive out at 10am, riders to follow.

Lunch provided by Shorty's Catering; 12:00 - 1:30

Current Members Admitted Free and may renew at a discounted rate

Non-members pay the discounted membership rate and become 2019 DEC members

Discounted membership rates: $15 Individual, $20 Organizational, $30 Commercial

We had a great time!

View Pictures

American Mustang and Burro Association

Halloween Trail Ride

Sunday, October 28th

Redden State Forest, Headquarters Tract

AMBA is graciously donating 50% of the funds from this event to the Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship Program.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
A great time was had by all!
Pictures coming soon!

Growing on the Web

On September 29, 2018, the Delaware Equine Council launched a completely rebuilt web site. Along with our recently updated Facebook page, this new site is expected to grow into the place to learn about everything equine in Delaware. We are very proud of our new home. Please look around and tell us what you think using the link below.

The web site has many new features. More will be coming in the next few months. The plan is to have it become a place for everyone in the Delaware Equine Community (individuals, organizations, and commercial businesses) to connect and share ideas. The site is now much easier to navigate and, we believe, much more beautiful. It is responsive to the device you are using; it should adjust to look just as good on a computer, tablet, or phone screen. Our calendar is now open to all individuals (not just members) to list their events. Membership, event sign up, directory listings, and newsletter stories can be submitted directly through the site. You can also contact any of our board members directly with your ideas.

Very soon, we plan to add several more features, making this the best place for Equine information in Delaware:

  • The 2019 Equine Industry Directory will translated into a searchable database of Equine Businesses and organizations by the time the directory is published in February.
  • Member photo albums and contests. Get a picture of yourself or your family with your horses on the front page!
  • Free Classified Ads for anyone - DEC members will have enhanced capabilities
  • A free service to connect riders and riding groups
  • Ability to opt in or out of forwarded communications from our members

Our webmaster is a DEC member and volunteer. He will continue to manage this site for the foreseeable future. He does, however, welcome your comments and would love your HELP. Please use the link below to comment on any of the recent additions, site content, bugs, functionality, etc. If you are interested in computers, graphic design, coding, or just want to learn something new and would like to get involved, please visit our volunteer page to see about areas in which you may be able to help.

Contact the Webmaster

DEC License Plate

Support the Delaware Equine Council and sport a beautiful Equine license plate on your vehicle. These plates are available at the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles for cars, trucks, and trailers. They can be customized as vanity plates too.

There is a one-time charge of $50 for the plate. The Delaware Equine Council receives $35 for every plate sold. This money goes right back to the Delaware Equine community.