McHenry County Horse Club NFP
McHenry County Horse Club NFP

Welcome to the McHenry County Horse Club Website!

Meet the Horse Event

We need everyone to participate in the “Time to Ride Challenge" IT’S EASY!!! 

Bring your guests to any or all of the following events:

  • 7/25 Farm & Fleet of Woodstock 9:00AM - 3:00PM
  • 7/26 MCHC Barn Tour, 3 Barns 9:00AM - 12:00PM
  • 8/5 9:00AM - 8/9 5:00PM McHenry County Fair
  • 8/6 McHenry County Fair Rodeo - 6:00PM 
  • 8/7 McHenry County Fair Horse Fun Show - 12:00PM
  • 8/8 McHenry County Fair Timmermans Speed Show - 9:00AM
  • 8/8 McHenry County Fair Renegades - 6:00PM
  • 8/9 McHenry County Fair Open Horse Show - 8:00AM
  • 8/11 9:00AM - 8/16 5:PM Boone County Fair
  • 8/15 9:00AM - 8/16 5:00PM Festival of the Horse and Drum Kane County Fairgrounds
  • 9/12 Spring Grove Horse Show - Dressage & Combined Training Show - 8:00AM
  • 9/19 Harley Davidson Woodstock - 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • 9/19 HAHS Picnic and Horse Show Woodstock - 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • 9/26 Spring Grove Horse Show - Fun & Action Show - 8:00AM 
  • 9/27 Cook County Forest Preserve 100th Anniversary Barrington - 10:00AM - 11:30AM
  • An Additional Event Being Planned for September


For every event they attend, we get to count them in our total!

How it Works:

If every  member of our club would introduce “10” non-horse people each,  (your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers) to horses, we would have over 800 people to add to our total. 

If your “10” non-horse people attend 10 of the above events, this would count as 100 non-horse people.

Our goal for the “Time to Ride Challenge”,  is to sign up* 1,200 non-horse people, by September 30th.

*There will be a club member at each event with a Newcomers Log, that each person must sign, or their visit does not count. 

Any questions please contact Vern 815-354-4418

Thank you in advance for your support!

Time to Ride!

MCHC has joined forces with the Bull Valley Riding Club, McHenry County Saddle Club, Spring Grove Horse Show Inc., and Riding Club of Barrington Hills, to establish the Equestrian Collation of McHenry County (ECMC).  By establishing this alliance, we opened the first new horse trail in 25 years in McHenry County!  The Brookdale Site opened on June 4th and there is a temporary Horse Trailer Parking Area for our use.


Our next goal is to raise $40,000 for a permanent horse trailer parking area. The ECMC has already raised $22,000 of the $40,000 that will be used as matching funds for the Federal Government’s RTP Grant program.  MCCD has made an application for such a grant in March of this year for a project totaling $200,000.


Now for the good news, the American Horse Council has a “Time To Ride Challenge” and is awarding cash prizes. We have registered as a participant in the Medium Division.  It is our goal to become a first place winner and receive $10,000!


All we need to do, is each of us hold a 3 minute event attended by non-horse participants.  Participants can be family, friends, neighbors or any non-horse person you know. It easy to do, you could have your horse at a boarding barn or at home to participate in this event. 


The attached sheets will get you started.  So, please read them and contact Vern Scacci directly so he can schedule your events and participants.

2015 _Time to Ride_ Newcomer Log.pdf
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2015 Time to Ride Challenge Info..pdf
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Brookdale Grand Opening!

Here are some pictures from Brookdale's grand opening! Thank you to everyone who came out to see the ribbon cutting.The Paulsen Road Entrance now offers a horse trailer parking lot for up to 10 trailers and is the closer access point to the new 4.5-mile multi-purpose trail! Happy Riding!

Comfy and Cool Club Wear - Summer is HERE!

Exciting news!! New club wear, including tank tops, is now available!  Time to ride in comfort and style. Our club wear is available for purchase through Besco Awards! Check out the Club Wear section of the website for details.

2015 Tack Sale was a success thanks to our MEMBERS!!

Thank you all for making this year's tack sale a success!! This event would not be successful without our wonderful members that contributed. From the raffle donations, to the cookie bakers, and the raffle ticket buyers we all raised money for the club. Thank you! Remember we are only as strong and dedicated as our members, without a strong base, we have nothing to stand on.

You Win, Bulls Win & Brookdale Trail Wins!

We are pleased to announce that the Bull's tickets were sold! The club earned $600 to support our fund raising efforts to provide permanent horse trailer parking at Brookdale!


Take a look at our 2015 Club Events!

Brookdale Check Presented to MCCD!

New Brookdale Multi Use Trail to Open A new 4.25 multi use trail at the 1,645-acre Brookdale Conservation Area in Woodstock is scheduled to open in late May. The first phase of the project also includes creating a temporary horse trailer parking lot off the existing Paulson Road entrance.  The mowed grass trail crosses Paulson Road and runs a loop along trees and around agricultural fields, staying west of Deep Cut Road.  This trail addition will complement the existing 1-mile looped nature trail, picnic shelter, 11-acre fishing pond and observation deck accessed off Route 14 or the Paulson Road Entrance. 


The Equestrian Coalition of McHenry County (which is comprised of the following equestrian organizations: McHenry County Horse Club, Bull Valley Riding Club, Riding Club of Barrington Hills, McHenry County Saddle Club and Northern Illinois Horseman’s Association) and  the McHenry County Conservation Foundation have been working to raise funds for the Project.  A check was presented in the amount of $16,765 towards Phase 1 of the Brookdale Site Master Plan Multi-Use Trail and Parking Lot at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on January 15, 2015 and pledged to raise and provide the local matching funds in order for the District to submit an Illinois and Department of Natural Resources 2015 RTP Grant for Phase 2 & 3 of the project.

Pictured left to right: Brad Semel, President of McHenry County Conservation Foundation; Vern Scacci representing the Equestrian Coalition of McHenry County; and Dave Brandt, Conservation District Board of Trustees President.

Commitment To Conservation

We Adopted the Glacial Park, Ringwood Equestrian trailer lot on Keystone Road. Each time you go and clear litter from parking lot, trail, or report something unsafe, Please forward time/concerns to McHenry County Horse Club. We will be keeping a record of Volunteer hours!

We are a Horse Club that is located in McHenry County, Illinois.The McHenry County Horse Club NFP, was organized to provide the local horseman in the McHenry County area the ability to communicate about Equine Activities in the area. We also provide, through our affiliations with other organizations, other services that could be of interest to horsemen in the area. We are a 501 (C) (7) corporation.

This is where horse owners and riders can get together to share information about everything from locating good hay, farrier or equine veterinarian information: as well as finding a riding partner or someone to share a trailer ride.

McHenry County Horse Club Brochure
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Want to Become a Member?

Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, use our contact form or download our membership form directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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