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Welcome to the Delaware Equine Council – your connection to Delaware’s horse industry! We are an all-breed, all-discipline volunteer organization managed by a Board of Directors. The DEC actively promotes and enhances all things equine in Delaware.

The goals of the DEC include:

  • Unify, inform, and represent the diverse interests of all horsemen and horsewomen in Delaware
  • Facilitate communication between the equine community and governmental agencies
  • Create and identify educational opportunities that will enhance and promote the abilities of riders and the knowledge of horse owners throughout Delaware’s equine community.
  • Support the Delaware Equine Council Foundation in scholarship acquisition and dissemination

We are glad you are here and we welcome your input into any facet of the DEC and its endeavors. Please consider volunteering for one of our many committees.

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Announcements! Announcements!

We value our members

With all that’s happened in 2020, DEC has decided to GIVE BACK. We’d like to give everyone who is a current 2020 member, their 2021 membership FREE.
This is Delaware Equine Council’s way of saying, “Thank YOU!”

Election Results

Due to Covid-19, our desire to have an in-person election was transformed into an email vote and we received a fantastic response from many members. It was unanimous!
Here are the results:

Newly Elected:
Vice President - Julie Warrington (2 yr. term)
Secretary - Thalia VanOpstall (2 yr. term)
Director - Neal Greenberg (3 yr. term)
Director - Stan Vonasek (3 yr. term)

Newly Elected:
President - Ken Horeis
Treasurer - Kaitie Spencer
Director - Kate Bowski
Director - George Parris
Director - Elrita Annett
Director - Joan Greenberg

Take a moment to view the new photos on this site and familiarize yourselves for future IN PERSON “Hellos!”

Emergency Equine Assistance Program

DEC Emergency Equine Assistance Program is a payment program designed to assist horse/equine owners who demonstrate financial need with the cost of hay, feed or veterinary services for their equines. Payments will be to the feed/hay suppliers or veterinarians to cover actual, documented out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the horse/equine owner.

More about the Emergency Assistance Program

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Some of our members

Pictures of our members and events.

Our Newsletter

The Delaware Equine Council publishes a newsletter six times a year. This is distributed all over the state and is available on line.

Newsletter 1

AMBA Halloween Trail Ride/Walk

What a beautiful day to be riding horses at the Delmarva Chapter of the American Mustang & Burro Association's (AMBA) annual Halloween Trail Ride/Walk Fundraiser held on November 8 at Redden State Forest Headquarters. Not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect.

We were serenaded by the awesome country music band "Blue Hen Express", sponsored and coordinated by Bob VanVorst. Food was provided by Alycia Hovey and Bob VanVorst with grilling specialists Tom Barnard and Stew Annand at the helm cooking up the burgers and dogs.

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Newsletter 2

Our Worst Nightmare!

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Newsletter 3

Mount Harmon Paper Chase

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Newsletter 4

Eleven Tips for Riding Horses in Winter

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