ECMC is an organization established in 2013 to serve McHenry County horse owners & horse enthusiasts by linking McHenry County horse clubs and McHenry County horse owners together; bringing unity and strength to the horse owning community.

We facilitate communication and advocate for common causes before the McHenry County Board and the McHenry County Conservation District with the goal of expanding riding opportunities and ensuring residents’ ability to ride horses and keep horses in McHenry County;  

We foster relationships between horse organizations; assist with educational opportunities; promote the advantages of horse ownership both for the owner and for the local economy; and encourage the next generation to own horses;

We coordinate with the neighboring horse-owning communities in Lake, Cook and Kane counties on mutually beneficial initiatives; 

and we assist Horsemens Council of Illinois at the local level with state-wide initiatives.

ECMC Member Organizations:

McHenry County Horse Club
Bull Valley Riding Club
Riding Club of Barrington Hills
    Spring Grove Horse Shows Association

ECMC 2019 Leadership Team Roster



Elaine Ramesh                                  Chair

Mary Beth Holsteen                           RCBH liaison

Tracey Cummings              The Hooved Companion Project liaison

Judy Scacci                                        MCHC liaison

Denise Decicco                                  SGHS President

Karen Selman                                   Cook County liaison

Vern Scacci                                       MCCD liaison

Shannon DeVaul                               BVRC President

Janice Fischer                       Midwest Equestrian magazine

Debra Neuman Lake County liaison

Gretchen Butterfield NFP liaison

2019 Accomplishments:

1) partnered with Visit McHenry County to promote the equestrian lifestyle and equestrian-related business in our county

2) leveraged social media by starting up an ECMC Facebook page

3) advocated for equestrian trails in Lake County

4) sponsored the McHenry County Fair

2018 Accomplishments:

1)  sponsored MCCF's Pedal Paddle Saddle fundraiser

2)  hosted a social event at Crystal Lake Brewing to bring McHenry County horse people together

3)  informed McHenry County Board of Day of the Horse

4)  provided written comments of horse owner perspective to CMAP's "On to 2050" regional comprehensive plan

5) construction of the horse trailer parking lot at MCCD's Brookdale site completed!

6)  sent a delegate to the McHenry County Conservation District's Conservation Congress representing equestrian trail users

7) represented our area by participating in ELCR's 2018 National Survey of Local Equine Land Conservation and Advocacy Groups

2017 Accomplishments:

1) donated to the MCCF "Close the Gap" initiative to complete a section of trail at Ridgefield Trace to support the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates' project

2) planned, hosted and sponsored the Northern Illinois HCI Forum in Woodstock bringing together HCI's state level leadership and representatives of ten area horse related organizations

3)  represented horse owners by providing input to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) "On to 2050" regional comprehensive plan

4) promoted MCCF's annual Pedal, Paddle, Saddle event