About the Western Chapter, New York State Horse Council                 Why Join the WCNYSHC?
The WCNYSHC is a chapter of the New York State Horse Council, Inc. Our objectives are to:
provide a unified voice for the equine community within the Western Region of NYS
promote interest in equine related activities
work towards the advancement of the equine industry through cooperation with other organizations
SCHOLARSHIPS: Equine-Related Education Therapeutic Riding    

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Western Chapter NYS Horse Council President
Peter Tarnawskyj
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Some Activities Initiated by the WCNYSHC

WNY EquiFest
Annual celebration of horses, equestrians and horse businesses in WNY
Equine Business & Services Directory
Delores Wild Memorial Scholarship for Therapeutic Riding
Equine Education Scholarships for
collegiate horse related programs or professional certification programs
•The trailhead/parking lot at Allegany State Park
•Fundraisers that provide scholarships to individuals at local therapeutic riding organizations
•Equine Rescue Clinics, in cooperation with the SPCA, to educate volunteer firefighters on appropriate response techniques for emergencies involving horses
•Working with town and county planners and officials to protect and establish horse trails in the area 

Current Issues

  The following will present a list of current issues being pursued by the NYSHC. In some instances, it will be a short description; in others it will have accompanying documentation. In all cases, these are items that the horse world either needs to know about or that changes are needed to support the horse industry in New York.
Inherent Risk Legislation – This is introduced every year, and is blocked every year by the trial lawyers.
Landowner Liability – This is additional verbiage to strengthen the position of the landowner and allow trail riding on private lands.
New York State Horse Park - We are working actively with the Horse Park Association in attempting to get a world class horse park for the state.
Registering/Licensing/Regulating Rescue Farms – At the present time anyone can hang out a shingle and claim to be a rescue farm. This has resulted in some being raided and prosecuted for abuse and many just up and going out of business. Something must be done to provide education, business assistance and regulation for this portion of the industry, especially with the increased emphasis on the Unwanted Horse.
  The department into the 21st Century and have it address what is going on within its sphere of influence. The first item is the creation of an enforcement office within the department. The department has a whole section of the general law, but has no enforcement responsibilities. The result is that when someone in arrested on one of these laws, it is an irritation for the local authorities and is normally given short shrift. This needs to change and the department needs to know what is happening and follow through on cases.
  The department needs to develop an Unwanted Horse Task Force. This will be tasked with central reporting of Unwanted Horse reports, maintenance of data bases and prosecution if required. It would also have an education requirement to educate the backyard horse owner and the owner who boards his horses.
  The department needs to develop a “Dairy to Equine” support program. With the rapid demise of dairy farms due to poor dairy pricing policy, the state would do well to encourage some of the dairy farmers to investigate converting to horse boarding or breeding farms. This has been done elsewhere with excellent results.

Trailer Tolls – The council is actively attempting to have the trailer tolls for gooseneck animal trailers rolled back to those charged for the same size RV trailer.
Boarding Farm And Farrier Tax Relief – Currently boarding farms and farriers are required to collect sales taxes for their services. We have been and will continue to attempt to obtain relief from this requirement.
Cration Of An Equine Checkoff Program eation Of An Equine Checkoff Program – The council has long been a proponent of a surcharge on each bag of feed as a check off program for the equine world. The moneys collected would be used for promotion of the equine industry in the state, creation/maintenance of trails, assistance for an Unwanted Horse program and maybe – just maybe- the development of a horse park.
Creation Of An Integrated State Wide Trail System – The council supports the creation of a state wide map which shows all horseback riding trails (state, county and municipality) within the state. Then once this has been published and is in use, a strong move forward to create a totally integrated east-west and north-south trail system for long distance riding and camping.

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Origins & History
by Robert J. Geitter slightly updated

The New York State Horse Council was started around 1969 to be the voice of the pleasure horse people in this State. The original author of this history, Robert Geitter, was a member of the NYS Horse Council, but had no local equestrians to consult with.  Around 1986 there were problems in Hunter's Creek Park, so Mr. Geitter called for a meeting at Our Lady of Victory to discuss the situation. Only a few people turned out, but it was decided to try again. Dale Larson, then Senator Sheffler's administrative assistant, was our guest speaker. Even then we talked about the Inherent Risk Bill.

No meetings were held again until about 1992 when Mr. Geitter placed an advertisement in the Buffalo Evening News seeking horse people interested in forming an organization. A dozen individuals met at my house to discuss goals for equestrians in Western New York. This core group of horse people formed the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council.

Hence, the Chapter is an umbrella group which comprises about 500 members included in its over 20 clubs, stables, and individual memberships. Our primary goal as a 501(c)-3 not-for-profit charitable organization is to educate.  We seek to educate the public, horse people themselves, and our local legislators.  Through our mailing list, we keep equestrians informed about legislative bills coming up for a vote in NYS Legislature and tell how such bills will impact on the equine industry. We also suggest ways that members can influence the passage of a desired bill or accomplish other goals.

One of the most important jobs of the Western Chapter is to maintain relationships with local legislators of our chapter area. We ask for their help and get their advice in order to unify our voices at the state and local levels. Since the Western Chapter is also affiliated with the Farm Bureau, we work together whenever possible to solve mutual problems. Upon achieving common goals, we have become a more viable and visible entity in Western New York and have become a more respected as an organization.