About the Equine Promotion Board

The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board is an Illinois not-for-profit entity, organized to provide research, promotion and education for the equine industry in Illinois. Authorized by the enabling legislation, the Equine Promotion Board collects a voluntary assessment on equine feed purchased in Illinois. Run by a 12-member board of directors, the Equine Promotion is responsible for the collection, monitoring and disbursements of the equine checkoff funds.

Mission Statement - Core Purpose

The core purpose of the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board is to enhance the Illinois equine industry through self-funded programs, projects and activities.

Enabling Legislation

The enabling legislation, Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Act (PA 93-0135), establishes the structure and provides for a "volunteer" assessment of $2.00 per ton on commercial horse feed that will be dedicated to:

The program requires no State resources, requires no State funding and is not a tax. Rather it is a structure that will enable the horse industry, in a volunteer manner, to self-fund the programs. In the Illinois fiscal environment, it is vital that we act to ensure that equine programs and services remain an ongoing benefit to Illinois citizens and the Illinois economy.

Further, the funds collected from the Equine Promotion Board will be returned to the equine industry through self-funded programs, projects and activities — not funneled to state GRF!