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The Council was established on May 22, 2007 by Public Act 07-42 to assist the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with issues related to the preservation of equine trails in the state.

Membership:  The council consists of the president of the Connecticut Horse Council and five representatives from organizations that serve the horse industry within each congressional district statewide in addition to one member of the Connecticut Forests and Parks Association, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.  Current members are:

Ron Hocutt, East Windsor President of the Connecticut Horse Council
Ron has been riding since he was 10 years old.  While Ron’s high school peers were out late at night doing heavens knows what, Ron was out till dusk riding his trusty Quarter Horse, Sweetbriar.  This did not help his grades in school, but did wonders for his soul and kept him out of a lot of trouble. Ron has a passion for all things equine and is an expert in equine insurance.  He currently runs a small boarding facility with two old retired “gentlemen.”   


Meg Sautter, Newington / First Congressional District. 
CT Horse Council -Volunteer Horse Patrol Supervisor, Middlebury Bridle Lands Association, and avid trail rider throughout the State of Connecticut, State Animal Response Team (SART)  member - Region 3/5, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member (EHartford, Region 3).

Ruth Strontzer, Haddam, / Second Congressional District.
Horse Council-Volunteer Horse Patrol Member and avid trail rider, Board Member of the  Friends of Machimoodus/Sunrise State Parks, Treasurer and Trail Ride Coordinator of Connecticut Trail Riders Association, Past Organizational Leader in 4-H, Equestrian and Horse Owner

Diane Ciano
,  Plymouth / Fifth Congressional District. 
CT Horse Council -Volunteer Horse Patrol Supervisor, Trails Chairperson for CHC, and avid trail rider throughout the State of Connecticut, State Animal Response Team (SART) member - Region 5, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.

Danielle Borelli, Northford / Third Congressional District.
Danielle is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council, Volunteer Horse Patrol , CT Trail Rides Association and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Horseman’s Club. Danielle rides throughout the state, in state and local forests, parks, foundation lands as well as on private lands. She also has training and has taught classes with the Connecticut State Animal Response Team (SART), Region 2, the Emergency Animal Response Service and the Emergency Animal Response Service Equine Response Unit.

Vevette Greenberg, Oxford / 4th Congressional District (Appointment Pending)
Vevette is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council, Volunteer Horse Patrol, Middlebury Bridle Lands Association, Cross State Trail Ride Inc., and the CT Trail Rides Association (CTRA) serving as Area Vice President for the CTRA which involves scheduling approximately ten rides annually throughout the state, in state parks and local forests, parks, foundation lands, as well as on private lands with permission.

Eric Hammerling
, Executive Director, Connecticut Forest & Park Association
 
Laurie Giannotti, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks Division Liaison
 
  1. Promote equestrian use on public lands.
  2. Preserve, maintain and restore existing trails.
  3. Promote the development of new “Multi-Use” trails.
  4. Document and create maps for trails used by equestrians.
2021 Meeting Schedule:  The EAC meets at the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, in Rockfall, CT from 6:30-8 PM on the following Thursdays:  March 18th, June 17th, September 16th, and December 16th  .  The public is welcomed.  Note the EAC is currently meeting via video conference.  If you wish to attend please email Ron Hocutt.
 
 

Contact Us:  Please email Ron Hocutt (president@cthorsecouncil.org) with questions or concerns.

 

Content last updated: December 17, 2020