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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:
Diane Ciano, Plymouth / President of the Connecticut Horse Council
Volunteer Horse Patrol Supervisor, Trails Chairperson for CHC
Diane has served for many years on the CT Greenways Council and has been involved in several DEEP Plans CT Trails Plan, SCORP & other Committees

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

Fifth Congressional District. 
Position open.

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.

Clare Cain
, Interim Executive Director, Connecticut Forest & Park Association


Kimberly Bradley, Trails & Greenways Program Coordinator, CT DEEP, 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.
2023 Meeting Schedule:  The EAC meets at the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, in Rockfall, CT from 6:00-8 PM on the following Thursdays: March 16th, June 15th, September 21st, and December 21st.  The public is welcome. 
Content last updated June 2023