9 Ways to Celebrate the 2020 National Day of the Horse

2020 National Day of the HorseOn November 18, 2004, United States Senate Resolution 452 Recognized December 13 as National Day of the Horse. For the text of that resolution, see below. And while 2020 has been an unusual year due to the pandemic and its impact on the horse industry, there are still many safe, socially distant ways to celebrate the National Day of the Horse.

1. Practice your riding skills or go for a trail ride.
2. Help a local equine rescue.
3. Share one of Horse Illustrated’s featured My Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week posts on social media.
4. Read more about horse adoption, welfare, and charities.
5. Add to your horse care knowledge.
6. Read a good horse book, watch a horse movie or TV show, or check out a new equestrian podcast.
7. Start planning early for your next Kentucky Derby Party, with hopes that the pandemic will be over by then.
8. Purchase something new to read—Horse Illustrated’s recent special collector’s issue about 30 different horse breeds, Best of Breeds, especially before they sell out.
9. Sign up for Horse Illustrated’s Weekly Enewsletter so you don’t miss out on our latest content.

The National Day of the Horse Resolution

On that date, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Mike DeWine and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’s resolution passed the U.S. Senate. The text of the resolution states:

Encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States and expressing the sense of Congress that a National Day of the Horse should be established.

◆ Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;

◆ Whereas, without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;

◆ Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;

◆ Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;

◆ Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and

◆ Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that Congress:

(1) Encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;

(2) Expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the nation’s security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and

(3) Urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.


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Sarah Evers Conrad is the former Digital Content Editor for Horse Illustrated and Young Rider magazines. During her time at Horse Illustrated, she handled all digital initiatives, cohosted the Horse Illustrated podcast, edited all publications, and oversaw the redesign of the new www.younrider.com site. Her career also includes time at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care and the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Equestrian magazine, before she became USEF’s Director of E-Communications. She also spent time as a content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency before she opened her own business, All In Stride Marketing.Throughout her career, she has been published in equine publications such as Horse Illustrated, The Horse, Blood-Horse, Equestrian, Arabian Horse Life, USDF Connection, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Driving Digest, American Farrier’s Journal, Off-Track Thoroughbred, Stable Management, Equine Wellness, and Camp Business Magazine. She has also served as the editor for the Certified Horsemanship Association’s official publication, The Instructor magazine, and for multiple books. Conrad has a BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University with a double major in Agriculture with an Equine Science emphasis. You can learn more about her at http://www.equestrianjournalist.com.


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