The North Carolina Horse Council ( NCHC ) was formed in 1972 by a group of concerned horse owners in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Council was formed as a Non-Profit 501 ( 3 ) c Corporation. Today the Council exists to represent and further the common interest of the entire equine industry in all 100 counties of North Carolina. The Council is composed of volunteer individuals and groups from all breeds and types of horse activities, without bias. We are amateurs and professionals, horse hobbyists, commercial producers, local riding clubs and larger corporations. The NCHC strives to maintain effective government relations by interacting with state leaders and our government representatives. We work closely with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, county extension agents and institutions of higher education throughout the state including North Carolina State University.