Nature Bulletin No. 46 De3cember 29, 1945
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Clayton F. Smith, President
Roberts Mann, Superintendent of Conservation
On and after June 30, 1946, no person shall ride any horse on any
driveway, roadway, path or trail within the Forest Preserve District of
Cook County, Illinois, unless such person has a rider's license and a
license has been issued for such horse, under the provisions of an
ordinance recently adopted by the Board of Forest Preserve
Each rider's license is good for three years and costs 50 cents. Such
license may be revoked for a period of not less than 30 days nor more
than one year when the licensee conducts himself or herself in such a
manner, while a rider in the Forest Preserve District, as to injure or
endanger the person or property of any other person, or the property of
the Forest Preserve District.
The license for each horse is good for one year one and costs $5.00.
The application must state the owner's name and address, and a
description of the horse. A license certificate am numbered
identification tag are furnished, and the latter must be securely attached
to the upper left-hand side of the bridle, halter or hackamore..
Riders shall use only such highways, roadways, trails or paths within
the Forest Preserve District as shall be designated for equestrian travel,
and in accordance with the ordinances of the District. The General
Superintendent has the right to issue, from time to time, administrative
regulations supplementary to the ordinance. Violations are punishable
by fines not less than $1.00 nor more than $50.00 for each offense. All
fees collected from licensing shall be kept in a separate fund and used
only for paying the costs of administering the ordinance, patrolling the
trails with mounted rangers, and repairing and maintaining the trails
used for equestrian travel.
More than 80 riding stables have been established on private property
adjacent to the preserves since the construction of its 170 miles of trails.
Their 4000 horses, ridden over those trails in all weather, have created a
maintenance problem requiring heavy expenditure of men, equipment
and funds. wild "cowboy" riding and riding off the trails, through the
woodlands and picnic areas, have created such hazards and such
destruction that the need for regulation became imperative.
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