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2017 Land Of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeder’s Award – Paul Briney



Paul and Sally Jo Briney at the 2017 Illinois State Fair.

Paul Briney of Chatham, Illinois, has ben a strong advocate for purebred equine in the State of Illinois for over 50 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI) established in 1982. He served as president of HCI for 8 years working with Illinois legislators and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Paul was an instrumental force in gaining passage of Illinois’ Equine Infectious Anemia regulations that has resulted in near-eradication of the disease in Illinois.

Paul was also instrumental in gaining passage of Illinois’ Equine Activity Liability Act, making Illinois one of the first states to pass this important protection for horse enthusiasts. 

Early in the 1990’s Paul was a driving force behind the renovation of the IL State Fairgrounds, insuring that horses and horse facilities were an integral part of the plans. He also was asked to serve on the board of a nonpartisan group of businessman and volunteers that first brought the National High School Rodeo Finals to Springfield. 

Paul has been a tireless advocate for the horse industry, equine education and for promoting all that is good about the horse in the State of Illinois. He is a constant fixture at the Illinois Horse Fair and always a smiling face at the HCI information booth.

Paul has been a member of the Land Of Lincoln Purebred Breeders Association for 50 years and is a lifetime member. During this time, he served as president and a 20-year representative of the equine species. Paul has also served on the Illinois Department of Ag Advisory Board for the Illinois State Fair from 1991 to 1999. 

Paul and Sally Jo have shown quality American Saddlebred Horses at the Illinois State Fair from the 1960’s to the present. Their children later joined Paul and Sally Jo in showing Saddlebreds. Paul always wants people to know that he could not have accomplished all he has done without the help and support of Sally Jo, Paula, and Rob. He says they are a true “family” operation.
 

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