The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition™ resolutely believes this event will “take a village” and, to ensure the success of this endeavor, welcomes a cooperative relationship with interested partners and participants. Equine participants are welcomed, with the following conditions:
- Teams only
- Appropriate formal attire for an 1865 Presidential funeral
- Only solid-colored horses permitted, only black, sorrel, or bay
- Closed Coaches
- Vis a vis
- Must seat 2-4 people, besides the driver
- Vehicles must have brakes or horses must have breeching (long decline involved)
- Must carry liability Insurance (100.000 participants expected)
- Out of state (IL) teams must have current Health Certificate – not IL resident teams.
- All equine participants must have current Coggins test
- All equine participants must be staffed in such a way as to facilitate two staging areas, entry and exit, rather than using the same one to off-load and re-load. There must be driver(s) to take the hwy. vehicles to a second location to pick up the teams and horse-drawn vehicles.
- Opportunities for Equine Participants to be in parades as well as to simply stage their team/vehicle at the cemetery as a non-participant in the procession, simply awaiting the procession at the cemetery.
Tentative Schedule for Equine Participants
This is a 2-day event – plans are for there to be some financial remuneration for equine participants.
Stabling at Illinois State Fairgrounds
Fri. Practice going into Cemetery (a restored replica arched gate at the original entrance is planned, pending funding and completion.)
Sat. Staging (off-load) at Willard Ice Bldg*., procession to RR station to meet steam train for formal disembarkation of presidential casket, drive in procession to the Old State Capitol, final re-loading at Horace Mann* parking lot.
Sun. Staging (off-loading) at Horace Mann lot, procession to Old State Capitol to receive casket in Hearse, formal procession to the north end of town to Oak Ridge Cemetary. Re-loading of horses and carriages at Illinois State Fairgrounds.
For Further information for horse owners, contact:
Karl Luthin, Dvm
Riverton, IL 62561-8131