During the Hayman fire of 2002, hundreds of horses were evacuated. The horse community of both Douglas and Elbert Counties responded to the need for volunteers and supplies to assist in the massive effort of transporting and the care and feeding of the displaced animals. In the aftermath of the fire, it became evident that an organization of the various horse clubs and horse owners was needed to continue with assisting in disaster rescue, as well as , to work closely with the county governments to make sure the collective voice of the horse community was heard. With this in mind, the Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council was formed.
The purpose of this council is: