Nearly three million horses compete in shows across the country, pumping billions of dollars into local economies.
The latest figures available from the American Horse Council estimate that horse shows account for an annual, direct economic impact of $10.8 billion and an overall impact of $28.7 billion. That’s more than horse racing and other horse activity. Only recreational horse activities like trail and pleasure riding accounted for more revenue, according to the AHC study.
World Equestrian Center hosted dozens of events in 2015 drawing horses and riders from around the region, and 2016 is shaping up for another successful year.
In Ohio, nearly 82,000 people are horse owners, service providers or employees. The Ohio horse industry is responsible for almost 13,000 jobs, according to the AHC.
Horse Tails Sweep in Cash
Whether the show is an active one, like hunter/jumpers, or passive, like conformation, horses come with a long tail of affiliated industries.
Providing hay and bedding to all those horses is a constant task. Workers must clean stalls every day. Farriers keep horses’ shoes and feet in order, and veterinarians keep them healthy.
Then there are the trainers and grooms and feed suppliers and others who make their living by providing for horses.
Outside the Arena
All those people who come into town for a show have to eat and sleep somewhere. Horse shows drive up business in the surrounding community.
Those who compete also benefit. Competition breeds confidence and courage. The relationship between horse and rider teaches the rider trust. Besides that, horse shows are a chance to meet new people and see new places while doing something you’re passionate about.
Contact us for information about our shows and how to hold your next show in the biggest climate-controlled, enclosed arena in the United States at more than 100,000 square feet.