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WEC Facts and Stats
WEC Background and History
The World Equestrian Center is part of a family legacy that has its origins in top Quarter Horse breeding and competition. With a rich history in Ohio as the ‘Showplace of the Midwest’, Roberts Arena hosted decades of top AQHA competitions and events. Over the years, the Roberts family became known in the Quarter Horse industry as well-respected breeders, competitors and event hosts.
In 2015, a significant investment was made in the Ohio facility infrastructure with new indoor arenas and stabling; horse show dates were procured and the facility shifted its focus to hunter/jumpers. In 2016, Roberts Area was officially rebranded as the World Equestrian Center.
The World Equestrian Center brand debuted with a distinct logo that celebrated a love for the horse and a passion for equestrian sports. The World Equestrian Center facility aesthetic was bright, clean and well managed with an emphasis on customer service. The first competitions were run at sold-out capacity with a refreshing emphasis on great sport in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment.
Since their introduction, the World Equestrian Center brand horse shows have experienced steady growth. The World Equestrian Center Ohio hosts 44 events each year drawing nearly 70,000 people to the facility annually.
In late 2016, World Equestrian Center announced the development of a second, much larger facility in Ocala, Florida. The World Equestrian Center Ocala facility is the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian facility in the world.
- 378-acre multidisciplinary facility
- Stabling for nearly 3,000 horses
- Two exposition centers
- 18 outdoor arenas with all-weather footing
- Dedicated schooling, warmup and lunging rings
- Large turnout paddocks
- 6 climate-controlled indoor arenas
- Miles of hacking trails
- The Equestrian Hotel overlooking the Grand Outdoor Arena
- Multiple restaurants and dining options throughout the property
- Luxury and lifestyle retail
- 200-acre multidisciplinary facility
- 200,000 sq. ft. of indoor riding space
- Stabling for 800 horses
- Dedicated schooling, warm-up and lunging rings
- Large grass paddocks
- 7 indoor arenas, custom blended GGT footing
- Outdoor show complex with 5 rings
- 2 on-site restaurants
- Vendor Village upscale shopping experience
- Fitness Center
- Dark Horse Coffee Co. featuring Starbucks with ride through service
- 32 Hunter/Jumper horse shows per year
- 12 AQHA, Breed and Association events
- Championships, Clinics and special events
Equestrian Sport Information
Equestrian is the only sport where men and women compete equally.
Equestrianism debuted at the 1900 summer Olympics in Paris, France, and has appeared in every Olympics since 1912. Today there are three equestrian events in the Olympics: Dressage, Eventing and Jumping. Each discipline has both individual and team competitions during the Olympic games.
Horses: Economic Impact in the U.S.
- According to the American Horse Council’s 2018 Economic Impact Study, the equine industry contributes approximately $50 billion in direct economic impact to the U.S. economy, and has a direct employment impact of 988,394 jobs.
- Additionally, the industry itself contributes $38 billion in direct wages, salaries, and benefits. From those direct effects, the horse industry’s contribution ripples out into other sectors of the economy. Adding these ripple effects results in an estimate of the total contribution of the horse industry to the U.S. economy of $122 billion, and a total employment impact of 1.7 million jobs.
Estimated number of horses in the U.S.
Estimated number of horses by activity
Recreation : 3,141,449
Showing : 1,227,986
Racing : 1,224,482
Working : 537,261
2019 USEF Member Demographic Profile
- 85% Female
- Average age: 39
- 66% have a college degree
- Average income of $185,000
- Average net worth of $955,000
- Own an average of four horses
- Compete at least six times per year
- Average home value is $600,000
- 22% own two or more homes
- Own three vehicles
- 40% own a farm; 66% of those are 10 acres or more
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