Kentucky’s horse industry by the numbers…
$23.4 billion: Value of equines and assets across Kentucky.
$4 billion: Annual state impact of the horse industry.
$150 million: Paid to breeders of Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and
non-race breeds from the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund since 2006.
$40 million: Produced by historical horse racing contributing to purses,
breeding incentives, other industry programs and the General Fund since
$700,000: KEEP provided grants to approximately 900 horse shows, 4-H,
FFA, therapeutic riding programs, trail riding and equine education since 2006.
242,400: Equines (including mules and donkeys) in Kentucky.
80,000 to 100,000: Direct and indirect jobs.
35,000: Operations with at least one horse.
17,750: Thoroughbred mares bred to 227 Kentucky Thoroughbred
stallions in 2016.
7,620: Live foals born in Kentucky in 2016, accounting for 34.6 percent of
the North American Thoroughbred foal crop.
4,532: Active stallions among non-race breeds.
55%: Share of Thoroughbreds born in North America in 2016 sired by
#1: Ranking in impact on Kentucky’s economy, including tourism.
Sources: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, The Jockey Club, Kentucky Department of Travel, UK
Ag Equine Study, Kentucky Equine Education Project.