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

September 2011.

$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

Kentucky stallions.

#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.