Kentucky’s horse industry by the numbers…
$23.4 billion: Value of equines and assets across Kentucky.
$3.4 billion: Annual state impact of the horse industry.
$177 million: Paid to breeders of Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and non-race breeds from the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund since 2006.
$103 million: Produced by historical horse racing contributing to purses, breeding incentives, other industry programs and the General Fund since September 2011.
238,000: Equines (including mules and donkeys) in Kentucky.
$200,000: Invested by KEEP and the horse industry, in partnership with the KY Chamber of Commerce, to initiate a data-driven assessment of labor needs for the horse industry.
80,000: Direct and indirect jobs.
35,000: Operations with at least one horse.
17,368: Thoroughbred mares bred to 227 Kentucky Thoroughbred stallions in 2016.
8,404: Live foals born in Kentucky in 2016, accounting for 37.4 percent of the North American Thoroughbred foal crop.
4,808: Active stallions among non-race breeds.
55%: Share of Thoroughbreds born in North America in 2016 sired by Kentucky stallions.
#1: United States producer of horses, creating an economic engine impacting all of the Commonwealth’s citizens.
Sources: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, The Jockey Club, Kentucky Department of Travel, UK
Ag Equine Study, Kentucky Equine Education Project.