NORTH CAROLINA

  • Total annual economic impact: $1.9 billion
  • Equine-owning households or operations: 53,095
  • Total number of equine: 306,210
  • Total number of jobs: 19,183
  • Expenditures on goods and services: $1.4 billion

Source: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/livestock/horse/documents/equinestudy050809.pdf

SOUTH CAROLINA

Economic Impact of the T. Ed Garrison Arena on Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties, South Carolina
UCED Research Report | 2012 | Clemson University
David W. Hughes and Devin Swindall

Source: http://scupstateequine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EconomicImpactGarrisonArena2012-2013.pdf
  • As of December 31, 2004, the estimated value of the state's 84,300 equine was $332 million.
  • Total expenses of $402 million were incurred in 2004 by places with resident equine, equine owners who boarded their animals, and individuals with equine expenses but no equine owned or boarded on December 31, 2004.
  • Add the sum of equine expenses, equine sales, and other equine income and the total economic impact of South Carolina's equine industry is measured at $478 million.
  • The value of equine related assets in the state was $2.98 billion and the value of equine was $332 million creating a total value of $3.3 billion for South Carolina's equine industry.
$2.98 billion + $332 million = $3.3 billion

Source: http://www.sctoba.org/SC_DeptAg.pdf  

NEW IMPACT INFO FOR UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA

The SC Upstate Equine Council conducted a study in 2012 on the equine industry impact of the T. Ed Garrison Arena and horses in the Upstate of SC. Although it covers a much smaller area of focus, it does show the influence of horses in a growing region.

Source: http://scupstateequine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EconomicImpactGarrisonArena2012-2013.pdf  

South Carolina (Aiken)

KEYFINDINGS - Economic Impact of the Aiken Equestrian Industry
  • An annual cost per horse in Aiken County tops $7,393.00, which amounts to $71.82 million in total spending produced by the equestrian sector.
  • The Aiken Equestrian Industry accounts for 1,814 full-time workers.
  • There are $16.93 million in income effects that result directly from the local equestrian industry.
  • In total, the impact of the Aiken equestrian industry on household income is estimated to be $19.25 million annually.
Source: http://www.aikenchamber.net/clientuploads/Equine%20Industry%20FINAL%20DECEMBER%203%202008.pdf  

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