The Edmond Sun

November 18, 2013

Horse industry impact study to be released


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma Equine Alliance will be releasing a comprehensive study on the economic impact of the horse industry in the State of Oklahoma at 2 p.m. today. This study that was completed in 2013 and commissioned by members of the Oklahoma Equine Alliance will highlight how Oklahoma has benefited from the growth and expansion of the horse industry in the state.

Oklahoma is well-known for its top caliber horses as well as its top tier facilities. Oklahoma is known as the “horse show capital” of the world, is home to more than a thousand rodeo events and hosts the top race meets for Quarter Horses in the United States. This 2013 study provides economic impact data, job creation numbers and total tax revenue increases from the horse industry as compared to the previous study completed in 2005.

“There is no doubt that the equine industry is a significant economic driver within our Oklahoma economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. “We want to continue to support our equine events and participants as they create opportunity here in our state.” 

The full details of the study will be released in the Governor’s Large Conference Room at the State Capitol.

For more information and copies of the study contact Blayne Arthur at 522-6105 or email him at blayne.arthur@ag.ok.gov.