November 2017 Issue - page 1

Vol. 24 No. 11
Our 24th Year
November 2017
LANC., PA 17604
(Continued on page 27)
The equine industry is thriv-
ing in southeastern Pennsylvania,
a new study by Delaware Valley
University shows.
The Impact of the Equine In-
dustry on the Economy of South-
eastern Pennsylvania studied the
horse industry in Berks, Bucks,
Chester, Delaware, Lancaster,
Lebanon, Montgomery, Phil-
adelphia, Schuylkill and York
Counties, an area which the US
Department of Agriculture 2012
Census says accounts for 36
percent of the equine population
of Pennsylvania and 32 percent
of equine farms. The survey de-
termined that there are more than
50,000 equines in the 10-county
region, an increase of 9.3 percent
over the past five years.
The equine industry spends
$546 million annually on goods,
services, wages, and salaries
in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Horse owners and enthusiasts in
this region spend $386 million on
equine-related goods and services
each year. The industry employs
6,550 people with an annual
payroll of $160 million. When
indirect spending is included, the
economic impact of the equine
industry in the 10-county region
is $670 million per year. Equine
activities generate $58 million
in tax revenue, including $8.8
million in property taxes.
The top three numbers of
equines were found in Lancaster
County, with 21,599, up 14.4
percent from 18,885 in 2012;
Chester with 10,299, up 5.9
percent from 9,723 in 2012; and
York, with 5,024 equines, up 3.7
percent from 5,024 in 2012. The
10-county region was home to
50,225 equines, up 9.3 percent
from 45,970 in 2012.
The largest expenditure cat-
egories were feed, $72.4 million;
purchases of horses, ponies, don-
keys and mules, $55.8 million;
boarding $33.3 million per year;
and capital improvements such
SE PA Equine Industry is Growing Quickly, Yearly Impact is $670 Million
New Study:
as barns or arenas, $24 million
per year.
Thoroughbreds were the
most populous breed, with more
than 3,000 thoroughbreds in the
region, followed by warmbloods
and quarter horses. Pleasure
was the most popular activity,
followed by hunter/jumper and
The equine industry plays
a vital role in maintaining open
spaces and agricultural produc-
Nearly 70,000 acres in the
region were devoted to equine
use, most of which is in pasture.
That represents about five percent
of agricultural land in the region.
Lancaster and Chester Counties
account for more than two-thirds
of the acreage devoted to equines
in the region.
The study was commissioned
by the Chester-Delaware County
Farm Bureau and funded in large
part by a grant from the Pennsyl-
vania Department of Education
under the Jobs Training and Edu-
cational Programs. The last study
of the equine industry in Penn-
sylvania was conducted by Penn
State University and published in
2003. It covered the entire state
of Pennsylvania.
John Urbanchuk, chair of
agribusiness at Delaware Valley
University, directed the study.
Dr. Sarah Young, chair of the
animal science department;
Cory Kieschnick, chair of the
equine science and management
department; and Christine Seel;
co-chair of the business and
Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA, which produced the 10-county Equine Industry Economic Impact study, has a Department of
Equine Science & Management, and competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events.
Photo credit: Delaware Valley University
Prepare for winter with our
Winter Ready feature! pgs. 12-19
80-year old still going strong in first
flight of Cochran Hunt … pg. 10
Andrews Bridge Foxhounds celebrates
centennial … pg. 21
One day, two world records for the
Burke Stable … pg. 20
Plus Fair Hill, PNHS, DAD coverage
…and much more!
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