Based on Agribase's biosecurity database there are 120,000 horses currently registered, and approx 40,000 of those are racehorses. That leaves 80,000 registered recreational or sport horses.
On average survey respondents so far spend just under $13,000 per year per horse (excluding large capital expenses). 80,000 x $13,000 = 1 billion dollars of annual economic input from recreational horse owners. This figure does not include capital expenses, export of horses, or downstream economic inputs from businesses.
The biggest single expenditure is on feeding\housing (grazing fees or livery), however when similar expenses are categorised - travel (vehicle expenses and maintenance), recreation and education costs are the biggest category averaging just under $5,000 per year per horse.
Equine Statistical Data
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Horse Of the Year (HOY)
Equitana is an equestrian sport world fair concept and format which includes trade fair, exhibitions and shows for the public, industry symposiums and sometimes the inclusion of FEI national or international events. After being held in Melbourne in recent years,
Equitana Australia will be held in Sydney in 2011. Equitana Australia attracts over 50,000 visitors over 4 days and over 350 exhibitors.
The first ever EquiDays event was held in 2011 www.equidays.co.nz
Over 12,000 visitors attended the 3 day event. A great success that will be repeated in 2012.