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The horse industry is Lexington’s signature industry. It makes Lexington different from every other city in the world. This industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and provides jobs on the farms, at the sales companies, and at countless businesses which support the industry. In addition, the horse industry makes Lexington a tourist destination for horse lovers from all around the world, regardless of breed. It provides jobs at every level – from those with little educational background to those with post graduate training.

Some basic facts about the Equine Industry in Kentucky

  • $4 Billion estimated economic impact with $8.8 billion economic impact of the states tourism industry.
  • 80,000-100,000 Direct and Indirect jobs generated by the industry
  • 320,000 horses in Kentucky
  • $240,000,000 Economic Impact of the Kentucky Horse Park

Since Central Kentucky is a hub for the equine industry, many educational institutions and various organizations are offering ways to grow the industry through career opportunities. Careers in the equine industry include:

  • Equine Practitioners Feed Dealer
  • Owners & Breeders Facility/Event Mangement
  • Farm Management Humane Investigator
  • Boarding Operator Bloodstock Agent
  • Trainer Videographer
  • Photographers Tack Dealer
  • Rider/Jockeys Breed Association Manager
  • Farrier Foaling Assistant
  • Therapist Equine Insurance
  • Feed Dealer Alternative Therapy Practicioner

And many more. For more information on careers in the Equine Industry, research the following links:

Higher Educational opportunities include:

The University of Kentucky

Midway College

Kentucky Horse Park:

Many around the world know Lexington as the Horse Capital of the World. While that view is often shared and stated among those in the Thoroughbred Industry, the Kentucky Horse Park establishes Lexington as the desired community for many other breeds as well. Presently there are over 34 national associations that call the National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park their headquarters. Breeds like the American Saddlebred, American Hanoverian, Friesian, Irish Draught, Walkers, and Ponys and more are all represented at the Horse Park. These breeds draw visitors from all around the world to Lexington, Kentucky for various equestrian events. To learn more about equestrian events in our area visit the Kentucky Horse Park website at

Purchase of Development Rights.

As a signature industry for Lexington, Lexington takes intentional effort to preserve the beautiful farmland throughout Fayette County. Lexington accomplishes preserving the “factory floor” by its operation of the Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR). To find out more information on PDR click

Last updated: 12/22/2014 8:06:21 AM