Farm Ireland

Friday 20 April 2018

Sport horse facts

nThe Irish sport horse industry is worth more than €708m to the Irish economy every year.

nThere are 12,512 full-time jobs in the Irish Sport Horse industry, of which 11,417 people are directly employed.

nThere are more than 47,000 people involved in the sport horse sector.

nThe current sport horse population is estimated at 124,000 in Ireland.

nAlmost 6,600 sport horses worth more than €26m were exported out of Ireland last year.

nThere are 11,900 equine classes held at national country shows each year, helping to attract more than 270,000 spectators.

nOver €135m was spent in the competition sector last year, while €119m was spent in the leisure sector.

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