Statistics

It’s proven that the Texas horse industry has a significant impact on the Texas economy. It’s also proven that other states benefit from similar funding programs. See where current Texas racetracks exist and how surrounding states benefit from¬†slot machine¬†revenues generated in their states. Click images below to enlarge.

Locations of current Texas racetracks

Locations of current Texas racetracks

Surrounding state slot machine revenues

Surrounding state slot machine revenues

Economic impact studies commissioned by the American Horse Council have shown that the horse industry in Texas:

  • Produces a total economic impact valued at approximately $5.2 billion, with an activity distribution as follows:
    • $1.9 billion from showing
    • $1.5 billion from recreation
    • $898 million from other activities
    • $848 million from racing
  • Generates a direct economic impact of approximately $3 billion, with an activity distribution as follows:
    • $506 million from racing
    • $1.1 billion from showing
    • $900 million from recreation
    • $518 million from other activities
  • Generates about $110 million in annual taxes, of which $43 million is paid to state government and $26 million to local government.

Industry participation and employment

  • Involves 455,600 Texans, including
  • 181,200 horse owners
  • 66,900 employees
  • 207,500 volunteers
  • Generates 32,200 direct jobs and 96,300 total jobs with a distribution over primary activities as follows:
    • 8,000 direct jobs and 17,900 total jobs generated by racing
    • 12,700direct jobs and 36,200 total jobs generated by showing
    • 4,700 direct jobs and 24,700 total jobs generated by recreation
    • 6,800 direct jobs and 17,500 total jobs generated by other horse-related activities

Horse Population Characteristics

  • Has approximately 979,000 horses, including
    • 148,100 Thoroughbreds
    • 453,600 Quarter Horses
    • 377,100 Other horses (registered and unregistered)
  • The 979,000 horses in Texas represent the following activities:
    • 104,800 in racing
    • 311,000 in showing
    • 340,400 in recreation
    • 222,600 in other activities


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