The equine industry generates $613 million annually for Sonoma County businesses, supports over 7,700 jobs, and provides almost $12 million in annual local tax revenues for Sonoma County governments from direct spending on equine ownership totaling $464 million. There are ripple effects on Sonoma County that add to the equine industry’s local economic footprint.

This report summarizes information from a recent study of the economic impact of the equine industry on Sonoma County’s economy. Based on data from Sonoma County equine veterinarians, approximately 26,217 horses lived in Sonoma County in 2013. A survey conducted between November 2013 and March 2014 provided primary data on equine businesses and ownership. Additional information on spending by horse owners was also gathered from local businesses and equestrian operations. The resulting conglomerate data demonstrated that for every horse in Sonoma County, businesses earn $23,386 annually and for every 34 horses, 10 jobs are annually supported. Supporting a job means that the spending done by horse owners and allied businesses creates income for other businesses that allows them to retain their workers.

Posted: 10/13/2017


TRAILERING SAFETY & Maneuvering Course

Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The course is geared to all levels of trailering ability. It will provide the attendee with important information to be a safer, more conscientious and confident driver. Driver assistants will learn how to direct the driver to safely maneuver their trailer in an around obstacles.

Instructor: Leonard Iniguez

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