HorseQuest - National Equine Resource Team

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Description

The Community of Interest is a diverse audience consisting of the general public, county extension agents, young people, college students, veterinarians, professors, farriers, farm workers (which are predominantly Hispanic), and other equine professionals. The American Horse Council (AHC) reports that 4.6 million Americans are directly involved with horses as owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers]. Of the 9.2 million estimated horses in the U.S., approximately 72% are used for recreation and showing. Horse owners own an average of 4.6 horses, and have a direct economic impact of$39 billion annually]. From the AHC statistics, we have determined that our audience encompasses all facets of our population. The myth of "rich horse owners" is quickly dispelled since 34% have a household income of less than $50K, 46% are between $25-7 5K, and 28% have an annual income of over $100K. Our impact and availability will be broad since forty-five of the states have at least 20,000 + horses. Finally, we will be able to provide resources to rural areas as well as urban, since over 70% of the horse owners live in communities with populations of 50,000 or less] . Of the 37 State Equine Extension Specialists listed in the 2005 AHC Horse Industry Directory, the majority of these professionals have split appointments with extension, teaching and/or research. However, we find that most states still conduct adult and youth equine programs utilizing non-faculty, non-animal, or equine trained staff. When you consider the equine audience outlined above, the equine industry population is clearly underserved by the land grant system. Our Community of Practice will provide an unbiased, refereed resource for professionals to the backyard recreational horse owners.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/1/056/30/09

Funding

  • University of Nebraska: $97,000.00

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