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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Kathy King
Friday, February 16, 2007

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LIGHT BREED HORSES DOMINATE NEW YORK’S
EQUINE INDUSTRY

The inventory of light breed horses in New York State totaled 113,400 head on December 31, 2005, according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.  This number, which accounted for 58 percent of the 197,000 total equine in the State, was up 13 percent from the 2000 light breed total of 100,500 head.  Among the light breeds, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Pintos/Paints and Crossbreds posted strong increases, while Arabians, Half Arabians and Morgans showed strong declines. 

Race horse breeds have shown a marked shift since 2000.  While the number of Thoroughbreds increased nine percent to 33,300, the number of Standardbreds rose 47 percent to 16,900 head.  Standardbreds comprised 27 percent of race horse breeds in 2000 but 34 percent on December 31, 2005.  This increase is attributed to the changes in the harness horse industry in the past couple of years.  Along with the increase in number, Standardbreds also increased in value with an 84 percent increase in total value to $222 million.

Most breeds have increased in average value since 2000, with the largest increases in the value of draft horses and ponies. 

These results are from the first comprehensive survey of New York’s equine industry in 5 years.  The survey is the result of a cooperative effort supported by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the equine industry.  The information in this release is available on our website or by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.


EQUINE INVENTORY AND VALUE BY BREED,
New York, 2000 and 2005

Breeds

Number

Value

Average Value 1/

2000

2005

2000

2005

2000

2005

 

Head

Thousand dollars

Dollars

   

  Light Breeds

100,500

113,400

497,520

598,030

4,950

5,270

    Quarter Horse

29,600

38,100

115,440

156,210

3,900

4,100

    Saddlebred

2,500

2,600

15,750

22,100

6,300

8,500

    Appaloosa

8,500

8,100

19,550

20,250

2,300

2,500

    Arabian

9,200

7,900

44,160

35,550

4,800

4,500

    Half Arabian

3,600

3,100

10,800

10,540

3,000

3,400

    Morgan

9,000

8,200

38,700

33,620

4,300

4,100

    Palomino

1,600

NA

4,960

NA

3,100

NA

    Pinto or Paint

6,800

8,200

21,760

28,700

3,200

3,500

    Warmblood

6,700

8,400

134,000

184,800

20,000

22,000

    Haflingers

NA

3,000

NA

7,200

NA

2,400

    Crossbreds

11,000

14,200

26,400

46,860

2,400

3,300

    Other Light

12,000

11,600

66,000

52,200

5,500

4,500

             

  Race Horse Breeds

42,000

50,200

1,142,500

1,139,880

27,200

22,710

    Standardbred

11,500

16,900

120,750

221,880

10,500

13,100

    Thoroughbred

30,500

33,300

1,021,750

918,000

33,500

27,600

             

  Draft Breeds

11,500

12,100

29,380

37,480

2,550

3,100

    Belgian

6,100

6,000

13,420

13,200

2,200

2,200

    Percheron

3,200

3,400

8,320

9,520

2,600

2,800

    Clydesdale

700

900

2,240

4,860

3,200

5,400

    Other

1,500

1,800

5,400

9,900

3,600

5,500

             

  Ponies

11,500

11,200

29,900

43,610

2,600

3,890

    Welsh

2,700

3,200

9,450

21,760

3,560

6,800

    Shetland

2,100

2,300

2,520

2,300

1,200

1,000

    Connemara

500

800

3,050

6,320

6,100

7,900

    Other

6,200

4,900

14,880

13,320

2,400

2,700

             

  Miniature Horses

NA

6,600

NA

9,240

NA

1,400

             

  Donkeys & Mules

2,500

3,500

2,500

2,800

1,000

800

             

  TOTAL EQUINE

168,000

197,000

1,701,800

1,831,040

10,130

9,300

   

1/  Breed categories rounded.
NA - Not available.

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02-16-07