How Many People in the USA Ride a Horse Annually?

I just received my Media Guide for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018! As well was the media specific information there were some very interesting numbers.

In the USA: 8 million people ski, 23 million pick up a tennis racquet, 25 million golf  and 27 million people ride a horse annually!!

On Facebook there is a huge number of people who list “horses” as their interest in their core Facebook profile. Exactly how many….. 129 Million!!!

The first World Equestrian Games was in Stockholm Sweden in 1990. There were 421 participants.

1994 The Hague Netherlands…..456 participants

1998 Rome Italy …… 557 participants

2002 Jerez Spain…… 561 participants

2006 Aachen Germany….640 participants

2010  Lexington Kentucky USA …..632 participants

2014 Normandy France…..1000 participants

2018 Tryon NC USA….. 1000 are expected.


I will be covering the Dressage competition next week at WEG. The number of dressage participants is large as on the first and second days the schedule starts at 8:45 am  and finishes at 6:00 pm!

Exciting times ahead!





14 responses to “How Many People in the USA Ride a Horse Annually?”

  1. dinosaursdonkeysandms Avatar

    I knew the numbers were high, but not that high! Amazing stats and looking forward to your posts on the competition next week. 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      The numbers amazed me as well. I’m glad you are interested in the World Championships. It should be interesting and exciting.

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  2. Jeff Rab Avatar

    Fascinating stats!!! Surprised, honestly!!!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I was also surprised!

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  3. Irene Avatar

    Interesting! Would not have guessed that the numbers were that high but glad they are. 😊

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I was also surprised.

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  4. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    I honestly would have thought there would have been more skiers than equestrians.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I would have gone with more golfers. However these figures are for all equestrians western and english and possibly race jockeys the information was not specific.

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      1. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

        Oh yeah, golfers, there do seem to be a lot of them too.

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  5. dprastka Avatar

    Long live the horse! Those are AMAZING statistics! ❤️ Amazing how the participants have grown. Fun filled days ahead. I’m actually a little jealous, maybe envious is a better word that you’ll be there enjoying these exciting days at WEG. Something to think about saving up and attending someday! Thank you Anne! – Diana 😀

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      It is amazing the numbers of horse enthusiasts. I will do my best to keep you updated on all the WEG events. Thanks for commenting Diana

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  6. Nilzeitung Avatar

    so viel Pferde in den USA 27 Millionen Menschen = Pferd reiten jedes Jahr!

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