Finding Your Dream Job in the US Horse Industry


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  • The United States has the most versatile horse industry in the world. We have horses that represent many countries, as well as native American horse breeds and newer breeds that have been developed in America. The American Horse Council estimates that there are 9.2 million horses in the United States and that 2 million Americans own horses. The pie chart on the right shows the breakdown of uses of the 9.2 million horses in America. For more U.S. statistics, go to the American Horse Council web site at next lesson will give you an idea of the versatility of horses and expand your imagination as a horse enthusiast. As you go through this information, really think about what you want to do with your horse.
  • 4.6 million people are involved in the horse industry in some way, either as owners, employees, service providers or volunteers.
  • Some are part-time employees and some are seasonal so this
  • The study dispels the misperception that the horse industry is an activity only for wealthy individuals. In fact, the horse industry is a diverse activity with stakeholders including recreational and show horse riders, and moderate-income track, show and stable employees and volunteers.Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000.
  • Auction clerk, Auctioneer, Backstretch stable hand, Barn foreman, Bloodstock agent, Breeder, Broodmare manager, Clerk of sales, Clocker, Equine appraiser, Equine insurance agent, Farm exercise rider, Farm groom, Farmhand, Foaling attendant, Handicapper, Harness driver, Horse auction manager, Hot walker, Jockey, Jockey’s agent, Jockey’s valet, Paddock judge, Patrol judge, Pedigree researcher/analyst, Race starter, Racetrack trainer, Racetrack manager, Racetrack official, Racing form publisher, Racing form writer, Racing chemist, Racing secretary, Racing steward, Stallion manager, State racing commissioner, Tattoo inspector, Track exercise rider, Track marketing/publicity, Track office staff, Track photographer
  • Finding Your Dream Job in the US Horse Industry

    1. 1. February 25, 2012 Michigan Sate University, University of Nebraska,Iowa State University, and University of Minnesota
    2. 2. United States Horse Industry:Finding Your Dream Job! Christine Skelly, Michigan State University Kathleen Anderson, University of Nebraska Lincoln
    3. 3. Overview1. US Equine Industry2. Equine Jobs3. Finding Your Dream Job4. EBC Information
    4. 4. Horse Uses• There are horses in Other, (19 every state. %), 1,752,4 39• 45 states have at least Recreation (43%) 20 K horses each. Racing, (9 , 3,906,923 %), 844,53 1 Showing, ( 29%), 2,71 8,954
    5. 5. Participation Owner Activities• 4.6 million people are involved with horses• This includes 2 million 238,000 horse owners  238,000 breeding  481,000 competing, Breeding  1.1 million involved in Competing 481,000 other activities 1,100,000 Other• 1 out of every 63 Americans is involved with horses!
    6. 6. Gross Domestic Product• US Horse Industry GDP (billions of dollars) directly produces 14 11.8 12 10.8 10.6 goods and services of 10 $38.8 billion 8 6 5.5• Total impact of $101.5 4 billion on U.S. GDP 2 GDP 0
    7. 7. Employment FTE Jobs Supported by the• The industry employs U.S. Horse Industry 701,946 people directly. 500,000 Equates to 453,612 full- 450,000 400,000 time equivalent jobs. 350,000 300,000  119,000 service providers 250,000 200,000  2 million family members 150,000 and volunteers 100,000 50,000• The industry supports a 0 total of over 1.4 million FTE jobs across the U.S. Column1 Total
    8. 8. Taxes• The industry pays a total of $1.9 billion in taxes to federal, state and local governments as follows (in millions of dollars):  Federal - $588  State - $1,017  Local - $275
    9. 9. Diversity of the Industry• Rural activities  breeding  training  riding• Urban activities  racetracks  off-track betting  horse shows  public sales
    10. 10. Income Levels Average Income of Horse Owners < 50 K > 100 K 25-75 K 31% 43% <50 K 25 – 75 K 26% >100 K
    11. 11. Community Size• Over 70% of horse owners live in rural communities of 50,000 or less.
    12. 12. EQUINE JOBS
    13. 13. Equine Jobs with DirectContact with Horses Head Trainers Breeders Riding/Driving Instructors Health Care Assistant Trainers Foaling Attendant Dentists, Mare Handlers Equine Stallion Handlers Veterinarians, Chiropractors, Acupuncture
    14. 14. Equine Jobs with DirectContact with Horses Grooms Barn Farrier Horse Managers Show Judges
    15. 15. Equine Jobs - Sales Direct Indirect• Advertisements • Bedding• Agritourism • Equipment, Supplies &• Apparel Transportation• Associations • Entertainment• Auctions • Facilities• Communications • Insurance• Education • Loans• Feed Industry • Real Estate Sales• Health• Horse Sales• Pharmaceuticals• Tack
    16. 16. Equine Jobs: Entertainment Agritourism • Camps • Dude Ranches • Trail Guides/Management • Equi-Trekking Film • Trainer • Stunt Rider Entertainers • Motion picture industry animal providers • Motion picture industry consultants • Motion picture industry stunt riders
    17. 17. Rodeo Jobs Rodeo • Announcer • Event coordinator • Bucking stock • Rodeo manager • Pick-up Exhibitor • Barrels • Bull Riding • Roping • Steer Wrestling
    18. 18. Horse Event Industry Jobs Direct Jobs Associations• Communications• Course Designers • National Associations• Development/Fundraising • American Horse Council• Event Managers • State Associations• Education • Kentucky Equine Education Project • Youth • Breed Associations • Adult • American Quarter Horse• Leadership/Administration Association• Promotion • Discipline Associations• Marketing • United States Equestrian Federation• Publications • Professional Associations• Registrations • American Association of Equine Practitioners
    19. 19. Communication Jobs • Editors • Graphic design • Illustrators • Journalists (publications) • Marketing practitioners • Photographers • Public relations • Sales: advertisement placements, publication sales • Social Media Relations • Subscription management • Video production units including videographers, editors, producers • Website development and management • Writers (books)
    20. 20. Research & Education Educators Research• Riding Instructors • Animal Etiologist• Clinicians • Equine Nutritionist• Extension Educators • Feed Chemist• Instructors/Professors • Geneticist• Therapeutic Riding • Pharmaceutical chemist Instructors • Reproductive physiology• Online Education specialist • Courses • Research chemist • Software • Statistician• Museum curator
    21. 21. Additional Equine Jobs• Accountants• Attorneys• Equine Flight Attendant• Financial Analyst• Journalism• Legislation & Government• Mounted Security Officer• Public Relations• Product Developer• Transportation/Haulers
    23. 23. Finding Your Fit• Know yourself  Personal skills• Research possibilities  Business development  Door to door• Develop professional skills• Job search
    24. 24. Build Your Resume• Internships• Associations• Volunteer• Stay versatile
    25. 25. Where do you fit?• Are you passionate about horses?• What are your favorite academic subjects?• What is your ideal internship?• What is your ideal working schedule?• What is your biggest strength?• What is your ideal career?
    26. 26. Resume Tips• Tailor resume to fit the job description  Highlight experiences that match the job description  Make sure all skills listed in the job description are covered in your resume  Be honest!
    27. 27. Prepare for the Interview• Know the lingo• Know the industry• Research the business• Call ahead to confirm time/location/names you will be interviewing with• Write out your strengths and weaknesses• Develop list of questions• Practice!
    28. 28. Interview Day• Bring extra copies of your resume and job description• Bring a business card• Arrive early• Introduce yourself with a firm handshake• Dress appropriately• Follow up with thank you letter
    29. 29. Resources• American Horse Council Survey• Careers in the Equine Industry. Penn State. extension/equine/careers• Your Guide to a Successful Career. Colorado State University Equine Science. tive%20students/Equine%20Science%20Care er%20Packet.pdf
    30. 30. Equine Business Conference• Date: Sat., Feb. 25• Fee: $30• Online Registration: http://myhorseuniversity .com/ebc• Locations  Iowa State University  Michigan State University  University of Minnesota  University of Nebraska Lincoln
    31. 31. Get Social with EBN! Equine Business Network Equinebusinessn
    32. 32. Upcoming Webcasts• Horse Boarding Operations – What is Involved? February 28, 2012 | 7PM• Managing Live Horse Events March 27, 2012 | 7PM