It’s the Month of the Horse, the noble animal that graces New Jersey’s state seal. That alone might be reason to celebrate, but doing so also makes smart economic sense: The “equine industry” contributes $3.2 billion annually to the state’s coffers. And that’s a lot of hay.
If the phrase “equine industry” conjures up images of horses working assembly lines, relax. It refers to everything from “pleasure riding to world-class horse shows and horse racing,” according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.
The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is dedicated to better horse care through research and education. The United States Equestrian Foundation in Gladstone funds programs that train and support top athletes and horses to compete at the Olympics, world championships, Pan American Games and other top international competitions. And for those particularly fond of the ponies, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway are up and running at different times throughout the year.