Lexington County Farm-City

to strengthen the understanding of farm-city connections that provide food, fiber, and shelter.

Equine Industry (Horses, Mules, and Donkeys)


Clifford, Mary Ellen Tobias (Trouble's owner and equine expert), and
Tyler on Trouble the Quarter Horse learning how to master
the Mounted Patrol obstacle course

Clifford Shows Tyler the Art of
Cleaning Stalls

Abraham the Camel
Tyler and Loni Rikard, Lexington County Farm-City Chair discuss
the value of the equine industry
Lexington County Equine Stats

(2004 Equine Survey)

- ranked 5th in SC in total inventory
- 4,400 horses valued at $13.2 million
- most of the horses in the county were
  Quarter  Horses
- $16.3 million in equine expenses
- just under $1.2 million in sales
- a total of $1.4 million in other income
- an economic impact of $18.9 million
  in Lexington County
  • The equine industry is diverse, but the primary horse activity in South Carolina is trail riding. The majority of horse owners in South Carolina keep them for pleasure.
  • Horse owners are also involved in showing and other competitions (western riding, driving, dressage, reining, cutting horses, rodeo, hunter paces, and many more).  
  • Both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing are huge industries in the state, providing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic development.
  • Horses, mules, and donkeys fall under the realm of animal agriculture because of the land needed to support them. 
  • Jobs associated with horses include veterinarians, farriers, suppliers, tack stores operators, feed dealers, groomers, trainers, trailer repair service, fence and barn builders, bedding suppliers, and a huge number of specialty jobs. Equine artists and photographers specialize in depicting horses. Fabricators are needed to make the horseshoe nails for the farriers, and leather craftsmen and saddle fitters repair the tack and items used by horse owners.
  • Horse owners want to interact with nature as well as with their four-footed companions.
  • The majority of horse owners have full-time jobs outside the horse industry.
  • Over 100,000 horses live on farms and non-farms in South Carolina, the economic impact runs into billions of dollars. From little girls taking riding lessons to professional cowboys, the equine industry is a major factor in the state’s economy.

Lexington County Farm-City

Sponsors 2015

Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.

Lexington County Farm Bureau

Lexington School District I Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research, Pelion

Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District

MCEC

Price's Country Store

Roof's Basket Works, Inc.

Sandhills Young Farmer & Agribusiness Chapter

SCE&G

South State Bank

W. P. Law, Inc.

W. P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center