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Key figures of the equine industry

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Key figures employment in equine industry in Lower Normandy

Lower Normandy is the primary horse-breeding region of France.

7,662 breeders, of which 62% for racehorses (Thoroughbred & French Trotter combined) and 27% for sport horses (saddle horse).

979 stallions in activity (National Stud and privately-owned combined).

Average number of mares per breeder: 2.2

10,621 foals born in 2006.

The equine industry in Lower Normandy generates employment for 7,569 persons.

59% linked to breeding, 13% connected to horses in training, 5% associated to riding schools, 10% via related businesses and 13% through other sectors.

267 riding schools and pony clubs are established in the region.

Normandy is the second region, behind Picardie, in terms of the number of riders holding a licence.

1,857 showjumping competitions were held in 2006.

497 racehorse trainers in activity.

244 horse races organised in 2005.

The horse in Lower Normandy grazes on 171,946 hectares (424,888 acres) of farm land.

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The top price of €750,000 was awarded to a Thoroughbred mare, born nearby at the Mézeray Stud (Orne county).

366 yearlings were sold in 2006 for an average price of €81,300 per entry, for an overall income of €29.8 M, an increase by 30% in relation to 2005.

90% of buyers come from abroad.  It should be noted that the very active Scandinavian and Spanish buyers in 2006 left, for the most part, their horses in training in France.  

Extract from “Les chiffres clés de la filière equine en Région Basse-Normandie” (Key figures of the equine industry in Lower Normandy), edited by the “Conseil des Chevaux de Basse-Normandie” (Horse Council), 2006