The Equine Industry in the Auckland region comprises thoroughbred and harness breeding and racing and sporthorses. The racing industry generates $184.47m of direct income into the Auckland economy, contributes $402m to GDP and employs 4,091 full time equivalents (FTE).
There are more than 1520 breeders who collectively spend $74.65m annually and 314 trainers who spend $48.48m annually.
According to the Puhinui project report, the sport horse industry has more than 45,000 horses in the Auckland region and generates $372m of direct income annually into the Auckland economy.
The equine business sector mirrors the marine and motorsport industries as large recreational financial contributors to the regional economy. They both have complex and closely linked relationships and dependencies between recreation, with sport and industry components, and both run with success in sports as world leaders.
It is evident from a business mapping exercise that a significant cluster of equine businesses exists in the Auckland region.
Prior to the involvement of Primary Focus in the equine sector, little was known of the economic benefits, scope and size of this industry in Auckland.