A thriving equine industry in Dufferin builds opportunity.
Horses standing at a whitewashed fence create more than pretty pictures… much more. The initial investment and ongoing upkeep support many small businesses… and some that are not so small. The interest in equine endeavours continues to grow and in the hills, next to the forest, under the open sky there’s room for many more.
10,000 Horses Call Dufferin Home
Surrounding regions have more horses, but much of that land is at a premium. Still, the number of horses and the equine investment in Dufferin County is significant. Current estimations give Dufferin more than a thousand horse farms with about 10,000 horses and a range of interests from dressage to cattle drives, Clydesdales to quarter horses. Incidentally, 10,000 horses have an annual direct economic impact in the County of about 55 million dollars.
One Family’s Business
The Hayes family have been in the horse industry for decades delivering horse jumping shows in Collingwood and Ottawa since 1987, and are coming home to Dufferin County this year to offer the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournament at the Orangeville Agricultural Event Centre. This world-class show will bring the world to see what excellent facilities we have here in Dufferin. Read their story here…
Dufferin is the Heart of Ontario Horse Country
Dufferin County is in the heart of horse country and is poised to take advantage of the economic opportunities. With the 2015 Pan Am Games Equestrian competitions coming to this region, the time is right to get involved in supporting the equine industry. Read the full article and learn what happened at the Provincial Equine Forum.
If your passion is horses – with your own farm, or a business that services this burgeoning sector, there are opportunities in Dufferin County! We have land and good prices, knowledgeable people, and we have a comfortably established equine sector to put you in the saddle right away.
Explore the possibilities of owning your horse farm right here in Dufferin County, click here to see listings.
The Hills of Headwaters region of Ontario is one of the most concentrated equestrian areas in the province of Ontario.
Throughout the hills of Dufferin County (including Orangeville, Mono, Mulmur, Amaranth, East Garafaxa and East Luther Grand Valley) you will find some of the country’s premier horse breeding farms, coaching and training facilities, riding schools, boarding stables, equestrian ranches, suppliers (including farriers, veterinarians, feed, bedding and tack shops) and a wide range of equestrian events.