Successful Women Managing Horses Program
By Peggy Auwerda and Madeline Schultz
January 23, 2020
No doubt about it, women are the majority owners and caretakers of horses, with some studies putting women horse ownership at 90 percent compared to men, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Horse Council Federation in conjunction with the Innovation Group (2017), reported the equine industry contributes $122 billion to the U.S. economy, employing 1.74 million people. In Iowa, horse ownership is big business, with 55,000 horses, mules or donkeys owned or sold, generating sales revenue of $19.7 million, according to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture. As horse owners and business managers, women make important decisions about the equine in their care. Educational opportunities that present relevant information on industry issues and foster engagement between producers, owners, and allied industry members, are needed and can help contribute to the success of the industry.