When Canadians compete

24 11 2006

Interesting snapshot of the horse industry in Canada (research was done in 1998; don’t know how it might have changed in the meantime). Of the 64% of those surveyed in the random sample who are involved in competition with the horses that they ride or drive, approximately 60% compete in more than one discipline. When asked “In which discipline do you MOSTLY compete, please choose ONE”, here’s how people responded:

Hunter-jumper/Show jumping 25.78%
Dressage 18.70%
Other (not included in list) 13.88%
Western pleasure 9.07%
Barrel racing/Pole bending 6.52%
Team cattle penning 3.68%
Breed-specific competitions 3.40%
Reining 3.12%
Driving 2.55%
Rodeo 1.7%
Halter/Line classes 0.85%
Competitive trail riding 0.85%
Endurance riding 0.57%
Roping 0.57%
Saddleseat 0.57%
Polo 0.28%

Source: Equine Canada

Breakdown by province:

British Columbia:

1. Dressage
2. Hunter-jumper
3. Western pleasure
4. Eventing
5. Other

Alberta:

1. Other
2. Western pleasure
3. Hunter-jumper
4. Reining
5. Team cattle penning

Saskatchewan:

1. Western pleasure
2. Other
3. Hunter-jumper
4. (tie) Barrel racing/Halter/Dressage

Manitoba:

1. Western pleasure
2. Other
3. Hunter-jumper
4. (tie) Barrel racing/Halter/Dressage

Ontario:

1. Hunter-jumper
2. Dressage
3. Eventing
4. Western pleasure
5. Driving

Quebec:

1. Other (gymkhana)
2. (tie) Western pleasure/Hunter-jumper
3. Dressage
4. Barrel racing

New Brunswick:

1. Dressage
2. Hunter-jumper
3. Western pleasure
4. Eventing
5. Driving

Prince Edward Island:

1. Western pleasure
2. Halter
3. Reining
4. (tie) Competitive trail/Hunter-jumper

Nova Scotia:

1. Hunter-jumper
2. Dressage
3. Eventing
4. Western pleasure
5. Other

Newfoundland and Labrador:

1. Western pleasure
2. Other (gymkhana)
3. (tie) Hunter-jumper/Dressage
4. Barrel racing

No idea what “Other” usually means, or why it was identified as “Gymkhana” in two provinces when it wasn’t specified elsewhere.

Source: Equine Canada

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3 responses

24 11 2006
barngoddess

wow, that is a big variation

24 11 2006
defrostindoors

Interesting that hunter-jumper and western pleasure were the only ones to pop up on every list, going province by province.

4 04 2011
sabrinahirsch

very interesting! thank you for sharing!

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