Aiming to forge a path to success for the state’s horse industry in the decades to come, the Rutgers Equine Science Center will host the 2023 New Jersey Equine Industry Summit on March 16, 2023. Hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the summit will be held at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Summit is open to equine leaders, professionals, veterinarians, educators, owners and enthusiasts throughout the tristate area. Speakers at this all-day event are noted experts, including keynote presenter Dr. Jill Stowe, professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, addressing the “Economic Analysis Of Equine Operations: Reducing Costs For Horse and Horse Farm Owners.” Breakout sessions will focus on horse health, the future of racing, land use policy, environmental stewardship, the integrity of equestrian sport, and industry sustainability by engaging youth in equine activities and leadership roles. A just-completed needs assessment survey of industry participants will be a special feature of the program.
“This is only the second time in 20 years that the Equine Science Center has organized such a high-level conference focusing on the horse industry’s future,” said Rutgers Professor Dr. Karyn Malinowski, founding director of the Equine Science Center. “Our first Summit, held in March 2003, examined the challenges and opportunities facing the horse industry, resulting in many innovations and new programs for the field. “Needless to say, the landscape has changed in the past 20 years and there are new opportunities – and challenges – for the industry,” she added. “The Center is here to help the industry create a roadmap for years to come.” The formal program begins at 10 a.m. and the conference’s conclusion at 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. There are more horses per square mile in New Jersey than in any other state. An economic impact study of the industry showed that there were 7,100 facilities housing 42,500 horses and employing 13,000 people. “It’s no wonder that over 40 years ago the New Jersey legislature designated the horse as the state animal,” said Malinowski. “The equine business is an important economic engine for the state.