Participants in the Equestrian Industry are committed to both their animals and the sport. Riding is open to people of all ages and abilities; and involvement can be recreational, professional, and/or financial. The equestrian community is a closely knit one that spans the globe.
Equestrian events draw enthusiastic crowds of spectators. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing drew attention to the Canadian Equestrian Team, and publicity for King Township. Eric Lamaze, resident of Schomberg and operator of Torrey Pines Stables in Schomberg, won gold in the individual jumping event. The Canadian Team of (L-R) Mac Cone, Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze and Jill Henselwood, won silver in the team jumping event. Mac Cone is also a King Township resident, living in King City.
The Equestrian Industry generates a wide range of related employment opportunities: veterinarians, groomers, property and facility staff, transportation services, manufacturers of related accessories and equipment, suppliers of feed. There is also a tertiary level created in the hospitality sector, to meet the needs of guests and tourists coming into the area for equestrian events.
The Stables of King Township participate successfully in international competition throughout the showing season from February to November.
It is important to attract ownership and participation to encourage continued growth in the Equestrian Industry in King Township. The Equestrian Industry can expand and flourish through successful marketing and promotion strategies that will benefit the industry and our local economy.
King Township Business Times, pg. 4