Dinniman: Chester County is Horse Country

by | Aug 26, 2016 | Press Releases

WEST CHESTER (August 26, 2016) – Chester County is horse country. You see it in our champion racehorses like Smarty Jones and the late Barbaro. You see it in our Olympic-caliber athletes like 2016 Bronze Medalist Phillip Dutton. You see it in our premier equestrian events like the upcoming Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show. And you see in the rolling hills and countryside that stretch for miles into the horizon.

Horses are part of our heritage. Today, they remain deeply ingrained in our culture, but they’re also a big part of our economy. The horse industry quietly generates tens of millions of dollars of revenue in its own right and for related businesses. At the same time, horses and horse farms are integral in our efforts to preserve agricultural open space.

Senator Dinniman with riders at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern.

But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been challenges. In recent years, the horse community has been tested by local government disputes in both Newlin and West Vincent townships. Several years ago, Senator Dinniman stood with hundreds of members of the horse community against West Vincent’s proposal to use eminent domain to take the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show grounds. Fortunately, their voices were heard and the plan was rescinded. The show still goes on every Labor Day Weekend and Dinniman is always in attendance.

To safeguard the horse industry, it is important to quantify its impact. Dinniman is very supportive of efforts of the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau and Delaware Valley College to conduct a study of the economic impact of the equine agriculture and the equine industry in Chester County.

“In some parts of Chester County, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more horses than people,” Dinniman said. “That’s how big the horse industry is here. And in order to protect it and fully appreciate it, we need to know its actual economic impact. We need the full picture.”

In addition, Dinniman also supported and voted for a law to expand penalties for the abandonment and mistreatment of horses. Senate Bill 294, also known as “Cordelia’s Law” clarifies current animal protection laws to add horses to the anti-cruelty statute and add starvation to the list of abuses. This legislation unanimously passed the Senate and is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

“We all remember the story of the Lilly, the horse that was allegedly abused and abandoned at an auction,” Dinniman said. “That type of inhumane behavior is unacceptable and we must strengthen our laws to reflect that.”

Horses are part of our history. They give our region a distinct sense of place. They support businesses that provide hundreds of jobs. And they’re one more reason why Chester County is such a great place to call home.



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