The State: Letter: Give the equine industry a chance
For more than 200 years, horse-related businesses have helped South Carolina grow and conserve culturally significant land. The equine industry remains an important part of agribusiness to this day. Currently, there are 73,000+ horses stabled in South Carolina, creating an annual economic impact of $1.9 billion.
Thanks to our equine community, ideal climate, and booming economy, horse enthusiasts and businesses want to be here. However, many are forced to locate in neighboring states because of outdated laws in the Palmetto State that makes us a less competitive option.
To protect equine jobs and to preserve our horse culture for future generations, I am asking state lawmakers to support the S.C. Equine Advancement Act. This legislation would legalize Advance Deposit Wagering on equine events being held across the U.S., generating new revenue from licensing.
Please consider joining me in helping to keep our centuries-old equine industry alive by notifying your legislators of your support for the S.C. Equine Advancement Act.
Camden, South Carolina