Horse farms are the most common type of farm in Massachusetts. From the Berkshires to the Cape, there are at least 125 commercial equestrian centers hosting various equestrian competitions, providing horse retirement and retraining services, operating riding academies, breeding Thoroughbreds, and hosting a number of other activities.
The proposed Massachusetts horse park would combine a high-end equestrian center, public recreational grounds, and a horse retraining/retirement farm with a race track for Thoroughbred horses, providing a central hub for all of these activities. The equestrian center, capable of hosting indoor and outdoor competitions for any riding discipline including, dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper competitions, would be anchored by an indoor arena with stadium seating. There would be ample space for conferences and trade shows, 4-H activities and meets, local community recreation, pleasure riding, agricultural and artisanal markets, and equine health studies and services, among other uses.
Our research found that Massachusetts can create a horse park unlike anything in the Northeast that would not only be highly successful, it would help preserve the nearly 30 percent of our state’s agricultural land that is dedicated to horses,” said Dr. John R. Mullen, Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Economic Development, one of the authors of a study, Towards the Creation of a Horse Park in Massachusetts: A Feasibility Study.