Sunday, January 31, 2010

South Carolina: County wants to encourage equestrian tourism, business - Full Article

January 30,1020
by Jason Evans

PICKENS - County council and county officials want to encourage equestrian related projects, to help the county's economy ride tall in the saddle.

The horse industry contributes $14 million to Pickens County, said County Administrator J. Chappell Hurst.

"There’s over 2,700 horses in this county," he said.

The county hopes to benefit from a new initiative from the SC Department of Agriculture.

The "50 by 20" project aims "to increase the state's agricultural industry by $50 billion by 2020," Hurst said.

"Because of this program there are numerous grants and funding mechanisms that are available at this time," he said. "The idea is to add an agricultural component to the development of cross country, endurance and steeplechase courses. There's a lot of money out there."


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