The Colorado Horse Development Authority (CHDA) is a promotional and marketing arm of the horse industry. Established in 1998 through legislation that charged the CHDA to strengthen the equine industry, CHDA is funded through the assessment of a fee on brand inspections. CHDA has educated horse owners and the general public on equine health, land management, land use regulations, classification of horses, through videos, pamphlets, twelve town meetings across the state, and Ag in the Classroom readers, reaching 66,000 youth in classrooms.
CHDA has promoted the horse to our youth by sponsoring the 2,400 4-H youth entries at Colorado State Fair, the FFA National Judging team, and sending Colorado 4-H Horse Bowl team to the Quarter Horse Congress. In addition, CHDA sponsored the Four Mile Historic Park’s Draft Horse Day reaching thousands of new potential horse owners.
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CHDA Supporting Colorado Horse Industry
Trail/guide and guest services accounted for 30%, boarding stables 28%, sales of equine 16%, lessons and clinics 4.7%, breeding services 3.7%, shows/rodeos 3.3%, and other 13.3%. CHDA collected $48,000 from sponsors and contributed $12,000 to have Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service collect the above data. This equine economic impact survey can now be used to show the impact of our industry to Colorado.