Horse Racing and Breeding in Gem County
The Idaho Gaming Commission oversees horse racing in the state of Idaho. The Gem County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Foundation works to support businesses who participate in the sport. From breeding facilities to training grounds and stables, Gem County is home to a fair number of groups who work to encourage the development of the sport in our state.
Gem County serves as an ideal home for equestrian groups, thanks to its close proximity to Garden City, home of Les Bois Park. This racing facility, one of the only accredited racing grounds in the state of Idaho, welcomes horses and trainers from across the nation at its events each year. The Gem County Fairgrounds are also a popular horse racing spot, with the Emmett Spring Race Meet taking place at the facility. Gem County has enjoyed a storied role in the development of horse racing in Idaho, and many of our residents are still involved in the popular sport today.
Supporting equestrian activity in Gem County involves a myriad of unique initiatives. From encouraging agricultural farm development where future racing horses are bred and raised, to stimulating the creation of jobs for large animal veterinarians, farriers, and trainers, we aim to make Gem County a paradise for equine lovers. Not only does raising these animals require a specialized team of local experts, but horses must also have access to wholesome food. As one of the nation’s largest barley producers, Idaho’s farmers are doing their part to create feed for these beautiful animals.
Working to foster a positive environment for horse breeders, trainers, and jockeys is also an important goal of the Gem County Chamber of Commerce. Together with the support of local equestrian organizations, we aim to encourage the development of additional facilities for horse racing in the region. Not only is the creation of such facilities a priority, but the general public needs education regarding the horse racing industry. We work to encourage such education through local events where equestrian gurus can share their knowledge and know-how with the public.
Many horse lovers participate in local events and festivals, including the Cherry Festival in Emmett each year. These events bring the public into contact with the men and women who work in the equine world, in addition to their regal animals. These opportunities help foster a more encouraging environment for horse trainers who wish to expand their businesses in Gem County. Additionally, racing facilities in our area routinely hold rodeos and horse races, giving the public an opportunity to experience the excitement of one of these events firsthand.
We believe Gem County can be an ideal home for racing and the animals who participate in this sport. Our continued support for horse racing makes choosing Gem County a smart option for equine enthusiasts. By continuing to educate the public, provide guidance and support for horse trainers, and working to support funding initiatives for new facilities, Gem County is doing its part to ensure racing stays part of our local legacy.
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