Horsing Around in Kern County
This an article I did for the Kern Business Journal February, Horsing around is good business in Kern County. My assignment was to write about the equine industry in Kern and how it affects the local economy. You know what one of the hardest things I encountered? Trying to find out how many horses there are in the County. Ag reports talk about how much hay is produced, ($200 million), but there are no statistics to determine exactly how many horses are kept here.
It was also very difficult to distill down the many activities one can do with their horse in the Kern County. There were just so many things to choose from. Team roping events are held almost every weekend at one of the many local arenas. Then there is reining, show horses, trail riding, team sorting and ranch sorting. Campdrafting is even coming to Bakersfield a little later this year. If anything, there a many things that qualify for horsing around.
One of my goals to try and accomplish was to inform the reader how much responsibility owning a horse really is. With vet bills, rising hay prices, and boarding costs, it takes a commitment to own a horse.
Anyway, it was a fun experience. I met a lot of nice people researching this article and I hope you enjoy it.