A country with conditions for the development of equestrian activity

Uruguay has excellent conditions for the development of equestrian activities. With natural resources and climatic conditions that make it a suitable location for the development of this sector, Uruguay is ranked 24th in the world ranking of equine head of horses.

Activity in the country

Equines were introduced in Uruguay together with cattle raising, one of its most outstanding and traditional productive activities at a historical level, and since then they have become a common element of its landscape, tools for agricultural production and protagonists for different forms of recreation and highly competitive sports disciplines.


In fact, Uruguay holds the eighth position in the international ranking of countries on the stock of Thoroughbred Racehorses (SPC). One of the most important assets of the equestrian sector is found in the national equestrian activity, which is constituted by this stock, which according to 2019 data, amounts to approximately U$S 66 million.


The department of Tacuarembó, located in the center north of the country, is the department with the highest concentration of horses. It has 41,517 head, 10% of the total national stock.


As for Uruguayan exports of breeding stock, the main and almost the only destination is the region, led by Paraguay. Outside the region, one of the countries that had great relevance in 2019 was the United Arab Emirates, which acquired specimens for US$ 21,000 at an average price of US$ 3,000 per head.

The breeding and reproduction activity, together with the equestrian competition of thoroughbred horses and their respective commercialization, generates direct jobs for approximately 5,600 workers throughout the country. And if indirect employment is taken into account, 4,500 jobs are added.

The breeds present in the genealogical records of the Rural Association of Uruguay (ARU) are in order of importance by number of registered animals: Criollo, Arabian, Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Lusitano, Shetland Pony, Percheron, Paint, Peruvian Paso, Belgian, Hanoverian, Breton and Mangalarga Marchador. The Criollo breed represents approximately 75% of these registrations.

Special Report: Equestrian Sector

Brief characterization of the different subsectors or activities that make up a possible equestrian cluster, an approximation of the sector’s economic contribution to the Uruguayan economy and an analysis of the factors that condition its growth, in order to provide elements for the better design of eventual policies for the internationalization of the sector. It should be noted that there are no precedents of this type of work in the region, and there are few international studies with a similar scope.


To learn more about the equestrian sector in Uruguay, go to the following link.