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Recreational Demand for Equestrian Trail-Riding

By Melanie Blackwell, Angelos Pagoulatos, Wuyang Hu and Katharine Auchter


Using data collected from a combination of on-site and on-line surveys, this study examines recreational demand for equestrian trail-riding in Kentucky. A truncated, negative binomial regression is applied to analyze individuals’ visitation behavior consistent with a travel cost model. Results suggest that distance is the most significant determinant of average annual visits to a particular site. Various trail site characteristics, such as trail length, scenic overlooks, and trail markers, affect the number of visits an individual takes. Geographic information system (GIS) analysis permits the identification of equestrian population centers. Information obtained from this study offers a decision base for policymakers to use to manage existing equestrian trails and locate new ones.equestrian trail-riding, GIS analysis, truncated negative binomial, travel cost method, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,

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