'The Rock,' a #Horseguy, Inspires New T-Shirt from Old Smoke Clothing Company

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Old Smoke Clothing has created a T-shirt after Matthew Espinosa declared The Rock a "horse guy." (The Rock photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons)

He rose to fame as "The Rock," a popular wrestling personality in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is an eight-time WWE champion and charismatic personality. Today, Dwayne Johnson a movie star, acclaimed author, accomplished producer, proud dad and husband, and, importantly, a self-proclaimed #horseguy.

It all started on July 21, 2017, when America’s Best Racing hosted social media influencer Matthew Espinosa, his sister, and two friends on opening day at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. Matthew’s experience was chronicled in an ABR Wired video and followed up with a Huffington Post feature.

Fast forward to Feb. 18, 2020, when a short, 22-second video clip from the original ABR Wired was reposted to Twitter by @ABRLive which featured Espinosa stating he “was not sure why (he) felt like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was about to walk in (Del Mar),” but that he felt like he was a “horse guy.”

A day later, The Rock quote tweeted @ABRLive’s post featuring the Espinosa video clip and confirmed he is, in fact, a #horseguy.

A week or so later, Old Smoke Clothing Company swiftly launched the latest and greatest men’s and women’s T-shirts from their collection. So, whether you’re a #horseguy or #horsegal, you can proudly wear and showcase your fandom thanks to Old Smoke Clothing Company.

Old Smoke Clothing Company is a clothing and lifestyle brand with a focus on the sport of horse racing. Founded in 2018 by lifelong racing enthusiasts from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Old Smoke prides itself on providing fresh designs that celebrate the fascinating history of the sport of kings while embracing the passion and lifestyle of today’s racing community. You can view Old Smoke’s current product line at oldsmokeclothing.com and keep up to date with Old Smoke on Instagram and Facebook at @oldsmokeclothing and Twitter at @oldsmokeco. And, you get to know the Old Smoke team more here

A recent study commissioned by the American Horse Council Foundation and conducted by The Innovation Group estimates that there are 7.2 million horses in the United States, and there are an estimated 58.3 million horses in the world.

As of 2005, Texas leads all states with an estimated 978,822 horses, followed by California with 698,345; Florida with 500,124; Oklahoma with 326,134; Kentucky with 320,173; Ohio with 306,898; and Missouri with 281,255. The state with the smallest horse population is Rhode Island with an estimated 3,059, and the District of Columbia reported an approximate total of 33.

Approximately $50 billion in direct U.S. economic impact is attributed to the horse industry, including an employment impact of 988,394 jobs. The horse industry itself adds $38 billion in direct wages, salaries, and benefits.

All that adds up to mean that there are a lot of #horseguys and #horsegals across America making significant contributions to our culture and economy. So no matter the breed or the discipline, the style or the location, the size of the ranch or stable, or the reason, horse enthusiasts are everywhere. Be proud to be a #horseguy or #horsegal. Join us and The Rock in proclaiming yourself a #horseguy or #horsegal and get yourself the Old Smoke shirt today.

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