Horse Owners Seeking Bragging Rights

Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 10:07 pm
By: News On 6

By Latoya Silmon, News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The Arabian Horse show is well underway at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. The top horses in the world and their owners are vying for bragging rights and all the glory that comes with it.

They cheer, clap and have their own special way of showing approval.

"Oh, the screaming. It's a fan thing.  So you scream for who you like," said horse trainer Debbie Price.

And they say there's a lot to like at the Arabian Horse Show.

"They're just absolutely gorgeous," said Jan Hadsell. "A lot of times you can catch a rising star."

Hadsell's been breeding Arabians like these for 26 years. She traveled all the way from California hoping to find a stallion to mate with her mares, but she's not the only one looking to take a prized souvenir back.

"It's been a life-long passion and breeding. How can you not love little babies and see them possibly doing something like this? Maybe worth the big bucks," said James White.

White says breeding potential stars can be a gamble, but the payoff can be huge.

"You spend some money on it and you don't know what you're going to get back but you get to love the animals in the meantime so it's a lot of fun," said White.

And if your horse is crowned king.

"Oh it's everything. It's bragging rights, it promotes the horse, it increases their value, it shows what the next group of horses is going to be," said Price.