Tulsa's Expo Square eyed for big Arabian Horse show

Thursday, June 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa is in the race for an economic boost. The US National Arabian Championship Horse Show is looking for a new home and organizers have their eye on Tulsa.

It's a move that would bring in millions of dollars a year. The show currently alternates between Albuquerque and Louisville, Kentucky, but organizers were so impressed on a tour of Tulsa, they may bring it here. More than 3,000 Arabians and their owners would come from 44 different states, ringing in an estimated $10 to $12-million a year for five years.

Denny Tuttle with Expo Square says the recent improvements there, part of the voter approved ‘4 To Fix’ the county initiative, sparked the group's interest.

But to host the show, Tulsa needs two more things, another arena and a parking garage. County taxpayers would have to foot the bill. The issue is set to go before the voters in the fall.