Oklahoma City lands another major horse show

Wednesday, November 15th 2006, 6:24 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The American Quarter Horse Association says the world's largest single-breed horse show for youths will move to Oklahoma City for its 2008 renewal.

The American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show annually attracts more than 900 youths, more than 12-hundred horses and about 32,000 spectators over eight days.

AQHA officials say the event will have an annual economic impact of $10-million.

The show began in 1972 in Amarillo, Texas, and was held in Tulsa from 1974 to 1991. In 1992, the event moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where it will run through 2007.

The AQHA signed a three-year contract with Oklahoma City with an option for two more years.

AQHA senior director of marketing Tom Persechino said the association sought bids from Tulsa, Fort Worth and Oklahoma City before choosing to move the show to State Fair Park, where renovations to equine facilities are ongoing.