Oklahoma City: State Fair Park
Home to more equine events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for more than a dozen top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation – and world – each year.
Not only do Oklahoma City horse shows provide family fun entertainment, they make a substantial contribution to the city’s economy. Total estimated economic impact of all Oklahoma City horse shows exceeds $126.5 million each year.
Citizens gave the nod to Oklahoma City’s western heritage in 2004, when they voted to increase the hotel tax, which is financing a bond to pay for upgrades and continuous improvements to State Fair Park equine and livestock facilities. Providing top-notch showing facilities secures the city’s position as Horse Show Capital of the World, helping it retain current horse shows and pursue new shows.
Equine organizations around the world are noticing the state-of-the-art, 21st century complex at State Fair Park. The complex features nine barns, VIP RV parking, exercise areas and a conference and meetings facility. Learn more about the renovations at State Fair Park.
2016 Oklahoma City Horse Shows
- Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show (February 10-14, 2016)
- Oklahoma Youth Expo (March 9-19, 2016)
- Oklahoma Quarter Horse Spring Show (March 23-27, 2016)
- Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show (April 7-10, 2016)
- American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Championship (April 13-16, 2016)
- Better Barrel Racing World Finals (April 21-25, 2016)
- Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Redbud Spectacular (June 2-12, 2016)
- Non-Pro Cutting Association Championships (June 14-21, 2016)
- National Reining Horse Association: National Reigning Horse Derby (June 23 – July 2, 2016)
- Arabian Horse Association Youth Nationals (July 21 – August 1, 2016)
- American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show (August 3-15, 2016)
- American Morgan Horse Association: Grand National Morgan Horse Show (October 7-21, 2016)
- U.S. Team Roping Championships (October 22-30, 2016)
- American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Quarter Horse Show (November 5-19, 2016)
- National Reigning Horse Association Reining Futurity (November 24 – December 3, 2016)
Reference: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber: “Horse Show Capital”
We’ve had many questions regarding the recent Monterey Downs events. Primarily, “how does this effect the Monterey Horse Park?”
The short answer is that we’re not sure. We know that, in the face of law suits by KFOW and Landwatch, the City of Seaside decided to rescind their approvals of the General Plan and Specific Plan, to de-certify the EIR, and to send the projects back to the Seaside Planning Commission for modifications.
Thursday was a huge step toward our dream of a Horse Park. The Seaside City Council certified the EIR. They also approved the Specific Plan and the General Plan, which will require a second vote November 17.
Over the past 20 years, horse parks in other Western States have contributed greatly to their communities. There is much more information regarding the economic impact of horse parks on local communities. Soon let’s be reading about the impact of the Monterey Horse Park on Seaside!
For anyone who has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.
Horse Shows in the Sun, Inc. is pleased to release the results of an extensive economic impact study of their 2014 horse show series held each January – March at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida.
Horse Shows in the Sun located in Thermal, CA is a seasonal venue offering a series of 8 horse shows each winter. Each week brings 3000 horses, 10,500 horsemen and horsewomen and 25,000 spectators to Thermal. Most importantly, $120,000,000 is added annually to the local economy in money spent on food, lodging, living expenses and entertainment. Imagine what a year round facility such as the Monterey Horse Park could bring in!
This Thursday, November 10, the EIR Certification will once again come before the Seaside City Council and this time we hope there will be a vote.
Thursday night’s Seaside City Council meeting was well attended by numerous MHP supporters and board members. A number of persons from the hospitality industry, real estate, and chambers of commerce spoke in favor of the three projects, as well as private citizens of Seaside. The Mayor and Council were forced to continue the meeting to November 10 due to a last minute legal submission of a multiple page document, but we remain optimistic and will keep you informed.
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Horse Parks are the wave of the future across the nation. Over half of our states have horse parks, many funded by the state itself. Horse Parks provide millions of dollars in revenue to their communities.