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NRHA Futurity

The National Reining Horse Association extends its contract with Oklahoma City.

National Reining Horse Association
March 13, 2013

Americasnextgunmodel and Casey Deary

Casey Deary rides Americasnextgunmodel to the 2012 NRHA Futurity open championship at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. (Journal photo)

The National Reining Horse Association signed a letter of agreement, extending the current contract for its NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. The event will remain at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City through the year 2018.

This is the most recent equine event to extend their relationship with Oklahoma City and State Fair Park, following in the footsteps of the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show and the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show. These two shows both recently signed contract extensions.

“We are extremely pleased to renew our longstanding partnership with Oklahoma City and State Fair Park. NRHA appreciates the symbiotic relationship that exists between the NRHA and the entire community of Oklahoma City,” said NRHA President Beth Himes. “The NRHA Futurity enjoys world-wide participation and brings guests from around the globe to Oklahoma City each year. It only is appropriate that an equine event of this magnitude takes place in a world-class equine facility with historical significance and in a location offering a true western life-style experience. The NRHA Futurity has grown significantly since 1986 thanks to the support of both Oklahoma City and State Fair Park. We look forward to working to continue our mutual development and growth.”

The 2012 NRHA Futurity drew 77,392 spectators and participants and had a direct spending impact on Oklahoma City of over $16.7 million making this a very significant event on the State Fair Park equine events calendar. The NRHA Futurity has called Oklahoma City and State Fair Park home since 1986.

“Since before the National Reining Horse Association moved their corporate headquarters to Oklahoma City and more specifically, to a building here at State Fair Park, we have enjoyed a very close working relationship,” said Tim O’Toole, Oklahoma State Fair president and CEO. “We have, in partnership with the City of Oklahoma City, invested many resources along with millions of dollars into the world-class equine facilities at State Fair Park. These improvements have been well received by all of our equine clients and have allowed us to maintain the position of Horse Show Capital of the World.”

“The impact – both economically and culturally – of important events such as this one cannot be understated,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “The NRHA Futurity attendees will spend time in Oklahoma City’s restaurants and at local attractions, and stay in our hotels. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s citizens have the opportunity to see a world-class horse show right in their own backyard. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”

The 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show will take place November 28 through December 7 in the Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. For more information regarding this event or the NRHA in general, visit www.nrha.com.

Watch a video vignette from the 2012 NRHA Futurity.