Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

AQHA World Championship Show in OKC Lures International Entrants

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

AQHA World Championship Show in OKC Lures International Entrants

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There are hats and boots aplenty at the state fairgrounds as the top quarter horses have moved in for their two-week run at the annual 2006 AQHA World Championship Show.

Dubbed the Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show, the event promises to once again bring vast amounts of visitors and their wallets. The show began Saturday and will run through Nov. 18 at State Fair Arena.

The world show is in Oklahoma City for the 32nd year.

AQHA officials are particularly excited about this one, since it marks the first time competitors will be able to fully enjoy the updates done in the horse area.

"Everyone is loving the improvements that have been made with the barns and stalls," said Tom Persechino, AQHA senior director of marketing. "The (bond) money has really helped and it will be a top- notch facility."

State Fair spokesman Scott Munz said the improvement project is in its third year.

"It's part of the $55 million that came through the bond issue of Dec. 2004," Munz said.

Based on figures provided by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the show has an economic impact of $23.6 million. The Chamber figures 6,573 people will have a hand in the exhibition. There will be 1,878 horses with an average entourage of 3.5 people.

Participants are here from 49 states, the United Kingdom and seven Canadian provinces. All told, the purses and awards offered during the period will reach nearly $2.5 million.

The competition includes 34 All-Around Amateur contenders and 31 Superhorse contenders. …

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