Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Quarter Horse Association Signs Contract through '97

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Quarter Horse Association Signs Contract through '97

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The American Quarter Horse Association has signed a five-year extension of its contract to stage its World Championship Show at the State Fairgrounds Arena through 1997.

The contract was signed Friday at the State Fair of Oklahoma offices by Bill Brewer, senior director of administration and marketing for the association, which is located in Amarillo, and Everett Salley of Tulsa, second vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association. Signing for the fair was Edward C. Joulian, chairman of the board of State Fair of Oklahoma. Clay Bennett signed for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Oklahoma City Convention and Tourism Bureau.

A three-year contract signed in 1989 to conduct the fall horse show in Oklahoma expires after the 1992 show. The show has been in Oklahoma City 16 years.

"The World Championship Quarter Horse Show brings thousands of visitors to this city annually," Joullian said. "These visitors result in an economic impact of almost $15 million a year." Joulian said extension of the Quarter Horse show contract would mean have an economic impact of nearly $90 million to Oklahoma City during the next six years. It is one of eight major horse events at the fair grounds that annually contribute an economic impact estimated at $31 million to the community.

Brewer said the contract was negotiated with Oklahoma City by the board of the American Quarter Horse Association without opening the show to outside bids.

"On behalf of our board of directors, our executive committee and the AQHA staff, we truly appreciate the interest and the support that these groups in the community have shown in our event," Brewer said.

"Through this group, and their commitment to continually upgrade the facilities, and the great attention to detail of the chamber and the fair, these were paramount in the decision by our executive committee to sign for the first time ever a five-year contract with Oklahoma City. …

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