Home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for top national and world championship horse shows, bringing in more than $200 million in direct spending annually. Oklahoma City hosts 18 major horse shows each year including a busy fall schedule that features the best Quarter and Morgan horse championships, along with team roping competitions and barrel racing.
"Equine activity continues to thrive as we welcome back annual championship shows such as the American Quarter Horse World Championship Show and the National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity to Oklahoma City this fall," said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. "With shows typically running a week or more, these participants spend significant time and money in our city each year. We want them to know how much we appreciate their commitment to Oklahoma City."
Whether your interest is English or Western, if this is your first show or you are a seasoned horse show veteran, Oklahoma City has an event for you. Events for Fall 2011 include:
Grand National Morgan Horse Show Oct. 8 - 15 • http://www.morgangrandnational.com/
The Grand National Morgan Horse Show attracts more than 1,200 of the finest Morgan horses and their riders, who compete for more than $300,000 in prizes.
U.S. Team Roping Championships Oct. 22 - 29 • www.ustrc.com
More than 7,000 two-man teams compete in the biggest and richest roping event in the world, with contestants from all 50 states and Canada.
American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Nov. 5 - 19 • www.aqha.com
With prizes and awards reaching nearly $2.5 million, this show attracts more than 2,000 horses with participants from 49 states, seven Canadian provinces, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.
National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity Nov. 24 - Dec. 3 • www.nrha.com
More than 1,200 three-year-old horses compete in the National Reining Horse Association's finest million dollar event. Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse. This engaging sport is on track to become the first western-style equestrian event in the Olympics.
World Barrel Racing Futurity Dec. 6 - 10 • www.barrelfuturitiesofamerica.com
Barrel racing is a timed rodeo event combining a horse's athletic ability and a rider's horsemanship skills to maneuver around three 55-gallon closed-end metal barrels. More than 1,000 horses race for $100,000 in prize money, with a large trade show and barrel horse sale.
All equine events held at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Before heading to the fairgrounds, be sure to visit each event's website for finalized times and information.