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Horse Digest
The National Reining Horse Association
(NRHA) has signed a Letter of Agreement,
extending the current contract for their 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 Grand National and World Championship
Morgan Horse Show and the American Quarter
Horse Youth Association's World Show. These
two shows also 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," stated
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," stated
Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. President and CEO Tim
O'Toole. "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
NRHA Extends Contract
with Oklahoma City
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had one goal--make some of the best trailers in
the industry even better.
"We challenged ourselves to come up with
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mance of our trailers and give customers a better
overall trailering experience," Justin Queensland,
Featherlite's U.S. dealer sales manager, said.
Across the board improvements
Featherlite's attention to quality has led to
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year® tires are now standard, as are new super
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small box is mounted to the hitch of a trailer, it
eliminates the need to physically install a brake
controller in each tow vehicle that pulls the trailer.
LED strip lighting mounted under a trailer
awning is another notable option. This creates a
welcoming atmosphere for get-togethers at rode-
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Versatile, practical and user-friendly
Several new models and options introduced
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ers," Queensland noted.
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Farmers and ranchers often need to haul
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Horse owners know how important quiet is
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est Featherlite dealership, visit Featherlite online
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