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Appaloosa horse association chooses Fort Worth for two events

Appaloosa horse association chooses Fort Worth for two events
Robert Francis

The city of Fort Worth has landed another horse event.

The city has won a five-year contract to host the National Appaloosa Show & World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show and will continue to host the World Championship Appaloosa Show for five additional years. The projected economic impact for the two week summer event is $11 million, according to city officials.

The 66th National Appaloosa Show and the 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, with a total of 3,500 entries, will run concurrently from June 24-July 6. The 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Show is scheduled for October 25 – November 2. According to city officials, the new $32-million Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building at the Will Rogers Memorial Center helped secure the contracts. Fort Worth was chosen over Tulsa which was the other final bidder for the two shows.

“We are ecstatic to have won this bid and to now be working with the National and World Championship Youth Shows for The Appaloosa Horse Club,” said Kirk Slaughter, Public Events Director for the city of Fort Worth in a news release. “This is a great group of individuals and we love to have their beautiful, hard working horses here in our facility. WRMC and Fort Worth were able to offer a compelling package with our recent improvements, reputation for excellence and unrivaled equestrian heritage.”

The Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building opens June 6 and includes two indoor 20,000-square-foot exercise arenas on the upper level and approximately 740 additional stalls. An expanded underground tunnel system will allow exhibitors and their horses to move throughout the complex without interfering with traffic or being exposed to inclement weather.

 “The equestrian show business has become quite competitive in the last few years, with cities recognizing the value and importance of these visitors to their local economies,” said David DuBois, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are fortunate to have a city that is recognized both for its legendary western culture and strategic leadership that puts us at the top of the competitive set.”

The summer show will overlap with the American Paint Horse Association Youth World Championship Show.

The board of the Appaloosa Horse Club, headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, approved the contract with Will Rogers for two shows from 2013-2017. Tentative dates are June 23 – July 5, 2014; June 22 – July 4, 2015; June 27 – July 9, 2016 and June 26 – July 8, 2017.

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