Texas to host appaloosa nationals for five years

Fort Worth will host the Appaloosa nationals for the next five years.
Fort Worth will host the Appaloosa nationals for the next five years.

The city of Fort Worth in Texas has won a five-year contract to hold the National Appaloosa Show and the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show.

The Appaloosa Horse Club signed the agreement this week for the shows to be hosted at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

The City of Fort Worth’s bid was bolstered by the new $32-million Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building at WRMC.

The 66th National Appaloosa Show and the 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, with a total of 3500 entries, will run concurrently from June 24 to July 6. The 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Show is scheduled for October 25 to  November 2.

“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.

“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. At a projected economic impact of $11 million for this two week summer event, this is a huge win for our city.”

The summer show will overlap with the American Paint Horse Association Youth World Championship Show, presenting a unique opportunity for cooperation between two of the largest stock horse organizations in the world.

“The future of horse shows will be about cooperation,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith.

“This is a unique opportunity to create a model partnership that gives both organizations an opportunity to showcase great stock. The two shows will overlap from June 28 through July 6, 2013.

Fort Worth was chosen over Tulsa which was the other final bidder for the National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show.

“The Will Rogers facility in Fort Worth is an excellent venue for both our major shows,” said Appaloosa Horse Club Chief Executive Officer Steve Taylor.

“Beyond some basic efficiencies in terms of logistics and costs, the recent upgrades at WRMC and a double dose of Texas hospitality will ensure that our exhibitors have a great experience. We’re also enthusiastic about the opportunity to work closely with the American Paint Horse Association and believe in the merits of building relationships within the equine industry for our mutual benefit.”

The Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building opens on June 6 and includes two indoor 20,000-square-foot exercise arenas on the upper level and about 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.


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