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December 5, 2011 - For Immediate Release:

HORSE SHOWS HIGHLIGHT NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES AT STATE FAIR PARK The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show was the anchor of the activities that took place at State Fair Park during the month of November. Commonly referred to as “The World,” the AQHA World Championship Show is the richest and largest world championship horse show with classes for open and amateur competitors. This year marked the 38th Anniversary of the show, which ran November 5 through 19. Highlighted at this year’s show was the crowning of the AQHA All-Around Amateur and Superhorse. Chex This Dually owned by Donald Tisdall of Castle Rock, Colorado was named the Farnam Superhorse, signifying Chex This Dually as the winningest all-around American Quarter Horse at the World Show. The 2001 sorrel gelding earned 49 points in three classes. The winning owner receives $25,000 plus $2,000 of Farnam products, a WeatherBeeta blanket and an original Lisa Perry bronze. The 2011 World Championship Show marks the 36th consecutive year that this show has been held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Over 3,500 combined entries in 90 classes under three divisions – western, English and halter - competed for more than $2.6 million in cash and prizes during this 15-day event. The AQHA World Championship Show places over $33.3 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy, annually. The AQHA World Show is currently contracted to remain in Oklahoma City through the year 2015. Also taking place at State Fair Park primarily during the month of November was the National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show which ran November 24 through December 3. The 10-day event was a world-class production featuring the most elite reiners competing for nearly $2 million in cash and prize awards. Winning the NRHA Open Futurity Division was Lil Joe Cash, ridden by Andrea Fappani and owned by Russell Giles. The winner took home a check for $150,000, in addition to several other prizes. The NRHA show drew 71,393 spectators and participants from all over the world, generating over $16.7 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy. All told, State Fair Park played host to nine events during the month of November. In addition to the AQHA World Championship Show and the NRHA Futurity, other events included the Oklahoma State Fair Volunteer Banquet, the Oklahoma Oilmen’s Fish Fry, a Mineral & Gem Show, the Sooner Trade Exchange Trade Show, the R.K. Gun Show, a Buchanan’s Vintage Flea Market, the Oklahoma City Gun Show and a Gun, Knife and Outdoor Equipment Show. In all, there were 222,519 people attending the 349 event days held at State Fair Park in November, generating over $50.7 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy. For more information regarding the November events, or any upcoming months, please contact the Fair Park Office at (405) 948-6704. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, visit us at or read about us on – the official blog of State Fair Park. InFAIRmation, the official newsletter of the

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