State Fair Park will host three horse shows in July and August.
The Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Horse Show is set for July 23-27, with a preview from July 16-20. The U.S. Equestrian Federation rated this show AA, which is its highest rating.
The show is open to any breed and will include thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, American quarter horses, Welsh ponies, Arabians and more. Admission is free.
The first week’s competitions include the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association national hunter derby with a $5,000 prize.
The second week’s competitions include the international hunter derby with a $10,000 prize.
The winners of each Saturday’s Greater Oklahoma Grand Prix events get $25,000.
The show will feature a regional $10,000 Food Bank Welcome Stake and four jumper classic competitions.
The jumps are set up to simulate what riders would find riding cross country, said Margaret Thurston, president of the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association.
Show hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 16-17, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 18-19, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 20, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 23-24, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 25-26 and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 27.
Exhibitors from across the country will be at the event in Barn 3, 7 and 9 and the Jim Norick Arena, Performance Arena and Super Barn.
Money from the shows will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
AQHA youth show
The American Quarter Horse Youth Association youth world championship show will be Aug. 1-9 in the Jim Norick Arena. The event starts at 8 a.m. every day. It runs until 6 p.m. on Aug. 1, 8 p.m. on Aug. 2-3, 9 p.m. on Aug. 4-8 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Admission is free.
The show is the world’s largest single-breed championship horse show for competitors 18 and younger.
As part of the Time to Ride nationwide effort that aims to put 100,000 people on horseback, everyone who wants to ride a horse can do so on Aug. 3.
Youths from nearly every state and Canadian province, as well as many other countries, will compete for one of the 35 world champion titles, said Lauren Walsh, senior director of marketing and membership for the American Quarter Horse Association.
This year’s competition will feature 800 young riders and 1,200 American Quarter Horses, Walsh said.
The Summer Shootout Barrel Racing Event will be Aug. 15-17 in the Jim Norick Arena Super Barn.
Shows start at 9 a.m. on Aug. 15-16 and 10 a.m. Aug. 17.
“We have lots of vendors for people to come shop at,” said coordinator Ross Wright.
Although most of the horses entered in the competition are American Quarter Horses, any breed of horse is welcome to compete.
There is no admission charge to watch the 4D barrel racing competition that includes four divisions based on timed runs.