Pinto Horse Association of America renews agreement with Expo Square
This year marks the 25th year Tulsa has hosted the PWC, which is noted as the world's largest gathering of Pintos. The thirteen day event is held annually in June, at Expo Square's Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex.
"Expo Square is extremely grateful for the opportunity to provide the Pinto World Championship with premier livestock event facilities and support services," stated Mark Andrus, President and CEO of Expo Square, "Over the last two decades, Expo Square and the Pinto Horse Association of America have built a strong relationship, our staff welcomes the opportunity to build on the foundation and continue to improve in the years to come."
PWC has a significant impact on the Tulsa community, with an estimated annual economic impact of over $1.5 million. Participants from 42 states, Canada and Germany, will stay an estimated 5,000 hotel room nights and 3,969 camp nights at the Expo Square RV Park. During the show, over 2,400 horses will compete for an excess of $350,000.00 in prize money.
"VisitTulsa is committed to supporting the Pinto World Championship and honored this prestigious event will remain in Tulsa," said Ray Hoyt, Senior Vice President of VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission. "The VisitTulsa 2.0 capital campaign created a closing fund that allows us to support events like the PWC and ensure their return to the Tulsa region for years to come."
The Pinto Horse Association of America was formed to encourage the promotion of quality horses, ponies and miniatures with color and to establish a registry for maintaining their show records and pedigrees. Currently, the association serves approximately 12,000 members and boasts more than 147,000 registered Pintos.
Darrell Bilke, Executive Vice President and COO of PtHA, extends his gratitude towards Expo Square, VisitTulsa and the Tulsa community, on behalf of the Pinto Horse Association of America and Pinto World Championship Horse Show.