By Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A prominent national youth horse show is leaving New Mexico for Oklahoma.

The 2015 Arabian and Half-Arabian Youth National Championship Horse Show is slated for July 18-25 in Albuquerque but the Albuquerque Journal ( ) reports that the event will move to State Fair Park in Oklahoma City in 2016 through at least 2018.

The event has been held each July at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque since 2000.

Expo New Mexico officials said the aging state fairgrounds simply couldn’t compete against the Oklahoma facility.

Glenn Petty of the Aurora, Colorado-based Arabian Horse Association, said a key factor in selecting Oklahoma City over Albuquerque were millions of dollars spent on improvements to State Fair Park.

The show draws hundreds of competitors.

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