November 17, 2012
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin meets Kaleena Weakly and Hours Yours And Mine at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show. (Courtesy photo)
On November 9, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was one of the thousands of visitors at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show, along with Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese, sitting down with AQHA officials to thank them for their continued patronage of Oklahoma.
Gov. Fallin visited with AQHA exhibitor Kaleena Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, who was year-end all-around amateur with her 2006 mare Hours Yours And Mine. “Blondie” is by The Radical Hour and out of One Pretty Blaze by Blazing Hot. She was bred by Ty Hornick of Jamestown, Ohio.
“She told me how glad she was to see so many women involved in the horse industry,” Kaleena said after the visit.
Every year, Oklahoma plays host to more than 40 major horse shows, competitions and rodeos in addition to the AQHA World Show. In addition to creating jobs, these events account for more than $400 million of annual spending in ag-related tourism events.
“Oklahoma offers the horse industry commitment, community, top-rate facilities, a central location and hospitality,” Reese said.