11-2-06 - Southern Oklahoma and North Texas are home to some of the world's best horse trainers. Ardmore leaders are giving them the chance to open up their business to the rest of the world.
The U.S. Department Of Agriculture gave the Ardmore Development Authority the go ahead to build an international port of entry for horses at the airpark. There's only three others like it in the country. Leaders say the economic impact compares to that of MG.
The regional reigning horse futurity brought horses from all over the world to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and contributed one million dollars to the Ardmore economy. But these horses had to fly into ports in LA or New York, spend time in quarantine, and then be transported by semi to Ardmore. That's costly and puts stress on the animal.
The international port of entry would change that and enable officials to recruit more shows to the area.
Nedpoint quarter horses in Pauls Valley have agreed to own and operate the facility. Now local lawmakers are pushing for state incentives.
This will help the dozens of trainers in the area expand their business. Officials hope to be importing and exporting horses by the end of next year.