Officials late last week announced that Triangle Horse Sales would relocate its sale site from Shawnee, Oklahoma, to the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
The OKC location will serve as the new home for Triangle’s annual sales and will debut as host site with its “January Sale,” scheduled for Jan. 24-25.
Jim Ware, owner of Triangle Sales, said the decision to move was designed to provide customers more options in accommodations and attractions, as well as provide more up-to-date sale and stall facilities.
“Triangle Sales has been in existence for 40 years and most of those sales have been in Shawnee,” Ware said in a news release. “We recognize the tradition there, but we feel like we need to make this move. We have a high standard for our customers, and this location will offer so much more to both buyers and sellers.”
The Oklahoma State Fair Park is considered among the nation’s finest equestrian event locations and is host to the back-to-back American Quarter Horse Association’s Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships, as well as the National Reining Horse Association’s Futurity, along with numerous other shows throughout the year.
The facility is long established as a destination for equine events and underwent a $75-million renovation completed in 2012 to add higher ceilings, asphalt flooring and more than 3,000 stalls within climate-controlled facilities.
Triangle Sales Company originally conducted sales in Oklahoma City. The company was founded in 1979 by the late John Bowling and his wife, Cindy, who first conducted Quarter Horse and Paint Horse consignment sales in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Oklahoma. They eventually moved the sales exclusively to Oklahoma at State Fair Park, and then settled the sale site in Shawnee’s Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in 1983.
“The Bowlings ultimately made Shawnee their home because the facilities were there,” says Ware, who purchased the company in 2014. “The Expo Center has been good, but we’re looking forward to the amenities State Fair Park can provide in terms of convenience, safety for our customers and horses, and accommodations in Oklahoma City.”
“They’re glad to see us come and we are equally glad to be there.”
The Triangle auction site will be located in Barn 3 in State Fair Park. The space will allow for live cutting cattle and Triangle’s famous track cow during the sales, as well as convenient pre-sale barrel and roping demonstrations.
Following the “January Sale” will be the Spring Sale, April 24-25, and the Fall Sale on Oct. 23-24.