Go Beyond the Archives

March 13, 2013, Tulsa, Okla., Tulsa Chamber of Commerce - The Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation, a non-profit housed under Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA), today officially opened a museum dedicated to the Palomino Horse and the history of the organization in Tulsa. Members of the organization gathered with Tulsa Regional Chamber staff to host a ribbon cutting which marked the opening of the space to the public.

Inside the museum, patrons will find historic books dating back to the beginning of Palomino Horse Breeders of America, founded in 1941. Saddles, clothing, jewelry and other memorabilia from the history of the organization are housed in display cases and on wall displays. A window display also encases memorabilia from PHBA amateur and youth competitions.

“Our goal is to preserve, display, and educate the public about the Palomino horse, the people and the events of PHBA,” said Floyd Branson, vice president of the foundation.

Items in the museum have come primarily from PHBA members who have collected items throughout the years and donated them to the foundation for the displays.

“We continue to have people find interest in the museum and bring us additional items. Our hope is that every three to six months we’ll have enough items to rotate out the displays so that people can see there is a growing history,” Branson said.

Today’s opening came in unison with PHBA’s national convention, hosted annually in Tulsa. “We are proud to have great partners such as the Palomino Horse Breeders located in Tulsa,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa, the convention and visitors division of the Chamber.

“Premier events such as the PHBA’s national convention and venues like the new museum continue to put Tulsa at the forefront of the equine industry nationally. We hope this will continue to attract visitors and equine events that positively impact our economy,” Hoyt said.


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