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WHITESBORO, TX -- Tuesday night Whitesboro City Council voted to move forward with building a $1 million arena.

City officials met again Wednesday morning to reach out to local land owners and begin seeking legal and financial counsel.

Carla Peacock is going into her fourth year serving as president of the Dal-Worth Appaloosa Horse Club, but she's only been in the Texoma area for nine years.

"Up in the north east, you have a limited window when you can show,” said Peacock. “So we showed pretty much every weekend, from the first part of April until the end of October."

But she says Texas weather is more consistent allowing them to hold horse riding events year round.

"To have events in the summer when it's 100 degrees down here,” she said, “you need to have a climate controlled facility. The only one that's even close to here is Ardmore."

Peacock says Texoma needs this arena but the city of Whitesboro needs it more.

"If you build it, they will come and it will be booked every weekend,” Peacock said, “whether it's a horse show, it's a concert, it's a craft show."

She believes the horse industry will be the main contributor.

"They will give back by staying in the hotels and shopping at the stores and eating at the restaurants,” she said. “And that's not only revenue for the county, but that's jobs."

The city says they've been considering this project for years, but there are still too many details to work out before setting a construction date.

"There's too many steps that we still have to cross, in order to get to that point,” said Lynda Anderson with the Whitesboro Economic Development Corporation. “But we would like to see it come as soon possible."

Peacock says a huge motivator for this project is the youth in the community.

"Kids that are involved in horses, don't get involved in drugs and alcohol and trouble,” she said.

Peacocks says building this arena is important to the county...not just horse riders.

Currently all local events or shows take place in Ardmore, Fort Worth or Oklahoma City- revenue that could be going back into Grayson County.