Congress Futurities & Sweepstakes Classes
Nominations for Congress Futurities and Sweepstakes are due on April 1st of each year, followed by sustaining payments due June 1st and final payments due August 1st.
The Congress Futurity and Stakes classes will now be open to the following breeds/registries: American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), American Buckskin Registry Association (ABRA), International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA), Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) and the Jockey Club.
Congress Masters 2-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity
- Presented by The Equine Chronicle
Congress Masters 2-Year-Old Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity
- Presented by The Equine Chronicle
*2-Year-Old Maiden Open Western Pleasure Futurity (Open & Ltd.)
- Presented by Coughlin Automotive
3-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity (Open & Ltd)
Congress Southern Belle Breeder’s 3-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity (Open & Ltd)
*3-Year-Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Futurity (Non Pro & Ltd)
Maturity Open Western Pleasure Futurity (Open & Ltd.)
*3-Year-Old Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity (Open & Ltd.)
Congress Barrel Racing Sweepstakes - Presented by Universal Media
Congress Pole Bending Sweepstakes - Presented by Universal Media
NRHA Open Reining Futurity (Level 4, 3, 2, & Prime Time)
- Presented by Friends of the Congress Reining
For information regarding entering please contact:
OQHA Futurity Secretary
614-505-7200, ext. 125
General Rules & Conditions
A. Payments must be postmarked by the deadline date and received within three business days. We recommend payments be sent by certified mail,
as the Ohio Quarter Horse Association is not responsible for any lost or late entries.
B. Payments may be made in full. Any horse paid in full and then dropped before the August 1st final payment deadline will have the remaining payments due refunded. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association MUST be notified of the intent to drop the horse before the payment due date to receive the refund.
2. LATE NOMINATION FEES
A. Received by July 1 - $250 Penalty + Nomination and Sustaining Fees
B. Received by August 1 - $500 Penalty + Nomination, Sustaining and Final Fees.
3. MISSED PAYMENTS
These conditions only apply to entries that paid the nomination fee by April 1, except where denoted by an asterisk(*).
A. Anyone missing the June 1st sustaining fee may regain eligibility by paying the following:
1. By July 1 - $75 Penalty + Sustaining Fee
2. By August 1 - $100 Penalty + Sustaining Fee and Final Payment
B. Anyone missing the August 1st final payment, but who has paid nomination and sustaining fees, may regain eligibility by paying the following:
1. By August 25 - $250 Penalty + Final Payment
C. Anyone missing June 1st sustaining fee and August 1st final payment, but who has paid the nomination fee, may regain eligibility by paying the following:
1. Ultra Late Fee - $1,000 Penalty + Sustaining and Final Fees
2. Ultra Late Fees and their accompanying payments will NOT be accepted by mail, but must be made during Congress at the Entry Office in Congress Hall.
3. Ultra Late Fees must be paid at Congress no later than 2:00 p.m. the day before the first go-round of the class to be shown.
4. Futurity fees paid during Congress will not be added to the purse.
5. Any horse paying an Ultra Late Fee, who is not already on an existing entry, must pay a stall fee at Congress.
D. Anyone who has not made any payments can enter by paying a $2,500 Penalty, plus all missed payments (nomination, sustaining and final fees) by August 25th.
4. CHECKS PAYABLE
Payments must be made in U.S. funds. Please make checks payable to:
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association
6325 Quarter Horse Drive | Columbus, OH 43229
5. NSF CHECK POLICY
A penalty equal to the late fee for the missed payment, plus a $35 processing fee will be charged for any NSF check.
Refunds will not be given for any reason, except as described in rules #1B and #17.
If a veterinarian statement is received by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, stating that a horse entered is no longer able to show, the owner will be allowed to substitute another horse in the class, providing the substitute horse is owned by the same person who made the original entry. A substitution fee of $200 must accompany the vet statement. Substitutions will be accepted until August 1st ONLY.
8. CHANGE OF OWNER
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association should be notified in writing of a change in ownership of any entry. A copy of the updated registration certificate must be included with the request to change ownership. Notification by phone will be accepted, but will not be considered final until a copy of the updated papers is received in the OQHA office.
9. STALL INFORMATION
A. All horses with all payments made and who will be shown at Congress must have a stall. Payment for stalls must be made with regular Congress
Entries by August 25th.
B. Congress Horse Show Entry Books will be mailed in July. The entry form in the book should be filled out completely, including futurity class number and stalling information. The completed entry form should then be sent in with any other horse show entries. All horse show entries must be received by August 25th.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not received a Congress Horse Show Entry Book by August 1st, please call the OQHA office and request one: (614) 505-7200 ext 125.
Congress Futurity and Stakes Classes are open to the following breeds: AQHA, APHA, ApHC, ABRA, IBHA, PHBA and Jockey Club. The Congress Barrel Racing Sweepstakes and the Congress Pole Bending Sweepstakes are open to all horses. Reining Futurity entries must have a competition license.
11. HORSE MARKINGS AND IDENTIFICATION
A. Horses may be matched for identification and age with their registration papers.
B. Owners of grade horses should include a color photo and vet statement verifying the age, color, markings and owner of the entry.
12. NSBA AND CONGRESS RULES AND REGULATIONS
A. Classes will follow NSBA rules, unless Congress futurity conditions differ from them. In this case, Congress rules shall prevail.
B. All horses that are entered in a Congress futurity or stakes class will be required to pay a $7.50 NSBA Drug Fee per horse due August 25 with Congress Entries.
C. All futurity entries will require a Certificate of Eligibility. Horse holding a current BCF or SIF certificate will satisfy this requirement. For more information please contact the NSBA office.
13. MEDICATION RULES
A. All Congress Stakes and Futurity events will follow AQHA medication guidelines and rules.
B. All horses shall be subject to laboratory testing at the discretion of the show manager.
C. Any owner, exhibitor, trainer or responsible party refusing to submit to laboratory testing will be disqualified and will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
D. Congress Medication rules are available from the OQHA office.
14. INHUMANE TREATMENT
Inhumane treatment of any horse (as defined per AQHA rules SHW205) will be grounds for disqualification of that horse and all awards will be forfeited.
15. FINAL DECISION
Decisions of the judges will be final. Entries will be accepted only upon this condition.
Any dispute as to operation of classes, matters of protocol, procedures in lab testing, show management issues and all other issues shall be decided by the show manager. The show manager’s decision shall be final and considered acceptable by all exhibitors.
17. RIGHT OF CANCELLATION
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association and the All American Quarter Horse Congress reserves the right to cancel these events without notice and without liability any time prior to the contests. In this case, all entry money will be refunded.
18. EXPENSE WITHHOLDING
23% of the net purse, except for NRHA classes which will use 25% (20% retainage and 5% to NRHA) of the net purse, will be used to defray expenses in all performance futurities and sweepstakes. In Congress Masters Futurity classes 100% of the entry fee will be paid back. Regular entry fees will be included in the purse. Penalty payments will not be included in the purse. All fees paid in excess of the regular entry fee will be considered a penalty payment.