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News

50 years strong- One man visits Congress for 50 years

October 12th, 2016

By: Barbara Aitken

Bob Terrall knows most all there is to know about the All American Quarter Horse Congress. He should because he’s attended the event since 1967—50 years ago.

Terrell is from Troy, Ohio, about an hour and a half from the Ohio Expo Center, where the Congress has been held since its debut.  “It was a whole lot smaller back then,” recalls Terrell. “As a matter of fact, I stayed overnight in my vehicle and wasn’t even charged for it.”

Terrell’s interest has focused on cutting throughout the years.  “The people came because the prize money was good and everyone wanted to be associated with the Congress. And they still do.”

Some of Terrell’s favorite memories include meeting some of the ‘greats’ as he called them, including Buster Welch and Dale Wilkinson.

 Terrell reflected on how the industry has changed over time. “The horses have gotten better, the industry has gotten more competitive, and more elaborate—the clothing, horses, tack, and the expense has gotten greater.”

However, Terrell doesn’t view the latter as a negative. “I think we’re going in the right direction as an industry. These horses are good ones.” And Terrell should know—he’s attended the Congress as an exhibitor, commercial exhibitor and as a spectator. In the 60s, he showed halter and in 2009 his stallion, Travelin Lil Playboy tied for 5th in the Cutting Futurity.  Along with way, he worked as a commercial exhibitor for a trailer dealer.

“Congress is focusing on the youth. That’s needed in the equine world because the future depends on it.

Many people like Terrell will walk through the Congress gates this month. Many have similar stories, but all with will have a unique twist to the experiences they have gathered throughout the years.  Whatever their stories, these are the people who have shaped the Congress into what it is today. Congratulations to everyone on the 50th Anniversary!