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News

The All American Quarter Horse Congress: Celebrating 50 Years of Equine Tradition

October 10th, 2016

By: Barbara Aitken 

The All American Quarter Horse Congress kicked off its 50th Anniversary last week at the Ohio Expo Center (OEC), in Columbus, Ohio. The Congress celebrates 50 years of tradition, equine excellence and brining exhibitors and equine enthusiasts together. The month-long event began last Thursday with Reining, followed by Cutting on Friday. In the days to follow equine enthusiasts, from all equine disciplines, will partake in the multitude of attractions the Congress offers.

An estimated 650,000 total attendees will attend the Congress during October, channeling more than 2.5 million dollars into the Central Ohio market. Of the approximate 18,000 total entries, spanning worldwide, 735 are Ohio residents.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Congress Reining Futurity, sponsored by Friends of the Congress Reining will take place October 11th, at 6:00 PM. The Futurity will feature top level NRHA exhibitors running a pattern on fast circles, spins and sliding stops.

October 12th is the Quarter Horse Congress Parade that will celebrate the bond between the Congress and the City of Columbus. The parade will begin downtown at 10:00 AM following High Street, to conclude at City Hall with comments from horse show officials, city officials and statesmen welcoming everyone the 50th Anniversary celebration.

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Mercuria World Series of Cutting and Congress Bridleless Cutting will talk place on October 13th. Horses will tune into their natural instincts – herding cattle away from a herd and working the cow from one side of the arena to the other in a dancing motion

The highly anticipate professional Bull Riding Touring Pro Division presented by Ricart Ford, is on October 14th. Riders will challenge monstrous bulls in hopes to ride the coveted eight seconds.

October 15th is the Freestyle Reining, a crowd favorite, presented by Weaver Leather. Horse and riders will run classic reining maneuvers including sliding stops, spins, and circles to music. Tickets are almost sold out to this event!

The show concludes with a classic special event, the Masters Western Pleasure, and Hunter Under Saddle presented by the Equine Chronicle. The Master’s is a maiden class for 2-year-old horses that have never shown before.

The Congress is proud to offer classes such as the USA Para Reining, Equestrians with Disabilities and Heroes on Horses.

In addition to top-notch competition inside the arena, the Congress houses over 225 equine related vendors during the tradeshow hosted on the OEC grounds during the month-long event. Indoor and outdoor vendors will have equine tack, clothing, jewelry and equipment stores, dealers and designers.

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is proud to welcome everyone to the 50th Anniversary of The All American Quarter Horse Congress.

For more information, visit us online at www.quarterhorsecongress.com

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