If you are a horse enthusiast in the midwestern United States, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Columbus, Ohio to experience the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. The Congress is the world's largest single-breed horse show, attracting over 650,000 people annually. It has been held in Columbus, Ohio, every October since 1967.
The Congress is primarily a horse show, offering competitors from all over the United States the chance to compete their quarter horses at an AQHA-sanctioned, point-earning event. Classes range from halter and showmanship to reining and jumping. They also offer futurity classes.
The Congress Masters 2-year old western pleasure futurity currently has a payout of $30,000 to the winner. One of the most popular classes for spectators at the Congress is the freestyle reining. This class allows reining riders to create their own patterns set to music, with certain required elements for judging purposes. This show attracts the best horses in the industry, with over 21,000 entries annually. This many entries requires the Congress to run for over three weeks long, with classes running in multiple arenas from morning until night. Many Congress champions go on to compete and win at the AQHA World Show.
In addition to being a large and competitive horse show, the Congress features an enormous trade show with over 250 commercial exhibitors, a Congress Queen competition, various seminars from industry professionals, and the country's largest intercollegiate and junior horse judging contest. They feature a large auction, called the Congress Super Sale, which over 200 horses are consigned to every year. Mare owners interested in breeding can also meet and compare several prominent quarter horse studs at the Congress.
The 2015 All-American Quarter Horse Congress will be held October 1-25, in Columbus, Ohio at the state fairgrounds.
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