All American Quarter Horse Congress runs through Oct. 23 in Columbus – The Columbus Dispatch
Peter Tonguette | Special to The Columbus Dispatch For the 55th year, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is set to make Columbus not just the state capital but, for a time, something of a horse capital. The annual event kicked off on Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 23 at the Ohio Expo Center.
For the 55th year, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is set to make Columbus not just the state capital but, for a time, something of a horse capital.
The annual event kicked off on Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 23 at the Ohio Expo Center.
The Congress encompasses numerous events, including a horse show described as the world’s largest centered on a single breed; sales of horses; calf-roping, steer-roping and steer-wrestling; ticketed events, including bull-riding; and an enormous trade show.
To get yourself in an appropriately equine state of mind, here are the nuts and bolts of this year’s event. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit www.quarterhorsecongress.com.
What is a quarter horse?
A quarter horse is a breed distinct for its speed, said Congress official Carey Cooper.
“They got their name from (being) the fastest in a quarter-mile,” Cooper said. “It’s one of the most versatile breeds there is.”
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Where does the event take place?
The All American Quarter Horse will take place at the Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue.
What is the cost of admission?
The event is free to attend apart from some special events, including the Congress Professional Bull Riders event at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets cost $25 to $100 and can be purchased at www.quarterhorsecongress.com. (A ticketed freestyle reining event on Oct. 8 is already sold out.)
Where can I park?
According to the Congress website, those parking for a single day should park north of 17th Avenue and those parking for the entire event, as well as exhibitors, on the fairgrounds property. Single-day parking costs $25, or $15 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; entire event parking costs $75. Consult the website for guidance on horse trailer parking.
What about the bull riding?
The ticketed bull-riding event on Oct. 7 will feature the usual sight of experienced riders attempting to hang onto bulls, but this year a new “Mini Bulls” component — featuring young people riding miniature bulls — has been added, Cooper said.
What is sold at the trade show?
Just about anything you can think of horse- or Western-related is for sale at the trade show, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Everything from saddles to bridles and Western decorative items will be for sale, said Congress marketing and communications director Autumn Bowlby. “(We have) a number of vendors over many acres,” she said.
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What about horse sales?
Two sales of horses are scheduled for this year’s event: The main Congress Super Sale on Oct. 15, and the Congress Ranch Horse Sale, including ranch and trail horses as well as family ponies, on Oct. 1.
“Some of the top horses in our industry are going to be for sale at these two different sales,” Bowlby said. “(There are) great horses going through that sale ring.”
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