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All-American Quarter Horse Congress is underway in Ohio

The Congress is three weeks of shopping, competition, clinics and more.

By Leslie Potter | 11-Oct-11

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American Quarter HorseThe American Quarter Horse is the most popular horse breed in the world, and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, which takes place throughout the month of October, is the breed’s ultimate celebration. The Congress has the distinction of being the world’s largest single-breed horse show, with more than 8,500 Quarter Horses and 650,000 Quarter Horse enthusiasts trekking to Columbus, Ohio for the event.

The Congress has humble beginnings as a three-day show in 1967, hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. The original organizers were wary of the expense, but in its first year the Congress proved profitable, and has been a highlight of the Quarter Horse show calendar ever since.

This year’s show kicked off on Oct. 7 and will run through Oct. 30. Quarter Horses of all types are featured throughout the three weeks, beginning with reining, cutting and roping. Hunters and jumpers begin on Oct. 14 and western pleasure will start on Oct. 18. Barrel racing and pole bending kick off on Oct. 26. See the full schedule here.

The Congress hosts the National Youth Activity Team Tournament (NYATT), where teams of riders from local Quarter Horse Associations face off in barrel racing, horsemanship, hunter under saddle, reining, showmanship and western pleasure. NYATT competition takes place on Oct. 23 with the awards given that evening. Other youth competitions include a judging contest, horse bowl, hippology competition and a communications contest.

Each year, a Congress Queen is crowned. Contestants represent their state, province or regional Quarter Horse Association and demonstrate horsemanship skill, complete a written test and an oral presentation and participate in a style show. The 2011 Congress Queen will be crowned at the NYATT awards celebration on Oct. 23.

Outside of the competition arena, there are educational opportunities throughout the week, including a series of lectures and demonstrations presented by top trainers, veterinarians and other experts. See the full schedule here.

The Congress Super Sale has been a part of the show since its inception. Hundreds of Quarter Horses are sold at the auction each year. This year’s Super Sale will be held on Oct. 22 with a preview on the 21st. See more on the Super Sale here.

The Congress is a staple on many equestrians’ bucket lists for the sheer size of the show, variety of classes and expansive equine shopping opportunities. However, for those who are unable to travel to Columbus, live streaming from two arenas is available at

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Dana    Elizabeth, PA

10/25/2011 6:40:38 PM

wait. I got overly excited and didn't read the whole article. just ignore my previous question. lol

Dana    Elizabeth, PA

10/25/2011 6:38:02 PM

Where can you watch the live stream? I can't go and I want to watch my riding instructor run barrels!


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Jackie    Loudonville, OH

10/15/2011 6:22:01 PM

Couldn't attend Congress this year due to health. Was surprised and excited about live stream. That would mean I could still view the show at home.
Have tryed several times to watch the show. would not run or was offline. Probably won't try again!!
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