Thursday, October 14, 2010

Congress Fun!

It's Congress time here in Ohio. If you are unfamiliar, The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single-breed horse show in the world with over 17,000 entries and over 8,500 horses competing for three weeks each October since 1967.

I haven't made it over to the grounds yet, and I might not this year. It's a sight to behold for sure, but I don't have anybody to go with and I really shouldn't be tempted by the shopping booths at this time. Besides, it's cold, and I get nauseous watching the bobble-heads and neither of those things are as fun to do by yourself. :)

Here's my post from 2009: A Day at the QH Congress.

For those of you that are interested, you can experience part of the Congress via these new fangled interwebs. Sadly the shopping cannot be experienced unless you go there. It's massive. Even Rod's Western Palace whose home store is already right here in Columbus has BIGGER square footage AT the Congress than their permanent store. Just look at the list of vendors and imagine what that's like. I got to meet Peter Stone in the Stone Horses booth last year. He's a SUPER nice guy. has all three arenas on streaming:
The site doesn't tell you what you're watching, but the class schedule is here: 2010 Congress Schedule You can also get to more info (including results) from that site.

Want to follow along with the patterns classes or just try them out at home? Note: they make it seem you have to register to see them, but there's a smaller button that avoids registration.

Have fun!


  1. Shame on you! Living so close to Congress and not going while poor North Carolina residents like me have to suffer! LOL

    I went one year when I lived in Michigan. I think I was about 12 years old. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. :)

    I definitely plan to check out some of the classes via the interwebz this year. I forgot last year... lol

  2. I absolutely LOVE Congress! It's a two hour drive from where I live, and we go every year...!

  3. I'd love to be there even just for the shopping. So many wonderful horsey goodies in one place!