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.
Reelhorse.com has all three arenas on streaming: http://site.reelhorse.com/
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? www.horseshowpatterns.com Note: they make it seem you have to register to see them, but there's a smaller button that avoids registration.