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2001/08/14

Quarter Horse Congress To Celebrate 35th Year The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is not only celebrating 50 years as an Association, but it is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the All American Quarter Horse Congress. This year's twenty-one day show, themed "The Tradition Continues", will take place October 1-21 at the Ohio Expo Center. The Congress, the world's largest horse show and the nation's third largest annual convention, will feature more than 8,500 horses and 15,000 entries competing in more than 230 events for $2.5 million in cash and prizes. Class winners can receive awards including trucks, horse trailers, trophy saddles, halters and silver buckles, along with the coveted Congress trophy and medallions. Spectators and exhibitors will pay $20 per vehicle for a one time admission or $60 per vehicle for a whole show pass. This admission charge will be paid as the vehicles arrive to park on the fairgrounds and allows spectators and exhibitors to attend all horse show events, lectures and demonstrations, racing and shopping areas, with the exception of the freestyle reining events and the Professional Bull Riding Performances, which require separate tickets. Seven new classes have been added to the 2001 Quarter Horse show schedule: Limited Division, Congress Reining Futurity; Novice Youth Equitation Over Fences; Novice Youth Working Hunter; Novice Amateur Equitation Over Fences; Novice Amateur Working Hunter; Novice Amateur Reining; and Amateur 50 & Over Western Pleasure. Due to the construction in Interstate 70 on the east side of Columbus, a width restriction will affect all trucks and horse trailers entering Columbus from I-70. Trucks pulling horse trailers on Interstate 70 East should exit I-70 at 270 North, and take 670 West to I-71 North to the 17th Avenue exit to the Ohio Expo Center. The Professional Bull Riders Tour will once again return for the third annual Columbus Open. Performances will be on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. All performances will take place at Nationwide Arena in Downtown columbus, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets professional hockey team. Shuttle busses will be available from the Congress to Nationwide Arena. Tickets range from $20-$75 each and are available from TicketMaster at (614) 431-3600 or online at www .ticketmaster. com. The NRHA Reining Futurity Open Division will once again contain the largest futurity purse of the show, with an estimated $120,000. Following closely behind, the Congress GMC Two Year Old Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure Futurity has an estimated purse of $117,000. The tradition of Quarter Horse racing will again take place this year at Beulah Park. Trials for the 2001 Congress Futurity, Derby, and Maturity will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at Beulah Park. The finals for all three races will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2001. The 2001 Congress Futurity purse is estimated to be at $85,000 with the combined purse for the three races at more than $150,000. There will be 250 commercial exhibitors in a seven-acre indoor equine trade show that includes towing vehicles, horse trailers, tack, western wear, furniture, fine art, jewelry, and crafts, all with horse-related themes. The Congress Intercollegiate and junior Judging Contest is the largest of its kind in the world. The judging contest, attracts more than 60 teams that will compete against AQHA judges to score several horse show classes, proved the correct placings and present oral reasons for the results. If Congress goers are interested in purchasing an American Quarter Horse, they have two chances to see the best horses in the sale ring. The Reining and Cutting Sale will be on Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m. and will offer more than 100 head of choice reining and cutting horses. There will be a demonstration of the horses for sale on the morning of the sale starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Celeste Center. The 2001 All American Quarter Horse Congress Super Sale will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2001at 3 p.m. in the Lausche Building. There will be more than 135 of the best-bred halter and performance horses available for bid. There will also be special selections reserve3d for yearling western pleasure prospects and for yearling and two-year-old hunter under saddle prospects. There will also be demonstration on the horses for sale at 10:00 am in Cooper Arena on sale day. Million Dollar Stallion Avenue gives mare owners a look at top-quality stallions available for the 2002 breeding season, and it is a must see stop in any Congress visit. More than 700 Youth Quarter Horse exhibitors from more than 100 state and regional Quarter Horse associations will compete for their association's bragging rights in the Congress National Youth Activity team Tournament. Up to two youth from each team can compete in NYATT showmanship, Horsemanship, western pleasure, reining, hunter under saddle, and barrel racing. Young ladies representing state and regional Quarter Horse associations have the opportunity to compete for the 2001 Congress Queen's crown. The competition includes a horsemanship ride, an oral interview and a written exam of AQHA rules, and regulations. The queen will be crowned during the NYATT opening ceremony on October 14. Some 525,000 spectators and exhibitors are expected to attend this year's show, which will generate more than $108 million in revenue to Central Ohio Businesses. The Congress attracts horses and horse enthusiasts from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and Australia. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is a 3,000 member state horse breed association with offices located in Richwood, Ohio. In 1967, the association originated the All American Quarter Horse Congress an exposition to promote and educate horse enthusiasts about the American Quarter Horse as well as horse care and training in general. For more information about the 2001 All American Quarter Horse Congress, please contact the Ohio Quarter Horse Association at (740) 943-2346 or write 101 Tawa Rd., Richwood, Ohio 43344.

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