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2003/09/05

"Preserving The Past With An Eye Of The Future" This Year's Congress Theme The summer is over, days are shorter, and nights are just a little bit colder. But horse lovers everywhere still have one thing to look forward to- the 37th Annual All-American Quarter Horse Congress, the world's largest single-breed horse show. Hundreds of thousands of spectators and exhibitors will descend on the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, from all over the United States as well as Mexico, Europe and South America. From October 6th to the 26th, the aptly themed "Preserving the Past with an Eye on the Future" event will generate more than $110 million in revenue to Central Ohio businesses. 16,000 horse show entries will comprise more than 8,500 horses competing in more than 250 classes. The Congress offers more than $2.5 million in cash and prize packages. But competition isn't the only reason more than 600,000 people are flocking to Columbus this October. This event also attracts equine industry experts holding lectures and seminars on horse health, breeding, training, showing and management techniques and more than 250 commercial exhibitors in a seven-acre equine trade show which will feature anything and everything equine. And on your way to the Quarter Horse Congress Super Sale to bid on a quality horse, don't forget to visit the nation's most unique gathering of the top Quarter Horse stallions in the country on Million Dollar Stallion Avenue. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is an AQHA-, NSBA-, NRHA- and NCHA-approved horse show, seven-acre indoor commercial exhibit trade show and exposition that also includes lectures and demonstrations; a queen contest; a youth tournament; youth horse bowl, demonstration and hippology contests; an intercollegiate and youth horse judging contest; the Super Sale horse auction; and Quarter Horse racing. The Congress is the largest show of its kind, with more than 600,000 people, more than 8,500 horses and more than 16,000 show entries expected during its three-week run each October. The Congress is sponsored annually by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA). With headquarters in Richwood, Ohio, OQHA is a 2,000-member state Quarter Horse breed association and a state breed affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association. In addition to hosting the Congress, OQHA sponsors state year-end awards, a state futurity show and a youth program that includes scholarships and two youth teams. OQHA also supports 4-H and FFA equine projects as well as equine research and education at the state level. For additional information about the Congress or OQHA, visit the OQHA web site at www.oqha.com, or contact OQHA at 101 Tawa Road, P.O. Box 209, Richwood, Ohio 43344, (740) 943-2346 or e-mail qtrhorse@oqha.com.

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