2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress

The world’s largest single-breed horse show begins October 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

From the Ohio Quarter Horse Association

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association founded the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 1967 as an event to showcase and promote the American Quarter Horse and to educate horse owners about the care, training and showing of horses. The show has continued under OQHA's sponsorship for more than 40 years and is managed by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association's elected officers and directors. as well as three elected Congress Tri-Chairman. Here are some quick facts about Congress:

The show (October 2-25, 2009):

    • Receives more than 17,000 horse show entries
    • Houses more than 8,500 American Quarter Horses over 3 weeks
    • Attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area

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    • Brings more than $110 million to the central Ohio economy

Congress includes:

    • AQHA-approved Quarter Horse show
    • AQHA-approved racing events
    • Commercial exhibits held on more than seven acres
    • Youth tournament
    • Horse bowl, hippology, demonstration and public speaking contests
    • Collegiate and 4-H/FFA horse-judging contest
    • Educational demonstrations and lectures
    • Queen contest
    • Super Sale horse auction
    • Million Dollar Stallion Avenue.
    • Professional Bull Rider tour at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.


Most of those who attend Congress are AQHA members. According to a recent AQHA study, these members are:

Average age: 46

    • 38 percent male
    • 62 percent female
    • 83 percent reside in a rural, farm or ranch area
    • 41 percent hold an undergraduate degree
    • 69 percent attended college
    • 53 percent farm, ranch or are a management/professional

Riding style:

    • 68 percent ride Western
    • 36 percent ride English

Average horse ownership:

    • 7.6 American Quarter Horses per household
    • 88 percent spend at least one hour per day with their horses

Average yearly expenditures:

    • $774 average spent on tack
    • $592 average spent on Western apparel
    • $451 average spent on English apparel
    • $557 average spent on horse-care products (excluding medications)
    • $510 average spent on horse medications

Show patterns for the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress will be available online in early October.

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Official Hat

Winners of the following 12 classes will be awarded with a custom-ordered Stetson hat from Rod’s Western Palace. Stetson was named the official hat of Congress.

    • Freestyle reining
    • Masters western pleasure
    • Reining futurity finals
    • 2-year-old snaffle bit futurity
    • Tie-down roping classic
    • Barrel racing sweepstakes
    • Championship open cutting
    • 3-year-old non-pro snaffle bit maturity
    • Western pleasure maturity
    • Amateur versatility
    • Amateur western pleasure
    • Pole bending classic

Season of Champions Newsletter

Starting October 19, the American Quarter Horse Journal will bring you weekly e-mail updates on happenings in the Quarter Horse world, from the All American Quarter Horse Congress to the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity to the Bank of America Racing Challenge.

And November 7-22, subscribers will receive the Season of Champions newsletter daily to get a closeup on the happenings at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show, from winning runs to behind-the-scenes stories.

The Season of Champions newsletter will return to weekly delivery November 23 with a preview of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and will conclude December 14 with a wrapup on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and NCHA Futurity.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the important details and stories during the Season of Champions. Sign up for the Journal’s special e-newsletter today!