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Quarter Horse Congress

Quarter Horse Congress

Over the weekend I went to the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is the world’s largest single-breed horse show. It runs almost the full month of October each year at the Ohio state fair grounds, and has more than 400 classes featuring everything from Reining to Showmanship to Working Hunter. Each year about 650,000 people come to this show to compete and spectate and more than 5,000 horses will traverse the fairgrounds by the time the show concludes. This past weekend featured the working hunter and equitation over fences classes, which of course I love to watch. This year I especially enjoyed watching the Novice Amateur rounds, which are set at 2’6″ – 2’9″, the height I’m currently jumping! Read More

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What I Learned Watching the Capital Challenge Live Stream

In case you were under a rock last week, the Capital Challenge Horse Show was going on in Washington, D.C. and USEF had free live streaming over the web. For those not in hunter/jumper land, you’re probably happy to be under your rock, but I really enjoyed watching some of the classes including the Adult Amateur Hunters, 3’3″ and 3’6″ Amateur Owners, as well as the Ariat National Medal Finals. What I saw were some really, really nice horses; in fact, all of them looked like at least six figures of hunky horseflesh, as well as some truly fantastic riding. But you know what else I saw? A heck of a lot of riders who look like me and you. Read More