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Published 10/19/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

The Congress attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $180 million to the central Ohio economy.

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World's Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. The show receives more than 17,000 horse show entries during its three-week schedule. The Congress attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $180 million to the central Ohio economy.

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Published 10/18/2014 - 10:00 p.m. CDT

Justa Machine and Wade Black won the Limited division of the Two Year Old Western Pleasure Stakes for owner Cheryl Mullikin. Photo © NSBA
With a busy day that included everything from pancakes to Youth classes, the Congress Super Sale and futurity finals, “Super Saturday” had something for everyone at the 2014 Congress. The day began with “all you can eat” pancakes hosted by the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association and was soon followed with Youth Showmanship and Amateur Mare halter classes. Three Congress and NSBA futurity champions were named during the day.

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Published 10/18/2014 - 8:00 p.m. CDT

Waylon is holding a meet and greet for his fans on October 19th at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Photo © Impulse Photography
Don't miss an exclusive chance to meet the one and only VS Code Red. Waylon is holding a meet and greet for his fans on Sunday, October 19th at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. It will be held in front of the Voinovich building from 1 to 3pm. You will be able to get up close and personal with this one of a kind stallion and even get your picture taken with him. Waylon looks forward to seeing everyone there!

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Published 10/18/2014 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

Boo Yah Custom Clothing is excited for the third year to feature their hunt seat clothing with Beval Saddlery at the American Quarter Horse Congress trade show. Pictured here Ali showing off a Boo Yah shirt. Photo © Ali Grusha
When I go to the Congress, the number one priority is shopping. Well, and showing great horses! When packing my trailer and suitcase for the Congress, I make sure that I don’t pack quite enough clothes to get me through the whole show. It's a great excuse to go shopping. With two large expo centers full of vendors, you are bound to find many things that you can’t live without.

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Published 10/18/2014 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

"You have to try and pay attention to the schedule and delegate your time by planning ahead," Gil states. Photo © Impulse Photography

For trainers and exhibitors alike, the Quarter Horse Congress is one-of-a-kind. The long days and short nights make the three weeks in Columbus, Ohio seem like an eternity. We spoke to ten trainers in the industry during the Congress and asked for their tips on surviving the largest horse show in the world. Let's find out what they had to say. Do you have any tips that help the show run smoother for you? Let us know!

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Published 10/17/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

"Judges want an exhibitor who looks like they are enjoying their horse and the performance but they are not looking for a doll-like painted smile," Lynn states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Multiple World and Congress Champion trainer and AQHA judge Stephanie Lynn sat down with GoHorseShow and discussed this year's 15-18 Youth Showmanship Congress pattern. We thought it would be beneficial to our readers to hear from an AQHA Judge, whose customers have had success in this class, how the patterns should be executed.

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Published 10/16/2014 - 4:39 p.m. CDT

"He just keeps getting better and better," Kenny Lakins told GoHorseShow right after his win. Photo © NSBA.COM
There is no doubt there is a special connection between Kenny Lakins and One Lazy Investment. Last night, this team won the Senior Western Pleasure making it an impressive two years in a row. Lakins and Lazy had a dominating performance with two firsts, a second and a third in deep competition full of multiple Congress and World Champions.

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Published 10/16/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"I like to see a forward moving pattern because it shows confidence and communication with their horse," Christa states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Next up in our Congress pattern series is multiple Congress Champion trainer and AQHA judge Christa Baldwin of Stanton, Michigan. Christa has judged every major show around the country and internationally including every AQHA World Show, NSBA World Show and the Tom Powers Futurity. She has had several Congress Champions and Reserve World Champions, as well as national all-arounds and year end high points in many different events.

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