The 2023 All American Quarter Horse Congress is in full swing at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Over $3.5 million in cash and prizes will be awarded over this prestigious 27-day event, featuring the world’s leading show horses and exhibitors.
GoHorseShow’s Media Manager, Keagan Phillips is there to cover all the exciting sights and sounds from the largest single breed horse show in the world. Unfortunately, we can’t mention all the winners from every class, but here are some highlights from each day.
Be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages for more coverage throughout the event and stay tuned during the show for daily recaps from Columbus. Good luck and congratulations to everyone!
Final Recap – Saturday, October 21
- L3 Senior Trail – Ryan Cottingim & Hand Made Machine for Melissa Armstrong (featured video)
- 3 Yr Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity Limited – Dillon Vaughn & J Loww for Superior Care Management LLC
- Amateur Select Hunt Seat Equitation – Penni Himes & Essentially Good
- 3 Yr Old & Over $2,500 Novice Horse Open Trail Stakes – Jason Gilliam & Willys Goodride for Sarah Lebsock
- 4 & 5 Yr Old Non Pro Trail Stakes – Nancy Chapman & Acrobatt
Day 11 Recap – Friday, October 20
Ellexxah Maxwell not only won the Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation with Unforgettably His on Friday, she also won the excited reaction award.
- Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation – Ellexxah Maxwell & Unforgettably His (featured video)
- Maturity Open Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Beth Case & Hez A Dancin Hubba for Chris Lagerblade
- 2 Yr Old Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Kara Flentje & Easy Peazy
- L2 Amateur Select Trail – Nancy Chapman & Acrobatt – VIDEO RECAP
- L2 Amateur Trail – Lindsay Smaltz & My Dad Is The Best – VIDEO RECAP
Day 10 Recap – Thursday, October 19
Jamie English took home a huge win in the 2 Yr Old Maiden HUS Futurity with RS Hank WhyDoYaDrank for owner Baylee Fleming on Thursday.
- 2 Yr Old Maiden Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity – Jamie English & RS Hank WhyDoYaDrank for Baylee Fleming (featured video)
- 2 Yr Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Stakes – Deanna Willis & Home Runn
- Amateur Hunter Under Saddle – Angela Fox & Makin Me Happy – VIDEO RECAP
- L2 Senior Trail – Sara Simons & Beyond Expectation for Lila Owens
- L1 Amateur Trail – Ty Paris Dougherty & Best To Be Zippin
Day 9 Recap – Wednesday, October 18
Evie Doles and If Im Honest got the ever-elusive Congress three-peat in the 15-18 HUS on Wednesday. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal.
- Youth Hunter Under Saddle 15-18 – Evie Doles & If Im Honest (featured video)
- 2 Yr Old Maiden Open Western Pleasure Futurity – Jay Starnes & Certainly Persistent – VIDEO RECAP
- Youth Hunter Under Saddle 12-14 – Myah Chaput & Fun To Be Best – VIDEO RECAP
- Amateur Showmanship – Eric Mendrysa & Never Sudden – VIDEO RECAP
- Amateur Select Showmanship – Joe Whitt & Suddenlee Single – VIDEO RECAP
Day 8 Recap – Tuesday, October 17
Estelle Atkinson gave her trainer Shannon Walker a birthday to remember by winning the L1 14-18 Showmanship AND Horsemanship on Tuesday.
- L1 Youth Showmanship 14-18 – Estelle Atkinson & Sure Enough Lazy (featured video)
- L3 Amateur Western Riding – Lauren Levy & Nothin Compares – VIDEO RECAP
- Amateur Horsemanship – Patricia Bogosh & Firstoneinlastoneout – VIDEO RECAP
- 3 Yr Old Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stakes Limited – Tali Terlizzi & So Youre The One
- Youth Western Pleasure 15-18 – Lane Kail & Battarang
Day 7 Recap – Monday, October 16
Jamie English and Super Freek had a super Monday for owner Kelly Smith in the 3 Yr Old HUS Futurity Limited.
- 3 Yr Old Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity Limited – Jamie English & Super Freek for Kelly Smith (pictured)
- Youth Horsemanship 15-18 – Evie Doles & If Im Honest – VIDEO RECAP
- L3 Youth Trail 11 & Under – Lilly Jones & Chilln Ona Dirt Road – VIDEO RECAP
- L3 Youth Trail 15-18 – Natalie Hudson & Hot Ovations – VIDEO RECAP
- L3 Youth Trail 12-14 – Jordan Macan & Al Of A Sudden – VIDEO RECAP
Day 6 Recap – Sunday, October 15
Laina Banks and Strawberri Wine added another big win to their record on Sunday in the L3 Amateur Select Western Riding.
- L3 Amateur Select Western Riding – Laina Banks & Strawberri Wine (featured video)
- L1 Amateur Western Riding – Olivia Tordoff & Too Blazin Cool
- L2 Amateur Select Western Riding – Janet Egolf & Lets Ride
- L1 Hunter Under Saddle – Beth Case & Easy Peazy for Flentje Enterprises LLC
- 3 Yr Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Futurity Limited – Deanna Willis & Top Gunn
Day 5 Recap – Saturday, October 14
Bella D’Onofrio is having a great October. First AND second place in the L2 Western Riding 14-18 AND she’s on the cover of GoMag. Doesn’t get much better than that.
- L2 Youth Western Riding 14-18 – Isabella D’Onofrio & Whata Moonlite Ride (featured video)
- Youth Horsemanship 12-14 – Sienna Barbour – Scooter Brown – VIDEO RECAP
- L3 Senior Western Riding – Charlie Cole & Snap It Send It for Susan Blackburn & Bill Baskin – VIDEO RECAP
- Youth Showmanship 15-18 – Ava Hathaway & I Will Be A Good RV – VIDEO RECAP
- Youth Showmanship 12-14 – Myah Jane Chaput & Prepare To B Shocked – VIDEO RECAP
Day 4 Recap – Friday, October 13
Natalie Anderson was all smiles following a tough win in the L1 14-18 Trail aboard Drinks R On Me on Friday.
- L1 Youth Trail 14-18 – Natalie Anderson & Drinks R On Me (featured video)
- L1 Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & Under – Madison Stuart & Valentinosblazinride – VIDEO RECAP
- L1 Amateur Horsemanship – Catherine Lankford & Kiss Me Goodnite – VIDEO RECAP
- Congress Super Sale 2 Yr Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Stakes – Tessa Sutton & Heartbreaka
- Youth Western Pleasure 11 & Under – Ella Kate Herman & J Loww
Day 3 Recap – Thursday, October 12
Chesney Watkins and The Company You Keep continued their winning ways with a big victory in the L1 13 & Under Trail on Thursday.
- L1 Youth Trail 13 & Under – Chesney Watkins & The Company You Keep (pictured)
- Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 15-18 – Alexis Potts & Mouse Trapped
- L1 Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 14-18 – Charlotte Brooks & The Only Deal – VIDEO RECAP
- L1 Senior Trail – Carly Parks & Cheddar Bomb for Taunya Momberger
- L1 Junior Trail – Blake Weis & Made For Naturdays for Mary Alice Nielson – VIDEO RECAP
Day 2 Recap – Wednesday, October 11
Nothing captures that Congress winning feeling quite like the reaction from Madison Stuart and ValentinosBlazinRide following their L1 13 & Under Horsemanship victory on Wednesday.
- L1 Youth Horsemanship 13 & Under – Valentinosblazinride & Madison Stuart (featured video)
- L1 Youth Western Riding 14-18 – Evie Doles & If Im Honest
- Senior Western Pleasure – Air Ryde & Sara Simons for Anita Wisecamp – VIDEO RECAP
- 3 Yr Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Futurity – JR Pickard & Waffle House
- Senior Hunter Under Saddle – Im Willy Good Today & Keith Miller for Madeleine Bayless – VIDEO RECAP
Day 1 Recap – Tuesday, October 10
Sara Simons topped the field aboard Only Ride The Best for owner Caroline Cavallo in the Junior Hunter Under Saddle on Tuesday.
- Junior Hunter Under Saddle – Sara Simons & Only Ride The Best for Caroline Cavallo (featured video)
- L1 Senior Western Riding – Carly Parks & Whata Moonlite Ride for Isabella D’Onofrio
- L3 Junior Western Riding – Charlie Cole & My Dad Is The Best for Lindsay Smaltz – VIDEO RECAP
- Maturity Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Caroline Cavallo & Only Ride The Best – VIDEO RECAP
- 2 Yr Old Open Western Pleasure Stakes – Blake Britton & Wickked Game for Kylee Faith Wiseman