Equestrian students from across the nation will attend the 39th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress with the hopes of leaving a member of a Congress Champion team. Collegiate, 4-H, FFA and Quarter Horse association judging teams will travel to compete in the Congress Intercollegiate and Youth Judging contest on October 14th, 2005.
State teams will also compete for the national 4-H championship in the Horse Bowl, Hippology, Public Speaking and Demonstration Contests.
Collegiate judging teams are accepted from any accredited college or university in the United States and Canada, and are split into two divisions; Junior (two-year institutions) and Senior (four-year institutions). Each team must consist of four or five members, with the four highest scores making up the composite score for the team.
Youth judging teams are accepted from one 4-H, FFA, and youth Quarter Horse Association from each state. Each youth team must consist of three or four members, with the three highest scores making up the composite score for the team.
Teams from both divisions place four halter and eight performance classes. Collegiate judging team members must give oral reasons for two halter classes and three performance classes. Members from the youth judging teams must give oral reasons for two halter classes and two performance classes.
The judging team competition will take place on October 14th, 2005. The awards ceremony will be the morning of October 15th, 2005.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the worldÕs largest single breed horse show. AQHA, NSBA, NRHA and NCHA-approved, the show receives more than 16,000 horse show entries and houses over 8,500 registered American Quarter Horses during its three-week schedule. The Congress also attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $110 million to the central Ohio economy. The Congress incorporates an AQHA-approved Quarter Horse show and AQHA-approved racing events with more than seven acres of equine-related commercial exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, a queen contest, a youth team tournament contest, youth horse bowl competition, collegiate and 4-H/FFA horse judging contest, the Super Sale horse auction and Million Dollar Stallion Avenue. The Professional Bull Rider Association tour also holds four performances during the Congress. The 2005 Congress dates are October 2-23.
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association sponsors the All American Quarter Horse Congress annually. OQHA is a 2,000 member state Quarter Horse association and a state breed affiliate of the American Quarter Horse association, located in Richwood, Ohio. 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.
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