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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Congress!

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  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Congress!

    The largest single breed horse show in the world kicked off today! The Quarter Horse Congress! Reiners and cutters are getting the party started.

    Here's a 5 minute highlight video from last year:

    Here is the livestream from the Celeste Arena:

    Here is the livestream from the Coliseum:

    Here is the class schedule:

    Any Cothers showing? I'm looking forward to seeing what fashion trends emerge
    Kick On

  • #2
    My sis and I are headed up there Friday to watch reining and cutting and to go shopping of course!


    • #3
      Wowsers, this is a part of the equine world that I haven't been exposed to in decades. Got so pumped up watching the highlight video .. the horses are stunning and appear exceedingly intelligent!

      It looks like there's such a raft of different classes that as a spectator one could never be bored. That western pleasure lope left me a bit bemused hahah I must admit. But I know nothing about it most obviously .

      Looking forward to following this thread. Hopefully those in the know can continue to post clips and keep us educated .
      One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
      William Shakespeare


      • #4
        Will be heading up there not too long from now. The fashion thing is fun, however, I do ranch so there is not much fashion there, and I never dress western outside the show pen. But the ladies who really pull it off have my respect!
        "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."


        • #5
          Love the Congress! So sad to be missing it this year. My sister hopes to get her reiner there next year. My fingers are crossed for her as we would be taking her and staying in our trailer. Its soooo much fun there!
          Everyone thats going, have fun and post some pictures!!


          • #6
            LOVE the cutting and the reining! The fashion isn’t my thing and the WP makes my eyes bleed, honestly. I adore quarter horses and it’s painful to see them lurching around like that. The disciplines where they get to show off their natural athleticism and intelligence are much more to my taste. Especially the ones working cows!


            • #7
              Originally posted by BigMama1 View Post
              LOVE the cutting and the reining! The fashion isn’t my thing and the WP makes my eyes bleed, honestly. I adore quarter horses and it’s painful to see them lurching around like that. The disciplines where they get to show off their natural athleticism and intelligence are much more to my taste. Especially the ones working cows!
              I was amused watching a warm-up ring at a large regional QH show a while back. One rider was clearly a reiner or similar; fast gallops, sliding stops, spins, etc. After he did a few runs he gave the horse a slack rein and was just letting him walk out and relax a bit. They *passed* a WP pair on the rail that was "loping."


              • #8
                I showed Ranch Riding and Cow Horse on the AQHA circuit. The WP riders hate us! LOL!!!!! Our local circuit used to put the trail warm up in with ours. I have been yelled at many times......LOL!! I never felt bad


                • Original Poster

                  I'm looking forward to the trends in horsemanship outfits I love the colored hats matching chaps look.

                  Yes there is a discipline for every one at Congress. I agree the WP can be pretty hit or miss ( I prefer to watch the masters and Sr over the futurity). But different strokes for different folks!

                  The super sale was fun to watch and try and figure out why some went for higher prices than others! I'm so envious and wish I was there this year!
                  Kick On


                  • #10
                    I want to see the tack rooms this year—can’t believe they can out do previous years.


                    • #11
                      I can't wait to go to the Congress! I'm going the last week, and it's hard sitting here and counting down the days. It's feels like it's going to take forever. 2017 was the last year I went, and I am soooo looking forward to going alone by myself this year...well, I do have the gracious company of my credit card

                      The shopping, the caliber of horses and riders, and those cinnamon buns, baby! It's Disney World for all QH lovers.


                      • #12
                        Can I ask some questions about Congress?

                        Would a person who had never been before find it overly crowded, ie; can you easily find seats in the venues etc. or is all of that pre-purchased? How about costs .. are you nickel and dimed all over the place or can you move freely around, similar to an equine fair? I understand from the previous posts that the opportunity exists to spend a lot of money but can it also be done cheaply, once you're in?

                        And are you allowed to stroll through the barns at all or is that tightly controlled? I love checking out the backside scene almost as much as the events themselves.

                        My husband and I often look at doing trips involving new experiences and Congress wouldn't have even been on my radar if not for this thread. Now it's planted firmly in my frontal lobe as a possibility .
                        One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
                        William Shakespeare


                        • #13
                          ohmyheck - My husband and I have only been down there once, 2 years ago now, as we were horse trailer shopping and we were told that it was the place to go. And boy, it sure was!!

                          We went down the second week of the show and I never found it too busy to walk around. Lots to see and shop and some really good prices. Great vendors and a lot of shopping options. We watched some of the horse shows in the different arenas and never had a problem getting a seat.

                          Getting in is free, it just costs money to park. You can walk through the barns, no problem. We walked through them all and took lots of pictures. It was so impressive!!

                          I would totally reccomend going there. I would love to go back one day. And my husband and I are not western people at all!


                          • #14
                            Thanks so much DiamondJubilee, it honestly sounds right up our alley!
                            One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
                            William Shakespeare


                            • #15
                              I went when I was in vet school. Lived right next to the grounds at one point. Saw so many obviously lame horses get placed. The non equine focused vet students could also pick them out easily. And the super unnatural low poll sets. Not a good experience


                              • #16
                                We’re not showing for the first time in 10 years, but we are headed there tomorrow to watch some friends. We never stay after the cutting is done, so I’m not sure how crowded it gets. My favorite food is the bourbon chicken and the wood fired pizza.


                                • #17
                                  I was just speaking of the Congress to my husband again (just after reading this thread the other day) and we have decided to go back down this year. Will be heading out on friday and staying until monday. Cant wait!


                                  • Original Poster


                                    I'm green with envy that you are going to watch! I wish I could've made the trip but I'm enjoying the live feed every day.

                                    The reining was fun and the ranch riding is has been entertaining so far!
                                    Kick On


                                    • #19
                                      We've decided to add and extra day and bought tickets to watch the bull riding on friday night. So now we are leaving Thursday after work and will celebrate my 40th bday down there (it was yesterday but we are waiting to celebrate down there!).

                                      Now I really can't wait to go. Tomorrow cant come soon enough! Its a good 8hr drive for us (maybe a little longer as we are taking our big trailer with us), and we plan on starting around 5pm tomorrow. Yay!!!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by DiamondJubilee View Post
                                        We've decided to add and extra day and bought tickets to watch the bull riding on friday night. So now we are leaving Thursday after work and will celebrate my 40th bday down there (it was yesterday but we are waiting to celebrate down there!).

                                        Now I really can't wait to go. Tomorrow cant come soon enough! Its a good 8hr drive for us (maybe a little longer as we are taking our big trailer with us), and we plan on starting around 5pm tomorrow. Yay!!!
                                        Good for you! And belated happy birthday! What a grand way to celebrate. 😀 Hope you enjoy.

                                        I've been catching some of the Ranch classes off the live feed. Really enjoyed some of them, but boy there were some that looked like they should have been loped down for a bit longer! A ranch horse shouldn't be spooking like that!

                                        Some of the riders looked like they could use some time in Horsemanship classes so they could ride their pattern a bit smoother. Serpentines shouldn't have many horses I would love to have in my field if I had one.
                                        ~~Some days are a total waste of makeup.~~