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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Congress!

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  • Original Poster

    I agree jvanrens ! Haha it was getting a little western in some classes. I'm sure more than one rider was thinking "seriously you're spooking at natural colored logs?!"

    Its interesting to see the discipline evolve that's for sure.
    Kick On


    • #22
      Originally posted by DiamondJubilee View Post
      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.
      Second week you'll miss first picks at Puppy Alley...….

      The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


      • #23
        Originally posted by pony grandma View Post

        Second week you'll miss first picks at Puppy Alley...….
        More like puppy mill alley...

        Sorry, but puppy alley hits a very sore spot with me. Legit breeders don't bring their puppies to a place that exposes them to all kinds of diseases. Also, good breeders screen buyers, and have contracts in place.

        I never have stepped foot into puppy alley, and I never will. I wish the Congress had rescue dogs there instead, like The Paws Cause at the AQHA Youth World show.

        I also wish that people would do their homework on selecting a dog and the breeder it's coming from. It makes me so mad that people keep supporting BYB's and puppy mills by refusing to open their eyes and thoroughly research. Ignorance at its best.

        Ok, done my rant for the day.


        • #24
          oh, sad. It's been since 1997 that we went. I took my 2 DD's and we had a wonderful trip. Ended up being able to purchase free style reining tickets and decided to stay over for that. Best decision ever. And yes, I prefer the working classes. that other stuff is awful they look crippled like walking on broken glass. and that's the lope.... a cramped up walk.
          The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


          • #25
            We had a great time! Had tickets for the Bull Riding and the Freestyle Reining. They were both amazing. I ate way to much, tried pretty much all the food there, spent too much money on stuff for my ponies but there were some good deals there.

            I watched the hunters mostly and I had a good time. Some really nice horses there for sure.

            I did go in Puppy Alley as we were looking at the Lakota trailers, but I would never buy a puppy from there ever! I do have a good breeder on where I will be purchasing my next pup (in the spring). I have already filled out a 4 page long essay and will be meeting the breeder soon.

            We were so lucky and had a great parking spot with our trailer and we were right on a corner close to all the action! We camped from friday morning and left monday before lunch. Can't wait to go back!


            • #26
              Originally posted by luv2lope View Post
              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.
              I couldn’t find the cinnamon bun vendor the other day and that is my favorite part of Congress! Hoping they are just setting up a couple days late, I was there on the second day of the show but head back next week.


              • Original Poster

                No cinnamon buns?! What!?

                Glad you had fun DiamondJubilee ! I saw a few runs from the freestyle online but it can't compare to being there and seeing it live.

                I never thought about camping there and going to watch! I like that idea
                Kick On


                • #28
                  Oh I had a cinnamon bun! I know the pizza place had them but they were sold out so I went to the vendor that was selling the pecan buns and cinnamon buns. They are in the yellow tent close to the burbon chicken

                  Camping is great! You just dont know where you will be parked. Its a mad house there lol!


                  • Original Poster

                    I loved watching the youth Horsemanship last night. Really strong riders!

                    And two reiners were up there in the finals, that Greedy Ghost horse is super cool.
                    Kick On


                    • #30
                      I just watched some clips of the freestyle reining. They go all out on the themes! Looks like fun. A question though: Some of the riders were using two hands even though the horse appeared to be in a curb type bit. What are the rules regarding that?