2011 Congress Entry Books by Mail or Online

July 13th, 2011 3:04 PM | No Comments

Press Release

The 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress entry brochures have been mailed. Two separate books, one with AQHA, NSBA, NRHA and Stakes information and the other with NCHA Cutting materials, are sent to spectators and exhibitors. This year’s Congress will be held October 7-30, with the trade show opening on October 11th. The theme for the 45th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress is “Where Legends Are Made.”

Entries for the 2011 Congress must be received by OQHA no later than August 25th to avoid late fees. Entries may either be completed online at www.oqha.com or mailed to:
PO Box 209 (UPS/FedEx – 101 Tawa Rd)
Richwood, OH 43344

Online Entry
For the first time, OQHA will be accepting entries for the All American Quarter Horse Congress online. Participants will be required to register, providing your name and a valid e-mail address to begin the process. Payment will be accepted online for those choosing to go to www.oqha.com to complete their entries via a secure, third party vendor. For more information, please visit http://www.oqha.com/congress.

Horse Health Requirements
Equine Piroplasmosis – A negative test for equine piroplasmosis will be required for all horses attending the 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress, excluding horses traveling from Canada. The horse(s) must be tested negative by the c-ELISA assay for both Theilerta equi and Babesia caballi. All horses entering the Congress shall be accompanied by an official laboratory report or certificate of veterinary inspection indicating the negative piroplasmosis result, laboratory and accession number. Testing shall completed on a blood sample collected within one (1) year prior to entry onto the Congress show grounds and have been conducted by a laboratory certified and approved by the USDA.
Ohio Horses – A negative EIA (Coggins) test and a negative Equine Piroplasmosis test, both within the past 12 months, are required for Ohio horses. (ORC 901:1-18-08).
Horses Entering Ohio – A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection made out within the past 30 days before the opening date of the Congress (October 7, 2011) must be presented for any horse that is entering Ohio to enter the grounds. All horses entering Ohio that are 12 months of age or older also must present a negative EIA (Coggins) test from the past 12 months before the opening date of the Congress (October 7, 2011). The EIA test results shall be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or on an EIA Test Form (ORC 901:1-18-08). A negative Equine Piroplasmosis test completed within one year before the opening date of Congress is also required, except for horses traveling from Canada.
Please do not send CVI or EIA papers with your entries. The Ohio Department of Agriculture officials will inspect your papers prior to your being allowed onto the grounds.

New Classes
The Congress is also offering several new classes in 2011. The Congress Trail Stakes class is open to three and four year olds and will have one go and a final, held Monday, October 24th and Thursday, October 27th respectively. The class has a $400 entry fee and will payout $7,500 in added money.

Additionally, the Southern Belle Invitation is sponsoring a new Western Pleasure Maturity class for horses that have earned less than $10,000. The class will have one go and a finals, and will include open, limited and Southern Belle Breeders divisions. The first go of the Western Pleasure Maturity Under $10,000, Sponsored by Southern Belle Breeders will be held Tuesday, October 18th at 8 a.m. in the Coliseum, with the Limited finals held later that day. The finals for the open and Southern Belle Breeders divisions will be held Friday, October 21st. The entry fee is $175 and $2,500 will be added.

The Cinch Bridleless Cutting event is also new this year. The top three high-scoring horses that do not make the finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting in both the open and non-pro divisions will be eligible to compete in this event. A purse of $2,500 will be up for grabs in the open and non-pro. If a horse declines invitation, the next highest score will be invited to participate. The class will be held Friday, October 14th, immediately following the Congress Cutting Shoot-Out, which will begin at 5 p.m.

Congress Cutting Event
With the addition of the Cinch Bridleless Cutting, Congress has created the Congress Cutting Event, which will be held Friday, October 14th at 6 p.m. in the Coliseum.
The event will begin with the Congress Cutting Shoot-Out, followed by the Cinch Bridleless Cutting and The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Finals, Non-Pro and Open divisions.
Premium seating for the event is $10 and tickets will be sold through OQHA through September 16th. Any remaining premium seats will be sold at Congress. No telephone, email or fax orders will be accepted. All orders must be made through the mail or in person. Regular seating will be available free of charge. To download a ticket form, please visit www.oqha.com.

For more information, please visit the Ohio Quarter Horse Association website or call the OQHA office at 740-943-2346.

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