Mayor Leads First Quarter Horse Congress Parade Through Downtown Columbus
The 46th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress took over Downtown Columbus as city officials and Ohio Quarter Horse Association executives led a parade from Columbus Commons to City Hall.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the City of Columbus,” said Dr. Scott Myers, OQHA Executive Director. “This parade was a wonderful way to kick off Quarter Horse Congress this year.”
At 10:20 am Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Franklin County Commissioners President Paula Brooks, Experience Columbus President and CEO Paul Astleford, NBC 4 local TV traffic and entertainment reporter Monica Day, Ohio Expo Center General Manager Virgil Strickler and OQHA Executive Director Dr. Scott Myers rode Quarter Horses through Downtown to City Hall. The entire group of riders was outfitted in western hats and boots donated by Rod’s Western Palace, as well as official Quarter Horse Congress jackets.
Riders were flanked by Mounted Police, as well as several Cowboy Mounted Shooting competitors, all followed by trucks and trailers from Coughlin Automotive.
Once at City Hall, Mayor Coleman proclaimed October to be “All American Quarter Horse Congress Month,” and encouraged Central Ohioans to visit the Quarter Horse Congress.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show, with 18,990 pre-entries in 2012. Held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, the show attracts 650,000 people to the area, and generates $180 million for the Central Ohio economy. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, a state affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association. Our mission is to promote the registered American Quarter Horse within the state of Ohio. For more information, please visit www.OQHA.com/AAQHC or become a fan on Facebook.