Quarter Horse Congress May Not Renew Contract with Ohio
The world’s largest single-breed horse show is again making noise about ditching the Ohio Expo Center and moving to another state.
Officials of the All American Quarter Horse Congress told the Ohio Expositions Commission recently that the show has outgrown the 360-acre fairgrounds and participants are complaining. The congress’s 10-year contract with the commission runs through 2015, and no negotiations have started about its renewal.
“People say to us all the time, ‘You’ve got the greatest horse show; why aren’t you in the greatest facility?’ ” said Dr. Scott Myers, executive director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, which puts on the congress. The association offices are in Richwood in Union County.
The show has been held at the fairgrounds since it began as a three-day event in 1967. It has grown to 24 days in October, and studies show it pours $180 million into the local economy each year.
Brian Ross, the chief executive officer of Experience Columbus, said he will work with public and private leaders “to find out what needs to be done to have the congress stay here.” The congress is the largest-attended event in Columbus, and “we definitely don’t want them going anywhere,” he said.
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