Will the Congress Move From Ohio?
The All American Quarter Horse Congress wants to build additional facilities at the state fairgrounds so the annual show can continue to grow and stay in Columbus.
Its contract with the fairgrounds runs through 2015. And Cam Foreman, the manager of the congress, mentioned the possibility that the congress might move.
“We’d like to grow, but right now we’re maxed out,” Foreman said of the congress, which is put on by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. “The only way to expand is with added facilities.”
The congress is the largest single-breed horse show in the world and pumps an estimated $180 million into the local economy each year, according to an expositions commission study. The monthlong show, held in October, attracts more than 650,000 visitors and showcases about 8,000 horses from around the world.
Congress officials talked with the Ohio Expositions Center staff last week about possible additions.