Beginning October 9 and running through October 28, the largest single breed horse show in the world, receives more than 17,000 horse show entries during its three week run. The Congress attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $180 million to the central Ohio economy. The trade show runs from October 5 through October 28, 2012. http://www.pleasurehorse.com
The ponies are back and it is a very big deal for Central Ohio.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress opened its nearly month-long stay in Columbus on Friday, the second-largest exposition in the region behind the Ohio State Fair. The show is projected to attract 650,000 equine enthusiasts to the city – the equivalent of selling out Ohio Stadium for six Ohio State University Buckeye football games.
The show, from Friday through Oct. 28, will bring together horse owners and buyers, vendors, suppliers and an estimated 17,000 horse show entries. Many of those who’ll make their way to the Ohio Expo Center on East 17th Avenue will come from states outside Ohio, and the show has been known to draw competitors and guests from overseas.
And they spend. The show is expected to pump $180 million through the Columbus-area economy. Officials at the All American Quarter Horse Congress project 5,000 horses will be involved in competitions and 200 registered quarter horses will be sold at the show’s Congress Super Sale. http://www.bizjournals.com