Plans for October?
Columbus, Ohio, is easy to get to. Get on Interstate 70 and you will have to take note of Columbus at some point in your travels, since I-70 runs right through the middle of the city. There are many nice things about Columbus, including one of the best German restaurants around (and their cream puffs …!!!! – another story for another time). Once you make it to Columbus in October, the must-see destination is the annual American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Congress.
If you have ever owned, ridden, sat on, petted or even just seen-at-a-distance, a horse (any horse, not necessarily a Quarter Horse, but Quarter Horses make the best horses!), you really need to check out the Congress at least once in your lifetime. This is an open-to-the-world event, and it really does attract spectators and exhibitors from all over the world. There are no qualifications; if your horse has Quarter Horse papers, you can compete. If you don’t have a horse with papers but have a certificate from your psychiatrist, you can compete in insanity like bull-riding … etc. You name the event, they have it – from beauty-queen-on-horse to hunters, jumpers, penning, roping, reining, cutting, heeling, heading, team penning, steer-wrestling, halter, pleasure, driving, vaulting, you name it.
And that’s only in the many arenas (be sure and check the schedule carefully – lots of events overlap timewise). There is a trade fair that puts Rolex Kentucky to shame, food vendors with every kind of unhealthy (and sometimes even healthy) chow you can want or imagine, and if it has a horse on it, can be used on a horse, or can be used on a horse and you can put glitter or rhinestones on it, you can find it. That’s indoors. Take a walk outside.
There you have Temptation Alley – pens and cage after cage of …. puppies. Puppies for sale. Puppies to give away. Cute puppies. Puppies for sale. Puppies to give away. Cute, cute, heart-breakingly cute … get the picture? The Alley is wickedly placed. You HAVE to go by there to get to the parking lot to leave. It is a rate, cold-hearted person, who leaves the Congress grounds without a souvenir – puppy. Be warned.