Published 10/30/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"I don't have very many photos from the 70's. My father thought ten dollars was too much for a picture," Jim says and laughs. Pictured here sister Linda Becker with their father. Photo © Harold Campton
Earlier this month, GoHorseShow learned from talking to trainers and siblings Jim and Linda Becker at the Novice East Championship Show, that Jim Becker has attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress every year the show has been held dating back to 1968. That's an amazing 48 years in a row. Once at the Congress, we wanted to visit with Becker more about what the biggest horse show in the country was once like, and what memories stand out over the years.

Published 10/27/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Today, it's still a family affair with several family members running the business. Pictured left to right, Ralph and Mabelene Harris and Phil and Phyllis Harris. Photo © Kurt Clark
This year Harris Leather and Silverworks celebrated their 25th year at the Congress. When GoHorseShow visited them in Congress Hall, their booth was packed full of shoppers looking for all types of items including saddles, bridles, buckles, boots, spurs and Harris logo clothes. The entire Harris family was there to answer questions and help anyone that walked through the door. 

Rating: 16
Published 10/26/2014 - 12:53 p.m. CDT

"He is the kind of horse I have always dreamed of owning but really didn't think would ever happen," Affeldt told GoHorseShow. Photo © Impulse Photography
It is not uncommon for top horses to sell at the Congress after having a very successful horse show. One big sale so far this year involves the 2013 NSBA Horse of the Year, Huntin My Zipper. Following an outstanding Congress, Rebekah Kazakevicius sold the four year-old gelding to amateur Larisa Affeldt. Huntin My Zipper had just won one Congress Championship and two Reserve Congress Championships.

Rating: 19
Published 10/26/2014 - 10:00 a.m. CDT

We are so thankful to Ohio Quarter Horse Association and NSBA to allow us to share Invitation Only with the world at last night's presentation. Photo © NSBA
GoHorseShow is excited to have Debbi Trubee of Pine View Farm doing the picture of the day for us at the Congress. Pine View Farm is the home of Invitation Only, Lazy Loper, The Best Martini, Winnies Willy and Lopin Lazy. Trubee along with Roger Landis are the breeding managers for the farm, and we are thrilled she wanted to share her pictures with us from the 48th Anniversary of the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Check out her pictures from the show.

Rating: 76
Published 10/26/2014 - 9:00 a.m. CDT

Livvie Van Lanen and All But Sudden were awarded the Novice 14-18 All-Around and Reserve Youth 15-18. "I would like to thank Highpoint Performance Horses for all of their hard work and continuous support!" Livvie told GoHorseShow.
The Congress has announced the 2014 All-Around winners. These awards include six All-Around awards, one each for Open, Amateur, Youth, Youth aged 15-18, Youth aged 12-14 and Youth aged 11 and Under, as well as fuve High-Point awards, one each for Amateur Select, Novice Amateur, Novice Youth aged 14-18, Novice Youth aged 13 and Under and Small Fry. talked to a few of these winners about their accomplishments.

Rating: 10
Published 10/25/2014 - 2:10 p.m. CDT

"He is so easy to ride and a really sweet horse," Kathryn, who is five months pregnant, told GoHorseShow.
"Elvis" was definitely in the building this weekend at the Congress. Okay, so it wasn't the real Elvis Presley, but close to it when it comes to horse show royalty. The Vital Invitation, affectionately known as Elvis, and his owner and rider, Kathryn deVries were crowned Congress NSBA Champions and Reserve Congress Champions in Novice Amateur Western Riding on Friday. They also ended up fifth in a tough Amateur Western Riding on Saturday with a cumulative score of a 227.5.

Rating: 19
Published 10/24/2014 - 2:06 p.m. CDT

At this year's Congress, Buttercup was Reserve in the Senior Green Trail with Brad Jewett in the saddle and Deanna Green placed Reserve in the NYATT Horsemanship and third in the 15-18.
AQHA World Champion, multiple Congress Champion and 2010 NSBA Horse of The Year, Blazingmytroublesaway, affectionately known as "Buttercup", has proven that she is a serious all-around contender at this year's Congress. With her talented rider and owner, Deanna Green, in the saddle, they have become the new team to beat in horsemanship and western riding. They are also adding other events such as trail, showmanship and maybe even equitation to their list of classes.

Rating: 12
Published 10/24/2014 - 11:55 a.m. CDT

A 1,200-stall barn and pavilion will be added to the fairgrounds next year. Photo © Eric Mendrysa
The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced Thursday a deal that will keep the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio through 2029. The announcement was made in conjunction the announcement of a $38 million appropriation that will be used to build at least one new building, an $180,000 square foot agricultural center with 1,000 permanent stalls and a riding area.

Published 10/24/2014 - 11:44 a.m. CDT

"It's awesome," Jenna said about winning her first Congress Championship. "I'm so proud of Gil and ReRun. Being patient paid off. It was worth the wait!" Photo © Courtsey Promotions

UPDATE: GoHorseShow would like to congratulate Jenna Dempze and Rewind and Repeat on winning the tough Amateur Western Pleasure class on Friday afternoon. This is Jenna's first Congress Championship as a rider and ReRun's second of the show. Gil Galyean won the Junior Western Pleasure on him earlier this month. Check out the feature we wrote about them earlier this week below when Gil won the Junior Western Pleasure.

Rating: 13