Novice youth exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete against peers their own age at the 2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has announced that most novice youth classes at the Congress will be split into two age divisions, 14-18 and 13 & Under. The only novice youth classes that will not be split are the Novice Youth Reining, Novice Youth Barrels and Novice Youth Poles.
Exhibitors will still enter their regular AQHA Novice Youth events. There is no additional entry fee for the class being divided into age divisions. Each age division will award ten placings. Age divisions of novice youth classes are not AQHA-approved, therefore the placings will not garner any AQHA points and will not include the C.R. Morrison Congress trophy.
There will be an All-Age Novice Youth finals held to determine the AQHA class placings to receive the appropriate points and awards, including the C.R. Morrison Congress trophy.
The C.R. Morrison trophy is a bronze horse statue set atop a walnut base and has been given to the winner of each Congress class since1987. C.R. Morrison of Clyde Park, MT, and his staff of six workers will prepare more than 300 trophies for the 2005 Congress. In the 17 years he has produced the trophies for Congress, Morrison figures he has made more than 5,000 trophies at an estimated value of $3,825,000. The Congress bronze is valued at $750.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the worldÕs largest single breed horse show. It is AQHA, NSBA, NRHA and NCHA approved, receiving more than 16,000 horse show entries and housing more than 8,500 registered American Quarter Horses during its three-week schedule. The Congress also attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $110 million to the central Ohio economy. The Congress incorporates an AQHA-approved Quarter Horse show and AQHA-approved racing events with more than seven acres of equine-related commercial exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, a queen contest, a youth team tournament contest, youth horse bowl competition, collegiate and 4-H/FFA horse judging contest, the Super Sale horse auction and Million Dollar Stallion Avenue. The Professional Bull Rider Association tour also holds four performances during the Congress. The 2005 Congress dates are October 2-23.
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association sponsors the All American Quarter Horse Congress annually. OQHA is a 2,000 member state Quarter Horse association and a state breed affiliate of the American Quarter Horse association, located in Richwood, Ohio. In addition to hosting the Congress, OQHA sponsors state year-end awards, a state futurity show and a youth program that includes scholarships and two youth teams. OQHA also supports 4-H and FFA equine projects as well as equine research and education at the state level.
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