Quarter Horse Congress Expected To Bring About $180 Million To Columbus Economy


UPDATED: Sunday October 6, 2013 12:08 AM

The Quarter Horse Congress kicks off Friday in Columbus.

The month-long event will attract 650,000 visitors and will generate tens of millions of dollars for the local economy.

The 47th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress is literally the biggest show in town.

Troy Hale is an Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper. This week, he traded in his badge for his spurs.

“We have people come from all over the United States just to compete at the Quarter Horse,” Hale said.

The group that promotes the city, Experience Columbus, says 650,000 competitors and spectators representing every state but Hawaii
are here, along with horsemen from as far away as Australia and Germany.

They come to show, and they come to spend.

Experience Columbus projects the Congress will generate about $180 million into the local economy, the entire net worth of
Hollywood superstar George Clooney.

The three-week long horse show financially exceeds Columbus’ second largest event, the Arnold Sports Classic, which in comparison
generates about $25 million for the central Ohio economy.

With so much at stake, Experience Columbus says it works closely with the Ohio Quarter Horse Associations to make sure the event is a complete success every year.

Ohio Quarter Horse Association wants Experience Columbus to understand the Quarter Horse Congress is just as important to the local
community here in Columbus as the event is to them.

Click here for more information about the Quarter Horse Congress.

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