The 2004 All American Quarter Horse Congress features a new stakes added- money class and revisions to some amateur and youth events. A new Non-Pro Western Pleasure Maturity Stakes, open and limited division, has been added to the show schedule for 2004. In addition, all Amateur 50 & Over events will be AQHA-approved Select classes. Both class changes were due in part to the input of horse show exhibitors. In addition, the Congress will offer age divisions in the youth equitation over fences, youth working hunter and youth jumping at the 2004 Congress.
Other new features for the 2004 Congress include a new free-standing tent that will house many horses behind the Celeste Center arena. The tent has the look and feel of a permanent barn and should be a welcome addition for horse show exhibitors.
A new VIP camping area has been established to accommodate some of the horse show attendees whose buses and motor homes will be at the show for its entire run. The area features water and electric hook-ups in a secure lot near the Scottsdale Arena.
In addition, look for new Plasma Screen Displays throughout the Congress buildings which will complement the Congress "Big Screen" that is located in the Celeste Arena. The screens will display a variety of information including draw orders, finalists, etc.
The 2004 Congress horse show and commercial exhibit trade show runs through Sunday, October 24.
A new food service contractor, Cox Concessions, has been established for the Ohio Expo Center for all events, including the Congress.