I just got back from Congress. It was my first trip down and I did not see a quarter of what was going on there. It was really neat. I think that if anyone could find the time to go down, that they should, no matter the discipline. It's just something to experience in the horse world.
I watched the finals for the Novice Youth Western Pleasure. It was neat, I'm not sure how many kids were in the class to start with, they had cut it down to 20 by the end. There was one girl in the class that I was really rooting for, she was on a dark bay and she was really having a great ride. She broke though at the lope and 2 of the 4 judges saw it. What really caught my eye on the girl in the first place was her outfit. It was a pair of black chaps, black hat and a black and purple shirt (no bling at all). She was just plain jane and made it all the way to the top. Anway, one judge pinned her around 7th or 8th but the rest did not. It was interesting to see how they do it.
They start off with around 75-100, (break them into about 20 per class) sometimes more competitors and then they choose 8 or 10 to continue, the rest are excused. Then in the final class they place. The girl that won was placed first by two judges and then 2nd by one and 3rd by the other. They must tally the 4 scores to come up with the Congress Champion. It was a cute girl on a Palomino that had a great ride that won.
I also got to see the 2 year old Western Pleasure class. Winner took home almost 10k. I watched the NY Showmanship finals, I think the horse that won that was called "**** I'm good". That was cute!
I watched a little halter and then saw some warm-ups. There was a line of about 20 horses waiting to longe! Amazing.
I saw puppy alley. OMIGOSH! They had SO many puppies! It was killer to get out of there without one. They wanted me! I wanted them! They also had every tack store you can think of there. Rods, Chicks, you name it, they were there. It was bigger than any expo I've ever been to. They also had every kind of horse trailer ever made for sale there. We spent hours looking at trailers! They had trucks and barn equipment. Like I said, I didn't even see a quarter of the stuff!
Also we saw the Supersale. There was a stallion that went for $300K!!!!!
It was really neat though. I honostly think it's something for every horse person to see, whether you show english, western, ride trail, whatever. Just really need. They had every vendor imagionable there. Just a neat place. I'm going back next year!!!!!