The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has canceled the 2020 All American Quarter Horse Congress.
The association announced Monday afternoon (July 27) it would not hold the event, which was scheduled for Sept. 29 – Oct. 25. Officials said the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic simply prevents safely moving forward at the facility in Columbus Ohio.
The statement said the well-being of the workers, exhibitors and attendees is the association’s highest priority and, based on the information officials had as of Monday, they felt the risk was too great. It is among many equine events canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, or restrictions on large gatherings related to efforts to fight the spread of the disease.
“It is a sad day with the cancellation of the 2020 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Hearing all the concerns from the local and state health departments, and the CDC, it was the right decision to make to keep people safe and healthy,” Ohio Quarter Horse Association CEO Dr. Scott Myers said in a statement announcing the cancellation. “It is disappointing to all who worked tirelessly in preparation for this year’s Congress, and I want to personally thank you for your continued support. I look forward to the biggest and best Congress ever in 2021.”
Details on moving forward and further updates will be available on quarterhorsecongress.com.