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Hank Wins at 2023 Quarter Horse Congress!

Updated: Mar 11

As a passionate horse breeder, I had the immense pleasure of witnessing one of the most thrilling moments in the world of equestrian sports at the 2023 Quarter Horse Congress. This year's event was a spectacular showcase of equine excellence, bringing together riders, breeders, and enthusiasts from all around the globe.

Katie Van Slyke holding Hank as a foal
Katie Van Slyke with her horse, Hank

This year, I had the privilege of being part of the incredible journey of “RS Hankwhydoyadrank”, a horse that would soon become a three-time 2023 Congress Champion. As a horse breeder and owner of Running Springs, I had seen my fair share of remarkable horses, but Hank, as we affectionately call him, was something truly extraordinary. Baylee Fleming and Tonya Fleming, the proud owners of this magnificent gelding, entrusted him to the capable hands of Jamie English, an accomplished rider who had a special bond with Hank.

The All American Quarter Horse Congress, often referred to simply as the Quarter Horse Congress, is a colossal event in the equine world. As the world's largest single-breed horse show, it consistently dazzles the crowd with its breathtaking displays of talent, skill, and sheer beauty. With approximately 26,000 entries in 2022, it's no wonder that the show attracts over 650,000 people each year, all of whom come to witness the magic that unfolds at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

The Congress isn't just a horse show; it's a celebration of the Quarter Horse, a breed that embodies grace, strength, and agility. Hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, an affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association, the event's mission is clear: to protect and promote the Quarter Horse and the interests of owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts. It's not just about competition; it's about creating a community that shares a profound love for these remarkable animals.

Hank the horse is a Congress Champion
Hank wins at Congress

The Congress isn't just about one event; it's a multi-discipline horse show featuring various categories and classes, from western pleasure and reining to barrel racing and halter. “RS Hankwhydoyadrank” had earned his fame in the Hunter Under Saddle category, where he displayed his remarkable combination of athleticism, grace, and poise.

As the Congress unfolded, Hank and Jamie made their way into the spotlight. It was impossible to ignore the air of anticipation surrounding their performances. The Hunter Under Saddle competition is a true test of a horse's ability to move fluidly and calmly, showcasing their rider's skill and their natural talent. Hank and Jamie were a duo that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

The competition was fierce, as the best of the best gathered to vie for the coveted Congress Championship titles. The arena was a sea of beautifully turned-out horses and dedicated riders, each giving their all. But as Hank and Jamie moved through their paces, they created an unforgettable spectacle. The judges couldn't help but be impressed by the duo's seamless performance.

As the results were announced, the tension in the air was palpable. The dream of a Congress Championship was within reach. And when their names were called as the Congress Champions in the Hunter Under Saddle category, it was a moment of pure elation and relief.

Three times a champion at the 2023 Quarter Horse Congress, “RS Hankwhydoyadrank” had proven himself as a true legend of the Hunter Under Saddle discipline. It was a moment of triumph not just for the horse but for everyone involved, from his owners to his rider, and even those of us who witnessed his journey with bated breath.

Katie Van Slyke celebrating Hanks win at Congress
Hank wins at Congress

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is more than just a horse show; it's a celebration of a breed, a display of dedication, and a testament to the extraordinary bonds that exist between horse and rider. Hank's three-time Congress Championship was a remarkable achievement, a story of passion, perseverance, and partnership that will be told and celebrated for years to come. It's moments like these that remind me why I'm so deeply in love with the world of horse breeding and showing. Shop all foals merchandise here, including Trudy "Kat Trails R Blazing" merch (Hank's mom:)

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Louise Sharpy
Louise Sharpy
Oct 27, 2023

How awesome is this ? From holding him as a baby , to seeing him win , wow that has to feel incredible. Buying your million dollar baby , to the minis , to all ! Wow what a year it has been. And let’s not forgot the big boy you got with your arrow ! Yes ! I’m so happy for you. I don’t know you , but following you had been one of my wins!! I am so happy i found your feed. Your voice is THE CUTEST ! I’m learning about horses ,!and cows, and the heathens !! Kisses. im sure more is yet to come for you xo Louise from Az

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