I am Lauren Harrington

Published by EQUINEINMIND  | November 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat (via email) with the newly crowned Quarter Horse Congress Queen, Lauren Harrington.  A brief conversation is all that’s needed to confirm why she was the right choice for the title.  To begin with, I asked Lauren to share her one minute introduction speech that was required as part of the interview portion of the competition…


“On most Sunday mornings, you can often find me trail-riding – either along the shores of Lake Erie or through the fields on our beautiful family farm. If I’m not there, my horse and I are probably enjoying some of Pennsylvania’s four million acres of public land available for trail riding.

When I am not taking advantage of our state’s natural beauty, I am attending one of Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association’s 26 approved Quarter Horse shows. Our association is one of the fastest growing and most active in the East. We host some of the largest classes in the region for youth and novice riders.  But most importantly, we welcome everyone to come cherish a weekend with family, friends, and of course, your horses. Read more...

Congratulations 2015 Quarter Horse Congress Queen- Lauren Harrington!

Published by The Equine Chronicle  | October 2015

By: Brittany Bevis

2015 Queen Lauren Harrington

As 2014 Congress Queen Carly Kidner’s reign as come to an end, so another begins. After a long few weeks of Queen competition, the new 2015 Quarter Horse Congress Queen has been named and she is Miss Lauren Harrington of the Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association! Read More

2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen crowned

Published by The News-Herald  | December 2014

Carly L. Kidner, 23, daughter of Chris and Lesley Kidner of Ashtabula, was crowned the 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen on October 19, in Columbus, Ohio at the world’s largest single breed horse show. Annually the All American Quarter Horse Congress boasts over 20,000 entries and houses 6,000 horses over its three week duration bringing over $180 million to the central Ohio economy.

Since 1968, young women representing their state quarter horse associations have traveled to Columbus to compete for the prestigious title of Congress Queen. The Congress Queen serves as an ambassador for the show and for the Quarter Horse industry. Because of all she does during the show, the Congress Queen is the most recognizable face of the Congress each year. This year as the Congress Queen, Kidner will travel to American Quarter Horse shows and events throughout the country as well as 4-H events to share her love and knowledge of the American Quarter Horse.

The Congress Queen competition is a challenging one consisting of three parts. The first portion of the contest worth 40 percent of the overall score is a written examination of the American Quarter Horse Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. This is the most demanding portion of the contest because the AQHA Rulebook is 288 pages. Kidner began studying for this portion of the contest in 2012, by making several thousand notecards and often waking up at 5am to study a few hours before attending her classes at Hiram College. Read More...

Congress Queen Candidates Participate In Fashion Show To Benefit Pediatric Cancer

Published by PleasureHorse.com | October, 2013

Meet Nellie, creator of NC4K! She encourages everyone to “wear the gold ribbon” to support childhood cancer

The new Congress Queen has been crowned (Congrats Meghan!), but PleasureHorse.com would like to share what the Queen Candidates get up to beyond their competition. Every year, the Queen candidates put on a special fashion show organized byNellie’s Catwalk For Kids, an organization whose efforts go to benefit pediatric cancer. Read More...

Sunday Night At The Congress: Congrats New Queen Meghan!

Published by PleasureHorse.com | October, 2013

Congrats Meghan Murphy!

As we open on the final week of Quarter Horse Congress, the weekend closed with a bang! New Congress Queen crowning, NYATT award ceremony, and a mounted shooting demonstration wowed spectators. The Super Sale carried on late into the evening, and had a great turnout of spectators. Read More...

A Video Peek At 2013 Congress

Published by PleasureHorse.com | October, 2012

So far, the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress has been filled with amazing horses, spectacular competition, all the shopping you could ask for, and friendly faces all around!  PleasureHorse.com and Show Horse Today have been on the grounds since things got kicked off in early October, and we can’t wait to see what the last 10 days have in store!

Check out some of the highlights from weeks 1 and 2 below, including an interview with 2012 Congress Queen Emily Messing, and a video and photo montage of what’s going on around the grounds. Watch the Video...

In the Spotlight: 2012 Congress Queen Candidate Leona Parr

By Tara Christiansen
Published by The American Quarter Horse Journal  | May 2013

From 4-H member to 4-H extension agent, Novice amateur Leona Parr shows that things in life have a habit of coming full circle.

Leona Parr

Everything in life comes full circle. Or so they say.  

Leona Parr, 23, grew up on a dairy farm in Newberry, South Carolina. Leona’s spark for horses was lit at a young age since the Parrs had horses around the farm. Unfortunately, the dairy industry went downhill in South Carolina, forcing the Parrs to disband their bovine and equine herds. Just a few years later, though, horses were back in Leona’s life.  Read More...

A Chat With Reserve Champion Quarter Horse Congress Queen Margaret Moore!

Published by PleasureHorse.com | November 2012

By Gabrielle Sasse

A much anticipated part of The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the Queens Contest. Candidates from all over the country and Canada compete to become the next Quarter Horse Congress Queen, representing a state, region or provincial Quarter Horse association. The winner is crowned Congress Queen and represents OQHA at several major horse shows and events during her year as Queen, including AQHYA World Show and Congress the following year. Candidates attend various events at Congress, including helping to present awards to class winners.

These lovely ladies must be between the ages of 18 to 25 years of age (as of January 1 of that year) and not be married, divorced or have children. The Queen Candidates participate in three events, each of which is placed 1-10 in accordance with Congress placings, including winning a Congress Bronze! However, overall results are tabulated based on total points, and not Top Ten placings. 40% of the score is based on an Oral Interview, 40% on a Written Test covering the 2012 AQHA Rule and Handbook, and 20% on a Horsemanship pattern and rail work. Read More...