All American Quarter Horse Congress
Columbus is horse country in October. Home to the largest single-breed horse show in the world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress draws an estimated 650,000 people during three weeks of shows and events. Only 5,000 people showed up when the event began 44 years ago. Today’s attendees own an average of 7.6 quarter horses each, and more than 17,000 total are entered in the event.
Pigeon Forge Saddle Up!
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Midwest Horse Fair
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship
John Wayne Birthday Celebration
June 12–20 and 24–26
North Platte, Neb.
Wild Bill Days
Gene Autry Days
National Barrel Horse Association World Championships
(Location to be announced)
Oregon Trail Days
National Day of the American Cowboy
Nationwide and international observances
Celebrate the American Cowboy during this Senate-sanctioned holiday, with events held nationally and internationally.
Days of ’76 Rodeo
July 30–Aug. 8
Dodge City Days
Dodge City, Kan.
(620) 227-3119, dodgechamber.com
A rodeo, craft show, and barbecue contest make this event perfect for families.
Sept. 11–Oct. 30
National Harvest Festival
Spirit of the West Festival
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Celebrate Western history and culture with three days ofre-enactments, cook-offs, and music.