Sullivan County Equestrian to Represent NYSQHA at the All- American Quarter Horse Congress!!

Claire Flynn of Youngsville, NY was selected last spring by the New York State Quarter Horse Association (NYSQHA) to be their representative at the All- American Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) Congress. The All-American Quarter Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world with approximately 25,000 entries and over 650,000 attendees each year.

For 50 years the OQHA has hosted a contest for the All-American Congress Queen and each year a young woman that exemplifies intelligence and horsemanship is ‘crowned.’ The contestants represent quarter horse associations from around the country. The Congress Queen will represent the OQHA, the American Quarter Horse Association and the horse industry as a whole.

The Congress Queen competition which will be held October 10-13 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. The next 40% is based on an interview which is judged on a candidate’s poise, appearance and personality. The last 20% of the competition is a ridden horsemanship test that is judged by a panel of AQHA judges. The class will consist of performing a pattern and rail work to prove superior horsemanship. Claire will be riding an accomplished 16 year old AQHA gelding named RL A Lucky Sudden also known as ‘Fatboy’ for the horsemanship portion of the test. ‘Fatboy’ is owned by Cristina Topor-Burns and is stabled at Jenna Volo Performance Horses in Vernon, NY. He is a reserve congress champion, has earned multiple AQHA all arounds and is an AQHA level 1 champion in western riding and equitation. NYSQHA will certainly be represented by an awesome team!!

Not only a skilled equestrian, Claire Flynn has also participated in a variety of other activities such as 4-H, soccer and basketball. She is attending the State University of New York at Oneonta and plans to work in agricultural business.   Her equestrian pursuits started over 13 years ago when she began training and instruction from Megan Diehl-Blumenthal of Diehl Me In Performance Horses in Callicoon, NY. Recently, she was the 2018 NYSQHA Liberty Circuit Amateur Rookie All-Around Champion with her 16 year old AQHA hunt seat mare, Juana Be One. Recently through her NYSQHA queen activities, she has raised funds for Ride To Survive, and made appearances at 4-H meetings, local parades, horse shows and community events. Claire Flynn epitomizes sportsmanship, determination and is clearly a wonderful role model for our youth.

Claire’s efforts have received support from various organizations and businesses from local and national sources. She would like to thank the following sponsors for their help in her endeavors —- Valley Vet Supply, Marysville, KS; Chloe Jane Photo & Film, Midland Park, NJ; Norfleet Marketing & Photography of Central NY; Lone Oak Photography, Ontario, Canada; Diehl Me In Performance Horses, Callicoon, NY; G5 Insurance, Narrowsburg, NY; Maple Valley Farm/ Mr. & Mrs. William V. Diehl, Callicoon, NY; and Cristina Topor-Burns and Jenna Volo Performance Horses, Vernon, NY. If you would like to support Claire in this effort or receive more information about quarter horses, AQHA, NYSQHA, or the All American Quarter Horse Congress, she may be reached at or through facebook @ nysqha queen.

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