Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther traded his usual suit and tie for a denim jacket, cowboy boots and a [cowboy] hat Wednesday morning.
The clip-clop of horse hooves echoed throughout Downtown as elected officials on horseback, including Ginther, led a parade down High Street to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The month-long event at the Ohio Expo Center is the world's largest single-breed horse show.
"For this city boy, what a thrill," joked Ginther, a Columbus native, who rode atop a 17-year-old horse from Sunbury named Connor.
Groups of excited onlookers lined High and Broad streets to wave at parade participants and take photographs with their cellphones.
In the past 50 years, the All American Quarter Horse Congress has brought an estimated 700 million people and $7.5 billion into Ohio, officials said at a news conference at Columbus City Hall. This year's event opened Oct. 6 and runs until Oct. 30.