Cornhusker Classic fills Lancaster Event Center

The Nebraska Quarter Horse Association's premiere event is back in town after a COVID-related hiatus.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Quarter Horse Association (NQHA)’s big yearly event is back in the Lancaster Event Center after a year off because of COVID.

Although the NQHA is putting on the event, and even though President Jet Thompson is coming from Kearney, the Cornhusker Classic draws a much bigger crowd than that.

“We’ve got them from north, south, and states here in the Heartland part of America and we’ve got them from the East and West Coast”, says Thompson. “They come in and they enjoy the hospitality. Lincoln is a very convenient city.”

Jet says the event brings in around $3 million, and from the sound of things, that won’t change any time soon. Peter Canmizzaro has seen a lot of horses in a lot of places, but Lincoln stands out. He says: “I’ve announced horse shows a long time, almost 30 years, all across the United States. Absolutely one of the funnest places to come.”

Apparently, he’s not the only one who holds that opinion, because this event brings in some names you may already be familiar with.

“We were gracious enough to get to host Terry Bradshaw here this weekend”, says Jet. “He brought a few horses up and him and his wife, Tammy, competed. Very nice folks.”

The best part is, you can check everything out for free. It may not be your typical spectator sport, but as Jet says, there are a lot of nice people and nice horses to meet if you stop by Pavilion 4 at the Event Center through June 19th.

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