For those in the stock horse world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is a competitor's dream--it is the largest single-breed horse show in the world, and it runs throughout the month of October in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of horses are entered, ridden, and shown throughout the event, which means lots of bodies moving back and forth through the main entrance gates.

So when the news broke last week that someone stole a Freightliner truck hauling a horse trailer with 11 horses from Congress grounds, of course it spread like wildfire. Columbus police took to Interstate 71 to search for the trailer when the call came in, according the

This, of course, caused concerns of "Who would do such a thing? How could someone steal such a large rig with horses inside?" You've heard of tack and empty trailers being stolen from shows, but rarely ever do you hear about entire large rigs packed with high-quality horses being taken right off the show site.

But that's when you start to hear the rest of the story ...

Apparently, the horses, trailer, and truck weren't stolen, and the man behind the wheel wasn't looking to make a quick buck--he was just looking for a quick exit from the madhouse that can be "The Congress."

See, security is pretty high at Congress, so the thought of theft is difficult to pull off--security at the gates have to verify that every horse in every trailer is indeed owned by the person hauling the horses onto and off the fairgrounds. This one particular owner must have had some place to be pretty quickly because he was quite perturbed when he was stopped and asked for his information for a release. "...maybe (he) was just having a bad day," explained the Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Levente Berry.

The driver didn't want to wait, so he just took off, telling the gate guard "I'll see you next year," according to the Columbus Distpatch.

Highway patrol agencies are still on the lookout for the driver just to verify he owned the horses, but there haven't been any horses reported missing from the show.

Being a regular attendee of the Congress, I can understand how some people might be so tired, frustrated, and frazzled that they just want to get home after showing for three weeks, but this type of attitude and action is a little ridiculous. What do you think?