Welcome to our Horse Shows

Held in the National Western Events Center, horse exhibitors from across the nation look to the National Western as a premier equine venue. The horse show includes one of the top-five American Quarter Horse shows, a six-judge American Paint Horse show and the famous Draft Horse and Mule show. In addition, there are US Equestrian Federation approved shows for hunters and jumpers, and an open division, which is open to all breeds and include pleasure equitation and driving classes.

Abuse.inddRAM Invitational Freestyle Reining
Sunday, January 10, 2016  |  4:00 p.m.

NWSS2015 (226)Beautiful spins and powerful stops mingled with original costumes and musical themes make up the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, one of National Western Stock Show’s crowd favorites. Reining was developed from the moves a cow horse is asked to perform during regular ranch duties. Competitive patterns include spins, stops, rollbacks, speed variations, and directional changes. However, unlike standard reining classes which require competitors to perform a specified pattern, freestyle reining allows exhibitors to use costumes, music, themes, props and special effects lighting to add to their presentation.

NWSS2015 (129)The National Western Stock Show invites the nation’s top reiners, making the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining unique to any horse show in the world. Even if this is your first horse show, you’re sure to love reining’s elegance and athleticism.

For more information on Reining, please visit: nrha.com

New features for 2016

Added Money: The purse increases to $20,000 making the competition even tougher requiring exhibitors to bring their creativity and up their game!
Selection Process: Top professionals within the reining industry will be sought each year to offer their selection advice. To be considered, please email a video or link by September 15, 2015.

J19-197 NWSS Cudmore (751x519) 2A show jumping competition with a rock-and-roll atmosphere, the Gambler’s Choice Open Jumper Stake incorporates world-class jumpers and a uniquely designed course into an elite, high-energy performance. Each competitor jumps a round of their choosing over a course of 10 to 14 jumps starting at 4-feet 6-inches in height. Each jump carries a point value based on its degree of difficulty.

The winning factor is usually the daring nature of the competitor, as the top horses accumulate the most points. Final scores are determined by adding the total points and subtracting any penalties for exceeding the time allowed. As if that’s not exciting enough, each rider then has the option of taking the Joker Jump with the risk of gaining a large number of points, or loosing those points from their accumulated total.

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National Western’s Wild West Show features the color and pageantry of the Old West. Fans of all ages can reminisce of Wild West legends, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and others. The show is full of quick draw antics and cowboy entertainment, painting the story of how the West was won. Patterned after the great Buffalo Bill shows of yesteryear, the show features nonstop action that brings guests into the original ways of the West.

superdogs39newsDog lovers unite! Bringing you an all-new show full of amazing tricks, aerial stunts and comedy antics all performed by man’s best friend, SuperDogs is one of the National Western’s hottest family events.

The cast, made up of 20 dogs, thrills audiences with their athletic prowess and surprisingly unpredictable antics. Trained to run, jump and retrieve at incredible speeds and jump and soar to unbelievable heights, they have become the world’s most popular dogs.

From tunnel relays to mastering mazes, National Western’s Super Dogs is full of non-stop action choreographed to your favorite music. This is a show that will leave fans of all ages laughing and cheering throughout the entire show.

Tickets include admission to the 100-acre National Western Complex.

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Grey Show JumperPronounced “gron pree”, the term translates from the French as “big prize”. The wine-and-roses event of the National Western, the total prize money is more than $40,000, which draws the top horses and riders from across North America. Grand Prix jumping requires absolute cooperation and teamwork between horse and rider. It takes a special animal and a special person to compete at this level of competition. You will not see any better show jumping competition than the Grand Prix.

Each competitor jumps one round over a course of 10 to 14 jumps from 4-feet 6-inches in height and higher. The top horses accumulating the least number of faults are required to jump a second round over a course of 8 to 12 jumps. Spreads in all jumps range from five to six feet. Final scores are determined by adding the total faults incurred in both rounds and adding any penalties for exceeding the time allowed in either or both rounds. In the event of a tie for first place, a jump-off will occur, with time deciding the winner should there be another tie.

Sylvia Zerbini 10An Evening of Dancing Horses ® is packed full of formal dressage, freestyle reining, drill elements and plenty more equestrian disciplines. Plus, it’s all choreographed to the music of the Denver Brass. The popular National Western attraction features world-class horses, equestrians and musicians.

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Experience horsepower like it was intended. Featuring the workhorses of yesteryear, the National Western Draft Horse Show offers the beauty, grandeur and sheer force of today’s draft horses.

The National Western Draft Horse Show and Pull features the cart, team, unicorn, 4 horse, 6 horse & 8 horse hitch classes. The draft horse competition is held in the Events Center, with many of the classes featured as part of four ticketed performances over the Stock Show’s final weekend.

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Visitors are able to enjoy traditional horse show competition daily during the Stock Show. Exhibitors from across the nation participate in our competitive arenas for prize monies and, national recognition for their achievements. Viewing these events is all part of the Stock Show experience and can be done with a grounds admission ticket.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition
NW Events Center

$5000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake
NW Events Center
Saturday, January 16, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Modified Jumper Stake
NW Events Center
Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.

Draft Horse & Mule classes
NW Events Center

Download the Full Horse Schedule 


Don Manuello, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman – At Large
Liza Dennehy – Jumpers
Renee Elkins – PreDenver
Jean Fell – Paints
Leslie Lange – Quarter Horse
Dave McElwain – RMPHA Sale
Kirk Messenger – Draft Horse
Nancy Nemmers – Open Division
Willard Nordick – RMQHA Sale
Dr. Steve Schwartzenberger – Reining
Corky Shaha – Hunter
Dr. Terry Swanson – Veterinarian
Terri Wagner – Mule
Marvin Witt – At Large

Special Horse Committees


Leslie Lange, Chairman
Paul Andrews
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Liza Dennehy
Gail Klapper
Don Manuello
John Weaver


Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, Chairman
John Corbin
Wilson Dennehy
Ann Judge-Wegener
Don Manuello
William Rossman


Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Martin Cockriel
Wilson Dennehy
Joe Freund
Gail Klapper
Dennis Kuehl
John Weaver


Dr. Keith Roehr, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Dr. Bernie Rollin
Dr. Mike Scott
Binion Cervi
Chuck Sylvester
Marvin J. Witt

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