Welcome to our Horse Shows

The National Western Stock Show proudly hosts top equine athletes of various disciplines from across the nation as part of the Horse Show. Experience our Western heritage through entertainment and competitions of all kinds.

More information regarding results, Horse Show exhibitors and media is on the Horse Exhibitor page.

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.

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.

NEW this year – The NWSS Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase will feature the talent of local youth in the equine industry prior to the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining. Come early and witness the future of freestyle reining!

Sunday, January 13, 2019 |  2:00 p.m.

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


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There are many ways for our local equine enthusiasts to be involved with the NWSS:

Subscribe
Receive updates and announcements through our seasonal e-newsletter.

Follow
All the fun stuff is posted on our Facebook page first!

Compete
More information about the various disciplines, breeds and events we host is on the Horse Exhibitors page.

Local Clubs/Orgs
We encourage our local equestrian clubs, organizations and groups to become involved specifically in the Horse Show. If you are a leader in your group, please email horse@nationalwestern.com to receive a complete list of exclusive Horse Show opportunities.

Volunteer
Find more information about how to become an NWSS volunteer under Who We Are, Volunteer Program

Y.E.S. (Youth Equestrian Showcase) Scholarship Program
Equestrian youth ages 14-21 in Colorado or Wyoming are awarded scholarship monies through our National Western Scholarship Trust each year. More information in the Y.E.S. accordion below.

College Internship Program
Interns for the January show can reference the Who We Are; Internship page on our website.

The Horse Show Department also offers other internship opportunities:

Spring (February-May)
This internship focuses on third-party managed equestrian events hosted at the National Western Complex throughout the year (Complex Events). Applicants need to receive credit through their school, university or institution. This internship is for school credit and is unpaid.

This hands-on, educational internship provides event-planning experience with potential to build lifelong connections. Applicants should be enthusiastic, professional and have a strong work ethic. They must have strong communication and organizational skills, be detail oriented and possess an ability to handle themselves in various situations.

This intern will be part of our Complex Events team assisting third-party managed horse shows as well as provide some assistance in the planning of the annual Horse Show during the NWSS. They will work directly with show promoters and various NW staff to prepare for and provide an excellent experience for our Complex Events. Tasks will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate and communicate with show promoters
  • Organize and communicate set up information to NW staff
  • Prepare an internal checklist for each event
  • Assist show promoters with arrival and move in
  • Monitor daily operations of complex shows and provide support when necessary
  • Encourage Complex Events and exhibitors to employ biosecurity practices
  • Organize data and statistics for NWSS

The intern will need to be available from approximately February 1st to May 31st for 8-10 hours a week. Submit your resume and cover letter to horse@nationalwestern.com no later than January 27th, 2019 to be considered.

  • Supervisor – Kendra McConnell, Horse Show Manager

Summer (May-August)
This internship focuses on third-party managed equestrian events hosted at the National Western Complex throughout the year (Complex Events). Applicants need to receive credit through their school, university or institution. This internship is for school credit and is unpaid.

This hands-on, educational internship provides event-planning experience with potential to build lifelong connections. Applicants should be enthusiastic, professional and have a strong work ethic. They must have strong communication and organizational skills, be detail oriented and possess an ability to handle themselves in various situations.

This intern will be part of our Complex Events team assisting third-party managed horse shows as well as provide some assistance in the planning of the annual Horse Show during the NWSS. They will work directly with show promoters and various NW staff to prepare for and provide an excellent experience for our Complex Events. Tasks will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate and communicate with show promoters
  • Organize and communicate set up information to NW staff
  • Prepare an internal checklist for each event
  • Assist show promoters with arrival and move in
  • Monitor daily operations of complex shows and provide support when necessary
  • Encourage Complex Events and exhibitors to employ biosecurity practices
  • Organize data and statistics for NWSS

The intern will need to be available from approximately May 15th to August 31st for 8-10 hours a week. Submit your resume and cover letter to horse@nationalwestern.com no later than May 1st, 2019 to be considered.

  • Supervisor – Kendra McConnell, Horse Show Manager

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