World-Class Horse Shows

January 8-23, 2022


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Horse Shows at Stock Show

 Beginning in 1907, horse events have been part of our history and continue to showcase the world’s best equines in a variety of disciplines. We are proud to host some of the country’s top shows and events, drawing exhibitors from around the globe to share our talented 4-legged athletes with the public.

Invitational Ranch Rodeo
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Event Date: Jan 8, 2022  | 5:30 p.m.

Ranch rodeos consist of teams of cowboys or cowgirls from different ranches competing against each other in events that mimic their everyday work on the ranch. Ranch rodeos differ from the more common “Pro Rodeo” in several ways.

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RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining
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The top reiners in the nation participate in this event, making the $25,000 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.

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Monarch Casino Gambler's Choice
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A show jumping competition with a rock-and-roll atmosphere, the Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake features high-level jumpers and a uniquely designed course to produce a high-energy performance. Each rider jumps the course of 10 to 14 fences starting at 4-feet 6-inches in height. Each fence carries a point value based on its degree of difficulty. The riders decide their own path around the course but can only jump a fence twice, either direction and only if it’s still standing.

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NWSS Grand Prix
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This prestigious event draws the top horses and riders from across North America. With more than $40,000 in prize money, this makes for an exciting event. Pronounced “gron pree”, the term translates from the French as “big prize”. 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.

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An Evening of Dancing Horses
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An Evening of Dancing Horses® is known for bringing together the best equestrian talent from around the world performing to live music provided by the Colorado School of Mines Music & Performing Arts Program. Enjoy an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty, and other talents from around the world.

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Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Shows
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Witness firsthand the immense horse power of these gentle giants. Featuring the workhorses of yesteryear, the Draft Horse Show and Pulling Contest offers the beauty, grandeur and sheer force of today’s draft horses. The long weekend boasts cart, team, unicorn, 4-horse, 6-horse & 8-horse hitch classes as well as various working horse events including the ever popular Feed Team Race within four ticketed performances.
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Non-Ticketed Horse Events

Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup
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Debuting in 2019, this event was created to provide an opportunity for local equestrian youth to learn and compete during the National Western Stock Show through hands-on educational activities with their equine partner and top equine professionals. Mentor Matchup will match selected youth with industry professionals who will act as their ‘coach’ for the day. They will receive one-on-one practice time in the morning followed by a competition in the afternoon.

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Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show
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The historic American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association shows return with the exciting Finals format, started in 2016. Featuring the working horses of our Western heritage, the shows will contain halter, barrel racing, ranch riding, and roping events. There will be added prize money from NWSS, AQHA, and APHA. The Finals will include the best of each breed plus the popular head-to-head Quarter Horse versus Paint Horse matchups.
Reined Cow Horse Show
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The Reined Cow Horse Show features horses and riders in various phases of competition including herd work, rein work, and fence work. Reined Cow Horse blends the finesse of modern horsemanship with historic techniques from the original vaqueros. The California ranchers needed quick-footed, intelligent horses with nerves of steel to assist them with daily chores like branding, sorting, and doctoring.

Hunter/Jumper
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Enjoy a variety of talented Hunter, Jumper & Equitation horses during an action-packed five days of show jumping.
Top of the Rockies
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 Witness the best of the best show jumpers prepare for the ultimate test, the NWSS Grand Prix, in this two-round competition.
Horseman's Challenge
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The National Western Horseman’s Challenge provides a challenging, educational, and entertaining opportunity for local and national equestrians to be involved in the NWSS within a growing and evolving discipline. Horse and rider terms will face obstacles and maneuvers testing their horsemanship and confidence in each other.

The National Western is pleased to announce the addition of an invitational Collegiate Challenge to the Horseman's Challenge event, created to engage local college equestrian programs and offer additional scholarship opportunities.

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Horsemanship Clinic
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We are honored to feature nationally-known talent each year for the Horsemanship Clinic. They will share knowledge and expertise as you get to know them, their background, and their equine partners in an entertaining and interactive session.
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
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Witness firsthand the immense horse power of these gentle giants. Featuring the working horses of yesteryear, the National Western Draft Horse Show and Pulling Contest offers the beauty, grandeur, and sheer force of today’s draft horses. The long weekend boasts cart, team, unicorn, 4-horse, 6-horse, and 8-horse hitch classes as well as various working horse events including the ever-popular Feed Team Race spread over four days. The weekend is also home to our other equine friends in the North American Saddle Mule and Donkey Association show featuring a variety of in-hand, riding, and driving classes.