World-Class Horse Shows
January 8-23, 2022
Horse Shows at Stock Show
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.
Invitational Ranch Rodeo
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.
- The contestants are not professional rodeo cowboys — they usually are full-time ranch hands who compete in ranch rodeos for fun or bragging rights.
- The events in ranch rodeos are similar to the tasks commonly performed on a ranch, and the equipment and tack used are the same as those used during everyday ranch life.
- Instead of competing as individuals, the contestants in compete as a team representing the ranch they work for.
This event consists of 8 teams competing in four events.
RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining
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.
Beginning in 1996, this event quickly grew in popularity with both spectators and riders alike. It has become known as the premier freestyle reining event in North America and draws top horses and riders each year. 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. Unlike standard reining classes with prescribed patterns, freestyle reining allows riders to add costumes, music, props, lighting and special effects to their presentations.
Monarch Casino Gambler's Choice
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.
The daring nature of the horse and rider pair comes into play as the faster, higher jumping horses can get around the course faster and cleaner, thus accumulating the most points. Final scores are determined by adding the total points and subtracting any penalties for exceeding the time allowed. Once the initial jump course is finished and points tabulated, each rider then has the option of taking the Joker fence with the risk of gaining a large number of points or losing those points with a knockdown.
NWSS Grand Prix
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.
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, raised in height from the previous round. The spreads (width) of all jumps ranges 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.
An Evening of Dancing Horses
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.