World-Class Horse Shows
January 7-22, 2023
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
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. Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
An Evening of Dancing Horses
An Evening of Dancing Horses® is known for bringing together the best equestrian talent from around the world. Enjoy an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty, and other talents performed to music from around the world.
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Shows
Non-Ticketed Horse Events
Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup
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.Read More
Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show
Reined Cow Horse Show
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.
January 11 & 12
View the complete horse show class schedule here.
Top of the Rockies
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 teams 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.
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
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.