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Learn More About the Equestrian Center at the future National Western Center

CINCH Arena in the Events Center
Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 9 a.m.

Arrival Begins: January 10, 2020 12:00 p.m.
Mentor Matchup horses must vacate by: January 12, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The National Western Stock Show is excited for the return of the popular National Western Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup. This event, created in 2019, provides an opportunity for local equestrian youth to learn and compete during the National Western Stock Show through relevant hands–on educational activities with their equine partner and top equine professionals.

Taking place on opening day January 11, 2020, the Mentor Matchup will match selected youth with industry professionals who will act as their “coach” for the day. They will be given one-on-one practice time in the morning followed by a competition in the afternoon. A Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be named and awarded scholarship money of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

Up to 10 individuals, ages 14-21, from Colorado and Wyoming will be selected to participate. Selections will be based on:

  • Horse and rider connection and potential
  • Desire to be involved in the equine industry
  • Professionalism
  • Humane and respectful treatment of all animals and individuals

Competition tasks will be determined once finalists are selected and may include: ranch trail obstacles, reining maneuvers and cattle work such as roping, boxing, sorting and/or fence work.

Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup Program Specifications
Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup ApplicationDUE October 31, 2019

CINCH Arena in the Events Center
Sunday, January 12, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

2020 Consideration Form – due September 30, 2019

Arrival Begins: TBD
Freestyle Reining horses must vacate by: January 13, 2020 9:00 a.m.

The National Western Stock Show is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fan-favorite RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in 2020.

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 the 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.

To celebrate this historic occasion, NWSS is collecting video footage, photographs, costumes, programs, stories and other memorabilia from past events. To help make this event unforgettable, please reach out to the NWSS Horse Show Department at or 303-299-5525 to share information and historic items. Sign up for our Horse Show Exclusive e-newsletter and follow our Facebook page to receive updates regarding the celebration.

The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage. Riders for the $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will be invited based on a variety of criteria with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the event and National Western. The RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will consist of 10-14 riders competing for $25,000.

Anonymous professionals within the reining industry will be sought each year to offer their selection advice. To be considered, please complete the consideration form for the 2020 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining by September 30, 2019. If you have not competed in the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019, it is recommended you include a link or file of a Freestyle Reining run that shows your potential and experience in freestyle reining. If you have not competed in Freestyle Reining in the past please include a brief description of your potential routine including music and costuming. The selections will be based on quality, talent, creativity and entertainment. The winner of the previous year’s RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will receive an invitation for the current year’s event. Initial invitations will be extended in November.

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Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase
The National Western Stock Show is pleased to announce the creation of the National Western Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase. This event will provide local youth within the equine industry an opportunity to showcase their talents in freestyle reining and be recognized during a prestigious event at the National Western Stock Show. Selected youth will perform prior to the $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Interested youth must be a Colorado or Wyoming resident between 14 – 21 years of age and will be selected based on the procedure for the $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining. They will submit a completed application and a short video showing the horse/rider pair’s potential for a freestyle reining performance no later than September 30, 2019. Riders must have a current NRHA membership card and horses must have a current NRHA license to be considered. Selections will be based on quality, talent, creativity and entertainment. See the Program Specifications for more details.

Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase Program Specifications
Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase Application – due September 30, 2019

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