Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup

Applications for the 2023 show are now open!

The National Western Stock Show is excited for the second annual National Western Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup debuting in January 2019. This event was created to provide 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, 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

To be considered, please complete the application below for the 2023 Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup by October 31, 2022. Initial invitations will be extended in November.

Important Dates

Due Date: Oct 31, 2022
Event Dates: Jan 6-7, 2023

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