2020 Stock Show Schedule of Events 

Jan
11
Sat
Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am

The National Western Stock Show is excited for the return of National Western Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup. 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 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.

$25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining Draw Party @ Paddock Arena/Events Center
Jan 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

The NationalWestern Stock Show is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fan-favorite RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in 2020. Featuring the nation’s top reiners in a crowd favorite, creative event full of music, costumes and athletic horses.

 

To celebrate, NWSS will host a Draw Party on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the Paddock Arena of the Events Center. Hear from special guests, meet past champions, learn more about reining and witness the draw for the competition order of go on Sunday.

 

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Invitational Ranch Rodeo presented by Colorado Barricade @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 11 @ 5:30 pm

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. For starters, the contestants are not professional rodeo cowboys — they usually are full-time ranch hands who compete in ranch rodeos for fun or bragging rights. Also, 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. And finally, instead of competing as individuals, the contestants in ranch rodeos compete as a team representing the ranch they work for. The National Western Invitational Ranch Rodeo will consist of eight four-man teams competing in four events.

Jan
12
Sun
$25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining & Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm

 

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Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase – PRIOR
The National Western Stock Show is pleased to continue the National Western Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase, created in 2019. 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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Jan
13
Mon
AQHA Quarter Horse & APHA Paint Horse Show @ Coliseum
Jan 13 @ 7:00 am

Featuring Roping classes.

Jan
14
Tue
AQHA/APHA Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show @ Coliseum
Jan 14 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring Roping classes.

NRCHA Reined Cow Horse Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 14 @ 8:00 am

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Featuring Herd Work for Open Derby, Limited Open Derby, Novice Horse Derby, Non Pro Derby divisions plus Rein & Box work for Non Pro Limited division.

NRCHA Reined Cow Horse Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm

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Featuring Rein & Cow work for Open Bridle & Non Pro Bridle divisions plus awards ceremonies.

Jan
15
Wed
AQHA/APHA Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show & FINALS @ Coliseum
Jan 15 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring Barrel Racing & Halter classes followed by the FINALS for roping and barrel racing and head-to-head AQHA vs. APHA match ups in a Battle of the Breeds. Ranch Riding classes complete the day.

NRCHA Reined Cow Horse Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 15 @ 8:00 am

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Featuring Rein & Fence Work for Open Derby, Limited Open Derby, Novice Horse Derby, Open Hackamore, Non Pro Derby & Non Pro Hackamore divisions plus composite awards.

Jan
16
Thu
USEF Hunter/Jumper Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 16 @ 8:00 am

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Featuring Low Hunter, Performance Hunter classes, Green Hunter classes, High Performance Hunter classes, Adult Amateur Hunter classes, Low Jumper & Modified Jumper.

Jan
17
Fri
USEF Hunter/Jumper Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 17 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring Low Hunter, Performance Hunter classes, Green Hunter classes, High Performance Hunter classes, Adult Amateur Hunter classes, Low Jumper, Modified Jumper & Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper.

$15,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm

A show jumping competition with a rock-and-roll atmosphere, the $15,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake, an Init2Winit qualifier, 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 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.

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Jan
18
Sat
USEF Hunter/Jumper Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 18 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring Amateur Owner Hunter classes, ASPCA Horsemanship, Junior Hunter classes, Modified Jumper Stake, Adult Amateur Jumper classes, Children’s Jumper classes and Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper classes.

Wild West Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm

KingSoopersLogo Designed to both educate and entertain, the National Western Wild West Show will take you on a historical trip back to the days of the Old West with reenactments of the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows. Come experience the color and pageantry of the Old West reenacted into the Wild West Show. Known for bringing nations and people together, Buffalo Bill’s influence shows us We’re All Cowboys. Fans of all ages will reminisce of Wild West legends, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and others. The show is full of quick draw antics and cowboy entertainment, painting the story of how the West was won.

$5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm

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Featuring $5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake.

Jan
19
Sun
USEF Hunter/Jumper Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring Children’s Hunter classes, Amateur Owner Hunter classes, USEF Hunter Seat Medal, Junior Hunter classes, Hunt Seat Equitation (flat) classes, Adult Amateur Jumper classes, Children’s Jumper classes and Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake.

Wild West Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm

KingSoopersLogoDesigned to both educate and entertain, the National Western Wild West Show will take you on a historical trip back to the days of the Old West with reenactments of the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows. Come experience the color and pageantry of the Old West reenacted into the Wild West Show. Known for bringing nations and people together, Buffalo Bill’s influence shows us We’re All Cowboys. Fans of all ages will reminisce of Wild West legends, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and others. The show is full of quick draw antics and cowboy entertainment, painting the story of how the West was won.

Jan
20
Mon
USEF Hunter/Jumper Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 20 @ 7:00 am

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Featuring THIS National Children’s Medal, Children’s Hunter classes, Adult Amateur Jumper Stakes & Children’s Jumper Stakes.

$40,000 Grand Prix presented by Monarch Casino @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

Monarch_Logo_Horiz_4C-300x53Pronounced “gron pree”, the term translates from the French as “big prize”. The formal night event of the National Western Stock Show, the total prize money is more than $40,000, drawing the top horses and riders from across North America. 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. You will not see any better show jumping competition than the Grand Prix. Each competitor jumps one round over a course of 10 to 14 jumps from 4-feet 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 three to five 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.

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Jan
21
Tue
Horseman’s Challenge @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am

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. Obstacles and maneuvers will vary to accommodate all levels and ages of riders and horses. The National Western Horseman’s Challenge is open to all ages of horse and rider and breed of horse, pony, mule or donkey. Safety will be emphasized at all times.

Jan
22
Wed
Horseman’s Challenge @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 22 @ 8:00 am

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. Obstacles and maneuvers will vary to accommodate all levels and ages of riders and horses. The National Western Horseman’s Challenge is open to all ages of horse and rider and breed of horse, pony, mule or donkey. Safety will be emphasized at all times.

Rodeo 101 @ Denver Coliseum
Jan 22 @ 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Your ticket to the rodeo on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:00 pm includes Rodeo 101 in the Coliseum at 5:15 pm on that day.  Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the sport, this must-see event gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the sport of rodeo from the eyes of the cowboys and cowgirls.  Please enter through Portals 1, 7, or 11 by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22nd.  You will be directed where to meet at this time.

An Evening of Dancing Horses presented by 9NEWS @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm

The National Western Stock Show is excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the distinguished event An Evening of Dancing Horses® presented by 9NEWS.  Favorite acts, performers and special guests throughout the past 24 years will return to celebrate this milestone in 2020.  Come early to enjoy a wine reception each night from 6-6:45 p.m. on the East Concourse.  The first 300 will receive a FREE commemorative wine glass.  Get up close and personal with the performers and their talented horses following each show during the Autograph Party on the Dirt.

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 talent from around the world.

Jan
23
Thu
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am

Featuring Mule & Donkey Trail classes, Mule Ranch Riding, Draft Gelding Team, Draft Mare Team, Draft Ladies Team & Draft Mare Unicorn Hitch.

Horsemanship Clinic @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm

Come audit a free seminar hosted by a well-known equestrian. Host TBA.

An Evening of Dancing Horses presented by 9NEWS @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

The National Western Stock Show is excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the distinguished event An Evening of Dancing Horses® presented by 9NEWS.  Favorite acts, performers and special guests throughout the past 24 years will return to celebrate this milestone in 2020.  Come early to enjoy a wine reception each night from 6-6:45 p.m. on the East Concourse.  The first 300 will receive a FREE commemorative wine glass.  Get up close and personal with the performers and their talented horses following each show during the Autograph Party on the Dirt.

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 talent from around the world.

 

 

Jan
24
Fri
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 24 @ 8:00 am

Featuring Draft, Mule & Donkey Halter & Showmanship classes.

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm

Featuring Draft/Mule Log Skid Race, Draft Mare Cart, Mule & Donkey Hunter Under Saddle classes, Draft Gelding Unicorn Hitch, Mule Pleasure Driving, Draft 4-Horse Mare Hitch, Draft Amateur Team, Donkey Barrel Race, Mule Hunter Hack and Open Mule Parade Hitch.

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm

Featuring Feed Team Race, Mule Flag Race, Classic Draft 6-Horse Hitch and Draft Light Weight Pulling Contest.

Jan
25
Sat
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 25 @ 8:00 am

Featuring Mule & Draft Obstacle Driving, Youth Mule Barrel Race, Mule Keyhole Race, Mule Pole Bending, Donkey Western Pleasure and Draft Horse Classic Cart.

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm

Featuring Draft/Mule Feed Team Race, Draft Ladies Cart, Mule Costume, Draft 4-Horse Gelding Hitch, Mule Western Pleasure, Draft Mare Unicorn Hitch and Draft Middle Weight Pulling Contest.

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm

Begins with a presentation recognizing the Finalists for the Youth Equestrian Showcase scholarship program and naming of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners.

Featuring Draft/Mule Feed Team Race, Classic Draft 6-Horse Hitch, Mule Pole Bending, Mule Parade Hitch, Draft Mens Cart, and Draft Working Team.

Youth Equestrian Showcase scholarship presentation @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm

The evening’s Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey performance begins with a presentation recognizing the finalists for the Youth Equestrian Showcase scholarship program and naming of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners.

Jan
26
Sun
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am

Featuring Youth Draft Horse Cart & Team classes, Mule Western Pleasure classes, Youth Mule Pleasure Driving, Donkey Pleasure Driving & Mule Drive & Ride.

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show @ CINCH Arena/Events Center
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm

Featuring Draft/Mule Feed Team Race Finals, Draft 8-Horse Hitch, Junior Mule Western Pleasure, Mule & Donkey High Point Presentation & Draft Heavy Weight Pulling Contest.