Welcome to our Horse Shows

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, including: Cowboy Mounted Shooting, a Ranch Rodeo, the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, a Quarter Horse Show, a Paint Horse Show, a Team Penning Show, a US Equestrian Federation Hunter/Jumper Show, a Wild West Show, a Reined Cow Horse Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses® and the famous Draft Horse and Mule Show.

More information regarding results, Horse Show exhibitors and media is on the Horse Exhibitor page.

What is a 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. 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.

National Westen’s Ranch Rodeo consists of 8 teams competing in four events: Sorting, Double Mugging, Cut & Brand and Wild Cow Milking.

Saturday, January 7, 2017  |  5:30 p.m.
FREE with Grounds Admission



Abuse.inddBeautiful spins and powerful stops mingled with original costumes and musical themes make up the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, one of National Western Stock Show’s crowd favorites. 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. However, unlike standard reining classes which require competitors to perform a specified pattern, freestyle reining allows exhibitors to use costumes, music, themes, props and special effects lighting to add to their presentation.

freestyle_reiningThe National Western Stock Show invites the nation’s top reiners, making the $20,000 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.

For more information on Reining, please visit: nrha.com

Sunday, January 8, 2017  |  4:00 p.m.
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Monarch_Logo_Horiz_4CA show jumping competition with a rock-and-roll atmosphere, the 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.gc_kristin
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.

Friday, January 13, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
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King SoopersWild West2National Western’s Wild West Show features the color and pageantry of the Old West. Fans of all ages can 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. Patterned after the great Buffalo Bill shows of yesteryear, the show features nonstop action that brings guests into the original ways of the West.

The 2017 Show is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill Cody.


Saturday, January 14, 2017  |  5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  4:00 p. m.
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Dog lovers unite! Bringing you an all-new show full of amazing tricks, aerial stunts and comedy antics all performed by man’s best friend, Xtreme Dogs is one of the National Western’s hottest family

The cast thrills audiences with their athletic prowess and surprisingly unpredictable antics. Trained to run, jump and retrieve at incredible speeds and jump and soar to unbelievable heights, they have become the world’s most popular dogs.

From tunnel relays to mastering mazes, National Western’s Xtreme Dogs is full of non-stop action choreographed to your favorite music. This is a show that will leave fans of all ages laughing and cheering throughout the entire show.

Tickets include admission to the 100-acre National Western Complex.

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  6:30 p.m.
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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.

grandprixEach 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.

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  7:00 p.m.
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9News_BlueTV_Logo-300x67dancing-horsesThe wine and roses event of the National Western Stock Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses ® brings the best equestrian talent together in front of live music from the Denver Brass. Enjoy an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty and other talent from around the world.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
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Colorado TimberframeWitness firsthand the immense horse power of these gentle giants. Featuring the workhorses of yesteryear, the National Western Draft Horse Show and Pulling Contest offers the beauty, grandeur and sheer force of today’s draft horses. The long weekend boasts cart, team, unicorn, 4-horse, 6-horse & 8-horse hitch classes as well as various working horse events including the ever popular Feed Team Race within four ticketed performances.



Friday, January 20, 2017  |  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  1:00 p.m.  & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017  |  1:00 p.m.
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Visitors are able to enjoy horse show competition daily during the show with a grounds admission ticket. Exhibitors from across the nation participate in our competitive arenas for prize monies and national recognition for their achievements.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Events Center
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 8 a.m.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 11:30 a.m.

Invitational Ranch Rodeo
Events Center
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

National Western Sunday Service
Events Center
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Team Penning
Monday, January 9, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Finals each day will be held during the ticketed Denver Chute Out PBR

Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show
Events Center
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 8 a.m.

Hunter/Jumper Show
Events Center
Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 7 a.m.
Monday, January 16, 2017 | 7 a.m.

$5000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake
Events Center
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Reined Cow Horse Show
Events Center
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 8 a.m.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Horsemanship Clinic
Events Center
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Clinician TBD

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
Events Center
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 10 a.m.
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 8 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 9 a.m.


Don Manuello, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Liza Dennehy
Renee Elkins
Leslie Lange
Kirk Messenger
Nancy Nemmers
Dr. Steve Schwartzenberger
Corky Shaha
Dr. Terry Swanson
Terri Wagner
Marvin Witt

Special Horse Committees


Leslie Lange, Chairman
Paul Andrews
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Liza Dennehy
Gail Klapper
Don Manuello
John Weaver


Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, Chairman
Wilson Dennehy
Don Manuello
William Rossman


Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, Chairman
Martin Cockriel
Wilson Dennehy
Joe Freund
Gail Klapper
Dennis Kuehl
John Weaver


Dr. Keith Roehr, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Dr. Bernie Rollin
Dr. Mike Scott
Binion Cervi
Chuck Sylvester
Marvin J. Witt

Archive Info

The National Western Stock Show has  a long history of tradition and competition. Below we congratulate some of our previous winners. More can be found in the Results Archive on the Horse Exhibitors Page.

Invitational Ranch Rodeo – Crutch Ranch

$20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining – co-champions
Bub Poplin & Dan James

$10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake – Kristin Hardin
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NWSS $40,000 Grand Prix presented by Monarch Casino – Christian Heineking
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Draft/Mule Feed Team Race – Bob Denning

Draft Horse 8-Horse Hitch – Ames Percheron Farm
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Draft Horse 6-Horse Hitch A – Blue Ribbon Days
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Draft Horse 6-Horse Hitch B – Ames Percheron Farm

We are proud to announce the Top Ten Finalists for our inaugural Youth Equestrian Showcase scholarship program. These local youth will be competing at NWSS 2017 for the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles and scholarships. Help us congratulate this great group of youth in our industry and come support them in January!top-ten

The National Western Stock Show, in partnership with the National Western Scholarship Trust, is pleased to introduce the launch of our new youth equestrian scholarship program, the Youth Equestrian Showcase (Y.E.S.)Y.E.S. has been created to recognize and support our local equestrian youth and involve them in the educational opportunities of the NWSS. Scholarship money from the National Western Scholarship Trust will be awarded to Colorado and Wyoming youth (14-21 years old) involved in the equine industry.

Each participant will submit an eligibility application which will include questions relating to the youth’s involvement in the equine industry, a plan for an educational visual display and a video introducing the youth, their horse, mule or pony and the goal(s) they plan to accomplish with their horse, mule or pony. Applications are due November 1, 2016.

Ten outstanding finalists will be selected from the applications to compete for the Y.E.S. scholarships and the title of Grand Champion (receives $2,000) and Reserve Grand Champion (receives $1,000). These finalists will create a follow up video, execute their plan for an educational visual display during NWSS and interact with the public in an educational setting during NWSS. They will be judged on involvement in the equine industry, creative content/goal accomplishment in the videos, educational visual display plan and execution and interaction with the public. Y.E.S. finalists will be recognized during the Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. and the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be named.

Y.E.S. Program Guidelines
Y.E.S. Application