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.
FREE with Grounds Admission
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 Western’s Invitational Ranch Rodeo consists of 8 teams competing in four events.
Beautiful 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.
The 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
An InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series QualifierBuy Tickets
A 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.
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.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 4:00 p. m. Buy Tickets
National 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.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. Buy Tickets
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.
Pronounced “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 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.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 7 p.m. Buy Tickets
The 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.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. Buy Tickets
Witness 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.
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
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 8 a.m.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 11:30 a.m.
Invitational Ranch Rodeo
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
National Western Sunday Service
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 10 a.m.
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
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 8 a.m.
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
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Reined Cow Horse Show
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 8 a.m.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
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
Dr. Steve Schwartzenberger
Dr. Terry Swanson
Special Horse Committees
Leslie Lange, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, Chairman
Dr. Keith Roehr, Chairman
Dr. G. Marvin Beeman
Dr. Bernie Rollin
Dr. Mike Scott
Marvin J. Witt
2018 Youth Equestrian Showcase Scholarship Program
Application now available
The National Western Stock Show Youth Equestrian Showcase (Y.E.S.) has been created to recognize and support our local equestrian youth and involve them in the educational opportunities of the NWSS. Applications will be accepted from August 15, 2017-September 30, 2017. Please read the specifications carefully BEFORE submitting an application. By signing and submitting an application, you agree to all the specifications.