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, an Invitational Ranch Rodeo, the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, a Quarter Horse Show, a Paint Horse Show, a US Equestrian Federation Hunter/Jumper Show, a Wild West Show, an Xtreme Dogs 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.

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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018  |  5:30 p.m.
FREE with Grounds Admission



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.

Sunday, January 7, 2018 |  2:00 p.m.

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


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.

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 12, 2018  |  7:30 p.m.



King SoopersWild West2 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018  |  5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018  |  4:00 p. m.


superdogs3Dog lovers unit for a show full of amazing tricks, aerial stunts and unpredictable antics, all performed by man’s best friend.  Trained to run, jump and retrieve at incredible speeds, this cast of canines thrills audiences, barking their way into your hearts and leaving fans of all ages laughing and cheering throughout the entire show.

This year, Xtreme Dogs is excited to features Sara & Hero from American’s Got Talent.  Sara & Hero placed fifth on AGT last season and will be showcasing their Vegas style act at National Western Stock Show during both Xtreme Dogs performances.

Come meet the stars of Xtreme Dogs at the Pat & Chat following each performance. National Western’s hottest family event.

Monday, January 15, 2018  |  3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018  |  6:30 p.m.


Monarch_Logo_Horiz_4C-300x53 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.

Monday, January 15, 2018  |  7:00 p.m.


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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018  |  7 p.m.
Thursday, January 18, 2018  |  7 p.m.



drafthorse 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.

Friday, January 19, 2018  |  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 20, 2018  |  1:00 p.m.  & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 21, 2018  |  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 6, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Invitational Ranch Rodeo
Events Center
Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.

National Western Cowboy Church
presented by CowboyChurch.TV from RFD-TV with host Susie McEntire and special guests Amberley Snyder, Brit Ellerman and the Sons of the Pioneers.
Events Center
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | music 9 a.m., service 10 a.m.

Quarter Horse & Paint Horse Show
Events Center
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 7 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 7 a.m.

Hunter/Jumper Show
Events Center
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 8 a.m.
Friday, January 12, 2018 | 7 a.m.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 7 a.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 7 a.m.
Monday, January 15, 2018 | 7 a.m.

$5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake
Events Center
Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Reined Cow Horse Show
Events Center
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 8 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 8 a.m.

Horsemanship Clinic
Events Center
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 3:30 p.m.
Clinician TBD

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
Events Center
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 9 a.m.
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8 a.m.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 9 a.m.

2018 Youth Equestrian Showcase Scholarship Program

2018 Grand Champion & $2,000 scholarship
Emily Grubb, Conifer, CO

2018 Reserve Grand Champion & $1,000 scholarship
Amber Elliott, Steamboat Springs, CO

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.

2018 Y.E.S. Program Specifications
2018 Y.E.S. Application

2017 Winners

2017 Grand Champion & $2,000 scholarship
Lauren Weaber, Eaton, CO

2017 Reserve Grand Champion & $1,000 scholarship
Kirsten Wood, Weldona, CO

2017 Top Ten Finalists


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
Champion Team – Veale/Triangle

Excellence in Animal Care Winning Team – Flying A/Beatty Canyon

Top Hand – Jet McCoy, Beebe-McCoy

Top Horse – Dream Model Edition, Brendan Hermes, Hermes Ranch

$20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining
Champion & People’s Choice Champion – Bub Poplin & Smokin Custom Chrome

$10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake
Champion – Kristin Hardin & Bert

NWSS $40,000 Grand Prix
presented by Monarch Casino
Champion – Lina Rojas & Cafino Z

Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
Draft/Mule Feed Team Race Champion – Bob Denning

Draft/Mule Team Log Skid Race Champion – Gary Reiber

Working Team Champion – Harley Troyer

6-Horse Hitch Heat A Champion – Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch, Brian Coleman

6-Horse Hitch Heat B Champion – All Star Farms, Ross Honsberger

8-Horse Hitch Champion – Blue Ribbon Days, Cody Woodbury

Invitational Ranch Rodeo
Champion Team – 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 & River of Dreams
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Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
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