Horse Exhibitor Information

EXHIBITORS –> Please look thru the various expandable menus below. Click on the left side arrow to fully expand. The Horse Premium Book (with schedule, fees, judges, rules, etc.) and all forms are in the first accordion drop down. Questions? Email us at horse@nationalwestern.com

2018 Horse Premium Book – all exhibitors MUST read. Includes schedule, rules, fees, officials, etc.
2018 Events Center Schedule – updated 11/21/17

FORMS
Open the forms and download as a PDF so they become writable forms. Please print and sign before mailing, emailing or faxing. Signatures must be wet signatures. By submitting an entry, you agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations and specific divisional rules in the NWSS Horse Premium List as well as each sanctioning organization.

2018 Horse Event Participation Declaration – Required for every horse entering grounds. Bring upon arrival, DO NOT send with entries.
2018 Horseman’s Challenge Entry Form – DUE 12/29/17 – coming soon!
2018 Quarter Horse and Paint Horse Entry Form – DUE 12/15/17
2018 Hunter/Jumper Entry Form – DUE 12/15/17
2018 Reined Cow Horse Entry Form – DUE 12/15/17
2018 Mule & Donkey Entry Form – DUE 12/1/17
2018 Draft Horse Entry Form – DUE 12/1/17

RESOURCES
Videographer/Webcast – EQSportsNet
Ranch Rodeo, Freestyle Reining, AQHA/APHA, NRCHA Photographer – Performance Horse Photography
Hunter Jumper, Wild West Show, Dancing Horses, Draft & Mule Photographer – Casey McBride Photography

National Western Complex Biosecurity Implementation Plan – updated 3/7/2017

Events Center
Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Arrival Begins: January 5, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Mounted Shooting horses must vacate by: January 7, 2018 12:00 p.m.

See page 29 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting will begin with Wranglers ground shooting followed by a main match, pistol, 4 stages, all levels and ages. CMSA approved, double world points qualifier.

Entry questions:
Colorado Regulators
(303) 898-0784
www.ColoradoRegulators.com
www.cmsaevents.com

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

Arrival Begins: January 5, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Ranch Rodeo horses must vacate by: January 7, 2018 12:00 p.m.

See page 31 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

The National Western Stock Show is excited to host the third annual Invitational Ranch Rodeo to be held in the National Western Events Center.  The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage. Teams for the Invitational Ranch Rodeo will be invited based on a variety of criteria with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the event and National Western. The Invitational Ranch Rodeo will consist of eight four-man teams competing in four events. The entry fee is $2,000 per team with 100% payback and $5,000 added. The following are criteria the selection committee utilizes:

  1. The previous year’s National Western Invitational Ranch Rodeo winning team will receive an invitation for the current year’s event.
  2. The most current WRCA World Champion Ranch Rodeo team will receive an invitation for the current year’s event.
  3. Additional teams will be selected based on their success at the National Western Invitational Ranch Rodeo, credentials from other ranch rodeos, ranch history and sportsmanship.

Teams who would like to provide the selection committee with further information should fill out the Team Interest Form and return to horse@nationalwestern.com by November 1, 2017. Initial invitations will be extended in November.

EXCELLENCE IN ANIMAL CARE AWARD (debuted in 2017): Ranch Rodeo is based on the western way of life and the heritage of ranching. This award provides recognition to the Ranch Rodeo team who is mindful of the care and handling of all livestock during the Invitational Ranch Rodeo and displays proper and respectable animal husbandry practices while being cognizant of the competitive atmosphere.

RAMEvents Center
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

Arrival Begins: January 5, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Freestyle Reining horses must vacate by: January 8, 2018 9:00 a.m.

See page 33 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

The National Western Stock Show is proud to host one of the country’s premier freestyle reining events and is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2018 event.

The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage. Riders for the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will be invited based on a variety of criteria with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the event and National Western. The RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will consist of 14 riders competing for $20,000.

Top professionals within the reining industry will be sought each year to offer their selection advice. To be considered, please send an email to horse@nationalwestern.com stating your interest in the 2018 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining by September 30, 2017. If you have not competed in the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in 2016 or 2017, it is recommended you also send a link or file of a Freestyle Reining run that shows your potential and experience in freestyle reining. If you have not competed in Freestyle Reining in the past please include a brief description of your potential routine including music and costuming. The selections will be based on quality, talent, creativity and entertainment. The winner of the previous year’s RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining will receive an invitation for the current year’s event. Initial invitations will be extended in November.

For more information on reining, visit: nrha.com

Coliseum
Monday, January 8, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.

Arrival Begins: coming soon
Release begins after your last event for ease of the next move in
Horseman’s Challenge Horses must vacate by: January 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.

The NWSS is pleased to announce the creation of the National Western Horseman’s Challenge, a new event which will provide 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 be faced with various obstacles and tasks testing their confidence in each other.

Taking place January 8-10, 2018 in the Denver Coliseum, the National Western Horseman’s Challenge will offer schooling time followed by competition phases including individual timed practice rounds, a team competition and a 100% payback individual speed challenge. Obstacles and tasks will vary to accommodate all levels and ages of riders and horses. Space is limited and reservations are due by Friday, December 29, 2017.

FAQ – updated 11/13/17

Potential Obstacles: back thru, ground poles, small jump, bridge, gate, side pass, lead thru obstacles, any gait or maneuver (spins, lead changes, rollbacks, etc.), pick up a prop, carry a prop, move an obstacle or prop, drag an obstacle or prop, walk thru or under items, tarp, ground tie, other animals as props (another horse, cattle, dog, sheep, etc.), wild game props (antlers, hide, etc.), toys (water squirt gun, ball, etc.) and others!

Entry Form: coming soon!

Events Center
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.

Arrival Begins: January 8, 2018 12:00 p.m.
Release begins after your last class for ease of the next move in
Quarter Horse and Paint Horses must vacate by: January 10, 2018 4:00 p.m.

See page 35 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

The historic AQHA and APHA shows return with the exciting Finals format, started in 2016. Featuring the working horses of our Western heritage, the shows will contain halter, barrel racing and roping events. There will be added prize money from NWSS, AQHA & APHA. The Finals will include the popular head-to-head Quarter Horse versus Paint Horse matchups.

NEW FOR 2018

  • 6 APHA judges for performance classes
  • APHA classes double PtHA point approved
  • Roping classes have two runs

www.aqha.com
www.apha.com
www.pinto.org

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USHJA Approved
CHJA Approved

Events Center
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.
Friday, January 12, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake, an InIt2WinIt qualifier (Ticketed Event)
Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5,000 Top of the Rockies Jumper Stake
Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.
Monday, January 15, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. $40,000 NWSS Grand Prix presented by Monarch Casino (Ticketed Event)

Hunter Arrival Begins: January 10, 2018 5:00 p.m.
Jumper Arrival Begins: January 11, 2018 8:00 a.m.
Release begins after your last class for ease of the next move in
Hunters must vacate by: January 15, 2018 12:00 p.m.
Jumpers must vacate by: January 16, 2018 9:00 a.m.

See page 39 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, a nationally televised series of five 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The Series culminates in the $100,000 Championship at 1.45 meters held at the International Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska on April 13, 2018. The National Western Stock Show will host the final qualifying competition, the $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake, on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the National Western Events Center. InIt2WinIt, created by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) following a successful FEI World Cup ™ Finals, is designed to enhance competition and education for sport horse owners throughout the Midwest. It provides an opportunity for high performance athletes and developing young riders to compete in the region. [See more in the press release under the Media tab below.]

www.usef.org
www.ushja.org
www.chja.org

NRCHA Approved

Events Center
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.

Arrival Begins: January 15, 2018 5:00 p.m.
Release begins after your last class for ease of the next move in
All Reined Cow horses must vacate by: January 17, 2018 5:00 p.m.

See page 49 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

nrcha.com

Events Center
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 89:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event) & 7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

Arrival times will be scheduled based on stalling availability. Every effort will be made to get all exhibitors in as soon as possible.

See page 55 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

FEED TEAM RACE DRAW – The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage and events are planned with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the National Western. The National Western Stock Show is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2018 Draft/Mule Feed Team Race. The Race will consist of 24 teams who will all compete in a heat style format in order to qualify for the final. The top six times will advance to the final and run a fresh run.

All entries for the Draft/Mule Feed Team Race will be due by the entry closing deadline. There is no limit to how many teams an owner can submit. Every team submitted will pay a non-refundable $25 processing fee. One spot will be designated for the previous year’s winner should they have a team to enter. All owners will have one entry submitted into an initial draw. If there are remaining spots, the owners with multiple teams will be added to the draw to fill the final spots and an alternate list. Class entry fees will be processed following the draw for those selected.

www.naclassicseries.com

Events Center
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event) & 7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

Arrival times will be scheduled based on stalling availability. Every effort will be made to get all exhibitors in as soon as possible.

See page 51 in the 2018 NWSS Horse Premium List, above under Horse Exhibitor Information.

NEW for 2018: NWSS has partnered with the Pinto Horse Association of America to offer PtHA points in most classes as part of their Long Ear Division.

FEED TEAM RACE DRAW – The National Western prides itself on being the world’s premier center for America’s western heritage and events are planned with the intention of upholding and aligning with the quality, competition and entertainment of the National Western. The National Western Stock Show is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2018 Draft/Mule Feed Team Race. The Race will consist of 24 teams who will all compete in a heat style format in order to qualify for the final. The top six times will advance to the final and run a fresh run.

All entries for the Draft/Mule Feed Team Race will be due by the entry closing deadline. There is no limit to how many teams an owner can submit. Every team submitted will pay a non-refundable $25 processing fee. One spot will be designated for the previous year’s winner should they have a team to enter. All owners will have one entry submitted into an initial draw. If there are remaining spots, the owners with multiple teams will be added to the draw to fill the final spots and an alternate list. Class entry fees will be processed following the draw for those selected.

www.nasma.us

Boots ‘n Business Luncheon
hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Events Center
Friday, January 5, 2018 | by invitation only

National Youth Horse Judging Contest
hosted by the Western National Roundup
Coliseum
Friday, January 5, 2018

National Western BBQ Throwdown
Lot H
Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.

National Western Cowboy Church
presented by Cowboy Church.TV from RFD-TV
Events Center
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | music 9:30 a.m., service 10:00 a.m.

Citizen of the West Dinner
Events Center
Monday, January 8, 2018 | by invitation only

Wild West Show
presented by King Soopers
Events Center
Saturday, January 13, 2018  |  5:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Sunday, January 14, 2018  |  4:00 p. m. (Ticketed Event)

Xtreme Dogs
Events Center
Monday, January 15, 2018  |  3:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018  |  6:30 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

An Evening of Dancing Horses®
presented by 9NEWS
Events Center
Wednesday, January 17, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 |  7:00 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

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

Stories:
The Fence Post, January 27, 2017 – Final National Western Stock Show sets attendance record on Sunday
The Denver Post, January 22, 2017 – National Western Stock Show comes to a close just shy of record attendance with 684,580
Loveland Reporter-Herald, January 21, 2017 – Rodeo community remembers Ashley Doolittle
The Fence Post, January 17, 2017 – Colorado trainer Bub Poplin sweeps top awards on Smokin Custom Chrome
9NEWS, January 16, 2017 – Cowboy loses thumb while roping at National Western Stock Show
9NEWS, January 10, 2017 – It’s free grounds admission day at the stock show
Westword, January 8, 2017 – The People of the 2017 National Western Stock Show
9NEWS, January 7, 2017National Western Stock Show kicks off today
The Denver Post, January 6, 2017 – National Western Stock Show brings Old West excitement to modern audiences in Denver
The Denver Post, January 6, 2017 – National Western Stock Show has cows and horses, but also trick riding and shooting, llamas running obstacle courses and a wool fashion show
Denver Business Journal, December 8, 2016 – The 2017 stock show parade grand marshal is…a horse
Quarter Horse News, September 21, 2016 – NWSS Announces New Youth Scholarship Program
Quarter Horse News, July 13, 2016 – National Western Stock Show Announces Selection Process
Working Ranch Magazine, April/May 2016 – Big Deal in Denver! Ranch rodeo finally makes it to the National Western Stock Show
Quarter Horse News, March 28, 2016 – Invitational Ranch Rodeo Will Return to 111th National Western Stock Show
RFD TV, January 20, 2016 – The National Western Stock Show Invites the Nation’s Top Reiners To Compete for $20,000
The Fence Post, January 18, 2016 – The $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake delivers fun and action at National Western
The Fence Post, January 11, 2016 – Australian cowboy wows Colorado crowd with dramatic freestyle reining routine at National Western Stock Show
The Denver Post, January 8, 2016 – 110-year-old National Western Stock Show brings thrills, fun, to Denver
The Denver Post, January 6, 2016 – “Dancing Horses” brings equestrian excitement to NWSS
Quarter Horse News, November 10, 2015 – Free Day at 2016 National Western Stock Show

Press Releases:
11-11-17 NWSS Announces NEW Horseman’s Challenge
8-24-17 NWSS Joins InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series
7-1-17 NWSS Announces Return of Youth Equestrian Showcase Scholarship Program
6-3-17 NWSS Announces Selection Process for $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining
5-19-17 NWSS Announces Selection Process for Invitational Ranch Rodeo
9-16-16 National Western Announces NEW Youth Equestrian Showcase Scholarship Program
8-22-16 National Western Announces Draft/Mule Feed Team Race Selection Process
7-1-16 National Western Stock Show Announces Selection Process for RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining

6-10-16 National Western Stock Show Announces Selection Process for Invitational Ranch Rodeo

3-25-16 Invitational Ranch Rodeo Will Return to the 111th National Western Stock Show

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