January is time to take in the National Western Stock Show
To raise the spirits of horse people stuck in the doldrums of winter, the National Western Stock Show kicks off this week in Denver. The first competition begins Thursday morning (Jan. 9) with the quarter horse performance show.
The horse show part of the National Western wraps up on Sunday morning, Jan. 26, with a draft horse and mule performance show featuring wagon races, eight-horse hitches and weight-pulling competition.
In the days between those two events, there will be more quarter horse and paint horse breed competition, mounted shooting events, freestyle reining, team penning contests, ranch horse competition, a gymkhana and multiple days of hunter-jumper events.
One of the featured jumper events this year, on Jan. 17, will be the Claire Davis Memorial Gamblers Choice Horse Show, named in honor of the 17-year-old equestrian who was shot and killed at Arapahoe High School in Littleton last month.
There will also be special horse performances throughout the stock show, including an evening of dancing horses and a Wild West Show.
Additionally, various rodeo events, including professional rodeo and professional bull riding, run from Jan. 11 to Jan. 26. There are also many livestock events unrelated to horses.
For information, visit wwww.national western.com.