The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fan-favorite RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in 2020. The main event will be held during the opening weekend of the 114th NWSS at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, in the CINCH Arena in the Events Center.
Plans are coming together to celebrate the monumental impact this event has on the industry. These plans include increasing the purse to $25,000, a draw party, an autograph party on the dirt, a celebration of champions and more.
After beginning in 1996, the Freestyle Reining quickly grew in popularity with both spectators and riders alike. It draws top horses and riders each year. Competitive patterns include spins, stops, rollbacks, speed variations and directional changes. Unlike standard reining classes with prescribed patterns, freestyle reining allows riders to add costumes, music, props, lighting and special effects to their presentations.
To celebrate this historic occasion, NWSS is collecting video footage, photographs, costumes, programs, stories and other memorabilia from past events. To help make this event unforgettable, please reach out to the NWSS Horse Show Department at [email protected] or 303-299-5525 to share information and historic items. Sign up for the Horse Show Exclusive e-newsletter and follow the NWSS Facebook page to receive updates regarding the celebration.
For the second year, the NWSS Youth Freestyle Reining Showcase will feature the talent of local youth in the equine industry prior to the $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining. Interested riders for both events can submit their information and credentials for consideration through the NWSS website no later than Sept. 30, 2019.