Planning for the 2020 Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show is underway, with an added day of competition, new special events and a new, premier facility.
Hosted annually by Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX), the event will be Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas.
Stock Horse World Show
The Stock Horse World Show features top ranch horses competing in cow work, reining, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure.
“With many shows cancelled in 2020, we are very excited to move forward with this world championship event,” said Stock Horse of Texas President William Lewis. “We invite riders from across the country who missed out on other premier ranch horse shows to join us in October in Abilene. There are no qualification requirements, so anyone is welcome.”
More than $75,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs in nine different divisions for riders from Novice, Youth and Non-Pro ranks, all the way to professional trainers in the Open divisions.
Special Events &Awards
Special events added this year include the Classic Equine Fence Work Showcase on Friday evening, plus the Youth Freestyle Reining held just before the exhibitor party on Saturday night. Both special events, as well as the cow work classes, will be held in the new Taylor Telecom Arena.
The show features two go-rounds of competition. Awards are presented for each go-round. Prizes include champion and reserve buckles for the All Around in most divisions, plus prizes through tenth place in the All Around. Open, Level 1 Open and Non-Pro divisions vie for a combined $2,500 in added money.
The overall Stock Horse World Champions are determined by adding points from each go-round. Champion and reserve champion all-around buckles from Skyline Silversmith will be presented, as well as prize packages from Classic Equine. Vests will be awarded to the Top 10 in the all around in every division.
The show will also highlight Texas shown, owned and bred horses with the Texas Quarter Horse Association Texas Triple Threat Incentive. A bonus $6,000 will be paid to the top Texas horses across all divisions.
Wrapping up the event is the $6,000-Added Stock Horse Derby for 4, 5 & 6-year old horses competing in the four stock horse classes. The Derby is held in conjunction with an AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, featuring working ranch horse classes, ranch riding and ranch cutting.
Entries are due by Oct. 5, and entry forms are available online. More information, including details about stalling, paid practices, vendor opportunities and the schedule are at www.stockhorsetexas.org.