Travel to Denver for the NWSS RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining

Denver, Colorado

The National Western Stock Show RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining

January 7, 2024

A Display of Horsemanship Like No Other

With consistent sold-out performances, that bring together equestrian enthusiasts of all backgrounds, this event never disappoints. Reiners from across North America are invited to submit their names for this invitation-only performance. Fourteen riders compete for a purse of more than $27,000, under the bright lights of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS).

Freestyle reining is a fan favorite event at the National Western Stock Show and often sells out, so get your tickets in advance. Photo courtesy of National Western Stock Show

The Facts: 29 | Years the event has been a crowd favorite at the NWSS

Photo courtesy of National Western Stock Show

In the heart of Denver, Colorado, the NWSS is an exhibition of agriculture, equestrian, and livestock education and competition. Among other popular events, the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining is a crowd pleaser, featuring riders showcasing the athleticism, power, and talent of the reining horse. With a purse of $27,500, this event stands alone as the richest freestyle reining event in the country. Top professionals in the reining industry are consulted to offer selection advice, and 14 excellent riders will be chosen to demonstrate their skills. The allure of the event resides in the freedom of freestyle reining that allows riders to use costumes, props, and special effects that bring the crowd to their feet. 

Don’t Miss This

With more than 300 vendors offering Western fashion, décor, tack, and much more, check out the 1. NWSS Trade Show. Expand your mind in the Hall of Education and grab some fuel at one of the
various dining establishments located among the shopping. Then, take the kiddos down to the third floor to learn, pet animals, and explore the 2. The Kids Area

You don’t have to go far to find a good meal before the event. Get your steak fix at the 3. National Western Bar & Grill Steakhouse. Grab a hearty breakfast over at 4. The Cattleman’s Grill. And wander through the bountiful options in the outside food courts to feed that sweet tooth. 

5. The Invitational Ranch Rodeo is another action- packed event for equine enthusiasts, held the day before the Freestyle Reining. Check out all the action at the NWSS, from dancing horses, to draft horse,
donkey, and mule shows. 


Preserving History 

Dating all the way back to 1906, the first NWSS was held under a circus tent. Showcasing the community’s appreciation of agriculture and the Western way of life, the event continued to grow year by year. With the addition of crowd favorites like the freestyle reining, the Denver Stock Show has held true to its roots, while also bridging the gap between history and the modern world.

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