Getting a case of the winter blues? Maybe it’s time to get out of the barn and get horse showing. Here are just a few options from right here in Colorado to further south.
The National Western Stock Show is right in our backyard and pretty much runs all of January. January 6-21, 2018 to be exact, with the hunter/jumpers showing January 11- 16. Be sure to buy your tickets for the Grand Prix and Gambler’s Choice at http://www.nationalwestern.com/
National Western Stock Show
If you have vacation time and extra cash, you can always consider escaping winter farther south. Several circuits have shows throughout the winter at various locations. HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) has three locations; Ocala, Florida; Thermal, California and Tucson, Arizona. The circuits run January through March, you can go for the entire circuit or just a few weeks. (www.hitsshows.com)
Ocala, Florida HITS
There is also the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Olympians and World Cup Champions come here to show for the winter. The competition is the best you will find in the United States. Set on 150 acres, the show grounds are complete with shopping, restaurants, over a dozen show rings and activities for kids and adults of all levels of equestrian knowledge. (www.equesdtriansport.com)
Winter Equestrian Festival
Heading farther west you can try the Gulf Coast Winter Classic at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Gulfport, Mississippi. The show has three all-weather rings and a large grass field plus a covered arena. The show offers a Grand Prix each week ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 in prize money. In addition to the horse show, the area offers newer hotels, casinos, entertainment and great gulf coast restaurants. (www.classiccompany.com)
Katy, Texas offers a great option for those not wanting to go all the way east or west. The Texas Winter Series Horse Show runs for four weeks from January 31-February 25, 2018. This show offers a Grand Prix each week as well as a USHJA National Hunter Derby weeks I & IV and a USHJA International Hunter Derby weeks I & III. Contact http://www.gswec.com/ for show information and to view their prize list.