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Equine events set stage for 60th Black Hills Stock Show
BHSS & News Staff - January 16, 2018

RAPID CITY, SD— Top notch equine events provide a great prequel to the 60th annual Black Hills Stock Show® with events being held  at the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.

According to stock show director Jim Hunt, who also serves on the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Board of Directors, there are some locally sponsored ranch horse events as well as AQHA sanctioned shows and other competitions. "From ropings to western pleasure, from working cow horse competitions to cutting, there is something for everyone."  He adds, "These events have grown dramatically in entries over the past few years." 

The Winter Classic AQHA Show begins Sunday, Jan. 21 and runs through Thursday, Jan. 25. The triple-judged AQHA event means each horse is eligible for three-times the points with only one show. The 2017 event attracted 1,219 entries.

Monday, Jan. 22 brings the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Winter Spectacular to the James Kjerstad Event Center. Fast action, quick turns and great horsemanship will be on display. This event runs concurrently with the AQHA Working Cow Horse Classes.

The Stray Gathering is set for Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The Stray Gathering event is open to public entry. The stray gathering is a four-person team timed event, where two members of each team are required to rope and tie two steers in a timely manner. Following the event, everyone can enjoy a great evening of free Cowboy Music with Trucker Radio.

The official kick-off of the Black Hills Stock Show® equine events is the two-day Horse Sale, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, beginning at 2 p.m. each day at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Horse Sale Previews begin each day at 8 a.m. at the Kjerstad Event Center. This select horse sale features top consignments from throughout the country.  "Those sales are a high quality offering of ranch geldings, breeding stock - basically all disciplines of the quarter horse - that accommodate the needs of any level of horse user," says Hunt.  "We'll see around 160-170 horses go through the ring over that two day sale.

Along with the horse sale, top stallion owners in the nation will display their stallions Jan. 26 and 27th in an area known as Stallion Row. Stallions will be previewed prior to the horse sale on both Friday and Saturday at 1:20 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The  Stallion Row is an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to view stallions and plan stallion bookings for the 2018 breeding season.

Other horse events to watch is the AQHA Ranch Horse Versatility Competition on Sunday, Jan. 28 and Monday, Jan. 29. This special horse event will judge riders and trainers on their ability to accomplish common ranch tasks such cow work, cutting, reining, ranch riding, and confirmation.  

An Open Jackpot Team Roping and a 4-D Barrel Race will conclude the horse events at the Kjerstad Event Center. The team roping will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. and the Barrel Race will wrap up the Black Hills Stock Show® on Sunday, Feb. 4.

A total of 21 days of horse events will allow horse competitors the opportunity to compete at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo®. All horse shows, previews, team roping and barrel racings are free to the public.

 A complete schedule of events is available at www.blackhillsstockshow.com or call (605) 355-3861 for more information.

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