Denver, Colo. – The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is excited for the inaugural National Western Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup debuting in January 2019. This event was created to provide an opportunity for local equestrian youth to learn and compete during the National Western Stock Show through relevant hands–on educational activities with their equine partner and top equine professionals.
Taking place on opening day January 12, 2019, the Mentor Matchup will match selected youth with industry professionals who will act as their “coach” for the day. They will be given one-on-one practice time in the morning followed by a competition in the afternoon. A Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be named and awarded prize money of $1,000 and $500, respectively. Each of the remaining competitors will receive $100.
Up to 10 individuals, ages 14-21, from Colorado and Wyoming will be selected to participate. Interested youth can find more details and an application on www.NationalWestern.com/horse-shows/horse-exhibitors. Selections will be based on horse and rider connection and potential, desire to be involved in the equine industry, professionalism and humane and respectful treatment of all animals and individuals. Applications are due no later than October 31, 2018.
Grounds admission and event tickets for the 2019 National Western Stock Show will go on sale in September at nationalwestern.com and all Colorado King Soopers locations. For ticket, sponsor, VIP or vendor information, call (303) 297-1166 or visit www.NationalWestern.com.
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