Cattlemen's Days

Open Horse Show Information

Cattlemen’s Days Open Horse Show
July 9, 2023, 8:00 AM
82nd Year

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Online Entries Closed July 7, 2023 at 12 noon.


Mail-in Form Option.


Information, Regulations,
& Classes.

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Horse Show Information

ENTRY FEES: $5.00 per class (Age 8 & under are $ 2.00 per class)

ENTRY FORMS: There are three ways to send in entry forms.

Option 1: Online
Online entries closed July 7th, 2023 at 12:00 Noon.  If you would like to enter the 2023 Open Horse Show, download the entry form below and email to Note: Late entry fees apply.

Option 2: Mail
Download (PDF) and send in the form with payment to:
Michelle Zadra
151 Ute Lane
Gunnison, CO 81230

Option 3: Email
Download (XLS) and email the completed form to Payment will be made on the morning of the show.

FACILITY FEE: $5.00 per contestant

SCRATCHING OUT OF CLASSES AND REFUNDS: You may scratch out of any or all classes before 8:00 am the day of the show and receive a refund. You may also receive a refund with a vet note at any time.

PAYMENT: You may pay and pick up your back numbers on the morning of the show. The horse show secretaries will be at the announcer’s booth at 6:00 am.


      • July 7, 2023 by 12:00 NOON: NO LATE FEES
      • ENTRIES RECEIVED AFTER July 7, 2023 by 12:00 NOON, up to MORNING OF THE SHOW: Entry Fee = $10 per class

LEADLINE: Allowed only in classes 9, 15, & 25. Leadline must be separately attached to halter or bridle. Attached bridle reins do not constitute a leadline. *Leadline classes do not count towards high point.

STALLS: Are available 1st come 1st serve. We encourage you to please clean up your stalls.

STALLIONS: Will not be shown by contestants under 16.

DRESS CODE: Showmanship classes for Quarterhorse, Paint, and Appaloosa type horses per AQHA rule #471(d)(1). For Arabian and Saddlebred type horses per AHSA rule 1699E(c)(3). For all other classes per AQHA rule 445.

HATS: Loss of your hat at any time during the class or between the start and finish lines will result in disqualification.

AGE GROUPS: 8 & under, 9-13, 14-17, 18-25, and 26 & older as of January 1, 2023. Switching age groups will not be allowed.

EXCESSIVE FORCE POLICY: Per the voting board (Arena Judge/Trail Judge/ Horseshow Committee Chair) – Any abuse to our equine friends/partners will result in immediate disqualification from Cattlemen’s Days Open Horse Show. No refunds will be given.

OVERALL HIGH POINT AWARD/ RESERVE HIGH POINT: Will be given in each age group based on the contestant. Any number of horses may be shown by each contestant. All classes with age groups, including showmanship, will count toward high point awards. *ONLY ONE OF THE TRAIL CLASSES (Classic Trail) WILL COUNT TOWARDS THE OVERALL HIGH POINT AWARD.

High Point is calculated by a point system:
1st = 4 points
2nd =3 points
3rd = 2 points
4th = 1 point
In the event of a tie, the showmanship class will be used to break the tie (the contestant scoring the highest in the showmanship class).


SPEED EVENTS HIGH POINT AWARD – Will be given in each age group. The same scoring system will be used as in the overall high point.

ENGLISH DIVISION HIGH POINT AWARD – Classes 19-25 will count towards this award and will be given in 2 age groups: 17 & under and 18 & older. The same scoring system will be used as in the overall high point. In the event of a tie, the Open Hunter Under Saddle class will be used as a tie-breaker.

WESTERN DIVISION HIGH POINT AWARD – Classes 32-38 will count towards this award and will be given in 2 age groups  17 & under and 18 & older. The same scoring system will be used as in the overall high point. In the event of a tie, the open western pleasure class will be used as the tie-breaker.

TRAIL HIGH POINT AWARD – The contestant MUST enter BOTH trail classes to be eligible for this award. Awards will be given in each age group. The same scoring system will be used as in the overall high point.

OPEN REINING CLASSES: Contestant off pattern will be asked to leave the arena.

OPEN CLASSES & HALTER CLASSES: These classes do not count towards the overall high point awards.

Cattlemen's Days Open Horse Show IconCASH PRIZES:
8 & under: 1st $5.00, 2nd $3.00, 3rd $2.00.

9 & over classes and open classes: 1st $10.00, 2nd $7.00, 3rd $5.00.

AWARDS are given to Grand Champion in Halter Classes.

Any other questions or concerns, please contact:
Committee Chair – Ivy McNulty – 970-275-0043
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2022 Open Horse Show Gallery
Photos by Jan Washburn

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2024 Cattlemen's Days

Final schedule will be posted late spring.

SAT, JULY 3-6 - Carnival at the Fairgrounds

FRI, JULY 5 - 4-H Horse Show

SAT, JULY 6 - Ranch Rodeo

SUN, JULY 7 - Open Horse Show

WED, JULY 10 - Watershed Team Roping & Barrel Races

THU, JULY 11 - 9:00 AM, PRCA Rodeo Slack Events

THU, JULY 11 - 6:30 PM, Rodeo Pre-Show

THU, JULY 11 - 7:00 PM, PRCA Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo

THU, JULY 11 - 9:00 PM, Cattlemen's Days Concert at 5B's

FRI, JULY 12 - 6:30 PM, Rodeo Pre-Show

FRI, JULY 12 - 7:00 PM, PRCA Patriot Night Rodeo

SAT, JULY 13 - 10:00 AM, Cattlemen's Days Parade

SAT, JULY 13 - Buyers BBQ, Scholarship, Cattlemen's Junior Livestock Auction

SAT, JULY 13 - 6:30 PM, Rodeo Pre-Show

SAT, JULY 13 - 7:00 PM, PRCA Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy Rodeo

SUN, JULY 14 - 9:00 AM, Cowboy  Church at the Fairgrounds


JULY - 4-H Dog Show, 4-H General Projects Awards Review

JULY  - 4-H General Projects displayed at Fairgrounds

JULY  - 4-H Rabbit Show

JULY  - 4-H & FFA Swine Show

JULY  - 4-H & FFA Sheep Show

JULY  - 4-H & FFA Goat Show

JULY  - 4-H & FFA Cattle Show

JULY  - 4-H & FFA Round Robin Showmanship

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