Special Events

The following Special Events are coming to the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!

Make sure to check out the websites of the presenters for full details.

This list will be updated regularly,
so be sure to come back often.

Colt Starting Challenge USA

Interview with Russell & Cristy

Colt Starting Challenge USA

To enter your unbroke mare or gelding for this event, call Cristy at 808-269-3408.

If you love horses, you will enjoy watching experienced cowboys and cowgirls from around the Country gentle, start, and ride unbroke horses in just a few hours. How is this possible? These horse trainers are not only very talented, but they are using Natural Horsemanship methods. This technique speeds up the process of starting and gentling a horse. Our event is not only to entertain you, but also to educate you about how a horse thinks, operates, and responds to a Horse Trainer’s cues using body language. Watch THE ACTION as you see the unique personalities of not only the horses, but also of the Contestants, and their original concepts to starting colts.

It is Colt Starting Challenge USA’s goal to provide a forum for Horse Trainers from around the Country to compete at our events, in order to show off their Natural Horsemanship skills. The Trainers compete against each other in order to find out at each event, who wins the Champion Trainer buckle. Trainers gain cumulative points at each event towards participation in the National Finals, at the prestigious NFR Cowboy Christmas Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in December.

Colt Starting Challenge USA was founded by expert Horse Trainer Russell Beatty and his wife and announcer Cristy Beatty. They now tour the United States to produce Colt Starting Challenge USA events from California to Virginia.

For more information, see our web site at www.coltstartingchallengeusa.com and our Facebook page for videos of our events.

Colt Starting Challenge USA Schedule

All events take place in the Event Center.

Friday, Feb 28:
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Saturday, Feb 29:
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 1:
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Colt Starting Challenge USA Contestants

Colt Starting Challenge USA is still taking applicants for the Colt Starting competition to be held at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020.

For more information contact Colt Starting Challenge USA. 

Mustang Days

Presented by Colorado Mustangs
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Friday, Feb 28 – Stadium Arena
8:00 AMHandling and Conditioning Class

Friday, Feb 28 – Stadium Arena
4:00 PMManeuvers Class

Saturday, Feb 29 – Stadium Arena
2:00 PMFreestyle

Saturday, Feb 29 – Stadium Arena
2:00 PMExtreme Race


Battle on the Rockies

Friday, Feb 28 – Event Center Arena
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM  Ranch Riding

Clinic – Jill Cook 

Saturday, Feb 29 – Stadium Arena
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Trail Classes

Clinic  – Devon Warren

Saturday Evening – The Mane Event



Colorado Obstacle Challenge Buckle Series

Presented by Colorado Obstacle Challenge Series

Click here: Colorado Obstacle Challenge Buckle Series

Click here for event registration via Equine City Hall website

  • To register/purchase this event, this website requires login or creation of a free New Visitor Registration account.
  • Once at the website, click on the HORSE TOWN STORE button at the left.
  • In the SHOP FOR drop drop-down, select “Event” and click “GO”.
  • Select the “Expo 2019 Colorado Obstacle Challenge”.
  • Follow the prompts on each screen. On the “Available Sessions” tab, click to checkmark each Division level and/or Jackpot Race option you want to participate in.
  • Once on the checkout screen, if you would like to change the Quantity of any of the Divisions entries, you may do so here.
  • Complete registration by using the Check Out button and following the prompts.
  • Two separate confirmation emails will be sent to you upon successful registration.

Select Horse Showcase & Sale

Sale:  Saturday, Feb 29, 2020, 5:30 PM in the Historic Stadium Arena
Preview:: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020, starting at 1:00PM – 3:00PM in the Hall of Education Arena until end of the sale

Click here for Sale Listings

Horse Sale conducted by Harley D. Troyer Auctioneers, Inc., who has been conducting successful auctions since 1978.

Email:  troyerauctioneers@msn.com
Website:  www.troyerauctions.com
Phone:  970-785-6282

Art Show & Sale

All weekend during Tradeshow hours!

Come view the creations of sophisticated and talented artists who blend their passion for horses with their creative intuition! The artists selected to exhibit their work at the “Art in the Park” gallery in the Hall of Education Building at this year’s Expo will display paintings, equine-related photography, bronze sculptures and various mixed-media all celebrating the horse from their own perspective and artistic interpretation. All artwork displayed is available for purchase.

Cowboy Dressage Show

Featuring clinician Marcia Moore Harrison

Pre-Registration Required

DATE & TIME: Feb 29, 2020 | Two Clinics:  8:00am to 9:30am & 9:45am to 11:15am

INTRODUCTORY CLINICS: Learn the basics of Ranch Sorting in a slow and quiet environment from two young Ranch Sorting trainer, Jaden Wolfe and Cole Piotrowski, who are extremely excited about the sport. Everything is done at a walk and trot pace.

SORTING PRACTICE: For everyone that is anxious to get their horses back out after having the winter off, we are offering practice for $40 per person. Come and ride in the Denver Events Center complex while bringing some new friends to ride in the introductory clinics!

You must pre-register for both the clinics and the practice!