12 participants on horses lined side by side at the horse show
Young girl in a pink dress on a horse at the horse show

The NRHA Youth Freestyle event is a crowd favorite at the Colorado State Fair. A total of 15 competitors ages 9-18, and their horses, will dress to impress and perform a four-minute routine to music. Each performance will include the rider’s individual creativity as well as several required maneuvers: four spins to the right, four spins to the left, three sliding stops and two lead changes (one from right lead to left, and one from left lead to right). No duplicate songs will be allowed.  Judges will select a champion, awarding the duo with the highest score. This event is perfect entertainment for families, equestrians, and professionals alike to enjoy. 

Entries are limited to the first 15 competitors who successfully complete the online entry process. Two alternates will also be selected. Online entries will open on June 17th, 2021, at 10 a.m. After entering, contestants will receive more information regarding music deadlines, stall reservations, and other information prior to the show. Please see the 2021 NRHA Show Bill for additional information.

7/21/2021 – 2021 entries are closed! Thank you for your interest in the NRHA Youth Freestyle. 


June 17, 2021 @ 10 a.m. – Online entries open; 15 spots available

September 4, 2021 – Freestyle practice following the last class

September 5, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. – NRHA Youth Freestyle