The North Central Working Western Horse Celebration is the only show of its kind. It offers multiple breed association approved shows along with NRHA, NRCHA and ARHA events. The WW Celebration offers nearly $75,000 in added prize money each year in addition to prizes like buckles, bridles, halters, and more. Each year saddles are awarded to high scoring reining and ranch horse competitors.
The show began in 2013 and was initially held in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. In 2014, the show doubled in size and moved to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Finding a facility in the Midwest that had an open week for this event, that could accommodate the show’s various needs, including stalls for several hundred horses and space for cattle, and with multiple arenas proved difficult in 2015. The committee focused efforts on securing a long term home for the Working Western Celebration.
A place to call home
Beginning in 2016, the WW Celebration has called the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, home. Each discipline—reining, cow horse, cutting & ranch horse—has its classes in a covered arena with a dedicated warm-up area. Stalls are located under the same roof.
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Welcomes all breeds
The show is inclusive of all breeds, not just the traditional stock-type breeds. For example, horses of Arabian heritage enjoy the Eleanor’s Arabian Farm Reining Futurity and Maturity with $17,000 in added prize money as well as Region XI Championship classes in cutting, herd work, working cow horse, reined cow horse and reining. Morgan horses hold their own Ranch Horse Versatility event with added money and there are classes for AQHA, APHA, and ApHC.
For more information about the history of the show, see the “In the Media” section.