BILLINGS, Mont. – Horse trailers from all across the west will be rolling into the Magic City on Oct. 12-19, looking for a chance to compete in one of the many equine events at the 2019 NILE Stock Show and Rodeo.

New for this year, entries for equine events will be accepted on The program is easy to navigate and will help simplify the process for the NILE office. In addition, the program will send entrants text message updates the day of the show, keeping exhibitors updated on any changes. Any entries after Oct. 1 will be accepted, but a late fee will be applied at that time.

Runnin’ the Rims Barrel Race, sponsored by Copper Springs Ranch, will start off the NILE’s equine events on Sunday, Oct. 13, with time only/exhibit runs starting at 8 a.m., followed by the Jackpot competition at 1 p.m. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Competition Barrel Race Futurity will also be held in conjunction with the Runnin’ the Rims Barrel race for a day packed with fast horses.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the rest of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge will be held, featuring the ranch riding and working ranch horse classes. Horses eligible for these events must come from AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who uphold the traditions, integrity and heritage of a working cattle ranch. With at least $1,500 in added prize money for each class, the Ranching Heritage Challenge at the NILE will pay homage to the horses that help working cowboys complete their jobs.  

The AQHA and All Breeds Ranch Horse Versatility show will be held in conjunction with the Ranching Heritage Challenge on Oct. 15, with the ranch riding, trail and confirmation classes held on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Ranch Horse Versatility Show showcases the athletic abilities and versatility of the horses with divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth. Classes are approved for AQHA and All Breeds.

The renowned NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale Futurities begins on Thursday, Oct. 17. Horses eligible for the NILE Futurities must be the proper age for the proper class and must have gone through a NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale or be sired by a NILE nominated stallion.

The culmination of the week of equine showdowns will be the NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale. Consigned to this year’s sale are 81 weanlings and yearlings, selling on Friday, Oct. 18, and 50 top quality performance horses selling on Saturday, Oct. 19.

All horses are screened by a committee prior to being admitted to the sale catalog. The mission of the committee is to find high quality horses that can be marketed to buyers all over the United States and Canada. Horse sale committee members come from a variety of horse backgrounds, but all uphold the values of a solid made equine partner.

“This year has seen a very good market for horses and we’ve got some great quality horses in our sale this year,” explained Kenzie Holmberg, equine and communications director for the NILE.

The horse sale will be live-streamed through All of the sale previews will be streamed as well, and phone bids will be accepted. An official sale catalog has been posted on and printed copies became available the end of September.

The NILE will once again be raffling off a quality filly this year. Jesperson Horses of Ekalaka, Mont., donated a two-year old sorrel filly, Peeparoos Hot, who is by Shiney Red Cielo (an own son of Shining Spark) and out of Hot Catalena. This sweet little filly has the bloodlines to make an exceptional cow horse. Show her or ranch on her, either way she is sure to turn some heads. Peeparoos Hot will have had 30-45 days of donated training by Jonah Deines of Laurel, Mont. Dienes specializes in cutting and cow horse training so this filly will have a solid foundation.

Raffle tickets are $5 a piece or six for $25 with the proceeds supporting the NILE’s youth programs. The winner will not only receive this well-bred filly, but also a year’s worth of feed donated by Equis Feed. You need not be present at the Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale to win.

This year’s NILE Stock Show and Rodeo will once again be an equine extravaganza. With fierce competition and top-notch bloodlines on display, horse enthusiasts from all around will be sure to benefit from attending. A master schedule, which includes all of the NILE’s equine events, can be found at

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