The Working Western Celebration Show celebrates its fifth show anniversary in 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. At a time when horse shows of many breeds are struggling, this robust super show featuring Quarter Horses, Arabians and Half-Arabians, Appaloosas, Buckskins and Paints, Morgans, Palominos and POAs deserves applause and example status for its success story. Once a modest 3-day show, the 2018 NCWW Celebration will run from September 6th through the 16th and include an NRCHA Futurity, Derby and Bridle Spectacular, an NRHA Futurity & 7-Up Maturity, Open and Non-Pro, Ranch Horse Versatility Championships (American Ranch Horse Association approved) and a full roster of Ranch Horse classes for Palomino, Buckskin, Arabian, Half-Arabian and Morgan, as well as POAC and ApHC shows, AQHA, ApHC, AHA, and APHA Cutting, and more.
For prizes there are thousands of dollars, big, beautiful trophies, gorgeous belt buckles and trophy saddles. Founder and manager Sandy Woerle has her hands full, and to think it all started as an idea without much support.
“When I first came up with a Working Western Celebration that would include several breeds, everybody said I was crazy,” Sandy laughs. “What a struggle it’s been to make this dream come true. Honestly, it wouldn’t have gone anywhere without the support of people like Eleanor Hamilton.”
The show began as a collaborative for working western Arabians, Half-Arabians, Quarter Horses, Morgans, Paints and Appaloosas. Eleanor Hamilton, owner of Eleanor’s Arabian Farm in Minnesota, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Celebration show from the start, will be sponsoring an Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity and Maturity again this year with $20,000 in added money. The farm’s great breeding sire Hesa Zee+/ was the 2017 Arabian Leading Working Western Sire. “The show reminds me of my childhood in the Nebraska Sandhills,” Eleanor admits. “We did everything with horses. The Celebration show is exciting, fun and makes me nostalgic for a time when horses were part of my every waking moment.” In general, the Celebration is popular with Midwest owners and trainers, especially Quarter horse and Arabian western trainers. Recognizing that, AHA Regional Championship classes will be held at the Celebration for Region 10 on Sunday, September 9th in Western Riding and Ranch Riding, and for Region 11 in Reining, Cutting, Working Cow and Reined Cow Horse. The show drew exhibitors Dwight and Gigi Bull from Florida. “It’s a great show with good weather in a nice facility,” says Dwight. “You can show horses from 8 am to 8 pm and the prizes are out of this world. My wife and I won trophies, belt buckles and over $14,000!”
A new addition sampler this year would include Jackpot roping on Saturday, September 8th, with $5,000 added money and buckles for high earners. The roping counts as part of the Wisconsin Roping Association circuit. While each Breed Association holds its own approved show during the show, with full class rosters, the Celebration offers Supreme Championships open to all breeds in Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Halter and Ranch Horse. There is also a Walk/Trot Supreme in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle.
Needless to say, this short editorial cannot possibly cover the endless list of events gathered beneath the NCWW Celebration Show banner. The show has a western something for everyone, with endless classes for professional, amateur, youth and novice.
The Celebration show pre-entry deadline is August 27th. Entries are accepted up until the session before the class. For information about NCWW Celebration classes, events and hotels contact Sandy Woerle at (715) 558-5080, check Facebook or go to www.WorkingWesternCelebration.com.