Annual show 'horsecapades': alumni homecoming


2018 show dates and times

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM*
Saturday, October 27, 7:00 PM*
Sunday, October 28, 2:00 PM*
*The Pre-Show begins 30 minutes prior

"Horsecapades" is the primary fundraiser for the Westernaires organization, and happens annually each and every year since the organization's founding in 1949.  While character, teamwork and self discipline are an even bigger part of Westernaires than horsemanship, the horses' feed, farrier and veterinary care come at a cost.  Help support the work of generations of Westernaires volunteers endeavoring to equip the leaders of tomorrow.

Don’t plan to be in the Denver area on these dates?  Please support the cause by purchasing donation tickets.  All donation tickets are 100% tax deductible.

 
 

Varsity Red Team at Annual Show, 2016

Alumni homecoming

Alumni, family, and friends: come for the show, then stay to visit, mix, and mingle at the Alumni Association booth on the midway level of the Event Center.  Bid on Silent Auction prizes, or just stop by to chat with old friends.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

If you are an alumna or alumnus (i.e., you graduated from Westernaires and are in good standing) and you would like to participate in the Alumni Ride act of the show, please see the following options:


"I'd like to borrow a horse to ride in the Alumni Act"

Please sign up to participate in the Alumni ride act on the sign-up sheet on the table near the paddock.  

Just a reminder that you must purchase a ticket in order to ride in the show.  Contact us if you need assistance purchasing tickets.

Horses are available to borrow from specific Westernaires teams (i.e., acts that do not occur in close proximity to the Alumni act).  Horses are available on a first-come, first served basis.

If you are riding as an alumni, please be sure to comply with any and all instructions that are given to you by Posse, by Westernaire volunteers, or by the Barn Staff.  Failure to do so could result in expulsion from the grounds.  We alumni pride ourselves on being a good example to the kids who are watching us.

Most importantly, have fun!

Angela Robertson and her matched Roman pair split the fire torches at Annual Show, 2014


Serpentine at Annual Show, circa 1955

"I'd like to bring my own horse"

If you are an alumna or alumnus who would like to bring your own horse to bring your horse to Annual Show, there are a few things to know:

Upon your arrival on Saturday morning before the first show, please stop in at the Barn Office (it’s on the northeast side of warm-up arena) and check in with the Barn Superintendent.  Stalls are available on a first come, first served basis.  The Barn Superintendent will provide you will a stall and a stall card.  The stall fees will be approximately $35.00 for the weekend.  Please bring your own feed and any necessary supplements and tack that you may require.  

Please sign up to participate in the Alumni ride act on the sign-up sheet on the table near the paddock.  Just a reminder that you must purchase a ticket in order to ride in the show.  Contact us if you need assistance purchasing tickets.

If you are riding as an alumni, please be sure to comply with any and all instructions that are given to you by Posse, by Westernaire volunteers, or by the Barn Staff.  Failure to do so could result in expulsion from the grounds.  We alumni pride ourselves on being a good example to the kids who are watching us.

Anyone who rents a stall will be expected to fully clean the stall after the Sunday show before your departure. Let’s be good stewards in the Westernaire community by cleaning up after ourselves!


Westernaires received silver engraved belt buckles in at Annual Show 1958.  The belt buckles were presented by Colorado Governor Stephen McNichols on behalf of movie star Roy Rogers and producer Arthur Rush with their apologies for not being able to make it to the show in person.  The belt buckles were given to Westernaires in gratitude for their appearance on "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show from Fort Worth" on February 2nd, 1958.

The "Indian Fantasy" act at Annual Show, circa 1965

The Varsity Red Team Grand Entry team salutes the American Flag during the National Anthem at Annual Show, 1991

The Cavalry salutes at Annual Show, 1984