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Horse Shows and Events in El Paso, Texas & New Mexico (April 2023)

Equine Events in El Paso and New Mexico: April

As an equine photographer and an equestrian always wanting to learn more, I try to keep my finger on the pulse of equestrian events in El Paso, Texas and the surrounding areas.

Photograph of a cowgirl riding a horse around poles in El Paso, Texas for a horse show.

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

Spring Horse Show

La Mesa, New Mexico
April 7th and 8th

This show is a part of the State Show Horse Series. Riders will compete in cutting, boxing, and 4-H (halter, showmanship, western pleasure, ranch riding, trail, reining, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, and hunt seat disciplined rail).

The horse show is being held at the Armstrong Equine Services Arena at 175 Esslinger Road, La Mesa, New Mexico 88044.

Photograph of a cowgirl riding a chestnut horse for a western pleasure class in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Challenge Show presented by JMJ EnterpriZes

Rio Grande Valley Ranch in Canutillo, Texas
April 15th

The show starts at 8:00 am and includes classes such as sport horse in hand, hunter under saddle, hunter hack, leadline, western pleasure, ranch rail, western trail, and carriage driving.

The winning barn gets a barn party!

Photograph of a girl in English show attire riding a chestnut appaloosa horse in a dirt arena.

April Horse Sale

El Paso, Texas
April 20th

Got a horse you need to sell? Rio Grand Classic is hosting a horse sale April 20th. Their consignment deadline is April 7th. The auction goes live at 1:00PM MST.

Rio is located at 11870 Gateway E.
El Paso, TX 79927.

Black background photo of a bay paint stallion wearing western tack for a horse show.

Cattle Drive

La Union, New Mexico
April 21st-23rd, 2023

La Union Ranch is hosting a cattle drive in La Union, New Mexico with activities including sorting, penning, roping, target shooting, dinner, music, and campfire marshmallows.

You can join the team using your horse, their horse, or join as a non-rider.

Interested in joining? Contact Josh at (575) 312-2291

Photograph of a bay horse in the foreground with a herd of cattle running in the background.

NMQHA Land of Enchantment Circuit

Expo New Mexico in
Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 21st-23rd, 2023

The NMQHA classes include halter, showmanship, western, English, ranch, driving, and speed classes. Enjoy a full weekend of showing at a fabulous arena!

Extreme Cowboy Race

Sunland Park, New Mexico
April 28th-30th

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Posse will host a clinic on Friday and they will compete Saturday and Sunday over a variety of obstacles. Their horsemanship is unmatched!

The address for the arena is 1801 McNutt, Sunland Park, NM, United States, New Mexico. The competition is free to watch.

I’ll be out there photographing, so feel free to come out and say hi!

Photograph of a cowgirl galloping a horse around the arena while carrying an American flag.

Las Cruces Horseman’s Association Gymkhana

Mesquite, New Mexico
April 29th and 30th

Come on out to the Landmark Arena to watch riders compete in barrel racing, pole bending, flags, straight 8 barrels, and a fun event.

The Landmark Arena is located at 120000 Sterns Dr, Mesquite, New Mexico 88048

Photograph of a cowgirl riding a horse around a barrel in El Paso, Texas.

Do you have a horse show or event you’d like to add to this blog post? You can email me at I also offer show photography depending on my schedule.

April 2, 2023

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