Top Hands Horse Show

Friday, Feb. 19 — Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

These Are "Top Hands"

The Top Hands Horse Show, located in NRG Arena, offers a variety of physically-challenged riders of all ages the opportunity to compete in six events, including showmanship at halter, English equitation, Western equitation, trail, pole bending and barrel racing. The show is divided into divisions based on assistance needed.

Hippotherapy (therapeutic riding) is a fun, freeing therapeutic way to strengthen muscles and improve balance. It also can improve concentration and build confidence while providing new freedom for the riders. Often, riding is the only activity where these riders are able to be mobile and in control.

These “Top Hands” personify strength and perseverance in a way that ensures there is never a dry eye in the house. Coaches, volunteers, family members and spectators realize they have witnessed an extraordinary event that can change the lives of everyone involved. The courage exhibited by superior riders who continually break barriers not only in the arena, but also in their lives, drives this unique experience.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Special Children's Committee works with established riding clubs. Participants are entered through these riding clubs.

The Top Hands Horse Show is open to the general public and admission is free.

2016 Schedule

Friday, Feb.19

  • 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Check in
  • 1 p.m.: Opening Ceremony
  • 1:15 p.m.: Show begins — Showmanship (approximately 3.5 hours), English Equitation (approximately 3 hours)

Saturday, Feb. 20

  • 8 a.m.: Show begins — Barrels (approximately 2 hours), Trail (approximately 7 hours)

Sunday, Feb. 21

  • 8 a.m.: Show begins — Western Equitation (approximately 4 hours)
  • noon: Closing Ceremony