gold rush classic

The Largest Regional Peruvian Horse Show in North America
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point Equestrian Center
at the South Point Hotel & Casino

Rio Grande Peruvian Horse Show

The Rio Grande Peruvian Horse Show is one of the participating shows of the Gold Rush Classic, since 2001.

SCPPHC Spring Classic Show

The SCPPHC Spring Classic Show was started in 1998, and has been a part of the Gold Rush Classic since 2016.

show approval & points

The 2021 Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic is conducted under the rules of the North American Peruvian Horse Association (NAPHA) as an APP (All Peruvian Paso) Championship Show. The show is drug free with testing. Only horses with registration certificates issued by NAPHA, PPHRNA, AAOBPPH, or the PHAC may participate.


The 2021 Gold Rush Classic is approved by the North American Peruvian Horse Association (NAPHA). This show will earn a minimum of double points for NAPHA Awards if the recorded owner(s) of the horse is/are a current NAPHA member at the time of the show—Year end Awards—Medallon de Plata, High Point Performance Horse/Gelding, Zone 2 and Lifetime Awards—Medallon de Oro,  Medallon de Bronze and the new NAPHA Lifetime Award –Medallon de Diamante.


The 2021 Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic is approved by the Peruvian Horse Association of Canada; qualified entries will receive annual and lifetime PHAC points.

latest news

2021 GRC Show Dates

We have dates secured for June 25-27, 2021! Our RGPHS judge is Rolando Garcia Bertoncini and judge for SCPPHC Spring Show is Julio Andres Ponciano.

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Barbara Windom legacy sponsors

At the 2017 Gold Rush Classic show a group of Gold Rush Classic exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers came together to work on a plan to generate a consistent sponsorship fund for this show. The goal became to create a sponsorship level and commitment of at least ten sponsors who would commit to $2500.00 annually for a minimum of three years, or a lump sum of $7500.00. From this idea the “Barbara Windom Legacy Sponsorship” was born. They had a goal of gathering ten sponsors within a month or so after the show.

Saturday morning conversations were started and the first few “Legacy Sponsors” came forward. By that evening’s celebration, which was held in Barbara’s honor, the ten sponsors had stepped forward and signed up for this sponsorship of Barbara’s favorite show. When the announcement was made during the toast to her during the celebration, six more sponsors expressed their commitment. This brought the first years total to sixteen Legacy sponsors, representing $120,000.00 of sponsorship monies dedicated to the Gold Rush Classic in honor of Barbara Windom over the next three years.

We hope these Legacy sponsorships will continue on for many years to help support the Gold Rush Classic and highlighting the Peruvian horse in this great promotional venue at the South Point Arena & Event Center in Las Vegas, where breeders and owners are able to come together to compete from across North America. A big thank you is due to Ben Sawatsky for spearheading this effort to honor Barbara’s legacy and her commitment to the Gold Rush show.

2021 Show Information

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Show Class #Official NAPHA class namequalifies for class #Show Award
Friday 8:30 am   
1Luxury Geldings 4+ in bit – Stakes  
2Mares 4+ – Zootecnico  
3Stallions 4+ – Zootecnico  
4Geldings 3-4 in Bozal57Breeder
5Novice Equitation 18+ Novice
6Amateur Performance 4+ Stakes  
7Fillies 3-4 in Bozal57Breeder
8AOTR – Performance 4-656Horse – Breeder
9Junior Performance – 6 to 12 Junior 6-12
10Junior Performance – 13 to 18 Junior 13-18
11Bareback Equitation Versatility
12Colts 3-4 in Bozal57Breeder
13AOTR – Performance 7+56Breeder
14Mares 4-6 in Bit67Horse – Breeder
15Ladies & Gentlemen to Ride -Performance 4+58,60,62Horse – Breeder
16Luxury Geldings 4-6 in Bit63Horse – Breeder
LUNCH~One hour for lunch from end of class 16~  
17Stallions 4-6 in Bit65Horse – Breeder
18Junior Showmanship in Bit – 6 to 12 Junior 6-12
19Junior Showmanship in Bit – 13 to 18 Junior 13-18
20Mares 7+ in Bit67Horse – Breeder
21Amateur Performance 4+ – Open Tack/Attire64,66,68Breeder
22Luxury Geldings 7+ in Bit63Horse – Breeder
23Novice Performance 18+ Novice
24AOTR – Gait 4+                           59Breeder
25Junior Equitation 6-12 Junior 6-12
26Junior Equitation 13-18 Junior 13-18
27NQ – (Performance 4+ Non Trad Tack/Attire) Versatility
28Stallions 7+ in Bit65Horse – Breeder
Saturday 8:30 am  
29Junior Performance Pattern – 6 to 12 Junior 6-12
30Junior Performance Pattern – 13 to 18 Junior 13-18
31Novice Breeding 18+ Novice
32Reining Class 4+ (Performance Pattern) Versatility
33Bozal Performance57Breeder
34Amateur Performance Geldings 4+66Breeder
35Mares Gait 4+59Horse – Breeder
36Amateur Performance Stallions 4+68Breeder
37Geldings Gait 4+59Horse – Breeder
38Amateur Performance Mares 4+64Breeder
39Stallions Gait 4+59Horse – Breeder
40AOTR – Performance 4+ – Open Tack & Attire56Breeder
Lunch~One hour from end of class 40~  
41Junior Lead Line 6 yrs & Under  
42Musical Exercise Versatility
43Peruvian Attire 4+63, 65, 67Horse – Breeder
44Bozal 3-4 – Gait57Breeder
45Performance Geldings 4+58Horse – Breeder
46AOTR – Luxury Geldings 4+61Breeder
47Performance Mares 4+60Horse – Breeder
48Junior Gait – 6 to 12 Junior 6-12
49Junior Gait – 13 to 18 Junior 13-18
50Ranch or Breeder’s Conjunto – Bit/Bozal  
51Performance Stallions 4+62Horse – Breeder
52AOTR – Breeding Mares 4+                         61Breeder
53Champagne Class Versatility
54Novice Gait 18+ Novice
55AOTR – Breeding Stallions 4+                     61Breeder
Sunday 8:30 am   
56Ch & Res AOTR Performance Horse8, 13, 40 
57Champion & Reserve Bozal Horse4, 7, 12, 33, 44 
58Ch & Res Performance Gelding15, 45 
59Champion & Reserve Best Gaited Horse24, 35, 37, 39 
60Ch & Res Performance Mare15, 47 
61Ch & Res AOTR Breeding/Luxury Horse46, 52, 55 
62Ch & Res Performance Stallion15, 51 
63Champion & Reserve Luxury Gelding16, 22, 43 
64Ch & Res Amateur Performance Mare21, 38 
65Champion & Reserve Breeding Stallion17, 28, 43 
66Ch & Res Amateur Performance Gelding21, 34 
67Champion & Reserve Breeding Mare14, 20, 43 
68Ch & Res Amateur Performance Stallion21, 36 
LUNCH~45 minutes for lunch from end of class 68~  
 High Point Presentations: Juniors 6-12, Juniors 13-18, Novice, Horse, Breeder & Versatility  
69Ch of Ch Performance Mare60 
70Ch of Ch AOTR Breeding/Luxury Horse61 
71Ch of Ch Performance Stallion62 
72Ch of Ch Amateur Performance Horse64, 66, 68 
73Champion of Champions Luxury Gelding63 
74Ch of Ch AOTR Performance Horse56 
75Champion of Champions Breeding Mare67 
76Ch of Ch Performance Gelding58 
77Champion of Champions Breeding Stallion65 

Group has special rates of $60 midweek and $105 Friday & Saturday nights plus tax and discounted resort fee of $14 per day (details below). We require the first night’s room and tax to be paid at the time the reservation is made.

Group Name: Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic

Dates: June 25-27, 2021

Group Code: GOL0616 (first three are letters, last four are numbers)

Cut-off Date: 05/26/2021


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Details: Single/double occupancy. Triple/quad is $20.00 per night extra. No more than four persons per room! Children under 15 stay free with parents if no extra bedding needed. All persons under age 21 years will share a room with at least one adult chaperone. Must be 21+ to reserve a room. ID and credit card required at check in. 
13% Clark County tax.
There WILL also be a $14.00 per room, per night, resort fee, which is usually $21.00 per room, per night but has been discounted for us. This includes:
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi/Internet
  • Complimentary Fitness Center access
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • In-room coffee maker
  • 24 hour business center computer access
  • Complimentary printing of Boarding Passes
  • Local/toll free in-room phone calls
Shuttle reservations must be made by individuals and can be made by calling toll-free at 866-791-7626 or (local) 702-797-8901. Reservations are required 24 hours prior to arrival and no one is allowed to board without a reservation.
Cut off date for group rate is May 26, 2021. After that date, rooms will be provided based on availability and at the prevailing rate.

It is understood all requests for rooms will be made on an individual basis.  Guests may do so by calling our Reservations Department directly 866-791-7626 (toll free).  In order to obtain your special group rate, the guests need to identify themselves as being with Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic


Individual cancellations inside 72 hours of arrival shall forfeit any room deposit (if applicable) or be billed for one night’s room and tax.  In addition, one night’s room and tax will be billed for any guest who fails to check-in on the scheduled arrival date.  Any remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled, and all deposits forfeited.

   Toll free number for reservations is: 866.791.7626 – be sure to say you are with the Gold Rush Classic!

South Point Hotel & Casino

South Point Hotel and Casino opened in December 2005; it is located south of the famed Las Vegas Strip at Las Vegas Blvd. and Silverado Ranch Blvd.

The world class Equestrian Center, which opened in February of 2006, is complete with a 4,400 seat arena, 1200 stalls, a full service bar, which includes tables on three levels for easy viewing of the arena, a veterinary clinic, a farrier center and a feed store. The entire complex is climate controlled, including the barns, the warm up arena, the show arena, and the walkways connecting them. The ventilation throughout is excellent.  The Facility also has an array of gaming and entertainment amenities, including ten restaurants, a 16 screen movie theater complex, an 80,000 square foot casino, and a 64 lane bowling center. The food is delicious in all the restaurants, and Michael’s Gourmet Room is one of the top three restaurants in Las Vegas!. Upon entering the South Coast Hotel and Casino, you will never have to leave, as everything needed is there, just a short walk away from your horse!

Spacious rooms, flat panel televisions, high speed internet, luxuriously comfortable beds and even a television channel dedicated to the equestrian arena’s activities.  Enjoy the closed circuit broadcast of the Gold Rush Classic in your own room!

 !! Win your hotel stay Wednesday through Monday by competing for the

2021 GRC Versatility Award !!

The 2021 GRC is offering 5 fun performance classes this year toward the Versatility Award.  All 5 classes are non-qualifying, so any horse 4+ in bit is able to compete.  Friday classes include Bareback Equitation and a Non-Traditional Tack and Attire (Anything but Peruvian – tack and attire must match).  Saturday classes include Reining Performance Pattern – provided in premium, Musical Exercise (1 minute and 45 seconds-music must be supplied by Thursday, June 18th) and a Champagne class where the top three entries win additional cash!! 

Competition for the Versatility Award/Hotel Room is a flat entry fee of $245 -a $45 savings in entry fees and the possibility to win your entire hotel stay plus cash prizes for places 1-3 in Champagne!

Declaration to compete for High Point Awards:  Must be designated on entry form before the start of the show to have points counted (not applicable to Juniors or Breeder);  

Back again for 2021, High Point Juniors*, Novice and Horse of Show will receive a South Point Gift Card at end of show day on Saturday as well as a trophy during high point presentations on Sunday after lunch.   

Gold Rush Classic High Point Breeder:

 –  Points will be counted from the horse or horses BRED by that person or their ranch. Competition for this award is limited to the exhibitors who have entered horses in the show.  ()

Gold Rush Classic High Point Novice Rider 18 & Over: ($100)

 –  Novice rider is defined in the Premium Book and NAPHA rule book. Novices must sign entry form certifying they are a Novice for the 2020 show season.  There will be four novice classes to ride in ().  High Point winner will be calculated from the top 3 classes entered.  

High Point Horse of Show ($150)

– Points will be calculated from from the following classes ()

RGPHC High Point Junior and Reserve 12 & Under and High Point Junior and Reserve 13 – 18 ($25-High Point only)
– Juniors 6-12 (9, 17, 27, 44, 53)
– Juniors 13-18 (10, 18, 28, 45, 54)

 SCPPHC High Point Junior and Reserve 12 & Under and High Point and Reserve Junior 13 – 18 ($25-High Point only)

High Point Ties: Any high point ties for any high point award, including juniors, shall be broken by the number of 1st, 2nds, etc. won. Any ties past placings are determined by judges.

High Point Trophies will be presented Sunday morning following Lunch.  All High Point winners will be notified on Saturday evening and given their gift card.  High point standings will be posted on show office door the end of show day Friday and during lunch on Saturday so you may follow along.  

Class Fees for Double Show

Regular Class$ 60.00 
Junior Class!!!FREE for 2021!!! 
Lead LineAlways FREE 
Champagne Cash Class$ 50.00Entry fees go to purse
Gelding Stakes        $100.00Entry fees go to purse
Amateur Performance Stakes    ($1000 guaranteed purse)$100.00Entry fees go to purse
En Conjunto – 3 Horse entry        $75.00 
Champion and Reserve Classes$ 75.00 
Ch of Champions Classes$ 75.00 
Ch of Champions-if only class entered            $105.00 


Horse OR Tack – Wed-Mon am$185.00Includes 4 bags shavings
After 6/6/2021$205.00Includes 4 bags shavings
Rubber Mats – optional $ 50.002 Per stall, additional
  • (South Point requires 4 bags per EACH stall:  $140 stall fee, $45 initial bedding)
  • NO arrivals before 8 a.m. Wed. June 17; MUST vacate by 10:00 a.m. Mon June 22
  • End Stalls- both in main aisle and outer ends are reserved for Legacy and Prospector Sponsors until released

RV Hook Ups: 

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort 1-800-566-4707

General Fees:

Entry Fee, per horse$35.00Includes Office fee $10, Drug testing fee $10, Security Fee $15
Entry Fee, per horse after 6/6/2019$55.00Includes Late Office Fee of $20
Shavings – per bag$11.00
or Market Price
Must purchase from South Point!
HayMarket priceA selection of types of excellent hay is available for purchase at South Point

2020 Show Staff, Officials and Volunteers

Show Officials
Rolando Garcia Bertoncini
Judge SCPPHC Julio Andres Ponciano Gaytan
Show Steward
 Irene Taylor
Show Committee Co-Chair/Acting Show ManagerEleanor Palmisano
Show Committee Co-Chair Linda West
Barn Manager Thea Pichel
Show Employees
Announcer Carolyn Mittrick
Ring Steward 

Patty LaCroix


Gate Steward Daniel Christman
Ribbons and Trophies Marilyn Doud
 Judy Wind Walker
Show Secretary Thea Pichel
Photographer Lee Locke
Show Advisors
Veterinarian Desert Pines Equine Hospital
Farrier On call at show
EMT On grounds at show
Show Planning
  Eleanor Palmisano
Ribbons and Trophies Linda West
 Robin James
Show Program Red Mane Creative/Kelly Powers
Show Premium Thea Pichel
The Gold Rush Classic is always looking for volunteers during the weekend to help with our Silent Auction/Welcome booth.  If you are attending the show and can volunteer some time any day Friday-Sunday, please contact us and let us know.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Click to Download the 2019 Vendor Application

2019 Gold Rush Classic Vendor Booth Application