gold rush classic

The largest regional Peruvian Horse Show in North America Held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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

Judge Change

We would like to announce the change of judge for the RGPHC show from Ernesto Roca Dammert to Luis Pablo Vasquez.  Sr. Dammert had an

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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.

2019 Show Information

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Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Show
June 21-23, 2019
Official Class List
Show Class #Official NAPHA class nameNAPHA pts Q, C or Ch of Chqualifies for class #Show Award
 Friday 8:30 am   
1Luxury Geldings 4+ in bit – StakesQNQ 
2Mares 4+ – ZootecnicoQNQ 
3Stallions 4+ – ZootecnicoQNQ 
4Geldings 3-4 in BozalQ56 
5Novice Equitation 18+NQNQHP Novice
6Amateur Performance 4+ (Barbara Windom Stakes)NQNQ 
7Fillies 3-4 in BozalQ56 
8AOTR Performance 4-6Q55 
9Juniors Performance 6-12NQNQHP Junior 6-12
10Juniors Performance 13-18NQNQHP Junior 13-18
11Colts 3-4 in BozalQ56 
12AOTR Performance 7+Q55 
13Mares 4-6 in BitQ66 
14Gentlemen to Ride-Performance 4+Q57,59,61HP Versatility *
15Mares 7+ in BitQ66 
16Luxury Geldings 4-6 in BitQ62 
17Juniors Bareback Equitation 6-12NQNQHP Junior 6-12
18Junior Bareback Equitation 13-18NQNQHP Junior 13-18
19Ladies to Ride Performance 4+Q57,59,61HP Versatility *
20Novice Performance 18+NQNQHP Novice
21Luxury Geldings 7+Q62 
22Amateur Performance Open Tack/Attire 4+Q63,65,67 
23Stallions 4-6 in BitQ64 
24AOTR – Gait 4+Q58 
25Non Traditional Tack and Attire Performance 4+NQNQHP Versatility
26Stallions 7+ in BitQ64 
 Sat 8:30 am   
27Junior Showmanship in Bit 6-12NQNQHP Junior 6-12
28Junior Showmanship in Bit 13-18NQNQHP Junior 13-18
29Novice Breeding 18+NQNQHP Novice
30Amateur Performance Geldings 4+Q65 
31Mares Gait 4+Q58 
32Amateur Performance Stallions 4+Q67 
33Geldings Gait 4+Q58 
34Amateur Performance Mares 4+Q63 
35Stallions Gait 4+Q58 
36Bareback 18+ (Performance)NQNQHP Versatility
37AOTR Performance Open Tack and AttireQ55 
38Peruvian Attire 4+Q62,64,66 
39Bozal 3-4 – GaitQ56 
40Performance Geldings 4+Q57 
41Champagne ClassNQNQHP Versatility
42AOTR – Luxury Geldings 4+Q60 
43Performance Mares 4+Q59 
44Junior Performance Pattern 6-12NQNQHP Junior 6-12
45Junior Performance Pattern 13-18NQNQHP Junior 13-18
46Ranch or Breeders Conjunto-Bit/BozalNQNQ 
47Performance Stallions 4+Q61 
48AOTR – Breeding Mares 4+Q60 
49Novice Gait 4+NQNQHP Novice
50AOTR – Breeding Stallions 4+Q60 
51Reining Class 4+ (Performance Pattern)NQNQHP Versatility
 Sunday 8:30 am   
52Junior Lead Line 6 yrs & UnderNQNQ 
53Junior Perrier – 6 to 12NQNQHP Junior 6-12
54Junior Perrier – 13 to 18NQNQHP Junior 13-18
55Ch & Res AOTR Performance HorseQ8,12,37 
56Champion & Reserve Bozal HorseQ4,7,11,39 
57Ch & Res Performance GeldingQ14,19,40 
58Champion & Reserve Best Gaited HorseQ24,31,33,35 
59Ch & Res Performance MareQ14,19,43 
60Ch & Res AOTR Breeding/Luxury HorseQ42,48,50 
61Ch & Res Performance StallionQ14,19,47 
62Champion & Reserve Luxury GeldingQ16,21,38 
63Champion & Reserve Amateur Performance MareQ22,34 
64Champion & Reserve Breeding StallionQ23,26,38 
65Champion & Reserve Amateur Performance GeldingQ22,30 
66Champion & Reserve Breeding MareQ13,15,38 
67Champion & Reserve Amateur Performance StallionQ22,32 
68Ch of Ch AOTR Performance HorseQ55 
69Ch of Ch Luxury GeldingQ62 
70Ch of Ch Amateur Performance HorseQ63,65,67 
71Ch of Ch AOTR Breeding/Luxury HorseQ60 
72Champion of Champions Breeding MareQ66 
73Champion of Champions Performance HorseQ57,59,61 
74Champion of Champions Breeding StallionQ64 
Qualifying Classes for
High Point Breeder- 2,3,4,7,11,13,14,15,16,19,21,22,23,24,26,30,31,32,33,34,35,38,39,40,43,47
Full House High Point Horse of show- Horses competing for FHHP, must enter a breeding division class (13,15,16,21,23,26), a gait division class (31,33,35) AND a performance division class (40,43,47)


Reservations: 866.791.7626

Tues (6/18) Wed (6/19) Thur (6/20) and Sun (6/23) = $60.00
Fri (6/21) Sat (6/22) = $110.00
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 28, 2019. After that date, rooms will be provided based on availability and at the prevailing rate.
Please book asap, the bowling tournament is back again with us this year and they do fill up!

Group Code:      GOL0618  (1st three are letters, last four are numbers)

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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

The HOTEL requires a first night’s deposit of room and tax, per room, to guarantee individual reservations, and the credit card will be charged.  The HOTEL accepts all major credit cards. Guaranteed reservations will be held until 6:00 AM on the following date.



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!

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);

NEW for 2019, High Point Winners will receive a beautifully selected trophy AND a South Point Gift Card.   

 Gold Rush Classic High Point Versatility Horse ($150)

 – Competition for the versatility horse requires entry into 3 of the 5 available classes that are designated in the class list in the premium.  Please note, either* Ladies or Gentlemen to ride (14, 19) will be counted towards Versatility HP, not both. If the horse is entered in both, the higher placing and points will be used to calculate high point standings.  Qualifying class numbers are 14*,19*, 25, 36, 41, 51

Classes 25, 36, 41 and 51 are non-qualifying classes and we welcome returning Champions to partake in these classes towards the Versatility Horse of show.

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.  (2,3,4,7,11,13,14,15,16,19,21,22,23,24,26,30,31,32,33,34,35,38,39,40,43,47)

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 2019 show season.  There will be four novice classes to ride in (5, 20, 29, 49).  High Point winner will be calculated from the top 3 classes entered.  

Full House High Point Horse of Show ($100)

– Will be awarded to the mare, stallion or gelding of the show that has entered;
1-breeding/luxury in bit class (13, 15, 16, 21, 23,26) 
1-gait class (31,33,35)
1-performance class (40, 43, 47)

RGPHC High Point Junior and Reserve 12 & Under and High Point Junior and Reserve 13 – 18 ($25)
– 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 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 class #57 Champion and Reserve Performance Geldings.  With the exception of Juniors, all High Point winners will be notified on Saturday evening.  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.  Gift Cards will be given to the winners at end of classes on Saturday evening.  

Class Fees for Double Show

Regular Class$ 60.00 
Junior Class$ 40.00 
Lead LineFREE 
Champagne Cash Class$ 50.00Entry fees go to purse
Gelding Stakes        $100.00Entry fees go to purse
Barbara Windom Amateur Performance Stakes    ($1000 guaranteed purse)$75.00Entry fees go to purse
En Conjunto – 3 Horse entry        $50.00 
Champion and Reserve Classes$ 75.00 
Ch of Champions Classes$75.00 
Ch of Champions-if only class entered            $100.00 


Horse OR Tack – Wed-Mon am$185.00Includes 4 bags shavings
After 6/10/2019$205.00Includes 4 bags shavings
Rubber Mats – optional $ 50.00Per stall, additional
  • (South Point requires 4 bags per EACH stall:  $140 stall fee, $45 initial bedding)
  • NO arrivals before 8 a.m. Wed. June 19; MUST vacate by 10:00 a.m. Mon June 24
  • End Stalls 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 6/10/2019$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

2019 Show Staff, Officials and Volunteers

Show Officials
Judge RGPHC Sr. Luis Pablo Vasquez Diaz
Judge SCPPHC Sr. Roque Benavides Ganoza
Show Steward Kelly Powers
Show Committee Co-ChairEleanor Palmisano
Show Committee Co-Chair/Acting Show Manager Carole Hackett
Barn Manager Thea Pichel
Show Employees
Announcer Carolyn Mittrick
Ring Steward Patty LaCroix
Gate Steward Roger Holguin
Ribbons and Trophies Lisa Walker Holguin
 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 Paso Llano Magazine
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


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