Open riding at Event Center in Rapid City |

Open riding at Event Center in Rapid City

The James Kjerstad Event Center is open for horse riding weekly from Monday-Wednesday. Open riding is a chance for people to ride and exercise their horses in the winter months. The arena is open from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. Four hour time slots are set for riders: 8 a.m.-12 noon, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The cost to ride is $20 per person. Central States Fair Members can purchase a 10-punch riding card.

Different activity days are set-up to accommodate different horse events.

Monday: Open Riding

A chance to ride in an open arena.

Tuesday: Team Roping

Team Roping cattle are brought in at 5 p.m. An additional stock charge is applied for the use of cattle.

Wednesday: Barrel Racing

Barrels racers can practice and work barrel horses.

The Event Center is open from Nov. 1 to May 1. Open riding is closed on all holidays.


Due to the popularity of the Event Center, we reserve Thursday and Fridays as set-up days

If you have any questions regarding the Open Riding schedule or closures follow us on facebook or call the Central States Fair Office at 605-355-3861.

–Central States Fair

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