All Five Horse Competitions And Their Prizes In The Sims 4 Horse Ranch

One of the primary ways to make money off your horses in The Sims 4 Horse Ranch is by training them to compete in one of several competitions. By training up your horse in a handful of skills and heading over to the Equestrian Center, you can potentially walk away with a four-digit simoleon prize.


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In our guide, we’ll walk you through how to enter Horse Riding competitions in The Sims 4 Horse Ranch. We break down the skills required for each competition, the prizes available at each level, and have you winning first prize each time in no time.


What Are Horse Competitions?

sims 4 horse ranch competitions umber grove and his horse winning the beginner barrel racing competition

One of the easiest ways to make money on horses in The Sims 4 Horse Ranch, training and competing with your horses is at the center of the horse competitions available in the expansion pack.

With skill requirements and fierce competition at each step, the four different competitions in the game each offer cash prizes for placing in the contest, with first naturally taking home the biggest reward.

Not only will your household receive the simoleons promised, but each victory also comes with a decorative plaque that you can either hang up at home to commemorate the occasion, or sell for additional prize money.

Each Competition Checks At Least Two Skills, And Your Rider Level

Though each pairing is different depending on the competition you’re entering, the four basic competitions all check two skills each.

sims 4 horse ranch competitions the skill levels required for one of the competitions, one skill with a checkmark and the other without

We elaborate more on which in the tables below, but count on two skills per competition, even if you notice that the skills aren’t usually required to be the same level.

When you open the competition’s information screen, you’ll see both skills displayed in the Horse section of the screen. This allows you to see the required level, your horse’s current level, and even a checkmark if they have a high enough skill level to compete.

Additionally, your Horse Riding Skill level factors into your final result, with requirements for the rider in place as well.

In general, the higher each skill in relation to the requirement, the more likely it is that you’ll win.

sims 4 horse ranch competition requirements beginner requirements for the western pleasure horse competition

All competitions past beginner level are grayed out until you’ve competed in at least one horse competition at the beginner level.

Most Competitions Have The Same Prizes And Entry Fee

With exception to the Ultimate Horse Championship, the four regular competitions all cost the same to enter, and will reward you with the same prizes for each level of competition.

Entry Fees And Prizes For All Competitions (Except The Ultimate Horse Championship)

Competition Level

Entry Fee (Simoleons)

Prizes (Simoleons)

Beginner

100

First

300

Second

250

Third

200

Intermediate

250

First

750

Second

625

Third

500

Expert

500

First

1,500

Second

1,250

Third

1,000

Master

1,000

First

3,000

Second

2,500

Third

2,000

How To Enter A Competition

sims 4 horse ranch equestrian center menu of activities when you click the equestrian center

To enter a competition in The Sims 4 Horse Ranch, you’ll need to first travel to the Equestrian Center in Chestnut Ridge with at least one rider and one horse from your household.

Head to a nearby lot and redirect your Sim’s attention to the Equestrian Center, which is the large building with the green roof in the center of New Appaloosa. Here, you can enter any competition (so long as you qualify) between the hours of 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM each day.

There are no set dates for the horse competitions in The Sims 4. To enter, simply show up to the Equestrian Center and click “Enter Competition” at any point during that 12-hour time frame.

All competitions are available each day, so there’s no need to rush.

Every horse can only compete once per day, though, so plan accordingly if you’ve got one horse to enter into multiple competitions.

That said, you can also bring more than one horse if you have them, and race all your horses at once on the same day while you’re already over at the Equestrian Center – you can ride more than once a day, but your horses can’t.

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All Competitions: Which Skills They Check And All Potential Prizes

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Below, you’ll find all the information you need before entering any of the five different horse competitions in The Sims 4 Horse Ranch. This includes which two skills are being checked, what your Horse Riding skill level should be, the entry fee to compete, and all prizes for placing.

Barrel Racing

Competition

Horse Skills (Level)

Rider Level

Beginner

Agility (3)


Endurance (2)

3

Intermediate

Agility (5)


Endurance (3)

5

Expert

Agility (7)


Endurance (4)

7

Master

Agility (9)


Endurance (5)

9

Endurance Racing

Competition

Horse Skills

Rider Level

Beginner

Endurance (3)


Jumping (2)

3

Intermediate

Endurance (5)


Jumping (3)

5

Expert

Endurance (7)


Jumping (4)

7

Master

Endurance (9)


Jumping (5)

9

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Show Jumping

Competition

Horse Skills

Rider Level

Beginner

Jumping (3)


Temperament (2)

3

Intermediate

Jumping (5)


Temperament (3)

5

Expert

Jumping (7)


Temperament (4)

7

Master

Jumping (9)


Temperament (5)

9

Western Pleasure

Competition

Horse Skills

Rider Level

Beginner

Temperament (3)


Agility (2)

3

Intermediate

Temperament (5)


Agility (3)

5

Expert

Temperament (7)


Agility (4)

7

Master

Temperament (9)


Agility (5)

9

Ultimate Horse Championship

Entry Fee (Simoleons)

Horse Skills

Rider Level

Prizes (Simoleons)

2,000

Agility (10)


Endurance (10)


Jumping (10)


Temperament (10)

10

First

6,000

Second

5,000

Third

4,000

You may find that even over-qualified horses fall short of first sometimes, but don’t fret. If you place in a competition, you’re eligible to enter the next level of that same competition, as soon as the following day.

Just be sure to train plenty between contests, though, as they only become more difficult as the competition level increases!

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