Claire Davis memorial set for Jan. 1 at National Western Events Center

Claire Davis, 17, was a horse lover and avid equestrian. She died after being shot in the head by a fellow student at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. (Photo: Davis family)

Claire Davis, 17, was a horse lover and avid equestrian. She died after being shot in the head by a fellow student at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. (Photo: Davis family)

DENVER — The family of Claire Davis and leaders of the National Western Stock Show and Complex announced on Tuesday that a memorial for slain Arapahoe High School student Claire Davis will be hosted at the the National Western Events Center on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.

Tickets are required for the event to assure attendees that there will be enough seating. They’re free and will be available to pick up starting at 10 a.m. at NationalWestern.com or the National Western Box Office.

Davis competed in a horse show during the 2013 National Western Stock Show and was scheduled to compete again in 2014. This year’s nationally-renowned show — the 108th running of the National Western Stock Show — will honor Davis by renaming its annual hunter and jumper event the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler’s Choice Horse Show.

Davis, a 17-year-old student at Arapahoe High School, was shot in the head by a fellow student on Dec. 13. She died of her injuries on Dec. 21.

“Claire’s passion and love of horses and competition embodied what we deeply value at the National Western Stock Show,” stock show president and CEO Paul Andrews said. “She was an excellent equestrian and a great example for all youth in the world with her positive attitude and leadership.”

A moment of silence will be observed for Davis prior to all ticketed horse show events in the Events Center this year. In addition, the Events Center will dawn a large yellow ribbon in memory of Claire Davis throughout the Stock Show, which will be held from Jan. 11 to 26.

“The National Western does a wonderful job of supporting young equestrians, like Claire,” Davis’ mother, Desiree Davis, said in a statement. “We’re so appreciative that they’ve agreed to host this special celebration of Claire’s life and for everything they’re doing to honor Claire’s memory.”