For cowboys, country fans, foodies, and rodeo lovers alike, Lucky J Steakhouse & Arena has been the best indoor and outdoor arena near me. Located in Carthage, MO, Lucky J is a welcoming restaurant, unique gift shop, and wildly exciting event arena all in one.

What We Offer

Since opening our doors in November 2001, Lucky J has grown to be the best equine facility in the four states. Lucky J hosts a variety of equine events including AQHA horse shows, NRHA reining horse shows, NCHA cutting horse shows, Run for the Bonus and Better Barrel Races sanctioned 4-D barrel races, and USTRC Affiliate team roping jackpots to name a few. Lucky J also host weekly barrel races, team roping jackpots and practices. If you’re traveling through the area with your horses and are needing a place to stay, Lucky J provides overnight horse motel accommodations as well.

Our indoor arena is a 250 ft. by 100 ft. arena. Our bar area features a large glass window – the perfect place to witness all the action in our indoor arena.

Our outdoor arena is slightly larger – measuring 275 ft. by 100 ft and features many different amenities, including and announcer booth w/Heat & A/C, bleachers and benches, permanent chutes and return alleys, wireless electric timers, indoor restrooms with showers, 30 RV hookups with water, 30 amp electric, 150 permanent indoor stalls, solid backs & sides – barred fronts, electricity to every stall, 15 indoor water hydrants, 30 portable stalls available, and a covered wash rack adjoining stall barn with covered walk-way to indoor arena.

What We Love

The Lucky J family is founded on good quality, clean fun! We love horse shows, barrel races, cattle roping, and more. (Did we mention we love good food?!) Our goal is to bring you the best entertainment in Missouri! Folks come from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas to watch the events in our show arena.

Who We Are

We are proud to be the exclusive home to the following equine associations: Ozark Mountain Cutting Horse Association, Ozark Quarter Horse Association, MO-ARK Appaloosa Club, Heart of America Buckskin Association. We pride ourselves in providing a clean, well-kept facility and a safe friendly environment for all equine enthusiasts. Lucky J is the perfect facility to host your next event. Visit our Schedule for a full list of our arena events.

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