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Elizabeth Stampede Champs Invited to 2017 Colorado vs. the World Rodeo

Back during the first week of June, the Elizabeth Stampede winners took their titles after competing in three PRCA rodeo performances. We would like to congratulate these champions and invite them to our grounds in January for the Colorado vs. the World Rodeo!

Each year on opening weekend, we hold an exciting head-to-head rodeo called Colorado vs. the World. In this format, winners from several local Colorado rodeos compete against rodeo champs from places like Cheyenne, Houston and Dodge City.

Keep your eyes open for the upcoming local rodeos that will be sending cowboys and cowgirls to the 2017 Colorado vs. the World Rodeo:

  • Greeley Stampede — June 23 – July 4
  • Rooftop Rodeo — July 6 – 11
  • Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days — July 13 – 16
  • Larimer County Fair & Rodeo — Aug. 5 – 9
  • Colorado State Fair & Rodeo — Aug. 26 – Sept. 5

24186540590_aea54b7dee_oStock Show Breaks 2015 Record Marking the 110th as the Second-Highest Attended Show in History

Denver, CO. – The 2016 National Western Stock Show finishes strong with the second-highest overall attendance in Stock Show history with 686,745 visitors.  That is an increase of 4,207 guests over the 2015 Stock Show and second highest in it’s 110-year history.   “This is the second consecutive year with more than 680,000 visitors, which is a tribute to our western heritage and stock show fans across the nation,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.

The National Western Scholarship Trust is funded by three primary sources, and each source had a tremendous year. The Junior Livestock Auction had a record year, raising $886,250 with a percentage of the total going to fund the Scholarship Trust. The Citizen of the West dinner, honoring Mike Sullivan, sold out the Events Center arena floor. The Coors Western Art exhibit had a great year, and a portion of the proceeds fund the Scholarship Trust. All three of these events will produce enough revenue to fund a projected 80 scholarships throughout Colorado and Wyoming for students studying in the fields of agriculture and rural medicine.

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Highlights from Stock Show

Attendance for Jan 22: 43,784

Jr. Market Steer:
Grand Champion Steer: Macey Goretska
Reserve Grand Champion Steer: Jagger Horn

Jr. Market Lamb:
Grand Champion Market Lamb: Berry
Owner: Bailee Amstutz, Richwood, Ohio

Reserve Grand Market Lab: Yoda
Owner: Kailen Urban, Gotebo, Oklahoma
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Jr. Market Goat:
Grand Champion Market Goat: Hardin
Owner: Aspen Martin of Mason, TX

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat: 7033
Owner:Carly Castello of Tracy, CA

$40,000 Grand Prix 
1st Place – Christian Heineking on River of Dreams, owner: Caroline Jahr, Dallas, TX

Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice
1st Place – Christian Heineking

Ram Invitational Freestyle Reining
1st Place – (tie) Bub Poplin on Great King Pine & Dan James on Don Magnum, 228

Pro Rodeo – Current Leaders
Bare Back Riding – Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 87 points
Steer Wrestling – Sam Olson, Buffalo, S.D., 4.0 seconds
Team Roping –  Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas, & Garrett Jess, Coulee City, Wash., 4.4 seconds
Saddle Bronc Riding – Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla., 82 points
Tie-down Roping – Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 7.5 seconds
Barrel Racing – (tie)  Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, & Dena Kirkpatrick, Post, Texas, 15.30 each
Bull Riding – (tie) Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, & Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., 87 points
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COW-upcloseJan 12, 2016 – Denver Post Article

Citizen of the West dinner honors former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan

Dinner raises money for National Western Scholarship Trust

Former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan is so modest that he’s likely to attribute his selection as the 2016 Citizen of the West to the luck of the Irish.

His many friends would disagree, hailing Sullivan as “a Western treasure” and a faithful public servant who distinguished himself by working well with members of both political parties.

Sullivan, who was governor of Wyoming from 1987 to 1995 and U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 1999 to 2001, accepted the prestigious title Monday night at a dinner to raise money for the National Western Scholarship Trust.

Raised in the small town of Douglas, Wyoming, Michael Sullivan learned the values of being a westerner early in life.  Sullivan graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in petroleum engineering, followed by a UW law degree. He started his law career in Casper and quickly became a successful generalist and accomplished trial attorney. Sullivan always found time to serve on numerous boards for the betterment of his community, and foremost among his philanthropic commitments are his dedication to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming and to his alma mater, the University of Wyoming, which has honored him on numerous occasions, including the naming of the Sullivan Family Student Center and the Sullivan Plaza in the College of Education.
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2016 Colorado vs The World Rodeo Champions

CenturyLink’s Team Colorado beat out the CINCH Jeans World Team for this year’s bragging rights!  Here’s the full list of winners:


Bareback: Orin Larsen, Parker CO – 84 (CenturyLink Team Colorado)
Steer Wrestling: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, WY – 3.99 (CINCH World Team)
Saddle Bronc: Jake Wright, Milford UT – 84 (CenturyLink Team Colorado)
Barrel Racing: Carmel Wright, Roy MT – 15.237 (CINCH World Team)
Bull Riding: Riker Carter, Stone ID – 89 (CenturyLink Team Colorado)

Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $412,000

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Denver, Colo. –The 2016 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $412,000.  The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer sold for $117,000, the second highest bid in Stock Show history.  The small animals were no small feat either. The auction started with a bang when the Grand Champion Lamb sold for $50,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $10,000.   The Grand Champion Goat sold for a record-breaking $40,000, more than doubling last year’s bid of $16,000.

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02-1909 Stadium2Oct. 19, 2015 – Denver’s new National Western Center, still in the planning stages, has another tenant: the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

The association has signed a memorandum of understanding with Denver city officials to move the headquarters for the group back onto the National Western complex grounds in the future.

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CenturyLink is proud to support the National Western Scholarship Trust. During the 2016 National Western Stock Show, CenturyLink will donate $1 per photo uploaded to social media using the hashtag #CenturyLinkDonation to the National Western Scholarship Trust. See photos from the 2015 Stock Show

 The National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. As many as 80 scholarships are funded every year through our Scholarship Program. {click here} to learn more about our program and help support our cause.

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