Catch-a-Calf Contest

They come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming to compete in National Western Stock Show’s longest running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 70 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

The program began in 1935 when 10 boys caught 10 sponsored calves. The contest quickly caught on, and the program grew to include 52 calves by 1942. Soon after World War II, the program settled at 40 calves per year, which is where the number continues to stand today.

The program is designed so successful participants catch a calf, feed it, and return with the animal one year later as a market steer. The market animals are judged on rate of gain, quality of fitting, and carcass quality. The exhibitor is judged on showmanship, their record book, and a personal interview.

The 2015 Catch-A-Calf schedule includes the placing of the 2015 calves in the Stadium Arena on January 11, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Catch-A-Calf contests in the Coliseum are held Thursday, January 15, 2014 and Saturday, January 17, 2015 during the morning and matinee rodeo performances and Sunday, January 18, 2015 during the matinee and evening rodeo performances.

2015 Catch-a-Calf Application 

The following are important dates to remember.

Friday, August 1, 2014
NWSS Catch-A-Calf Show/Seminar – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Entry Deadline – (Forms will be mailed out in Sept.)

Friday, December 5, 2014
2015 Application due. Download the application

Friday, January 9, 2015
8 a.m. – CAC steers can begin arriving at and must be in place by 12 p.m.
3 p.m. – Record Book Meeting – Beef Palace Auction Arena

Saturday, January 10, 2015
TBA – Interview Process – Beef Palace Auction Arena

Sunday, January 11, 2015
10 a.m. – CAC Show – Stadium Arena Following the show there will be a photo session and final awards will be presented.

2015 Catch-A-Calf Check-In and Show Schedule:

Begin Arrival  |  Friday, January 9, 8 a.m.  Barn
In Place  |  Friday, January 9, Noon
Process  |   Friday, January 9, 1 p.m. Barn
Show  |   Sunday, January 11, 10 a.m. Stadium Arena

If you have question regarding your project or filling out your record book please contact one of the following below.

Download the record book (excel file)
View the judges score sheet

Winners/Participants Participant Sponsors
George Adamson- Calhan, CO The Denver Ag & Livestock Club- Ben Duke
Monaghan Farms, Inc.- Rob Deline
Hailey Anderson- Laramie, WY John & Sally Corkle
Grady Anson- Craig, CO Bud & Joe Adams
Colorado Elks Association – Rex Emmons
Wyatt Atkinson- Casper, WY Wilcoxon & Brown- John Brown
Clayton Atkinson- Casper, WY Wyoming Elks Past Presidents- Jim Kremers
Maggie Barnes – Longmont, CO Waneka Family- Charles, Lois & Bill Waneka
Payton Bellm- Brighton, CO Evergreen Elks #2363- David Dey
Central City Elks #557- Don Treese
Lexi Bortz – Keenesburg, CO Boettcher Foundation- Ms. Leslie Baldwin
Sydney Bowman- Fort Lupton, CO Idaho Springs Elks- Loren Eckles
Golden Elks Lodge #2740- Jeanette Rogers
Cheyenne Brock- Arvada, CO Anshcutz Family Foundation- Ms. Sue Anschutz Rodgers
G.H Phipps, Construction Co.- Bruce Schneider
Brianna Cattrell- Circleville, KS David Webster
Kolten Dickinson- Fleming, CO Anderstrom Hay & Cattle- Jay & Kaye Anderstrom
Adams County Farm Bureau- Don Hirsch
Angelina Rose Downing- Lamar, CO Colorado Elks Association- Tom McKibbon
Svea Elisha- Grand Junction, CO Colorado Elks Association- Bruce Smart
Katrina Gergley- Gill, CO Colorado Elks Association- Kent Vance
Stran Guernsey- Bennett, CO The Village Roaster & Kiwanis Club of Lakewood- Jim Curtis
Waddell & Reed, Inc.- Daryl Christensen
Joey Harris- Laramie, WY Wyoming Cowboy Club Calf- Bill Waneka
Samantha Hill- Longmont, CO Tom Kostelecky
Allison Hill- Longmont, CO Dr. John Matsushima
Alex Hishinuma- Eads, CO Flying Diamond Ranch- Scott Johnson
Tristan Jeffrey- Platteville, CO Xcel Energy- Barb Hamblin
Declan Jeffrey- Platteville, CO CVMA Auxiliary- Peggy Dixon
CVMA Auxiliary- Peggy Dixon NWSS Volunteers- Susie Wollert
Monica Marrs- Denver, CO Vogel & Associates- Jeff Vogle
The Quintana Family- Geno & Kim Quintana
The Ring Family- Caleb Ring
Terek Meyer- Fort Lupton, CO The Norgren Family- Donald Norgren
Emily Miller- Penrose, CO Colorado Elks Association – Ronald Carpenter
Patrick Morse- Bennett, CO Van Schaack Land Company- Kent Dawkins
Quaid Negry- Fort Lupton, CO Reid Graves
Dick & Sharon Lynch
Don & Cindy Fredriksen
Hannah Niccoli- Sterling, CO Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch- Keven & Sandi Turecek
Clara Ritchie- Arvada, CO Pat & Kathy Shaw
Gregory Shapiro- Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309- Dr. Ray Ross
Zava Zupan- Steamboat Springs, CO RDB, INC-Summit Co. Elks Association- Bob Byron

Additional Contributing Sponsors
North Denver Animal Clinic – Drs. Mike & Lori Scott
JA Cattle Co. – John & Lisa Anderson
Broken Box Ranch – Tim Roberts
Fine Tuned Auto – Sabrina Juliano

Fall 2014 – Catch the Pen

  • Where should you be feeding wise?
  • Record Keeping
  • Keep working your calf
  • Letter writing
  • Basic Understanding of Evaluating Steers
  • Preparing for Stock Show
 Download Fall 2014 Newsletter 


Contact Us

Record Books & Letters
Molly Keil
260 S. Main St
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: (970) 222-1728

Livestock & CAC Manual:
Erin Van Peer
9755 Henderson
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-637-8109

National Western Stock Show
Erin Dorsey
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-299-5559

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