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 2016 Catch-A-Calf schedule includes the placing of the 2015 calves in the Stadium Arena on January 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Catch-A-Calf contests in the Coliseum are held Thursday, January 14, 2016 and Saturday, January 16, 2016 during the morning and matinee rodeo performances and Sunday, January 18, 2015 during the matinee and evening rodeo performances.

2016 Catch-a-Calf Application 

The following are important dates to remember.

Friday, August 1, 2015
NWSS Catch-A-Calf Show/Seminar – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2015
Entry Deadline – (Forms will be mailed out in Sept.)

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

Friday, January 8, 2016
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 9, 2016
TBA – Interview Process – Beef Palace Auction Arena

Sunday, January 10, 2016
10 a.m. – CAC Show – Stadium Arena Following the show there will be a photo session and final awards will be presented.

2016 Catch-A-Calf Check-In and Show Schedule:

Begin Arrival  |  Friday, January 8, 8 a.m.  Barn
In Place  |  Friday, January 8, Noon
Process  |   Friday, January 8, 1 p.m. Barn
Show  |   Sunday, January 10, 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
Lane Barker – Evanston, WY Drs. Mike & Lori Scott – North Denver Animal Clinic
Karl Brennecke – Cheyenne, WY Jim Kremers – Wyoming Elks Past Presidents
Martina Capraro – Rifle, CO Bob Byron – RDB, Inc., Summit County Elks Association
Devon Cary – Byers, CO Ms. Leslie Baldwin – Boettcher Foundation
William Cochran – Monument, CO Ed Idler – Colorado Elks Association
Courtney Collins – Otis, CO Scott Johnson – Flying Diamond Ranch
James Collins – Otis, CO Jim Curtis – The Village Roaster
Daryl Christensen – Waddell & Reed, Inc.
Kalley Jo Crouch – La Junta, CO Kenny Burns – Colorado Elks Association
Maggie Dickinson – Bennett, CO Idaho Springs Elks- Loren Eckles
Golden Elks Lodge #2740- Jeanette Rogers
Brandon Durbin – Haxtun, CO Keven & Sandi Turecek – Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch
Tanner Grienti – Penrose, CO Bruce Smart – Colorado Elks Association
Natalie Hawkins – Atwood, KS John Brown – Wilcoxon & Brown
Jaycee Henrickson – Kemmerer, WY Gino & Kim Quintana – Quintana Family
Caleb Ring – Ring Family
Taylor Hendrix – Holyoke, CO Colorado Elks Association- Bruce Smart
Samantha Hill, Longmont, CO Dr. John Matsushima
Don Treese – Central City Elks #557
Keaton Humber – Kremmling, CO Dick & Sharon Lynch
Don & Cindy Fredriksen
Kahlee Lapp – Wray, CO Kent Vance – Colorado Elks Association
Braydon Lapp – Wray, CO
Taylor Lapp – Wray, CO
Jim Curtis – Kiwanis Club of Lakewood
Susie Wollert – NWSS Volunteers
Erin Lindsey – Kremmling, CO Tom Kostelecky
Burgandy Mackey – Ft. Bridger, WY Rex Emmons – Colorado Elks Association
Kathleen Marty – Strasburg, CO Ms. Sue Anschutz Rodgers – Anschutz Family Foundation
Dalton Parks – Calhan, CO Ronald Carpenter – Colorado Elks Association
Matthew Pike – Henderson, CO Jeff Vogel – Vogel & Associates
Kendal Powell – Bennett, CO Dr. Ray Ross – Colorado Springs Elk Lodge #309
Foster Ramirez – Steamboat Springs, CO David Dey – Evergreen Elks #2363
Randi Rober – Sedgwick, CO John & Sally Corkle
Cade Rober – Sedgwick, CO Jay & Kaye Anderstrom – Anderstrom Farms
Brooklynn Salo – Laramie, WY Bill Waneka – Wyoming Cowboy Calf Club
Morgan Sanchez – Bear River, WY David Webster
James Sawyer – Bennett, CO Barb Hamblin – Xcel Energy
Jaysie Schoenfeld – Oakley, KS Monaghan Farms, Inc
Aubri Strachan – Elbert, CO Ben Duke – The Denver Ag & Livestock Club
Tyler Thormodsgard – Briggsdale, CO Reid Graves
Don Hirsch – Adams County Farm Bureau
Cassidy True – Longmont, CO Charles, Lois & Bill Waneka
Christina Weakley – Byers, CO Kent Dawkins – Van Schaack Land Company
Jessica Wiechman – Littleton, CO Loren Eckles – Idaho Springs Elks
Jeannette Rogers – Golden Elks Lodge 2740
Morgan Williams – Bennett, CO Pat & Kathy Shaw
Louise Wiseman – Hershey, NE Bud & Jo Adams

Additional Contributing Sponsors

Don Norgren – Platteville, CO
Bruce Schnieder – G.H. Phipps, Construction Co.
ShowRite Feeds
Stock Show U/Sullivan Supply

Summer 2015 – Catch the Pen

  • Welcome to the NW CAC program
  • Stock Show U  and Adams County Fair
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Key to Successful Letter Writing
  • Key people to know
  • Teaching Your Steer to Lead
 Download Summer 2015 Newsletter 

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
E-mail: nwsscac@gmail.com

Livestock & CAC Manual:
Erin Post
9755 Henderson
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-637-8109
Email: evanpeer@co.adams.co.us

National Western Stock Show
Erin Dorsey
Email: edorsey@nationalwestern.com

Clancy Anderson
Email: canderson@nationalwestern.com

4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-299-5559

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