Press Release: Western Stock Show Association Announces Douglas L.  Jones As New Chairman of the Board  

DENVER, CO, May 17, 2019 – During the annual meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA),(dba, National Western Stock Show), the membership unanimously elected Douglas L. Jones as the new Chairman of the Board and recognized the departure of long-time board member and Chairman, Patrick A. Grant.

Doug Jones is the Owner and President of Jones Realty Group, a commercial real estate investment and services group.  Jones began his pilgrimage with the National Western Stock Show as a volunteer, Trustee and Board Member for almost 30 years. Jones added his leadership to several Stock Show committees, including the Junior Livestock Auction Committee, Coors Western Art Advisory Committee, and now serving on the Citizen of the West Steering Committee.  Over the last two decades, Jones has exhibited his dedication to the historic Stock Show and the exciting redevelopment of the National Western Center.   Doug has also served as board chairman for many well-respected organizations, including Colorado State University, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Denver Area Boy Scouts of America.

“Doug has shown great leadership as the WSSA Vice Chairman for the past three years and has played an intricate role with city leaders and various planning groups, as well as advising on business issues in relation to the WSSA,” said Nancy Tuor, Chair of the WSSA Nominating Committee.

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The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

January 25, 2019, Denver, CO – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m.

  • The Grand Champion Steer weighing 1,339 pounds sold for an all-time high of $150,000 to Ames Construction Company. The steer was shown by 17-year-old Kutter Bland. Kutter attends Idalou High School in Slaton, TX, and one day wants to attend Texas Tech to become a petroleum engineer.
  • Junior exhibitor, Kassidy Bremer, showed her 1,369-pound Reserve Grand Champion Steer. The buyer, Stevinson Automotive, Kent Stevinson, purchased the animal for $90,000, which is the second-highest sale amount for a Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Kassidy is 18-years old and plans to attend Oklahoma State University to study Embryology.
  • Junior exhibitor and former Champion, Mikala Grady, returned and sold the Grand Champion Hog weighing 267 pounds for $70,000 to Transwest Trucks – besting the previous record by $30,000. Mikala is no stranger to the auction ring, as she was the 2017 exhibitor for both the Reserve Grand Champion Steer and the Reserve Grand Champion Hog.
  • The 269-pound Reserve Champion Hog, “Hammer,” was sold to Pete Coors & Family for $34,000. The hog was shown by Sterling Boyles from Canyon, TX. This was the 12-year-old’s first time showing at the National Western Stock Show.
  • The Grand Champion Lamb, shown by 17-year-old Lydia Stryka of Yukon, OK, was sold for $40,000 to Brannan Sand & Gravel. Lydia plans to attend Oklahoma State University.
  • CoBiz, now part of BOK Financial, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb for a new record of $36,000. The lamb was shown by 17-year-old junior exhibitor, Carlye Winfrey from Seminole, TX.  Carlye will soon attend Texas Tech where she plans to study Agricultural Communications.
  • 14-year-old, Hayden Schroeder sold his Grand Champion Goat for$35,000 to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Hayden is from Zepher, TX, and he attends Early Texas Middle School.
  • The Reserve Grand Champion Goat named Goose sold for$25,000 to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “Goose” was shown by 13-year-old Turner Matkin. Turner’s favorite experience in the show ring is shaking the judges hand.

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