View Post

Lasting Impressions

In blog, exhibitors/contestants, Horse Shows, News, Scholarship Trust by Kendra McConnell

Fortunately, one horse show program has overcome the challenges of 2020 and transitioned to a virtual format to continue to provide experiences and scholarship monies for youth participants this January. Aligning with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) pillars of youth, education and agriculture, the Youth Equestrian Showcase (Y.E.S.) was created to recognize and support our local equestrian youth and …

View Post

Providing Unique Experiences Through Partnership

In blog, Horse Shows, News by Kendra McConnell

Sometimes beneficial experiences come through unusual circumstances and conversations. You can never quite predict what a band director from an engineering school might respond when you ask if they can play live music while horses perform in the arena around them. Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Klimek, the Director of Bands for the Colorado School of Mines, replied simply “sure, we can …

View Post

What is Mentor Matchup?

In blog, Horse Shows, News by Karen Woods

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Youth Ranch Horse Mentor Matchup scholarship program is just two years old and already very popular with competitors and spectators alike. Created in 2018, Mentor Matchup provides an opportunity for local equestrian youth to learn and compete during the NWSS through relevant hands-on educational activities with their equine partner and top equine professionals. Prior …

View Post

One Scoop at a Time

In blog, News, NWSS Livestock Blog by Karen Woods

With 23 professional rodeos and over 100 livestock shows, the National Western Stock Show is home to thousands of different animals during the 16-day event.  This means A LOT of poop. In fact, approximately 17,000 yards of manure is hauled off each year! Upon the completion of the 2020 National Western Stock Show, a Colorado-based business, B.O.S.S. Compost, hauls all of …

View Post

Longhorn Love

In blog, News by stockshow

From the second you lay eyes on them, they make their presence known. Their confidence is shown with their heads held high and their horns held higher. The Longhorns are one of the most well-known animals at the National Western Stock Show.  Many know them as the official kick-off of Stock Show with the parade in downtown Denver. But what …

View Post

Small in Size, Big with Love

In blog, News by stockshow

From a world of horses, Colorado agriculture, Audra McNicholas is no stranger to the industry. McNicholas was a former Miss Rodeo Colorado in 2009. With her love for horses and her community, she is paving the way for therapy horses in Colorado by restoring love and mental health back into her community.  After several years of working with horses, McNicholas …

View Post

Grabbing Life by the Horns

In blog, Rodeos by stockshow

Many rodeo athletes have dreamed of a career in the sport since they could walk. For 41-year-old steer wrestler Matt Reeves, life as a rodeo athlete looked a little different when he started out.  “I never thought when I was a little kid that I was going to go rodeo for a living,” Reeves said.  Originally from Pampa, Texas, Reeves …

View Post

Showing Family Values

In blog, Livestock Shows, News by stockshow

The National Western Stock Show is the premier livestock show in the United States, and it draws talented competitors from across the nation to contend for glory on the Hill. The variety and intensity found only at national shows is what keeps contestants like 16-year-old Maddie Unruh from Peyton, Colorado coming back.

View Post

The 114th National Western Stock Show Opens January 11

In blog, News, Press Release by stockshow

January 2, 2020, DENVER, CO – The National Western Stock Show is just one week from the annual Kick-Off Parade presented by Arrow Electronics, launching the 114-year-old Colorado tradition in Denver.  The historic Stock Show Parade trots through the streets of downtown Denver next Thursday, January 9, at noon.  The procession will be led by parade Grand Marshal, Jake Jabs. The 2020 National …