What is Initiative 16 (PAUSE act) and why should it matter to you?

In Media, News by stockshow

What is Initiative 16? Initiative 16 is a citizen-led ballot initiative that: Criminalizes farmers, ranchers, and veterinarians who use accepted animal husbandry practices to care for animals. Changes state statutory language to define common animal care practices as “cruelty to animals.” Bans slaughter for animals that have lived less than 25 percent of their “natural” lifespan. Criminalizes the following veterinary …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sharing Family Traditions

In exhibitors/contestants, Horse Shows, News by Kendra McConnell

Sitting in the green seats in the Stadium Arena next to his father as they watched the various cattle shows is one of John Hiemer’s fondest memories of the National Western Stock Show. It is those family traditions, love of the agricultural heritage and the desire to mentor and share that lifestyle with others that drives John to continue to …

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Press Release: Ron Williams Named 2022 Citizen of the West

In Media, News, Press Release, Scholarship Trust by Karen Woods

DENVER, CO  –  The National Western Stock Show is proud to announce Ron Williams as the 2022 Citizen of the West. This prestigious annual award recognizes those who embody Western pioneers’ spirit and determination and perpetuate their agricultural heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects recipients.   Mr. Williams has been selected for this esteemed honor. Still, in light of the …

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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 …

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Press Release: National Western Stock Show Gives Back with 16 Days of Service

In Media, News, Press Release by Karen Woods

DENVER, CO – The National Western Stock Show complex and grounds looks very different this January. It is usually bustling with cowboy boots and horse trailers, now just empty parking lots and barn stalls. Back in September, Stock Show management made the difficult decision to postpone the National Western Stock Show by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and …

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Christmas Light Tradition

In Media, News by Karen Woods

Do you consider yourself a Colorado native? If so, you must know about the longstanding tradition between holiday lights and the National Western Stock Show! If you are new to Colorado, listen up. You’re going to want to jump on this Colorado Cowtown bandwagon.

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Press Release: Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale Announces Virtual Show and Sale

In events you love, News, Press Release by stockshow

DENVER, CO., September 14, 2020 – The National Western Stock Show CEO, Paul Andrews, announced the postponement of the 2021 National Western Stock Show until 2022. However, the 2021 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale will proceed, albeit virtually, with online auction events. As one of the flagship events of the National Western Stock Show and one of the largest fundraisers for …