DENVER, CO – The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), (dba, National Western Stock Show), held the Annual Meeting of the Members virtually on the afternoon of May 13, 2021. Members and trustees tuned into the online session led by Chairman of the Board, Douglas L. Jones. Board officers were elected at the meeting by proxy. Douglas L. Jones was reelected for another … Read More
Protecting Agriculture in Colorado
The road to the 2022 ballot is still far from Colorado voters, but agriculture groups are already united in opposition to Initiative 16, the so-called Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation, or PAUSE act. There’s no doubt that the extreme changes to Colorado statutes proposed would decimate the state’s second-largest industry- agriculture. Farm and ranch families in Colorado and … Read More
What is Initiative 16 (PAUSE act) and why should it matter to you?
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 … Read More
Press Release: National Western Stock Show Gives Back with 16 Days of Service
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 … Read More
Colorado natives will tell ya’, it’s okay to leave your holiday light up through January.
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. So, what is a tradition? The definition reads; a long-established custom or belief that has … Read More
FAQ’s for 115th National Western Stock Show
Q: What is the primary mission of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA)? How is the Stock Show governed? A: The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. We are a 501 9 (c) … Read More
Press Release: Leon Vick Promoted to Vice President of Rodeo, Horse and Livestock Operations
DENVER, CO – National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is pleased to announce the promotion of Leon Vick to Vice President of Rodeo, Horse and Livestock Operations. For the past several years, Vick managed the rodeo and horse show departments for the NWSS. The office of Livestock Operations was vacated by former Senior Director, Marshall Ernst who retired at the end of January after ten … Read More
One Scoop at a Time
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 … Read More
PRESS RELEASE:The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History
Denver, CO. – The 114th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) celebrated sixteen days with 707,922 guests, making it the second highest attended show in Stock Show history. The grand champion attendance record of 726,972 guests was set in 2006 during the 100th Anniversary. “Thank you to every single stock show fan, exhibitor, family member, contestant and volunteer who joined in the celebration this … Read More
Fifth Time’s A Charm
This year’s Ram Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion, Sharee Schwartzenberger, is no stranger to horses or the sport.