The National Western Stock show was first held in January of 1906 and over a century later the event is bigger and better than ever. The show is organized and governed by the Western Stock Show Association, a 501 (c) 3 organization. The show features the world’s largest stock show and according to www.nationalwestern.com, one of the highlights is ‘world’s only carload and pen cattle show’.
National Western Stock Show Association
The mission of the National Western Stock Show Association is: “To preserve the western lifestyle by providing a showcase for the agricultural industry through emphasis on education, genetic development, innovative technology and offering the world’s largest agricultural marketing opportunities.”
The National Western Stock Show is held annually at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado.
Proceeds from the National Western Stock Show go to the National Western Scholarship Trust. According to www.nationalwestern.com, the Trust awards 64 scholarships annually to students studying agriculture and medicine to practice in rural areas at colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming.
More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits are featured at the National Western Stock Show each year.
Some of the most popular entries include: Quarter Horses, Paint Horses, Hunters & Jumpers, Mules Shows and the Draft Horse Show & Pull.
National Western Horse Show
The National Western Rodeo is one of the largest indoor rodeos.
According to www.nationalwestern.com, overall attendance in 2013 was 628,366. The attendance record was set during the Stock Show’s 100th anniversary in 2006 at 726,972.
The show opened on Monday, January 29th. It ran for six days and attendance was estimated at 15,000. The Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound. In 1931, the 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show. According to http://www.nationalwestern.com/history, in 1981 the show increased to twelve days and included twenty-one Rodeo performances. Also in 1981, a still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.
The 2014 event runs from January 11th to January 26th. The Annual kick-off parade was held on Thursday, January 9th. Fans of the National Western Stock Show can purchase t-shirts and souvenirs and get a full calendar of events here: National Western Stock Show