National Western Stock Show Is Almost Here

stock showBilled as the 'Super Bowl of livestock shows,' the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is coming to Denver from January 11-26th. Here are some of our picks for can't-miss events.

Kick-off Parade. It's an annual tradition for the NWSS to kick-off with a cattle parade through downtown Denver. The spectacle begins at noon on Thursday, January 9th, at Union Station in lower downtown Denver. If you don't feel like catching the parade, there's a BBQ lunch at 11:30 at the Wells Fargo building (known locally as the 'cash register' building in the Denver skyline). The lunch is $10 and the proceeds benefit 4-H.

Equicross. This year the inaugural Cinch Equicross event will see young riders competing in four categories: Rescue Race, Key Hole Race, Ring Race/Musical Ropes, and Flag Race. The riders will be going after $5,000 in scholarship money.

Dogs. The NWSS has two great dog events, Stock Dog Trials and Super Dogs. The Stock Dog Trials are a chance to see working sheep and cattle dogs in action, and the amazing relationship between the dog(s) and the human ranchers. Super Dogs is an entertaining show for the entire family, featuring a cast of 20 dogs performing aerial tricks and comedy antics.

Coors Western Art Exhibit. The Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale is a great showcase of distinctive art that celebrates the American west, from artists all over the world. Most of the art is also for sale, if you're in the market for a new piece.

Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show.Recently re-named after Claire Davis, a teenager who performed at the NWSS last year, the Claire Davis Gambler's Choice showcases elite jumpers in a high-energy performance that combines the athleticism of the horses with their riders' gambling on the 'joker jump' that can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

There are more great events at the NWSS than we can possibly cover in one blog, so check back next week when we offer more insight into this amazing event.

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