2012 National Western Stock Show 106th year

Dec 16, 2011

“The 2012 National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Jan. 7-22, will feature many new, exciting events,” Paul Andrews, president and CEO said, “while still remaining true to our 106-year tradition of serving agriculture producers and consumers throughout the world and preserving our western heritage.”

According to Livestock and Yards Manager Marshall Ernst, “We do a lot of the same thing, only it gets better every year.”

Ernst said cattle market prices have created a lot of optimism, which has boosted entries for 2012. “Entries are comparable to the top five years, across the board,” Ernst said.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has scheduled their midwinter conference to coincide with NWSS. It will be held Wednesday the 18th, the same day as the Female Commercial Cattle show and sale, along with a Cattlemen’s Social sponsored by Pfizer, Ernst said.

The first NWSS was held in a tent in 1906 and lasted only six days. Fifteen thousand people at tended that year and the Grand Champion Steer sold for a whopping 33 cents per pound!

NWSS staff expects to beat last year’s attendance record.

“Total attendance for the 2011 show was 644,818!” Andrews said. Contributing to last year’s impressive attendance were 16 sell-outs, including 12 ProRodeos and four horse events.

The final numbers are even more impressive considering that during the first week of the show, severe snow and a bitter cold snap caused attendance to drop 7 per cent below 2010 numbers for the same week.

2010 total attendance was 633,003. New for 2012:

Super Saturday: Jan. 7, 2012:

Colorado Vs The World - The richest one-day rodeo in Colorado history with prizes totaling $100,000 features Century Link’s Colorado team Vs National Champions in bare back riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and bull riding. Winners will be selected at every stage of the competition until the final championship in which winners of each event will compete for the very first National title.

Hispanic Heritage Day: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Featuring two performances of the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza as well as many special events and performances that celebrate Hispanic heritage!

PBR Bull Riding Denver Chute-Out Touring Pro Finale: Monday, Jan. 9-Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Three days of true down-and-dirty, in-your-face, hardhitting competition, the PBR Touring Pro Finale features the world’s best bull riders clinging to the top of a 1,800-pound mountain of muscle for eight seconds of glory.

Military Day: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012: What’s more American than a day at the rodeo!

A day to welcome our troops back home and thank them and their families for their service to our country. (Supported by a fundraiser held by 92.5 The Wolf radio station to help purchase tickets for our men and women in the armed forces.)

Pink Rodeo, Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11am; Our first rodeo! A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit www.KomenDenver.org for information. Livestock:

NWSS is announcing an improved show and sale opportunity for commercial cattlemen to show and sell their quality bred and open females. On Jan. 18, 2012, this prestigious event will combine the Colorado Cattlemen’s Show and Sale with the National Western’s Show and Sale into one event.

For cattle feeders and old steer jocks alike, NWSS has added a new and exciting twist to the tradition of the Fed Beef Contest. Renamed the Hoof and Rail Fed Beef Contest, this year’s event adds a live judging division of the fed cattle.

Returning favorites:

19 ProRodeos; Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Rodeo; An Evening of Dancing Horses; National Western’s New Wild West Shows; $15,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining; $10,000 Gamblers Choice Open Jumper Stake; 9NEWS Super Dogs; $40,000 Grand Prix; Draft Horse Performances; Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale; The largest trade show in Colorado; Kids activities; And Lots More!

To Order tickets: Online: www.NationalWestern.com; Phone: 1-888-551-5004.

In Person: National Western Box Office, 4655 Humboldt Street, (I-70 and Brighton Boulevard) Denver; Colorado King Soopers, Rockies Dugout Stores.

The National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose charitable purpose is to provide college- and graduate-level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor