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weekend rodeo BY RICK IANNUCCI PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW That fi rst chilly January over 15,000 folks attended this six-day event. The Grand Champion Steer that year sold for 33 cents a pound, some 23 cents over the market price. It would be another twenty-fi ve years (1931) until they would add a rodeo to entertain the crowds that continued to grow and take in the Western way of life where the Plains meet the Rockies. The stockyards are still standing and the livestock still features the very best genetics, and the cowboys are still coming to Denver, but this year their eyes were focused on a new Ranch rodeo fi nally makes it to the National Western Stock Show In 1886 the Denver Stockyards were set up on the South Platte River, framed by the Union Railyard. For cattle drives from across the Southwest it was their fi nal destination prior to shipping to feed a beef-hungry nation. Denver was truly a growing “cowtown”. In 1906 Elias M. Ammons, President of the Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers Association, George Ballentine, General Manager of the Denver Union Stock Yard Company, and Fred P. Johnson, publisher of the Record Stockman, fi red up a few cigars at the Buckhorn Saloon and discussed the need to hold an annual stock show that would serve to demonstrate better breeding and feeding techniques to area stockmen. By the time they had fi nished their steaks and cigars the National Western Stock Show was born. The 2016 NWSS Champion team - Crutch Ranch (L to R) Cody Heck, Hagen Lamb, Miss Rodeo Mississippi Lauren Sumrall presenting the big check, with Jack Mitchell and Cody Spiva. 28 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


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