The 2019 National Western Stock Show was the last chance for many to visit the old Denver stockyards. Check out the highlights from the historic show, and a collection of historical records we can’t forget.
LIVE from the @NationalWestern Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver, CO. @NatGeo @denverpost @DenverSME @9NEWS @visitdenver #nationalwestern #wyckoff #photographer #travelprophotos pic.twitter.com/WPg6EJb9vK— Luke Wyckoff (@LukeWyckoff) January 10, 2019
It was the “Year of the Yards” say organizers of the 2019 National Western Stock Show. More than 700,000 visitors attended the big show, capturing the last chance to see a piece of living history. Big changes are coming to the largest, and arguably important, cattle show in the U.S.
“The Yards” are undoubtedly the reason I fell in love with the NWSS. Glad I got to be there to relish in all its glory one last time. #Best16DaysOfJanuary #JanuarysAreMeantForDenver pic.twitter.com/aFJ1BJFjPd— Brittni Allerkamp (@BrittniShae) January 25, 2019
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For the next four years or so, the stockyards are being relocated from the current site to a 20-acre tract on the north end of the grounds. In their place, a new 526,000-sq. ft. equestrian center is one of eight buildings planned for the National Western Center by 2023. But Paul Andrews, the National Western Stock Show’s president and CEO, points out their future home also is historically cattle country. Read more.
#ICYMI: National Western Stock Show celebrates “Year of Yards” as big changes loom for Denver institution via @denverpost: https://t.co/6O2kmPuZVW Check out our oral #history project with residents in the nearby neighborhoods: https://t.co/7Ek3Gkmmfw (photo: @NationalWestern) pic.twitter.com/9IbYNOqs2S— History Colorado (@HistoryColorado) January 19, 2019
A new record was made at the sale of the 2019 National Western Grand Champion Steer. Congratulations to Kutter Bland as his steer brought a record $150,000! Watch below:
Make no mistake, there is tons of fun at NWSS, but there’s also big business happening. The genetics discovered and highlighted, could influence a herds for years to come. Here’s a few highlights:
SFI Movin Up F12 was named the People's Choice Power Bull Winner at this year's NWSS. It is a true honor to have one of our Purebred bulls chosen as the winner among the Purebred and Percentage bulls and females for the second consecutive year. Congrats, Banks Family of Utah! pic.twitter.com/cFvLq0yKfi— Schaake Farms (@SchaakeFarms) January 26, 2019
Not everyone wins here, but everyone is welcome. Stay tuned for coverage of all things #BusinessBreed at the #NWSS2019. (You’re going to want to turn your sound on for this!) pic.twitter.com/TfPMXNMgXR— American Angus Assoc (@AngusAssoc) January 14, 2019
Despite the fun and excitement, a touch of heartbreak claimed part of the event, as PBR bull rider Mason Lowe, 25, from Exeter, Mo., was killed by a bull that stepped on his chest during the PBR Chute Out competition at the Denver Coliseum Jan. 15. But the cowboy spirit NWSS is known for continued, as cowboys and ranchers alike stepped up to honor one of their own.
“Our entire rodeo family and every member of the Stock Show community is saddened by the loss of bull rider Mason Lowe. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Lowe family, his fellow bull riders and the entire PBR organization.” ~ Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO pic.twitter.com/zeVS63yCbt— National Western (@NationalWestern) January 16, 2019
Mason Lowe was a one-of-a-kind cowboy that left a lasting impression and all of those that had the pleasure of knowing him will forever love him.— PBR (@PBR) January 17, 2019
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