Investing in future generations, guided by its western heritage, the Western Stock Show Association serves the world, promoting youth and community development through livestock and equestrian education, innovation, entertainment and competition.
The National Western Stock Show was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 1906. Our primary role is education, focused on agriculture and the western way of life. We started simply as a livestock show in 1906 with 15,000 ranchers and 350 animals. Today, we are known as the "Super Bowl" of livestock shows with more than 15,000 animals competing to be crowned champion. We produce nearly 30 professional rodeos, more than 10 world-class horse shows and the largest western trade show in Colorado. Attendance has risen to a consistent level of more than 600,000 each year. Through our education programs and Scholarship Trust, we support youth development and college-level students in the field of agriculture and rural medicine.
I like animals, and I like to see them healthy and help them. I think that is something that would keep me in a rural community, whether that is one I have now or one I have in the future. It's a good opportunity to do something that I love.
- Mavrick Jones, Vet 101 Participant from Old Central High School
To see the smiles and look of wonder on these young kids faces is what makes my job as a National Western Volunteer so rewarding.
-Donna Devine, NWSS Volunteer since 1997
I love the Stock Show because of all the farm animals I get to pet! I don't have those at my house, so I play with them all day here. But when I'm growned up, I'm going to have all of them in my backyard with my puppies.
-Brooklynn L., 5-Year-Old NWSS 2016 Attendee
I like seeing Ag Adventure at Stock Show because I can find out where food comes from and how you make clothes. My favorite is when we are all done we dress-up and sing "I'm farming and I grow it" It's so fun!
- Zach L., 8 - Year-Old NWSS Attendee
I learned more about the industry, how to better communicate with others, manage a project, and so much more. I decided to give back to the Catch-A-Calf program and volunteered the next year. I haven't decided what I want to do for a long-term career yet, but I have graduated from Lamar Community College with a Associates in General Agriculture with the help of a National Western Stock Show scholarship. I am now pursuing a degree in Animal Science at West Texas A&M University and I am on track to pursue a masters degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Cattle Nutrition. Take this experience and do all you can with it.
-Morgan Young, 2011 CAC Participant - Loma, CO