News from MSTLA:
The 113th Denver National Western Stock Show and Rodeo came to an end last weekend, once again featuring the majestic Texas Longhorn! The Longhorn leads the opening parade each year and the Texas Longhorn show, in its 45th year, ends the 3 week long stock show.
Adults and children alike found their way to the pens in the stockyards to stare, photograph, maybe even touch a real Longhorn cow and learn the history of the breed.
A record standing room only crowd was on hand as Marlene Reynolds and Gary Lake opened the event with the singing of the National Anthem followed by an opening prayer and then a parade of some of the finest Longhorn cattle in the breed.
Cattle from several states in the west vied for the coveted title of NWSS Grand Champion, with Freeman Ranch of Yoder Colorado bringing home both the All age Female and Grand Champion Bull awards. The Champion Steer was once again the 110” tip to tip, Jim Reeves, owned by Toby Johnson of Wyoming.
Larry Smith II, a third generation longhorn breeder and president of the International Texas Longhorn Association headquartered in Glen Rose Texas, evaluated the cattle with a keen eye and made some tough decisions as judge of the 2019 show. The senior cow class featured three of the most renowned cows from both the ITLA and the TLBAA breed associations including former world champions and reserve all age champions. Smith handled the job with the class of a seasoned judge.
John Nelson, of Cloverbloom Ranch, Wellington Colorado, not only showed some fancy young cattle but also entertained the crowd with Longhorn lore and stories of the old west as he announced the show.
The Denver show is the only one in the country that allows both major longhorn associations to participate in the same event, each winning points towards their year end championship shows. A true team effort by both local affiliates in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Denver National Western Stock Show and the historic Texas Longhorn, a match that could only be made in the old west! Don’t miss the 2020 version next January, right here in Colorado.