Legacy Building rendering, created by Tryba Architects

$10 Million Gift Gets National Western Fundraising off to Strong Start

Denver philanthropists Cille and Ron Williams provide major gift to the $100 million Honoring the Legacy Campaign; The Yards to be named in their honor.

DENVER, Dec. 12, 2017 – Denver philanthropists Cille and Ron Williams today announced their gift of $10 million to the Western Stock Show Association’s Honoring the Legacy…Building the Future campaign. The campaign supports four major new facilities that will serve as centerpieces of the nearly billion-dollar urban renewal project to reinvigorate and expand today’s National Western Complex into a year-round National Western Center for education, entertainment and agricultural innovation.

The Yards, one of four new National Western Center facilities, will be named in perpetuity in the Williams’s honor. The other three facilities include the Legacy Building, the Equestrian Center, and the Livestock Center. [read more]

Honoring the Legacy, Building the Future

The National Western Center redevelopment will be a multi-phase project involving an array of road and rail infrastructure improvements, a revitalization of the South Platte River and the establishment of a Colorado State University academic center, among them.

The Honoring the Legacy campaign focuses on four core National Western facilities: the Legacy Building, the Livestock Center, the Yards and the Equestrian Center.
The expansion and development of these new facilities will greatly enhance the visitor experience, provide the capacity to host a wider array of events throughout the year, and support increased attendance at other National Western Center facilities, both existing and future.

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Scholarship recipients of NWSTNational Western Scholarship Trust Awards $500,000 to Agriculture Students

The National Western Scholarship Trust is excited to announce a $100,000 annual increase to its scholarship fund, expanding the value to $500,000 and more than 100 recipients studying throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Four major National Western Stock Show events contribute to the trust each year. These events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, the Citizen of the West dinner, the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions and the Boots ‘n Business luncheon.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our Board, committees, staff and volunteers at the National Western Stock Show as well as the supporters of our event, we are able to provide even greater impact to students studying agriculture throughout the region,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show.  “This is a great day for educating more youth in area colleges and as we continue to grow in the future, we plan to increase the scholarship support even more.”

“As a Trustee for over 20 years, I am amazed at the level of support we have received over the years which has allowed us to make this announcement today,” said Steve Bangert, Chairman of the National Western Scholarship Trust.  “I am truly honored that we are able to support the education of students that otherwise could not attended college.  These students will help preserve agriculture in society.”

Established in 1983, the NWST was formed to provide scholarships to students studying agriculture, rural medicine and veterinary sciences. Since its inception, the trust has awarded more than 2,000 scholarships and has grown to more than $8 million dollars.

To support the National Western Scholarship Trust, or to get involved with the scholarship events at the National Western Stock Show, please contact the following: Morgan Topolnicki, 303-299-5560 or mtopolnicki@nationalwestern.com or visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/educational-support/

“The Super Moon on the Colorado”

“The Super Moon on the Colorado”

Featured Artist – 2018 Coors Western Art

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Dan Young has been named the 2018 Featured Artist of the 25th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dan’s painting “The Super Moon on the Colorado” will be the signature work for the 2018 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. “The Super Moon on the Colorado” will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2018 Coors Show or online here.

The 25th Anniversary Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale opens Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018, with the Red Carpet Gala Reception. This year the show has moved to a new day due to the New Year’s Holiday. The Exhibit features 60 contemporary realists from North America and Europe who capture the western way of life.

Featured Artist Dan Young is a painter located in Silt, Colorado, who has been in the Coors Western Art Show for 16 years. A Denver-native, Young says his outdoor upbringing in the Rocky Mountains was a strong influence his artwork. After graduating from Colorado Institute of Art, Young enjoyed a successful illustration career until 1989 when, as Dan says, “Colorado’s landscapes called me back” into painting full time.  Young paints the rural life of the west.  Most days you can find him painting on location, along a backroad or beside a mountain lake.  Dan states, “What drew me to painting is the love of being in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas.”  Although Young is a landscape painter, he says, “I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life as farms and ranches give way to development.”  [ read more ]

Press Release – September 20, 2017

Tony Frank, DVM, PhD named 2018 Citizen of the West

Denver – The National Western Stock Show has named Tony Frank the 2018 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects the recipients.

Frank is the President of Colorado State University and Chancellor of the Colorado State University System. He will receive the prestigious award at a dinner on January 8, 2018, at the National Western Events Center. Proceeds from the event support 100 scholarships awarded annually to colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming by the National Western Scholarship Trust.
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Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $412,000

Denver, Colo. –The 2016 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $412,000.  The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer sold for $117,000, the second highest bid in Stock Show history.  The small animals were no small feat either. The auction started with a bang when the Grand Champion Lamb sold for $50,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $10,000.   The Grand Champion Goat sold for a record-breaking $40,000, more than doubling last year’s bid of $16,000.

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 The National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. As many as 80 scholarships are funded every year through our Scholarship Program. {click here} to learn more about our program and help support our cause.
CenturyLink is proud to support the National Western Scholarship Trust. During the 2017 National Western Stock Show, CenturyLink will donate $1 per photo uploaded to social media using the hashtag #CenturyLinkDonation to the National Western Scholarship Trust. See photos from the 2016 Stock Show

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