About National Western

The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world.  A 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing education in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas.

The National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, held every January for 16 days.  A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 650,000 visitors each year.

Throughout this historic event, the National Western strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness and appreciation.  We celebrate western lifestyles, our communities, provide life-long memories and family traditions.

Vision:  Guided by its western heritage, Western Stock Show Association engages, informs and leads the world in finding 21st century agricultural solutions

Mission: Investing in future generations, guided by its western heritage, Western Stock Show Association serves the world, promoting youth and community development through livestock and equestrian education, innovation, entertainment and competition.

Values:

Integrity – We act with honesty and integrity in all we do.

Diversity – We value, appreciate and respect all people for their unique qualities and gifts.

Partnership – We achieve success by developing strong partnerships and fostering a team approach.

Community – We support ongoing engagement with our adjacent neighborhoods for their well-being and prosperity.

Quality – We commit to providing best-in-class programs and services.

Stewardship – We operate a fiscally responsible organization that achieves its philanthropic purpose.

  • Patrick A. Grant
    Chairman of the Board

  • Paul Andrews
    President & CEO

  • rodgers

    Sue Anschutz- Rodgers
    1st Vice President

  • G.G. “Buck” Hutchison
    2nd Vice President

  • mgustafson

    Mark Gustafson
    Secretary

  • tcarroll

    Terrance Carroll
    Treasurer

  • Ron Williams
    Chairman, Capital Campaign

  • coors

    Peter Coors
    Member

  • jcumming

    Justin Cumming
    Member

  • elliman

    Don Elliman
    Member

  • Brooke Fox
    Member

  • Dr. Tony Frank
    Member

  • djones

    Doug Jones
    Member

  • klapper

    Gail Klapper
    Member

  • guy

    Guy McEndaffer
    Member

     

  • Barth Whitham
    Member

  • Dr. Marvin Beeman
    Director Emeritus

  • Thomas Bradbury
    Director Emeritus

  • Don Norgren
    Director Emeritus

The Western Stock Show Association, doing business as the National Western Stock Show, is the premier livestock show, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in 1906, WSSA’s mission is to provide education in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas. The association produces the National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, now held every January for 16 days. A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest agricultural tradeshow, attracting over 650,000 visitors each year.

Current Economic Impact

  • $115 million per year for all events; over 60% is attributed to non-local sources
  • Over $6 million in local and state tax revenues

The National Western links Colorado tourism and commerce interests to the national rodeo, livestock, horse and agribusiness communities:

  • 10 major livestock associations hold their national show annually at the National Western Stock Show; no other venue can boast this many national shows.
  • More national-level competitions than any other regional venue.
  • One of the largest annual agricultural conventions and trade shows in the United States.
The National Western is currently working on expanding our year-round educational and agricultural programming.
The National Western Stock Show has a rich history in Denver, CO dating back to the first Stock Show in 1906. The show started as a livestock show in the historic “yards” and now has evolved into a 16 day event featuring rodeos, horse shows, Colorado’s largest Western trade show, and the most prominent livestock show in the country.

In 2013 five partners banded together to rebuild the National Western’s aging facilities and reimagine the campus for the next 100 years. The primary funding partners for the NWC campus are Colorado State University (CSU), the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), the City & County of Denver (CCD), Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and History Colorado (HC).

The National Western Center (NWC) campus, to be built in phases over an estimated 10 years, will be an international center of excellence in agricultural innovation, education, research, technology and imagination as well as entertainment and competition, serving the needs and interests of farmers, ranchers, tourists, researchers, students and educators around the world.

Learn more about NWC

 

  • CSU-Rams
  • 2015_NWSS_NoDates
  • denver-logo_preview
  • denver-museum-of-nature-and-science
  • History-Colorado-logo-1024x237

Contact Us

  • 303-296-NWSS
    303-296-6977

  • 303-292-1708

  • National Western
    4655 Humboldt St.
    Denver, CO 80216

Attendance
Numbers