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National Western Stock Show: Part 3

I have a tendency at these sort of things to wander through animal housing, so visiting the stockyards was just part of my wandering.

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Apparently, I’m not the only one that does so. The path was divided into the part for animals and the part for people.

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It’s too bad they don’t build them like this any more. Just because it’s a stock yard doesn’t mean it can’t be attractive.

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The walkway made it easy to see into lots of pens at a time.

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Naturally, lots of cattle. (I’m afraid that I only recognize the really distinctive breeds, so I have no idea what these are.)

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I do recognize buffalo, though! (Technically, American Bison.)

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Aren’t the little ones cute?

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Yaks are a lot smaller than I expected.

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This one just struck me as beautiful. Possibly clipped for a class?

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Then there were longhorns.

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Check out the rack on . . . her? It’s the steers (castrated males) and the cows that have the massive horns, not the bulls.

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His name is Henry. Named after Henry VIII because he rules. So said the sign on his pen.

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I love draft horses. Passing trains don’t even excite them.

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National Western Stock Show: Part 2

I apologize for the posting delay. This is part two from my day at the National Western Stock Show: Horses.

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Getting used to the arena for the Western Dressage Clinic with Cliff Swanson.

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Mom, Dad- I know what I want for Christmas. (One of these decades this will work. I just know it.)

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Is that a girl over there?!

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No, not the human ones . . .

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Of course, when I met him in his stall, all he wanted was attention. (Morgan stallions. Love ’em.)

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Four very different horses and riders showing us what dressage training can look like with a western flair.

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Apparently these critters, Norwegian Fjords, made the passage in Viking longboats when they invaded Scotland.

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Is it me, or is that a huge mule?

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I almost passed out when I saw this. Someone applied logic to the fact that horses can be dangerous? I’m used to Maryland where no such logic is applied, despite the strong horse culture in the area.

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Seven months old.

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Older, but not fully grown.

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The fully grown Shires don’t fit quite as well. However, you probably could fit a full community of hobbits in one of those.

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The Percherons don’t fit so well, either.

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The Clydesdales came in two types. Super, duper, shiny, show critters and . . .

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Real horses! Who happen to be more laid back.

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Meet the biggest donkey, and the biggest ears, I have ever seen in my life. If you were wondering, this is what a giant jack ass looks like.

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Horsepower.

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My camera didn’t have a prayer at capturing the Evening With Dancing Horses, but I heartily recommend it if you’re in Denver next year. I thought it was very cool that they had a meet-and-greet afterward with the stars. And their handlers.

National Western Stock Show- Part 1

This is going to be mostly a picture post, again. However, I took so many pictures, that I need to split my one day at the stock show into four parts. This one will be the critters I saw in the Expo Hall.

According to the back of my National Western Stock Show Bar and Grill menu, this stock show started in 1906. It is the largest in the world by number of animals. The proceeds are used for scholarships to schools in Colorado and Wyoming for studying medicine and agriculture. Pretty cool, huh? Through my wanderings, I figured out that they weren’t kidding about the “national” part of the title. There were farms from as far away as New York and Massachusetts.

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The first event I wanted to see was Urban Farms: Fabulous Farm Animals.

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I was hoping for something like a lecture, but it turned out to be kid-oriented.

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That’s ok, though. More kids need to meet animals.

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Not that he thought so.

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The next spot was the shorn fibers . . .

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and their former wearers. (There had to have been alpacas and llamas somewhere, but I never did find them.)

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Pork butt. Also known as “Happy as pigs in . . . sawdust.”

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Pink with black spots.

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Black with pink spots. (It’s so much easier to be sure than with zebras.)

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Oreo pig! (Probably a Wessex Saddleback, but I didn’t check to be sure.)

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Chocolate pig! Is that where chocolate-covered bacon comes from?

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I have now seen a steer with a blowout. And so have you.

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How cute is she?

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Highland cattle are very hardy, coming from the Scottish Highlands, and produce lean meat.

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Also, they’re cute.

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And sweet- he was asking every passer-by to pet him while he was being groomed. Although I’m not sure how he saw them.

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Ha! I found the basis for the ton-ton’s heads! (Sorry about the picture quality.)

Unless I change my mind before I put up the others, the rest of the series should be horses, stockyard, and everything else.

Stock Show Parade

This past Thursday was the parade that opened the National Western Stock Show in Denver. To celebrate the history of the city, it opens with 1,000 head of longhorns being driven through downtown from Union Station to the fairgrounds. Naturally, I had to go check it out.

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Mr. Denver. The bull, not the cowboys.

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How cute are they?

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I was wondering if they were the ones that would supply the longhorns.

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I need to work on picking my spots for photography.

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There were lots of cowboys and cowgirls to keep the critters moving.

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I thought about being a mounted police officer once upon a time.

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Can you have a parade without a stagecoach? Not out here!

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When I heard “floats” I assumed they’d be pulled by tractors or trucks. Belgians are so much cooler.

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The glitz begins . . .

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A 1929 six-speed special, as the vanity plate proclaims. Looks like new!

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Now that’s a get-up.

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Is it bad that I forgot who he was, just that he was someone important?

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Here’s the beer! Oh, it’s more people.

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It ain’t a parade without a firetruck. (The little girl in front of me was waving to everybody. They were all waving back.)

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My favorites in the draft world. Percherons.

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I’m starting to think everyone around here owns a horse.

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I’m not sure who they were, but there were about a gazillion of them.

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They’re just like teddy bears! Evil, adorable, teddy bears.

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The cavalry even made it.

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With their chuck wagon. You know, between the two of them, those mules had an ear for each direction.

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Need we say more?

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen sleigh bells on a horse before?

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Now this part of the parade I recognize from growing up in farm country.

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A necessity after driving 1,000 head of cattle and at least 2,000 head of horses down city streets.

I hope you folks enjoyed the parade as much as I did! Hopefully I’ll get up to the stock show to get some pictures of that, too.

P.S. I might obsess a little over horses, but they were also 90% of the parade, so that many horse pictures isn’t totally my fault.