The 105th annual National Western Stock Show, the Super Bowl of stock shows opened here in Denver over the weekend. Ranchers, farmers, breeders, horsemen converge on Denver for 16 days to show their animals and compete against the best of the best from around the country. There's horse shows, several rodeos, and every conceivable competition from sheep-shearing to mutton busting to horse dancing.
One part of the stock show that I try not to miss is the Coors Western Art exhibit, which features western themed fine art by incredible artists who are much more famous than I will ever be.
I also like to walk around the grounds looking at all the critters. There are so many breeds of cattle, horses, sheep, etc. all getting groomed and foo-fooed for their moment in the spotlight. There are small animals too - chickens, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs - you name it.
For more information about the stock show and the art exhibit, click the link above. For more information about this painting, which epitomizes the legends of the West, click here to go to my website.