national western stock show

Posted on January 26th, 2013 by mountain girl  |  9 Comments »

The National Western Stock Show is held in Denver each year.  Being true Coloradans, we pulled on our boots and headed down to mingle with the ranchers and cowboys.

They happen to be a sight different than the hippies up here in the mountains.  Instead of sipping kombucha tea and nibbling organic kale chips, they unashamedly guzzle PBR’s and chow down on “cowboy” burritos, giant sausages, and cotton candy.

They had an amazing children’s area upstairs.  Zia took a pony ride and spent a good long time feeding and brushing the animals at the petting farm.  She made a strand of yarn from raw sheep’s wool and  bought a tiny pewter flying horse at one of the shops.

I checked out some alpaca yarn, and David and Caleb looked at the cowboy guns and holsters. Cash was just happy they had a nice comfy nursing mother’s area.

We watched some cattle judging, where the cows always seemed to be a nickel short through the hindquarters, a nickel long through the neck, or just a nickel turned in (or out) at the hocks. Otherwise, they were usually “nice little heifers, with lots of potential.”

I’m glad they don’t judge their cowboys and cowgirls by the same standards.  They would need some hefty quarters, or maybe even silver dollars, to account for all those cowboy burritos.

I would probably end up being a nickel narrow through the hindquarters, short through the pastern, and long through the girth, but happily, my cowboy doesn’t seem to care about that.  He knows I have a lot of potential.

There was a farming section for the kids, where we got to see firsthand the results of pesticides and herbicides, along with photos of caged chickens and huge crops of GMO corn. (Another small difference between hippies and ranchers.  Monsanto is the best thing that ever happened to them.)

It was a hoof-stompin’ good time and I sure love my cowboy boots, but honestly, I’m glad to be back in hippieland.  I think I’ll go have a sip of kombucha tea right now.

9 Responses to “national western stock show”

  1. Hannah says on :

    It is good to experience a variety of “cultures” lol Looks like you all a tolerable good time lol

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Yes…quite tolerable good, ha ha!

  3. jodi ink says on :

    haha! “A nickel short through the hindquarters”, love it! That looks like a fun time, running with the cowboys and cowgirls for a day. But I think hippieland is more to my everyday liking too. 🙂

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Yup, you can’t beat living in hippieland! But it was good to give the cowfolk a chance, too. 🙂

  5. Melissa says on :

    We aren’t even going to discuss my hindquarters…gasp! Looks like a wonderful time!

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Haha–I’m thankful we’re not on parade to be “nickeled” apart by a panel of judges!

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  8. Mimi says on :

    What a GREAT day !!!

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