Conifer ranch owner Sarah Grayson Bauer, a Cherry Creek High School graduate, and her son Max were on hand at the National Western Stock Show to watch one of their ranch hands, Coy Zang, participate in the Coors bull-riding event. This year’s stock show broke attendance records. Photo by Stefan Krusze
The 73rd annual National Western Stock Show 2018 Grand Champion Steer presentation at the Brown Palace was a repeat for Lillie Skiles of Hereford, Texas, who won last year with the steer named Fu, and again this year with Grey Ray.
The auction sale price of $140,000 beat the 2017 record of a $135,000. The 2018 Grand Champion Grey Ray was purchased by Ames Construction.
This year’s auction saw record-breaking prices with 10 percent of proceeds going to the National Western Scholarship Fund. As is the norm, the event packed a crowded hotel. After all, Colorado is where Western boots go together with black ties and evening gowns.
Photos by Stefan Krusze
Making their grand entrance into the Brown Palace are 2018 NWSS Grand Champion steer Grey Rey and Lillie Skiles of Hereford, Texas.
The grand lobby of Denver’s Brown Palace hosted the 73rd annual National Western Stock Show Grand and Reserve Champion steer presentation and afternoon tea, a Colorado tradition.
Dylan Hice Vick of Escalon, Calif. rides the Bismark Demon.
Miss Rodeo Wyoming Morgan Wallace, Miss Rodeo Colorado Alex Hyland and Miss Rodeo America Keri Sheffield
Tie Down Roper Cody Quaney of Cheney, Texas warms up, ballet dance style.
A saddle bronc rider
Saddle bronc rider Alex Wright of Milford, Utah rides a bucking horse, The Natural.
The Westernaires “thread the needle.”
Dylan Hice Vick of Escalon, Calif. may not be “chomping at the bit,” just grinding his teeth while riding the Bismark Demon.
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