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Riding High: Colorado Ranchers and 100 Years of the National Western Stock Show


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by Thomas J. Noel, published by Fulcrum Publishing

For 100 years, the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, and Horse Show has celebrated the Western way of life, attracting millions of visitors from around the world. The largest show of its kind in the U.S., the Stock Show serves as a liaison between the Western agricultural industry and the public and includes demonstrations, exhibits, rodeo events and livestock auctions. The Stock Show allows hundreds of young people each year to participate in some of the events and to raise many of the animals shown and auctioned.

While detailing the history of the Stock Show through lively text and attractive photos, many of which have never been seen in public before, the book also tells the larger history of ranching in the American West, one of the region's richest cultural legacies. In an era when large corporations dominate the livestock and agriculture industry in America, the book is a refreshing and nostalgic look back to the time when ranching was the industry of the West.

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