Pro Bull Riding 2015

Since we so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at PBR at the Stock Show last year, we decided to go again this year. I also learned the lessons of last year and bought better seats.

Continuing on with the “learning from history” theme, we also chose NOT to eat at the Stock Show itself, choosing instead to go to the Stockyard Saloon, which is basically on the grounds, but outside the paid admission area. The place is fairly old school – our beers were in cans! – but it wasn’t bad. We both had salads, I had a bacon cheeseburger and Brandon had a steak sandwich. The only thing that truly disappointed both of us was that the cheese on the cheese fries? Melted cheddar grossness. Like cheddar sauce, not actual shredded and THEN melted cheese. Some people like that … not me. I like my cheese not in liquid form.

After dinner, we headed into the Stock Show itself for a few moments. We were considering going to a PBR 101 thing, but ended up not quite having enough time. As a lot of the stuff is the same year after year (and Brandon’s foot was killing him), we mostly just hung out near the horses and talked to them before heading over to the Denver Coliseum

The bull riding itself (as well as team penning – got to see that again this year!) was awesome and the new seats weren’t bad. I think if we want truly good seats, we’ve got to hop on them as soon as they go on sale …

(Also: I need a better camera or figure out a better way with my point-and-shoot to get action shots …)

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Yes, the bull is bucking even though it doesn’t look like it here.

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Team penning.

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National Western Stock Show and PBR

If you recall from last year, we went to the National Western Stock Show last January. This year, however, we decided to go on a night that Pro Bull Riding was in town so I could FINALLY see it live. Brandon was okay with this not only because I really wanted to go, but also because he apparently watched a lot of PBR in college.

I worked that morning; I got off, we went for a quick run, showered and headed up to the NWSS complex. Our first stop was for food; we didn’t like the Feedlot buffet much last year, so this year we decided to try one of the other in-house restaurants.

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It was okay. I had a mediocre burger and Brandon had pulled pork. It was food, which was all we REALLY wanted.

After we got some food in our bellies, we wandered around a bit at all the exhibits. We went on one of the first days so not everything was there yet – we missed the main poultry, unfortunately – but it was still fun seeing all the animals.

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Sheep.

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Cows with downtown Denver in the background.

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Happy goat.

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Longhorn.

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Brandon and a horse.

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Brandon, turkey whisperer.

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Cow sculpture and I.

Soon enough, it was time to head over to the Denver Coliseum for the main reason of the night – PBR! I think next time I’ll definitely splurge on better seats – the seats we had weren’t bad, per se, but we were quite far away from the chutes. In any case, it was a ton of fun. We also highly enjoyed the team penning event they had at one of the “intermissions” – that alone was almost worth the price of admission. I am glad we finally decided to do this, though – we both had a ton of fun.

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Fire logo in the dirt.

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Miss Rodeo Colorado and all the cowboys at attention for the National Anthem.

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Roping a rogue steer.

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Rodeo clown.

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Ride that bull!

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Team penning finals.

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Wells Fargo stagecoach.

On the National Western Stock Show

Every year in January, the National Western Stock Show, (NWSS) known as the “Super Bowl of livestock shows,” comes to Denver. This year was the 107th year and, strangely enough, my first. I’m a native Coloradoan (and Denverite … or at least suburban Denverite) and I’ve been wanting to go for years, but somehow, it just never worked out.

A few years ago, I got hooked on watching Pro Bull Riding (PBR) on TV at the gym – it was great to zone out on a treadmill watching it – and while I don’t seek it out specifically to watch anymore, I’d still love to see it live. The PBR tour is part of the┬áNWSS and since I initially wanted to go mainly for that, the timing just never worked out for me.

This year, Brandon agreed to go with me and even though we weren’t able to make one of the PBR events (or afford it), we decided to go anyway and check it out.

It was a lot of fun. It was a crazy mix of everyday Joe’s and industry people and tons of livestock and stuff for sale and everything. Brandon enjoyed the animals – he likes those areas at the Minnesota State Fair, too – and we both enjoyed the spectacle. We decided we do want to go again next year – and probably see one of the shows (PBR if I get my way).

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Cow.
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Turkey.
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Longhorn.
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Awesome lamp.
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Cucumbers are quite possibly one of my favorite foods, so I found this cool.
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In a potato!
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Where we ate. I wouldn’t recommend it.