National Western Stock Show and Rodeo

A record-setting opening day in Denver set the tone for a stellar 2015 stock show.

From the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Pre-Denver Quarter Horse Show was January 4-7. (Credit: RMQHA)

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver announced the largest opening day attendance in NWSS history with 47,207 fans. The number beats the former NWSS record of 44,616 set back in 2008. The opening day event line-up included three rodeo performances and the first-ever BBQ competition. 

"We are thrilled with the turnout for opening day," said Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. "The numbers are a testament that the National Western Stock Show has something for everyone." 

The rodeo would then set the largest single-day attendance record in NWSS history with 68,757 fans entering the gates January 17. The number exceeded the former NWSS record of 68,610, set in 2008.

Journal Coverage of the Denver Quarter Horse Circuit
Show season kicks off early every year for AQHA members in Colorado with the Denver Quarter Horse Circuit.

This year, the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association's Pre-Denver Quarter Horse Show was slated from January 4 to 7, followed by the National Western Stock Show's Quarter Horse show January 9-11. See results and photos from the event, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal.