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National Western Stock Show and Rodeo Celebrates Anniversary


The National Western Stock Show is the third largest rodeo in the country and this year was the 100th anniversary of the Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colo.  The Stock Show had large gala events planned for this special show which included two classes for the American Saddlebreds during the sold-out rodeo performances.

Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 the Saddlebreds showed in front of a crowd of 20,000 people.  The three-gaited park pleasure horses showed during the afternoon rodeo session and the five-gaited horses showed during the evening rodeo session.

One of the highlights of the show was Martin Cockriel winning the five-gaited class with his four-year-old sensation, Roseridge Posted Note. Cockriel threw his hat into the crowd when he was announced the winner after putting on quite a show. “I never rode a horse like that in all my life,” said Cockriel. “He never left the rail and just marched around the ring with all those thousands of people cheering and the cows at the end. It was one of the most exciting rides of my life.”

This year was the 55th consecutive year that Cockriel showed in the National Western Stock Show.  “The rodeo arena is very unique in that there are cows at one end of the arena and cowboys standing by the bucking chutes at the other end.  All the cowboys were in awe of the Saddlebreds and could not take their eyes off of our wonderful breed.”

Cockriel then showed his Roseridge Heir-sired colt back in the “Dancing With Horses” performance on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006.  Dancing with Horses is an exhibition of all the breeds featured in the National Western Stock Show.  The horses performed in the arena along with an orchestra. The exhibition closes out the horse show portion of the rodeo events.


Three-Gaited Park Pleasure (8 horses)
1.    Magic Two Socks, Lindsay Nold owner/exhibitor
2.    Callaway's Will's Command, Nancy Goodwin for Nanette Cheval
3.    Caballero Memories, Martin Cockriel owner/exhibitor
4.    Doubletree's D'cisions D'cisions, Farra Baker owner/exhibitor
5.    CH Starmaker's Bouquet, Stacey Kipper owner/exhibitor
6.    Undulata's Heir, Denise Damian-Lawrence owner/exhibitor

Five-Gaited Open (5 horses)
1.    Roseridge Posted Note, Martin Cockriel owner/exhibitor
2.    Callaway's Millennium Lady, Leo Ruiz for Denise Damian-Lawrence
3.    Doubletrees D'cisions D'cisions, Kelsy Baker for Farra Baker
4.    Starmaker Power, Stacey Kipper owner/exhibitor
5.    A Trip Uptown, Rachel West owner/exhibitor

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