National Western Stock Show

30-year volunteer Kathleen Schrader honored

By Aaron Storms

Kathleen Schrader began as a volunteer just to help get through the long, cold month of January. But she fell in love with the people she was working with and the Volunteer Family she came to know. “It’s for a great cause and the rewards are far greater than the sacrifice of driving from Gilpin County down the hill to Denver every day. We aren’t required to be there every day. However, when I was much younger I had to be there every day and I had the energy then to do so. After photographing hundreds of rodeos and sitting in the information booths for 30 years helping visitors, I still love it!” Walking around with Kathleen and a few friends through the entire campus, it really did seem like a big family with hugs and greetings of volunteers and staff that have been involved for many years.

As part of being honored for her many years of service, this year she was invited to ride on the fancy Broken Spoke Ranch wagon pulled by the beautiful Clydesdales draft horses at “half-time” of the rodeo between the Steer Wrestling and Saddle Bronc Riding events in the coliseum arena.

Besides the action-packed rodeo, there were plenty of animals to see, and you could even have your photo taken if you were brave enough to climb up the ladder and sit on a couple of giant longhorn and brahma bulls, or even a large draft horse. Walking around the vendor booths, there were high-quality boots, hats, clothing, jewelry, tractors, new pickup trucks, ranch stock equipment, and of course great BBQ!

The mission of the National Western Volunteer Program is to assist management and staff of the National Western in providing top quality service for exhibitors, patrons, and guests in the continued effort to be the top combination livestock show, horse show and rodeo in the world. The NWSS is a year round facility and often other shows renting the facility request National Western volunteers to assist with their shows.

Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in many areas including the Kids Activity Pavilion, Coors Western Art Room, Guest Services, Horse and Livestock Show, Educational Programs, Information Booths, Photography, Ticket Taking, Administrative Support and many other special events during the year. Click below to learn more about the volunteer service areas, requirements and benefits.

Come learn more about the National Western Stock Show volunteer program!

If you are 16 years and older and interested in becoming a new National Western Volunteer then join us at one of our Volunteer Orientations held in March, June and October to learn about the volunteer program, its mission and meet current volunteers. You will also find out how to become a year-round volunteer and talk with staff and volunteers about the many volunteer opportunities available to you.

Student volunteers ages 16 and up, (high school and college) are only required to provide 2 day and 2 evening shifts or 4 evening shifts during the Stock Show in January. Be sure to select “student volunteer” on your volunteer application.

2020 Stock Show Highlights

Sat, Jan 11 – Opening Day set a record with 57,386 people attending!

Colorado vs the World Rodeo Winners
Bareback Riding: Mason Clements, 84pts
Steer Wrestling: Jace Melvin, 4.92sec
Saddle Bronc Riding: Wyatt Hageman, 87.5pts
Barrel Racing: Michelle Alley, 15.456sec
Bull Riding: Trevor Reiste, 89pts

Ranch Rodeo Winner: Veale/Sarco Ranches, 2x winners

Volunteer Information

303-299-5562 or 303-292-1708

National Western Stock Show
Attn: Volunteer Program
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216


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