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SHOT 1/23/2003 - Westernaires majors Nikki Simpson (right), 19, and Chelsea Alexander (left, background), 18, are two of the senior leaders in the non-profit youth group that "encourages leadership, responsibility and self-respect through horsemanship and family participation". The Westernaires are made up of about 1,000 Jefferson County youths from nine to 19 years old and the group has been performing at the National Western Rodeo for 50 years now. This year's National Western Rodeo is the end of the line performance for both Simpson and Alexander. They've both been in the organization for 10 years and Alexander said of the experience, "I loved it, they're irreplaceable memories". Both girls are from Littleton, Co. The National Western Stock Show is held every January at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. First held in 1906, it is the world's largest stock show by number of animals and offers the world?s only carload and pen cattle show in the historic Denver Union Stockyards. The stock show is governed by the Western Stock Show Association, a Colorado 501 (c) 3 institution, which produces the annual National Western Stock Show in an effort to forward the association's mission: "To preserve the western lifestyle by providing a showcase for the agricultural industry through emphasis on education, genetic development, innovative technology and offering the world's largest agricultural marketing opportunities." Proceeds from the National Western Stock Show go to the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Trust awards 64 scholarships annually to students studying agriculture and medicine to practice in rural areas at colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2003)

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SHOT 1/23/2003 - Westernaires majors Nikki Simpson (right), 19, and Chelsea Alexander (left, background), 18, are two of the senior leaders in the non-profit youth group that "encourages leadership, responsibility and self-respect through horsemanship and family participation". The Westernaires are made up of about 1,000 Jefferson County youths from nine to 19 years old and the group has been performing at the National Western Rodeo for 50 years now. This year's National Western Rodeo is the end of the line performance for both Simpson and Alexander. They've both been in the organization for 10 years and Alexander said of the experience, "I loved it, they're irreplaceable memories". Both girls are from Littleton, Co. The National Western Stock Show is held every January at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. First held in 1906, it is the world's largest stock show by number of animals and offers the world?s only carload and pen cattle show in the historic Denver Union Stockyards. The stock show is governed by the Western Stock Show Association, a Colorado 501 (c) 3 institution, which produces the annual National Western Stock Show in an effort to forward the association's mission: "To preserve the western lifestyle by providing a showcase for the agricultural industry through emphasis on education, genetic development, innovative technology and offering the world's largest agricultural marketing opportunities." Proceeds from the National Western Stock Show go to the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Trust awards 64 scholarships annually to students studying agriculture and medicine to practice in rural areas at colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2003)