History Highlights of the Westernaires at National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, part 3 of 3
1967 – Westernaires celebrates the Centennial anniversary of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was founded in 1867—nine years before Colorado became a state. It became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation. 1967 brought its 100th anniversary, and Westernaires was pleased and honored to help them celebrate at the National Western Stock Show that year.
1969 – Westernaires Introduces their Dressage-inspired act to the audience of the National Western Stock Show
Westernaires has been honored to share so many of their specialty teams with the National Western's audiences, including (but not limited to) their: Sidesaddles to Satellites act, indian Fantasy act, bullwhip act, Cavalry battle, Riders of the Steppes, trick riders, roman riders, and many more. Here are some highlights of the 1969 National Western debut of the Westernaires dressage-inspired team.
1998 – The "Wild West Show" makes its debut at NWSS, and Westernaires are asked to provide multiple acts within the show
2001 – Westernaires present a completely redesigned Grand Entry – lighted horses and riders enter into a dark coliseum
Always looking to innovate and provide even more excitement to the National Western Stock Show audiences, Westernaires introduced a new Grand Entry act in 2001. The drill is performed in a completely darkened arena (which can be challenging for both horse and rider), and the visuals are stunning. The technology of battery packs and illumination continues to evolve with LED innovation, and 2016 brought the 3rd generation of super-bright LEDs.
2011 – National Western's New Wild West Show premieres
A new, action-packed show reproduces the groundbreaking Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show that formed in 1883 and lasted until 1915. National Western audiences flock to take part in these historically-themed, dashing, stunt-filled acts and stories that bring history to life.