The Stock Show event celebrates the history and heritage of America’s black cowboy, honoring the legacy of Bill Pickett.

DENVER — The annual MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo returned to the National Western Stock Show Monday.

The event celebrates the history and heritage of America’s Black cowboys, while honoring Bill Pickett’s legacy and influence on Black Western Heritage. 

Monday night’s event featured the top cowboys and cowgirls from the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.

Events included bareback riding, ranch bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, ladies’ steer un-decorating, and breakaway roping. 

A Colorado tradition since 1906, the National Western Stock Show brings hundreds of thousands of people to the National Western Complex each year for a celebration of our state’s agricultural heritage.

Now in its 117th year, the National Western Stock Show has one of the world’s richest regular-season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest agricultural trade show. The Stock Show welcomes attendees from 48 states and 32 countries and will drive an estimated $120 million in economic impact to the Denver area.

The event takes place at the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum at Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard.

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo runs through Jan. 22.

Tickets to the National Western Stock Show and a full schedule of events can be found at NationalWestern.com.

9NEWS is a corporate partner of the National Western Stock Show.

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