Denver Rustlers Return to Pueblo for the 39th Year
Story and photos by Pam Cress
Denver Rustler's Livestock Auction
at Colorado State Fair benefiting 4H and FFA Youth at 4:30 p.m.
Over the years, the prestigious Denver Rustlers have raised more than $3 million for student exhibitors at the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale, an event that supports Colorado’s young farmers and ranchers as they showcase their livestock to earn money for college.
The fun begins when the Rustlers convene at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in Denver for a scrumptious lunch, then hop on buses to Pueblo to the State Fairgrounds in their hats and Rockmount Ranchwear event shirts, underwrittten by MDC Richmond American Foundation.
Bidding is lively and yes, animated, as supporters rally to raise money for education for the hardworking youth. The Rustlers use most of their pooled funds to make sure the young exhibitors get a fair price for their animals, staying until each and every animal is sold.
The Denver Rustlers began 39 years ago during an economic downturn, when a lack of bidding threatened to shut down the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair. At the urging of the late Representative Tom Farley, Tim Schultz (then Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture) approached Dick and Eddie Robinson, as well as Larry A. Mizel, asking them to step-in and make sure the hardworking 4-H and FFA youths could continue to participate and raise money for their future education. The three rallied their friends and colleagues to invest in these kids’ by supporting their livestock sale.
Josh Hanfling and R.D. Sewald have taken the reins in working to organize the event and the festivities under the bright Pueblo skies continued the tradition this year. Buses arrived with police escorts and the Rustlers mingled with young cowboys and cowgirls showing off their well-groomed animals. After a turn at the buffet, bidding began and proceeds did not disappoint.
To get involved, log on to www.denverrustlers.org.
Adam Frisch, left, and event organizer Josh Hanfling
Brenda Cox, left, and Alex Bristol
Curtis Esquibel, left, event founder Tim Schultz, and Katie Kramer, executive director of the foundation
Rockmount Ranchwear’s Steve Weil, left, Tim Schultz and Jackie Brookshire, who ended up winning the bid on the reserve Grand Champion steer
Wayne Williams, left, chats with George Teal
Sarah Brittain Jack and Anthony Carlson from the Pikes Peak Posse, with Rustler Tim Trimpa
Pueblo City Councilman Larry Atencio and his wife Yolanda with R.D. Sewald
Event co-organizer R.D. Sewald, left, with Adam Frisch and Larry Atencio
Fair Commissioner Nikki Weathers, Chad Vorthmann and Mark Waller
David Dazlich, left, Ryan Parsell and Gary Amella
Supporters from the “Pueblo Critter Bidders”
Melissa Sampson and Trever Hutcheson
Taylor Szilagyi, left, Kacie Cardine, Salee Woodhouse, Ashley House, Garin Vorthmann, Chad Vorthmann
Brooke Lambrecht with Maverick
Lexi Vrabec, left, and Kathryn Severns Avery
Hadley Crego and Rick Stott with “Clown”
Macyn Hodgson and David Chiavacci
Tom Gordon takes a photo of Hadley Crego and Clown
Weld County Commissioner Scott James and Blake Boshell
Jeff Hunt, left, and Matt Most
Kade Temple, left, with April and Brannon Jones
William Browning and Camden Welp and his steer from Yuma County
Future Farmers of America
Kenny Rodgers of the Colorado Livestock Assn., left, with Steve Holdren
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