Preserving Western Roots

Here in Colorado, Western culture is part of our treasured heritage.

A drill team from The Westernaires participated in the parade. Photo by Janna Graber
A drill team from The Westernaires rides in the parade. Photo by Janna Graber

While the Denver Metro Area is filled with urban neighborhoods and quiet suburbs, there are still pockets where people have horses, cattle and other animals. A popular youth organization is “The Westernaires,” an equestrian youth organization for kids ages 9 to 19 who want to ride horses and participate in precision riding teams. Those who don’t own a horse can rent one.

I grew up on one of those little farms near the city, with horses, chickens and cattle. I loved being in the Westernaires, and spent many weekends riding my horse, Mazie, in local parades, rodeos and competitions.

Sure, I was technically a city girl. But growing up near Denver, I still lived in the shadow of the Old West — and each year when the stock show comes to town, I get to experience that heritage once again.

Rodeo queens from the National Western Stock Show pose for photos. Photo by Janna Graber
Rodeo queens from the National Western Stock Show pose for photos. Photo by Janna Graber

Author Bio: Janna Graber is the managing editor at Go World Travel Magazine. A journalist, editor and producer, she has covered world travel for more than 40 publications, and is the author of three travel anthology books: A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women’s Travel, Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World and Adventures of a Lifetime. Read more of Janna Graber’s travel writing.

 

 

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