Photos: National Western’s MLK Jr. Rodeo Celebrates African Americans In The West

January 17, 2017
Photo: MLK Rodeo 1 | Falling off
A cowboy falls off a horse during the bare-back riding competition at the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

For one day at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, the spotlight shines on the West's African-American cowboys and cowgirls during the MLK Jr. Rodeo. State Sen. Rhonda Fields and Denver City Councilor Albus Brooks were among the hundreds who cheered on barrel racers, ropers, bulldoggers and bull riders at the event on Monday.

"This was on my bucket list," said Janet Davis, who made the trip from Wisconsin for the show. "I'm loving it."

Photo: MLK Rodelo 2 | Brianna Weston
Brianna Weston watches the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 4 | Lasso
A cowboy lassoes a steer during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 5 | Steer Undecorating
Carolyn Carter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, holds a ribbon over her head during the steer undecorating competition during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 6 | Tiffanie Carter
Tiffanie Carter rides her horse during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 7 | Riding Horse
A cowboy rides his horse during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo | Averrie Blend
Averrie Blend of Denver watches the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 8 | Dirty boots
A spectator sports a pair of well-worn cowboy boots during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 9 | Young rider
A young cowboy competes in barrel racing during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 10 | Janet Davis
Janet Davis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin cheers during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. "This is a bucket list item," Davis said. "I'm loving it."
Photo: MLK Rodeo 11 | Ida and Gene
Ida Jeffrey and her friend Gene Johnson of Aurora, Colorado, watch the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 12 | Bull Riding Justin Granger
Justin Granger of Tuba City, Arizona rides a bull during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 13 | Bull RIding Tyson Tsinajinnie
Tyson Tsinajinnie falls off a bull during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo: MLK Rodeo 14 | Waving
Cowboys and cowgirls salute the audience during the MLK Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.