While the American cowboy continues to be an iconic image, more artists are challenging romanticized representations, including some featured at the 2014 National Western Stock Show.
National Western Stock Show
Warm weather helps boost crowds during the National Western Stock Show's opening weekend.
Slideshow: Young and old, rural and urban gather at the National Western Stock Show each year in Denver. Numerous breeds of livestock are shown and visitors experience a western tradition. CPR's Anna Hanel visited the show its first weekend as cattle pens started filling up and horses went on sale.
The sport is rather simple: Young competitors jump on a sheep and hold on as long as they can.