A SPECIAL SECTION OF THE COLORADO STATESMAN
SEPT. 7, 2012 PAGE 13
Denver Rustlers Ride High for Jr. Livestock Sale Cowboy hats, boots and traditional western shirts required for this annual trip to the State Fair! BY JASON KOSENA SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN
stable of Denver’s Who’s Who from the political and business communities turned out in force on Aug. 28 for the annual Denver Rustlers’ trip to the Colorado State Fair. Wearing matching straw cowboy hats and donning specially made embroidered western shirts that have become a trademark of the traditional late summer event, about 220 people participated this year — making it one of the largest turnouts ever. Before boarding four coach buses for the two-hour trek down south, guests enjoyed lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House at the Denver Tech Center, which itself has become a sort of political event with partisans from both sides of the aisle enjoying beef and shrimp, trading stories and flinging good natured barbs as part of the pre-trip festivities to the State Fair and the Champion Junior Livestock Sale. “It’s a great event and even better cause,” said Larry Mizel, chairman and CEO of MDC Holdings, the parent company of Richmond American Homes who, along with several other business An eclectic group of Rustlers: U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CD 1, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Larry Mizel, Tim Gill, Ted Trimpa and Frances Koncilja. leaders originally started the event durPHOTOS BY JASON KOSENA/THE COLORADO STATESMAN ing an economic downturn more than two dozen years ago as a way to support Colorado youth who were raising animals to help pay for their college education. That’s when the core group of Denver businessmen — and at first it was just men — realized that an infusion of cash was greatly needed to keep the Jr. Livestock Sale going. The original Denver Rustlers included the Robinson brothers, Eddie and Dick of dairy business fame, former Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Tim Schultz, who still handles the reins at the Sale, and the late Tom Farley, a well known Puebloan who served on the board of the state’s prime Continued on Page 14
Craig J. Walker and Tim Schultz monitor the auction for the Denver Rustlers. Joe Blake, chancellor emeritus of Colorado State University, visits with a Junior Livestock Sale participant outside the auction arena.
American Furniture Warehouse’s Jake Jabs poses with the young sellers after the Rustlers won the Grand Lamb at the auction for $12,000.