The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Revel in non-mythological lore with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a ticket to the opening day of the National Western Stock Show (a $19 value), on Saturday January 8, 2011, at 2 p.m.
The National Western Stock Show, a Denver tradition since 1906, seeks to preserve the Western lifestyle through education and competition. The world's largest cattle show exhibits sturdy stock from 20 breeds both exotic and standard, competing for the attention of manic cow collectors. Talented varieties of dogs and rabbits charm audiences as they parade around the arena, and the PRCA rodeo introduces guests to a cast of cowboys and the broncos who buck them, as well as timed roping, wrestling, barrel racing, and barrel wrestling events. In addition to live action events, there's the Coors Western art exhibit and sale, showing off Western-flavored painting, photography, and sculpture, and the Ames Activity Pavilion, which entertains children who fear painting, photography, and sculpture. Ticket purchasers can also attend a titanic trade show and eye-popping equestrian exhibitions.