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Published: Wed Jan 11, 2006

A Tennessee Tech University Shipley Farm employee has been given a “mile-high” honor.

Jim Ligon, TTU farm manager, will serve as the first Tennessean to judge the two-day Simmental cattle show on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17 and 18, at the 100th annual National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show in Denver, Colo.

The show is one of the largest and most prestigious Simmental shows in the world, with more than 400 Simmental cattle entered.

The National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show is a 16- day event that runs through Jan. 22 and is expected to draw more than a half-million visitors.To mark the 100th anniversary of this event, a celebration is planned in Denver, beginning with an authentic cattle drive through the streets.

The event features a western art exhibit and sale, plus rodeos, horse shows and a trade show. More than 12,000 animals, including rabbits, buffalo, Leghorn chickens and Longhorn cattle, will enter the show ring. About 20,000 school children will attend for field trips, and hundreds of 4-H and FFA youngsters will enter lambs, goats, hogs, and steers in the unior livestock show and sale. The National Western Scholarship Trust now awards more than $200,000 annually through 60 scholarships to agriculture and medical students bound for rural practice.

For more information on the show, visit