The 108th National Western Stock Show, which features more than 15,000 head of livestock, is known throughout the farming community. Prizes can be claimed and rodeos won, but the coolest thing must surely be little kids riding sheep. [21 photos total]

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Spencer accepts his purple ribbon after winning his division showing his Red Angus junior heifer at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Kluser leads his Red Angus heifer into the arena to show at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Rogers rubs his son's back to relieve his nervousness before he showed his Red Angus heifer at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Avery Speck practices holding on before competing in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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CeJay Jones practices holding on with his father Chris looking on before he competed in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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CeJay Jones settles in on mini bull Hopper before riding in the competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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CeJay Jones practices holding on with his father Chris looking on before he competed in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Mini bull riding competitors Gage Stimpson and Avery Speck and their adult counterparts talk before competing at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Mini bull riding competitors Avery Speck, Gage Stimpson and Ryan Grace talk before competing at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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CeJay Jones grimaces and holds his elbow after falling in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Haley Walker hangs onto a sheep in the Mutton Bustin competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Robby Milky hangs onto a sheep in the Mutton Bustin competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Ryan Grace falls in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Ryan Grace hangs on in mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Tristan Padilla hangs onto a sheep in the Mutton Bustin competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Blake Schock grimaces as he falls off his sheep in the Mutton Bustin competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Cooper Rogers walks his Red Angus heifer past a judge as he competed in his class with Edward Spencer also competing at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Children wait to compete in the stick horse rodeo at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Pennington competes in the stick horse rodeo competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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A boy competes in the stick rodeo bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Haley Walker hangs onto a sheep in the Mutton Bustin competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #

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