At the 2016 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, local business leaders gathered for the Cowboy After Hours annual event and raised over $70,000 for the 4-H Junior Livestock Auction. This was a record year for the group, which brought in $45,500 in sponsorships and an additional $25,000 in individual purchases at the sale.
Cowboy After Hours was started in 2010 by Sterling Ranch Development Company and Clough Cattle Company to bring together business leaders from Northwestern Douglas County to participate in the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo held every August.
“Our family has a long heritage in ranching, and we have gained a true appreciation of caring for the animals and the land. We recognized the need to support 4-H in our local community because it’s important that younger generations have the opportunity to raise livestock and experience ranching,” said Harold Smethills, chairman of Sterling Ranch, LLC.
The Cowboy After Hours event kicks off each year with a reception for local business leaders and elected officials at Schomp Automotive in Highlands Ranch.
Following the reception, attendees board a VIP bus to the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Upon arriving at the event, they meet with all of the 4-H kids who are showing livestock at the auction. The Cowboy After Hours attendees are easy to spot in their in white cowboy shirts and hats as they bid on livestock and chat with the kids.
This year, the Cowboy After Hours group also won a tractor valued at $8,000 in the raffle and donated it to the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF).
“It is clear that the Cowboy After Hours members are committed to supporting the agricultural youth of this county. They have been a huge addition to the buyer base at the Douglas County 4-H Junior Livestock Auction,” said Dr. Phil Riesselman, Fair Board Chairman of the Sale Committee and Board Member of the Douglas County Fair Foundation.
“We were fortunate to partner with NWDCEDC in starting the annual Cowboy After Hours fundraiser,” said Diane Smethills, principal of Sterling Ranch, LLC. “We are thrilled that the community has been supportive in contributing more than $275,000 over the years to the Douglas County 4-H Junior Livestock Auction, supporting young people in Douglas County and continuing in this wonderful Colorado tradition.”
A large number of local businesses sponsored this year’s event including: AZTEC, PROformance Apparel, Richmond American Homes, Schomp Automotive, Sterling Ranch Development Company, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Mortenson Construction, Parkwood Homes, Redland, Shea Homes, Total Property, Inc., A.G. Wassenaar, Bradbury Companies, Clough Cattle & Fence Co., Grist Brewing Company, IREA, McGeady Becher P.C., Meritage Homes, Northwest Douglas County EDC, pcs group, R&R Partners, Re/Max Edge, Siemens Industry, ERO Resources Corporation, JB Roxborough, Inc., Split Rail Fence Company, and Spencer Fane LLP.
Cowboy After Hours is also a sponsor of the CALF’s Cork & Pork event on September 29, 2016.