The Westernaires are known for their precision drill performances — formation riding by teams of young people 9 to 19 who practice and perform year-round. Some members of the group also participate in a variety of specialty teams that perform trick riding, horseback acrobatics and a host of other skills. The group is one of the most well known youth horsemanship organizations in the country. Team members perform in rodeos and horse shows throughout the United States and Canada, including the National Western Stock Show in Denver, where the group has performed for more than 40 years.
The Estes Park show, one of about 50 that the Westernaires will perform in 2011, starts at 7 pm at the Fairgrounds at Estes Park. General Admission tickets are $8; box seats are $12. There is no fee for children under 3.
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Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.
The town’s outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. An example of Edwardian opulence, the 1909 building had Stephen King as a guest, inspiring him to change the locale for his novel The Shining from an amusement park to the Stanley’s fictional stand-in, the Overlook Hotel. Estes Park was also the site of the organization of the Credit Union National Association, an important milestone in the history of American credit unions. Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide. The town suffered severe damage in July 1982 from flooding caused by the failure of Lawn Lake Dam.
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