The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is proud to announce industry icon Glen Klippenstein will be honored as the 2022 Friend of the National Western. Glen has been a constant at NWSS for over 50 years as an exhibitor, judge, intercollegiate contest official, breed executive and enthusiastic spectator. For Glen, NWSS is about friends, commerce and building a bridge to consumers.
He estimates through his attendance at NWSS, service to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and leadership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board—all three of which are located in the Denver metroplex—he has spent about two years of his life in the Mile High City. For him, Denver is where the business of the cattle industry gets done!
The NWSS has been the launching pad for many domestic and international sales for Glen. In one year alone at the NWSS, Glen sold a $100,000 bull and tallied a total of $400,000 in cattle and semen sales. A NWSS accomplishment that may never be equaled occurred from 1971 to 1984, when Glenkirk Farms had the Grand and/or Reserve Champion Polled Hereford bull 12 times. In addition to his exploits at NWSS, other show ring accomplishments include 19 National Polled Hereford Grand and Reserve Champions and show ring wins in 39 states and Canada.
Glen was born on May 29, 1937, in Saskatchewan, Canada, on a diversified crop and livestock farm. However,