As Fairtime Approaches…

Last week, I helped put on a large animal showmanship workshop in the neighboring county.  My part of the workshop entailed teaching beef cattle showmanship.  When I was home at the ranch to pull bulls, I looked far and wide for my showstick, but it had disappeared in the eons that have passed since I sold my last  4-H steer.  Back in Miles City, I went to our local farm-and-ranch supply store to purchase a new showstick – a silver or black one would be nice, I thought. 

Boy, was I wrong. Showsticks have evolved!  My choices were three-fold: hot pink leopard print, black and white zebra print, or army camouflage.  On that particular day, hot pink leopard print seemed like the least of three evils, so I made my purchase.  Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

First up was lamb showmanship.  Even though things started out a little chaotic…
…Collin had them lined out and in pretty good shape at the end.

We didn’t have any hogs on-hand, so Eric split the kids up and had half of them be pigs, and the other half be showmen.  Like we saw during the lamb workshop, chaos reigned at first, helped along by two Border Collies herding the “pigs” around.  It’s good to learn how to show with distractions, right?

Things were a little spread out for awhile…

…but soon enough, they were seasoned professionals.  The pigs were even giving the showmen tips about making sure they watched the judge!

I had two steers for my part of the workshop, and they hadn’t seen a showstick yet this summer.  But by the time the kids had each worked with them, they were practically ready for show day!  All in all, a very successful day! 

Best of luck this fair season to all the 4-Hers, 4-H parents and leaders, and most especially – the true unsung heroes of county fairs – your local county agents!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  If there’s a fair in your area, please attend and show your support for youth in agriculture!

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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5 thoughts on “As Fairtime Approaches…”

  1. Hey! Is that our Garfield County fairgrounds arena?!

    Love seeing the kids all lined up, the sheep dog trying to “help” and most of all…the pink leopard show stick!

    Wonder if they make hotshots in that pattern…?

  2. Now that showstick would draw some attention to you. I think it is awesome you put on this clinic. I don’t think there are enough out there judging by some of the struggles youth have in the showring. So many simple adjustments that could make the experience more enjoyable for them and their livestock projects.

  3. Thanks, Crystal! Showmanship was always my favorite, and I really enjoyed helping out with the clinic. The county agent gets the credit for having the workshop, but I was sure happy he asked me to help! I’m going to judge their round robin contest so it will be fun to see if I see any familiar faces who were successful in the ring! Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. So…I was talking to my husband about your diva-showstick and wondering about hotshots. I think we’re going to do a custom job, paint our own. My FIL is rahther particular about the colors we wear, when working cows. He’ll have kittens…

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