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!
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