10 tips for making the most of your show season
It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of show season and forget the details. While this tends to happen to nearly everyone, we’re determined to keep it from happening to you!
We’ve rounded up the top 10 most overlooked items needing your attention before stepping into the show ring. Now, who’s ready to win the class?
1. Proper Halter Fit
Halters are not one-size-fits-all, so it would be silly to think your class one heifer will wear the same halter has your class five heifer. Stock your show box full of options so you’re not making a last minute change ring side or, heaven forbid, losing control of your animal.
2. Clean eyes
You wont't win showmanship if your calf’s eyes are full of eye boogers. [That's what my mom says, anyway.] Grab a damp cloth and clean their eyes. Use a tear-free shampoo around the eyes to lift the oil and tear stains, which are particularly noticeable on a lighter calf.
3. Clean ears
You wouldn't showboat a Ferrari with mud on the tires, right? Don’t walk your high-powered show stock into the ring without cleaning the ears.
Depending on the type of show you may or may not be allowed to have clippers on the grounds. Either way, knockout clipping as close to show day as possible.
5. The Undercarriage
Get low because this easily-outlooked area isn’t in your line of site. Once you win breed you may give you animal a rest, which means, shavings are going to do their best to ruin your work.
7. Head to tail
In my opinion, the tailhead is the most perfected and precise area of fitting calves; however, it takes a bit of skill to master this bit of the fitting process.
8. Fly repellant
That’s right. Flies don’t only exist in your pen, they’re also present in the ring. The last thing you need is for your animal to kick the show floor, shift their weight or toss their head about because of a few pesky flies. Dust your animal in a light coat of fly spray. Keyword: light.
9. Knowledge is power
Take the time to know your animal and your showing capabilities. Just like a sports team might break down film after a big game, you can film yourself practicing from the comfort of your own show barn so you'll know how you will look to a judge.
This method allows you make minor adjustments and notice the faults in your showing style.
So you’ve spent countless hours preparing your animal for the ring, but what have you done to prepare yourself? Is your equipment clean? Are your clothes neat and ironed/starched? Does your show require official dress of some sort? How is your hair?
While the judge will be, and should be focused on your animal, constant tugging at ill fitting or uncomfortable clothes or looking like you just rolled out of bed will definitely steal the spotlight.