Things that Drive Stock Show People Crazy...Especially During Denver
Walking around on The Hill and in The Yards at the National Western is an amazing experience in itself. There are so many things to do and see, but sometimes there are some things you just have to cringe at. What am I talking about you ask? I’m talking about the things that we as agriculturalists and showmen happen to see that makes our perfectionism kick in and drive us crazy. Here are the few things here at the National Western that would drive me crazy:
People petting the display bulls the wrong way...or even at all.
Maybe I sound crazy, but when I see a person walking through the yards "petting the bulls" the opposite way of how their hair is trained, part of me wants to cry. Why? Someone worked super hard that morning to get that animal’s hair just perfect and in a matter of 2 seconds it was ruined. I realize it can be fixed and that some simply don’t understand what goes into training hair on cattle BUT these bulls are on display for a reason - to look good!
Animals that act up in the ring or the backdrop.
This could happen at any show across the country, but I can truly understand the frustration at a show like National Western. During many of the female shows I saw heifers acting up and giving issues to exhibitors through the whole process in the ring. Having an animal act up at a national show like this is super frustrating but I give credit to anyone and everyone who this has happened to throughout their time in Denver. You guys are true showmen!
Never having enough space for tack, chutes, etc.
Space seems to be quite limited in The Yards or on The Hill, which is totally understandable with so many exhibitors and so many animals. Many make the best of it though, especially those in the sheep barns who use plywood to stack on top of lamb pens to hold their items. Kudos to the lamb exhibitors - I never would have thought of that. One thing’s for sure - people involved in the #stockshowlife are some of the most creative, innovative people out there.
Spectators stopping in the middle of the aisle ways when you are trying to get by with an animal.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen exhibitors get frustrated at those who are looking around and randomly stopping at everything they see. For those trying to get an animal from the washracks to the stalls or from the stalls to the show ring and back, it proves to be super frustrating. Every exhibitor. for the most part, is understanding and simply just deals with it, rather than making a scene around those who are not involved in agriculture typically. Remember the National Western is all about education and you as exhibitors are educating those who have no experience in it.
Even though there are many more things that would drive stock show people crazy at Denver, we as agriculturalists always look past them as there are better things beyond just a few issues to enjoy a great experience at the National Western and other shows around. Remember to enjoy your time, be kind to others and make some memories!