I vividly remember our son's first year showing in 4-H. We arrived at the county fair with no idea what we were doing and no idea what questions to even ask. We felt like we were the only ones that didn't have a clue. Everyone was busy getting ready for the show and we just stood there with that deer in the headlights look. We needed someone to hand us a manual of everything we were supposed to know and questions that we were supposed to ask. Guess what...there is no manual.
The best way to find out what you need to know is to ask a lot of questions (even if you don't have enough of clue to know what questions you should be asking), observe, observe, observe, and just resign yourself to having a baptism by fire.
There are a lot of unknowns and insecurities when you are new to the stock show life. One thing that you can easily master is what the showman is supposed to wear in the show ring. Sometimes it is as simple as shopping your closet and other times you just need a few specific items. Here are a few pointers and reminders.
There is so much to learn and remember for the show ring. Take some time to prepare your show ring wardrobe in advance to relieve some of that last minute stress. If you don't have all these items, don't get too uptight. Do the best you can, shop your closet, borrow from a friend, and never forget to have fun. I have never seen a judge kick someone out of the show ring for "not having the proper uniform". Remember that your appearance should complement you and your cow and not distract.
And moms...if your kids are anything like mine, they haven't worn a long pair of pants in weeks. Make sure that they haven't outgrown everything in their closet. Don't wait until the night before the show...unless your O.K. with a midnight Walmart run.
You might also like...
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.