I'm back! Many thanks to Abigail for getting a post up to keep you all updated. :)
So I now have a steer show under my belt and have found it to be a lot of fun and very educational! I think they already have me hooked. :) This was also my first show of the spring/summer ( I attended the Green and White hog show earlier this year ) and it gets me all excited for show season! Anyway, back to the steer show. I competed in judging and placed 8th. We judged Angus, Chi, and Shorthorn heifers and Herford Bulls. We also did two sets of questions. Our steers arrived around 1:30 and then we spent the afternoon and evening washing, blowing, clipping, feeding, bedding, walking and practicing showmanship. Sunday morning we were up and back at it. We had showmanship at 9:00 and I was told we did very well. I think we kinda surprised 'em!!! The judge picked out two and then told me that he could only pick two, so I would have been next. Ah well, at least I was paid a complement of sorts by the judge! My steer behaved perfectly, so that helped a ton. Mom, Abigail and Elizabeth came up and saw what was going on for a while. They had some delays so unfortunately missed showmanship. They left around 11:00. I showed in my market class around 3:00 and placed....last. It was a very competitive class and my steer is still very green. I knew he wouldn't place well, so I wasn't very surprised or disappointed. By the time we pulled out of there I was exhausted! I slept most of the way home so I would have enough energy to do chores. Ahh, it felt good to sleep in my own bed though that night!
A few things I learned about showing:
1) If you are ever going to show, learn how to fit your own steers well. You can spend a lot of money of paying people to fit them for you.
2) You need a generator. Oh, and they are really loud when you have about 5-10 of them running at once, along with a bunch of blowers.
3) You can make a really bad steer look good if he has hair. :D
4) It gets really competitive at these shows. And I don't mean just inside the show ring.
5) The youth don't care much about showmanship and worry a ton about market classes. :(
6) Just relax and have fun! Don't worry so much about how you placed. Enjoy your time and learn all you can! Thanks Mr. B for that tip! :)
So, that was my weekend! How's everyone else faring? Anyone else have a spring break last week? How did that go? Are you all glad/disappointed/okay with going back to school? It sure makes it quiet and structured around here. :) Hope all is well with each one of you!
P.S. I forgot my camera, but a friend of mine should be getting me pictures. I'll post them when I get them.