Showmanship

Showmanship is an art of training, grooming and showing animals to make them more presentable in competitive exhibitions.  The ability to show an animal is not a God-given talent that you are born with. It is an acquired skill. Granted, it comes much easier for some individuals. Any skilled showman will tell you that showmanship success can be attributed to long hours of practice at home and actual show-ring experience.

Showmanship contests are based on preparation of the animal, the animals apparent training and the appearance and abilities of the showperson.  Animal conformation should not be considered unless it affects the way an animal is fitted and shown. In any showmanship contest the judge’s decision is final.

The judge may use different criteria than are in this guide in selecting top showpersons.

Beef Showmanship

Beef Showmanship – A good showman is a person that has a sense or knack for an effective presentation of an animal. Showmanship is the one area of exhibiting beef cattle over which you have the most control. In showmanship,you are judged on your abilities to control and present your steer …

Dairy Cow Showmanship

Enter leading the animal at normal walk around the ring in a clock-wise direction, walking opposite the head on the left side, holding a lead strap with the right hand quite close to the halter with the strap neatly, but naturally (preferably not coiled), gathered in one or both hands.  …

Dairy Goat Showmanship

A good showman is a person that can effectively present an animal in such a way as to enhance its best characteristics. In showmanship, you are judged on your abilities to both control and present your animal, and how you and your animal can work together as a team.  Advance …

Dog Showmanship

Exhibitors are REQUIRED to attend at least one SRF dog workshop with their dog prior to entry deadline in December to determine their competition level. Handlers are judged on teamwork and presentation of their dog – grooming – posing – gaiting. Classes may include: Handlers will be judged on their preparation …

Horse Showmanship

Procedure: Walk, trot, turn, stop, back, and pose your horse as directed by the judge or ring steward. Lead from the left side of your horse with your right hand on the lead shank or bridle reins.  When showing your horse at a walk, walk by his side – never …

Meat Goat Showmanship

While your goat is set up and the judge is appraising your animal, he or she may walk around your animal. It is important that you are aware the judge is coming. If the judge comes from the right side of your animal around the front of the animal’s head, …

Poultry Showmanship

Poultry showmanship is a contest where the youth will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of poultry as well as his/her ability to carry, examine and position their bird in the cage for a judge.  In general, this is an activity where participants will be evaluated even more …

Rabbit Showmanship

Guidelines For The Suwannee River FairShowmanship is a participant’s opportunity to demonstrate his/her knowledge and ability to properly select and present rabbits to their best advantage. The participant’s confidence, ability and the rabbit’s response are indicators of the knowledge and skills gained in handling and identifying quality animals, as well …

Swine Showmanship

There are certain basics in showing swine that even the youngest showman can work to achieve. While these ideas may seem to be very detailed, they are the keys to making the showmanship experience as positive as it can be. Always keep in mind while you prepare for your showmanship …