Show days consist of early mornings, long hours and short fuses. The opportunity to market your cattle and the possibility of bringing home a blue ribbon or maybe even a purple banner keeps most motivated, but the part I like the best is hanging out with close friends and making memories worth repeating.
Cattle are brought into the barn hours before they actually make it to the ring. They are usually whisked to the wash rack, and then brought back to the stalls to be blown dry and have their hair worked. Then they are watered, fed and given hay while they rest until brought into grooming chutes to be fit. About 45 minutes to an hour before show time each animal is fitted using adhesive to build legs and tops. Their hair is combed and oiled and then they are taken to the make-up area to wait there turn in the ring. They show by age and once in the ring the judge places the animals in order based on his opinion on structural correctness, muscularity, femininity, body conformation and overall eye appeal.
Here is a glimpse of what happens on show day and all the excitement in the ring!