COMMENTARY Show committees need your support By Koben Shigeta

I saw a comment where someone said that they’d travel 1,500 miles to avoid coming to a local show that’s run ‘shi—y’. You know what makes for a crappy show? When exhibitors

think that it’s the office staff’s responsibility to track you down in the barn when 28 goats are in line waiting for you to get up there. It’s pretty bad when the class starts and finishes and goats are walking out of the ring when you decide to walk up angry that no one came and got you. This isn’t 4-H or FFA — this is a way of busi- ness for many producers. We don’t hold your hand, you come to the ring, listen for the announcer and ask questions if you’re unsure what class we’re on.

What else makes for a crappy show are those individuals who blame their placing on the judge because he/she is “blind”. Or blames placing on believing show goats should be in their natural condition “out in the field browsing.” If you aren’t willing to take the time to work hair, feed, provide vitamins and minerals, work with your animal and fix your show- manship skills don’t be surprised about a mid-placing in a class. When we teach kids to show goats we teach them what a good goat looks like and how to handle that animal to show those traits. The quality of your animal directly resembles the effort you’ve put in. The world needs to stop pointing their fingers at everyone else

and take responsibility for their own actions. If you have to travel 1,500 miles to avoid local shows because you think they’re run poorly maybe the issue isn’t the show. Maybe the issue is you, your stock or your attitude towards professional shows. And if the issue is the show why not reach out a helping hand to try to make it better? The more successful shows out there, the more education of the breed, which results in a much stabler market. Be part of the better cause, not the problem.

Thank your show committees if you have them. Putting on a successful show is no easy feat and requires serious dedication. It usually involves late nights answering questions and putting in pa- perwork, days prior setting up fairgrounds, marking pens and moving in straw. It often limits the amount of showing you can do because of the demand of help in and out of the ring. There are so many things that go into running a show, so please the next show you go to this year pat the show team on the back. Be- cause they have sacrificed hugely all for the love of goats. Even 4-H and FFA shows this year at the fairs — give some serious apprecia- tion to those superintendents who get it all together so everyone can have a successful fair. Let 2021 be the year of thanking as we dive deeper into show and fair season.

(Koben Shigeta operates KSK Ranch in Ontario, Ore. He can be contacted at

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