Important Tips For Showmanship Competition

By definition, showman is a person having a special skill for presenting something in a dramatic way. Showmanship is the skill or ability of a showman.

Showmanship is about the person handling the animal; presenting and showing the animal to the best of your ability.  Showmanship is really about how hard a person has worked, prepared and presents their animal to the judge.  Have you put in the hours getting your animal ready?  Is the grooming on point?  Are you dressed for success?

During class competition judges will be looking at your animals to evaluate them, but in showmanship they are evaluating the showman and how well they are working with their animal and handling themselves. 

Here are some important things to know about showmanship.

  • Parts of the animal. During showmanship, many judges will ask the exhibitor about different body parts. A showman should know their animal and where the different body parts are. Age of the exhibitor will be taken into consideration when asking these questions.
  • Position of the animal. During showmanship the judge should see you and the animal at all times. The best way to do this is to keep your animal between you and the judge as much as possible.  
  • Keep an eye on the judge. This is a crucial part of showmanship.  You need to make sure you are paying attention and following the directions that the judge is giving.

Do you have other tips to share?  We'd love to hear from you!