Participating in Round Robin was by far one of the most exciting experiences of my 4-H career. I, honestly, never dreamed I would find myself in the contest, let alone win senior showmanship in a livestock club, so it was a true honor to represent lamb club in this year’s competition.
In short, the winner of Round Robin is considered the “Master Showman” of livestock in 4-H. Dairy, Dairy Feeder, Saddle, Swine, Beef, Lamb, and Goat 4-H clubs are all represented by both showman and their respective species in the contest. Throughout my 10 years of 4-H, I have spent 10 years in Lamb and Dairy and 9 years in Swine, which was a major asset when it came to learning other species. Preparing for the contest was as much fun as participating in the contest itself, Thursday night. To prepare, I visited each representative barn or club and utilized the friendships I’ve made throughout my career. Having friends in clubs like Goat, Beef, and Saddle club really opened up doors to learning about each species. It’s truly amazing how much I learned about different species of livestock between Tuesday night, after I won Lamb Club senior showmanship, and the night of Round Robin. You really get a feel for what the other clubs are like and how much hard work and dedication goes into each and every animal exhibited at the fair.
No matter what club you are in, I strongly suggest that you get yourself as involved as possible, especially with showmanship. Not only is your animal important, but the way you show it is pivotal as well. A good showman can move a decent animal into the ranks of the top of the class, and who doesn’t love placing higher? Find an older member or showmanship winner and ask them for help. Never be afraid to ask questions. It’s amazing what you can learn by getting help from others, and that is one of the greatest things I’ve learned from participating in Round Robin.
Written By: Ryan Kelly - 2013 Lamb Club Champion Senior Showman and Round Robin Representative