World Dairy Expo to host inaugural Showmanship Judges Clinic

Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON - World Dairy Expo is adding a Showmanship Judges Clinic to its educational programs for 2018. Open to showmanship judges of all skill levels and youth dairy project leaders, the clinic will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 in the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.  

Judges carefully observe dairy animals circling the ring during one of many breed shows at World Dairy Expo.

This international clinic will cover the showmanship guidelines developed by the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association to improve consistency in contests across North America. Led by 2017 WDE Showmanship Judge, David Crack of Richmond, Quebec, Canada, the workshop will include a mock contest.

“Showmanship is one of the most important dairy youth events that youth can participate in as it teaches life skills such as responsibility, poise, precision and learning. It is our responsibility, as youth leaders and judges, to know the guidelines and expectations, so that when we judge a show, we are giving youth the very best experience,” remarks Katie Coyne, WDE Youth Fitting & Showmanship Contest Superintendent. 

Free for all participants, clinic registration is available at  

Fitting, Showmanship judges 

Meanwhile, four judges have been selected for the 2018 WDE Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contests. These individuals will evaluate contestants from around the globe on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Sale Pavilion and Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Coliseum, respectively.    

Judging the 2018 WDE Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contests are: 

Youth Fitting Contest 

Tyler Reynolds, Feed Manager at Reyncrest Farms, Corfu, N.Y.   

Youth Showmanship Contest 

Junior Division: Curtis McNeil, Owner of Heather Holme Holsteins, Goderich, Ontario, Canada 

Intermediate Division: Jamie Howard, EastGen Regional Sales Manager for Western Ontario, Burgessville, Ontario, Canada 

Senior Division: Kelly Reynolds, New York Holstein Association Executive Manager, Corfu, N.Y.    

Open to any young dairy enthusiast ages 16 - 21 and 9 - 21, respectively, Expo Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contest participants are not required to exhibit in one of the WDE breed shows to qualify. However, to be eligible, contestants must use an animal that will be shown or sold at Expo in 2018.

Complete contest details and registration forms are available in the Expo Premium Book or on the WDE website.