Well, we finally got to attend a real Dexter AGM, Show & Sale! It was a lot of fun to meet breeders from across the country and see all the nice animals that were present. Although the weather was quite hot, things went very well. Thursday was a day for exhibitors to arrive & get cattle settled in, while the Board had meetings all day. The facilities in Stillwater were really nice, even if not in the most convenient location to fly to, for those of us who didn’t take cattle. There were several vendors set up for the weekend, and also a display of all the pictures entered in the photo contest.
Friday morning we arrived on the grounds to find things in full swing outside the barn. Last minute baths, blow-drying, and grooming all around. Then it was Show Time! Things kicked off with the Youth Show, for ages 7-18. The young people all did quite well with their cattle, and the judge did a great job interacting with the competitors. Next came the Showmanship Classes, which are more about how the exhibitor handles the animal. Last was the Open Show, which this year was open to ages13 and up. There were many high quality animals and well-deserving winners. (more…)