BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — The Saratoga County 4-H will be hosting a Showmanship Clinic on Saturday, June 4th. The clinic costs $15 for Saratoga County 4-H members and $20 for Non 4-H members. Other regional 4-H members are welcome to join as well, for the same cost of $15. The Showmanship Clinic Check in will begin at 9:30am at the 4-H Training Center, with rotations starting at 10:00am and conclude at 1:30pm.
The clinic will highlight 5 types of animal showmanship including: dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goat, and horse. A professional showman from each species will demonstrate the proper technique and handling skills of that animal. They will guide 4-H’ers through the ring and show them proper etiquette. This will prepare showman for county, regional, and state level fair showmanship competitions. The clinic is also an introduction to the Master showmanship competition; which portrays the Grand Champion showman from each large animal livestock show (Horse, Sheep, Goat, Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle) at the Saratoga County Fair to determine the overall “Master Showman”.
Showmanship is the skill and ability of the showman. Showmanship is the technique of presenting an animal in front of a judge. The showman must keep eye contact with the judge and answer knowledge-based questions on the animal. The 4-H’ers will learn vital life skills of team work and trust. It is important for the youth to attend a showmanship clinic before exhibiting an animal at a fair.
We are excited to continue to offer new animal science programs. To register for The Saratoga County 4-H Showmanship Clinic email Rylie Lear firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518)885-8995. We look forward to youth becoming master showman!
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County