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Offline rtmcc

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2011, 09:31:52 PM »
Being a dad of a 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son that show, we have basic rules.
Show halter - basic black and clean. Somedays a quick layer of Final Bloom is as close as we get there
Show harness - NO BLING.  make sure it fits good.  Safety pins sure help for those smaller kids.  If they are worried about adjusting their harness in the ring they are not worrying about what they should be.
Show Stick - Black or silver extra long, no exceptions.  Even for small kids so they can reach those back legs.  If its too long for them to manage they didn't practice with it at home enough.
When it comes to cloths I have one request - STARCH.  Nice well fitting jeans creased with heavy starch.  Long sleeve button down shirts pressed.
Nice bling belt on the girls and nice belt and buckle on the boys is fine.
A little bling neckless on the girls is ok.  Just not costume jewelry.
Nice boots or "cow shoes" as Bodie calls his Ariet chuccas.
I get a little fussy about Caroline's hair.  I want Kelly Pickler cute but nit gaudy.

This combination along with a lot of practice has given our kids a lot of success in the showmanship ring.

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2011, 09:40:13 PM »
Bodie  in action!

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2011, 09:43:28 PM »
guy, I always did a nice western shirt, clean dark jeans, my biggest belt buckle, and a concho covered belt.  I liked the flash of the silver, rhinestones on guys still kinda creeps me out personally
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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2011, 09:54:49 PM »
Caroline in action!

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2011, 11:01:17 PM »
From the pictures I see on here you people are mere amateurs when it comes to bling compared to some of the girls here   ;D. As a rule, I feel much more traditional about the dress and accessories in the show cattle ring.

 There is however, one thing I have always wondered. And wondered even before the recent trend toward more glitter. Why is it that horse show people bling it up to the max and cattle show people have until recently have tried to be as plain and nondescript as possible? Why is it acceptable to have silver inlays and silver buckles on horse show halters, rhinestones on horsewomen's clothing with matching jewelry and yet as evidenced by the response here, cattle showers and expected not to do anything that would "take away from the cattle."  Does dressing it up only take away from cattle and not horses?

Seems to me an AQHA ( or NCHA, NRHA or USET) judge is much more attuned to the  animal than most cattle judges. And don't even get me started on how they have to apprentice for a year  and are video graded on the scores they give by their respective association while our industry almost promotes "you pick mine and I'll pick yours" among judges who also breed cattle. Sorry I digress.

Anyway, I wonder why the flash  is not only accepted in horse shows but expected, while obviously it is frowned upon by many in cattle shows?

One thing I do know is that the number of cattle shown in many if not all areas of the country is down and going down farther. $8.50+ corn, $4.00 and rising diesel fuel, the cost of a truck, trailer and show supplies, the growing gap between the "haves" and "have nots" are all part of the reason that the hog and goat projects have sky rocketed. If this cattle showing isn't as fun as we can make it, it will continue to dwindle. It costs too much for it not to be. I am of course a guy, but if I were a little girl, it looks a lot more fun to dress up and lead a blinged up pony around than to lead a calf around in my every day attire. Just a thought. Worth no more than anyone else's.


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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2011, 09:21:05 AM »
I agree fully with rtmcc on all this. Not sure what all this is about comparing horse people to cattle people. If we are going to do that, maybe go watch a high profile dog show someday. There you go, get a lap dog and you can show it for several years!
Anyway, here it goes. As just an older fella who has helped and drug out a lot of kids in the past, here's my thoughts for what they are worth. Some of the older teen females out there are getting to look more like hookers than future cattlepersons. Of course their little sisters are wanting to look like big sis. Don't get me wrong here, I like the bling to a point but after a while, enough is enough. This is a faze that too will pass.
While I am at it and this continues off of Ron's post. What is it with these t-shirts that some of these smaller breeds give to the kids and then require them to be show day shirts. It's long sleeve button down shirts. Of course the starch! I mean there is a Scotch Cleaners around almost every corner anymore! And then there are those riped up jeans, I guess I am really a fashion statement around home. The only diff is I have wore them that way not went out and paid good money for wore out jeans. Leave them home and wear your wranglers.

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2011, 09:51:43 AM »
Judged a showmanship contest. Decent showman with bling on her harness, halter, boots, belt, neck, hair, hands and maybe even showstick. I am sure she was upset about not winning, but a bit more time in the barn and less time searching for sparkles might have helped her. Harsh, yes. Honest, yes. Dead on, yes. In my opinion, subtly is a lost art in the show ring. We used to dress pretty much the same and depend on our quality of cattle to get us the banner.

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2011, 11:15:46 AM »
Agree with KCK.  I saw a girl at the OYE that had completely covered her showstick and comb, and a good portion of her show halter with shiny beads (I would say jewels, but if they cost much at all she'd just spent at least the cost of a couple years of college) - she said she couldn't count the hours it had taken her to do all of that, she'd worked on it all winter long.  Now her calves didn't look bad, but I'm sure they could've looked better if she'd spent that time on them.

A little bling is okay.  I don't know exactly where the line of too much is, but it appears to be pretty easy to cross.  I think maybe the key word to remember here is professionalism.  When you're in that ring it's your job to present your animal, and you need to be professional about it - try to look like you belong in the showring, not the fashion show.  Showing horses and showing dogs have next to nothing to do with showing cattle - should basketball players dress like golfers since they're both sports?

I think one thing to think about with the blingy halter is do I need to draw extra attention to this area of my animal?  Personally, I love the new blacked out halters that tend to kind of blend in and disappear (on black cattle anyway) out in the ring.  I don't mind the ones with the nicer silver buckles and trim, but I think you'd better use 'em on a pretty headed, pretty necked calf or you're prob'ly shooting yourself in the foot with them...
« Last Edit: November 04, 2011, 05:54:53 PM by DLD »
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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2011, 01:10:58 PM »
Totally agree with Ron RTCC!  Those are great points.  Nothing looks better than clean, crisp and well presented.  Some bling is good.  We have been having this discussion for the past year or two watching and helping young exhibitors.  Our REAL observation is that if you dress like a winner, walk into the ring and present your animal like a winner,,,,,good chance you are a winner.  Good luck!

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2011, 01:19:06 PM »
I am a guy, and I completely agree!  I judge a lot of shows  and I have used girls to win showmanship that were all blinged out, but those girls barely made a mistake in the show ring,their calves were presented well, set up quickly and smoothly, and they answered questions about the cattle industry and their cattle that I am pretty sure some of the major breeders out there couldnt answer!  And thats the thing if your gonna bling yourself out, its gonna draw the judges eye to you, so your showmanship skills and your calf had better be good enough to withstand that judge looking at you constantly. (As someone who as also spent quite a bit of time in the horse show arena, I can also tell you that this is why all the sparkles and bling became so big there! When you get to the level of say the All American Quarter Horse Congress or AQHA Worlds or APHA Worlds, pretty much every horse in the ring is good and most of them are really good. So if you want to win you have to do something to keep that judges attention, especially when there are 20 horses in the ring constantly going in circles and they are almost all sorrels and bays.  The bling started as a way to keep the judges attention, and it eventually just trickled all the way down and became the style.  But watch the professional horse show people, if they have a horse that is always spot on and just next to never makes a mistake, they will go with loud colors on them so they really standout, if the horses head is ugly they will tone down the bling on bridles and halters, if their leg movement isnt great they will let white markings get a little dingy and dirty, and they will choose muted colors that blend with the horse and dont stand out, But if the horse is a standout mover, they bright lights and clip the crap out of white markings to get your attention, if the horse has a beautiful head and head carriage they are gonna put as much silver on that halter or bridle as possible)

We do the same thing in that cattle world but since all we use is a halter, we do it with a set of clippers and hair, you just dont reallise you do it because we call it part of grooming. I myself am against blinging up show halters.  I am not against the rhinestoned belts and some rhinestones on their jeans or shirts, but thats more because that is what fashion is for girls right now and thats what they are gonna wear naturally.  Not just in the show ring

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2011, 03:08:53 PM »
Hmm  ...  if I didn't know better I'd say wowcows and KCK and I all went to the same showmanship school.  Imagine that!  ;)

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2011, 03:24:49 PM »
Bling doesnt hurt at all! If its not EXCESSIVE! I never go into the show ring without my sparkly belt, belt buckle, necklace, & earrings. I have a few jewels on my exhibitor harness but refuse to use a bling show halter! I hate them. I will not put anything sparkly on my cattle, just myself! My theory is...i work my a** off on my heifer to make her look good so I should also look presentable!

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2011, 03:39:25 PM »
i am a 17 year old girl so i im not speaking for anyone and i am the showman.
I do not own a belt that isnt a kippy or B.B. simon.
I do not go over board. i would love for the judge not to get blinded my my bling and actually see my heifer.
as far as the major bling goes i DO NOT wear the large head bands nor do i wear outrageous shirts,
i keep it simple with a nice startched shirt
i do own one pair of bedazzled pants but 90% of the time i stick to plain jane pants.
but nothing is wrong with feeling pretty by having a big nice necklace i dont wear earrings and my hair is out of my face no curls and no large up do
my show stick is black and my halter and harness are plain.
ill leave it to the jr.showman to have zebra showsticks bedazzled harnesses and halters.
its not cute. this is not a beauty pageant for the showman leave it to the cattle. i try to keep it professional.
now at the large shows where the lights are extremely bright cut it down alot but i dont think at your small county show the lights dont hurt you as much and it never hurt to doll up. A LITTLE (thumbsup)
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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2011, 03:45:18 PM »
& I definitely dont wear blinged jeans and shirts. I wear just my dark jeans and a button down long sleeve shirt. Hair straight but pinned back out of my face.

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Re: Show Ring Bling????
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2011, 03:46:19 PM »
Bling doesnt hurt at all! If its not EXCESSIVE! I never go into the show ring without my sparkly belt, belt buckle, necklace, & earrings.
I have dressed like this to but the judge was not impressed. Said it was distracting from the cattle.

Maybe it does not work on a 44 year old male.  

 ;D Sorry I could not resist
Seriously though. Bing has never worried me when judging showmanship one way or the other. What I do find disappointing is ,usually comes from some girls with a lot of bling, they forget it is about showing the animal. To me the handler should show from the time they enter the ring to that leave front row or not. To to be nearly invisible and make the animal stand out not how far they can make their chest/clothes stand out. Good handlers come in all shapes and sizes, dress codes and are male or female it is about confidence and knowledge with the cattle and the situation. We are different over here with the competition maybe not as strong so JMO
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