What is your background and current involvement in the sheep industry?
I grew up on a commercial cattle operation and my brother Jared and I ran a flock of ewes that we showed and sold competitively in our region. I am currently the livestock judging coach at the University of Wyoming and now with my wife Kylie, we have started re-acquiring a small batch of ewes.
What is the most important aspect of being a judge at a national show?
Without question it is taking my job at hand seriously and giving every exhibitor a fair shake and honest look.
What are your initial sorts when evaluating market lambs?
To get to the top end for me they have to be market animals first, meaning they need to be muscular and compositionally correct.
When you get down to those top end lambs, what separates them for you?
Structural integrity is very important to me. I will walk the sheep several times to see how they are in motion and also put emphasis on what sheep are the hardest to make. In my mind that isn’t being extreme in one are, but being in the top percentile of all priorities.
What’s your biggest pet peeve in the show ring?
Two things come to mind. First is trying to constantly move your sheep out of line on the profile to get closer to me. It’s easier as a judge to evaluate animals from a distance, so trying to get closer isn’t helping you out any. Secondly would be poor attitudes. This isn’t often, but I appreciate positive showman that are respectful to both myself and their competitors.
What person/people influenced or helped to shape your view on what an ideal show lamb should possess?
My dad, Russ Boardman was my judging coach growing up, as well as being a collegiate coach for 18 years. He is who instilled into me the passion of raising and sorting livestock. All of my college coaches, Brian Anderson, Cary Crow, Jake Franke, Cody Sloan and Jake Thorne all had a large influence on me as well.
do you have a show you look forward to going to every year?
I love any livestock show, regardless of species. I grew up watching my dad sort shows, and that is still one of my favorite things to do. The National Western has always been one of my favorite shows due to the history and tradition it has.
You have been fortunate enough to judge several major shows, what has been your favorite show and why?
Again, I love sorting any show I get the chance to. As far as sheep shows go, my favorite shows I’ve sorted have been the TBSS jackpots, the Suns out, Guns out Jackpot and the State Fair of Texas. Being that Denver will be my first major, I’m hoping it will always go down as one of my favorite memories.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
What do you hope most people notice about you?
I hope everyone notices it doesn’t matter who is sticking the sheep, I’m going to sort them and describe them the way I see them that day in an honest fashion.
What is your favorite sports team?
Texas A&M Football
What is one thing that you cannot leave the house without?
Unfortunately, like most people, I would say my phone.
If you could travel to anywhere on Earth, where and why?
I would love to go to Australia someday.
what is your favorite type of music?
Anything 90’s country