We caught up with showmanship judge Caley Mayo before she steps “Inside the Ring” at the Exposition for the Youth of Oklahoma. We invite you to read our candid interview with Caley below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition.”
In your opinion, What’s the most crucial thing to do in showmanship to succeed?
When I’m sorting showmanship, I want to see the kid the who is the most detail oriented succeed. What I mean by that is- the best showman’s sheep might be having an off day, but if that showman can stay calm, cool and collected, and STILL get it done- they’re gonna move up a place in my book. To me it’s not about speed, it’s about getting it set right for the sheep you’re showing every single time. That does not come without relentless, constant work in the barn at home every day.
What’s your opinion on kids who make noise to get their sheep to walk?
I think a showman that makes noises to get their sheep to walk just simply need to be mindful of their surroundings. There is a line between it being useful and it being distracting. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as long as that line is respected, but I do think homework needs to be done with that animal in the barn at home for this to be effective.
What’s your words of wisdom to the kids before you step in the ring?
Be confident in yourself and have fun! If you’re not confident, your performance will definitely show it.
What do you look forward to most about your upcoming showmanship judging experience?
Judging showmanship is an opportunity I never dreamed of having, and I find myself looking forward to each show more and more. It is so cool getting to meet kids across the country that are raised in the best industry the world has to offer. I truly look forward to meeting as many individuals as I can.