We caught up with showmanship judge Cassie Wallpe before she steps “Inside the Ring” at NAILE. We invite you to read our candid interview with Cassie below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition.”
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT THE EXHIBITORS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
It was the 2009 Ringside: Just Sheep Edition (which still sits in my night stand today), the interview with Kandy Schminke sparked a passion for ring evaluation. Kandy stated, “if there is something you want to achieve, go for it”. Watching Kandy sort showmanship at Louisville a time ago, I stood in awe wanting to the same thing with her dignity and focus
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SWITCHING SIDES?
I’m an Ohio native, it’s a golden rule to switch sides.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MAKING NOISE TO MAKE THE ANIMALS MOVE?
In showmanship it’s a bit of a distraction, I believe there are other cues that can be utilized.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE TOUGHEST DIVISION TO JUDGE?
14-16 year olds. They are hungry for the win, and it’s usually a dog fight.
I LOVE the sun!!! Summertime
IF YOU CAN HAVE ANY JOB IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE AND WHY?
I live my dream everyday, I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to be an Ag Educator. Making an impression on the lives of our future generations is very gratifying to me. Coaching FFA teams at every level keeps my adrenaline surges in check.
FAVORITE TYPE OF FOOD?