We caught up with showmanship judge Hunter Shoemaker before he steps “Inside the Ring” at Indiana Stock Show. We invite you to read our candid interview with Hunter below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition.”
WHO GOT YOU INVOLVED IN THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY AND HOW?
At a very young age my dad purchased a handful of ewes I believe mainly for him and my sister to have a project together, but it didn’t take long for my mother and I to force our way into it.
WHAT IS A PET PEEVE YOU HAVE IN SHOWMANSHIP?
When a lamb stops walking and a showman either tugs at the head or waits for the person behind them or ring help to come in dock them. I believe the showman should reach back and dock it themselves especially in older divisions.
ARE YOU A FIRST IMPRESSION JUDGE?
Absolutely! I’ve always had a problem to overthink things, that’s the best thing collegiate livestock judge taught me to just go with your gut.
FAVORITE TYPE OF FOOD?
Chinese food. If you find yourself in Fort Scott I highly recommend Hot Wok
Boring, Oregon home of the North American Bigfoot Center
COLLEGE OR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?
All things Iowa State and Cleveland!
FAVORITE SHOW YOU HAVE JUDGED?
Montgomery County fair in Iowa. They have a wonderful facilities, the weather was perfect, oh yeah and that’s where I met my fiancé she actually hired me to judge it.