We caught up with Wisconsin State Fair and Indiana State Fair Goat Judge, Catherine Riley, to ask her a few questions before she steps “INSIDE THE RING”!
What’s been your all time favorite goat you have judged?
I haven’t found a favorite yet, hopefully I’ll find him at IN this year lol
What’s your biggest pet peeve while judging?
Inside the ring- picking goats off the ground while I’m handling them. Most of the time it makes them handle worse through their loin.
Outside the ring- coaching during showmanship. During the show I get it but showmanship should be all on the kid in the ring.
Who’s your biggest influence in evaluating livestock?
Hard to pick one. I like listening to everyone describe animals and it’s interesting to hear the differences in priorities and the different traits that get a judge excited.
If you put me on the spot the most influential person would be Glen Martin, judging with him at the JABGA national show was one of the best judging experiences I’ve had to date.
Do you prefer to evaluate when goats are in motion or stuck on profile?
In motion for sure. Structure and bone work are a high priority for me. The best animals know they are special and you should be able to see that when they step in the ring.
Tell us about your family!
My mom and I co-own Eclipse Livestock together. We are very similar and so that makes it a challenge some days but worth it in the end. There are many friends who are considered family as well. My best friend is the best brother I could have, many a mile in the truck together and he’s one I could call and he’s there thick or thin. That’s the best kind of family to have
In your mind, how has the industry changed in the show ring over the last 10 years?
Oh wow! So so much has changed for goats in the last 10 years. We have improved this animals in mind blowing ways. From just their foundation to their muscle pattern and overall balance and look everything has improved. I know as a breeder that is what we all strive for to make them better with every generation.
What’s your occupation?
Co-owner and manager of Eclipse Livestock as well as show stock consultant for multiple operations
We caught up with National Western Showmanship Judge, Catherine Riley to ask her a few questions before she steps “INSIDE THE RING” at Denver!
How did you get started in the livestock industry?
I grew up in the industry. My mom was our 4-H agent so youth development programs were automatic. My sister and I started showing lambs when we were around 3 years old.
Tell us about your career.
I manage the North American International Livestock Exposition. So prior to the time of entry until all the premium checks are sent out, my staff and I handle everything.
What is your all-time favorite show?
I guess I have to say NAILE right?? Which is very true, but my favorite show to attend is Denver. I love the history of the grounds and how the city really gets behind the show, which is something I’d love to have for NAILE.
What is your biggest show ring pet peeve?
I have 2. First one would be slapping your animal. I tend to see this more in lambs than goats right now but it’s present in both. Second would be coaching from the sidelines especially during showmanship. At the point that the exhibitor is in the ring you as a coach have done your job and everything is in that exhibitors hands.
What’s the best goat you’ve ever seen?
This year at Kansas City. Sayde Allen’s division 2 champion. I have multiple videos of that guy from the makeup ring to the grand drive. I think that is one that I am striving towards making.
A FEW FUN QUESTIONS
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A horse trainer. My undergrad degree is Equine Business. So I held on to that for a long while.
It’s Karaoke Night… What song are you singing?
Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies. *only if Mallory and Caitlin from my college judging team are with me.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Moved to CO to live in Rocky Mountian National Park to give Horseback tours.
A goal is just a dream if you don’t work towards it.
Favorite Vacation Spot:
PNW (Pacific Northwest). I love Oregon and Washington and take any excuse to go!
Favorite Sports Team:
C-A-T-S. University of Kentucky Basketball
Favorite TV Show/Channel:
West Wing (oldie but goodie)