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”
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What is your background in the livestock industry?
I grew up raising market lambs in central Ohio. After high school I attended Fort Scott Community College in southeast Kansas and Iowa State University and was a member of the livestock judging team at both.
What is the #1 pet peeve you have in while in the ring?
When an animal stops walking and a showman either just pulls at the head or stops and waits for someone else to dock the animal, it especially bothers me with older kids.
How do you feel about switching exhibitors and stock?
I understand why some judges do it, but it’s not for me. Personally it seems like unnecessary stress on the animals and doesn’t allow the exhibitors to showcase the hard work they put in with their own projects. In close situations I prefer asking questions.
Halter or Chain?
A few years ago I was team chain all the way, but anymore I’d say whatever makes the animal and showman most comfortable and allows them to look their best.
Favorite Steakhouse (Or Restaurant)?
It’s hard to beat the consistency of Texas Roadhouse, but my all time favorite place to eat and the reason I’m most excited to go to Indiana…. White Castle don’t judge me
Favorite College Sports Team
Iowa State University, specifically the football team that Matt Campbell is a saint.
What is your Dream Vacation?
High heat, low humidity, and livestock. Or anywhere Iowa State is playing in the college football playoffs… a guy can hope