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Matt Kennedy

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We caught up with Doe Showmanship judge Matt Kennedy before he steps “Inside the Ring” at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. We invite you to read our candid interview with Matt below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition”

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What showmanship competition is on your bucket list to judge?
If I had to pick any place to judge showmanship it would be oye the amount of quality showman in Oklahoma is very high.

Do you have a piece of advice for kids getting ready for their next showmanship class?
Make sure you know how the judge wants you to navigate the ring. Watch a couple classes and get a feel for it.

What is a mistake that kids are making currently, that you think needs changed?
Pointing the animals nose up in the air when they drive. Huge negative for me, hard for them to get on a good brace if their nose is aimed at the sky.

Do you prefer kids who show does or weather in showmanship?
I’m good with either.

Growing up did you compete in showmanship? If so, how did it affect you?
I did at county and jackpot levels, as Texas doesn’t have showmanship at major shows. It makes you a better showman for sure, you have to hone your craft.