We caught up with Utah State Fair Market Goat Judge, Ryan Rash, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!
What’s been your all time favorite goat you have judged?
I was the first person to ever judge Tara Hummel’s 2019 Arizona National Grand Champion Goat at a jackpot show in Indiana and I knew and stated on the mic then he would win a major show.
What’s your biggest pet peeve while judging?
Someone on the outside of the ring yelling at an exhibitor what to do in the ring.
Who’s your biggest influence in evaluating livestock?
I have had the opportunity to be around so many great livestock minds there is no way to single out one person.
Do you prefer to evaluate when goats are in motion or stuck on profile?
Without a doubt in motion! There are so many talented, skilled and capable showman that they can stick a lot of the faults out of the goats but they can’t do that on the move.
Tell us about your family!
My mother and stepfather live in Crockett, Texas and they run about 500 head of cattle that is a mix of purebred Hereford and Charolais as well as club calf cows.
In your mind, how has the industry changed in the show ring over the last 10 years?
It has become increasingly and extremely more competitive not only in the quality of goats and the goat showman but also in the fitting. The show goat industry has progressed and evolved in every single facet more than all the other species combined over the last decade.
What’s your occupation?
I am the Executive Director of the Beyond The Ring Junior Livestock Association.
I also own and operate SB Cattle Company which is a show cattle operation and consulting firm.