The ninth annual Northeast Youth Show Summit took place on April 27 & 28th at the Rutland, Vermont fairgrounds. This event is sponsored and hosted by the Vermont Holstein Association. One hundred youth and thirty adults attended to gain knowledge on showing dairy animals. This year the vast majority were between the ages of 8 and 11. A whole new crop of eager showmen. They arrived Friday morning to get started following lunch and participated until lunch at noon on Saturday. Their first activity was an ice breaker session lead by Jen Thygesen followed by an eye opening presentation by Bonnie Burr on how to interact with the public at fairs.
Ten presenters (instructors) worked with the youth on various fields of showing. Pat Lundy, NY, Ryan Rida, MA and Martha Seifert, VT all instructed in the Clipping Clinic. Jason Johnson, MA, Richard Giddings, VT and Elizabeth Olson Hall’s, VT topic was Selection. Matt Senecal, CT and Marjorie Rida, MA addressed Show Savy. These topics were presented on Friday afternoon. Friday evening “Speed Rounds” were held following the meal of pizza. Marjorie Rida covered How to do a display at the shows. Dr. Becky Allen DVM reviewed what was needed for health papers and how to prepare the animals for exhibit. Elizabeth Hall reviewed careers available in the agriculture field and Seth Carpenter helped the youth interpret pedigrees. Then it off to the hotel’s with most taking a dip in the pool.
Saturday morning three sessions on Showmanship were held with Pat Lundy, Matt Senecal and Richard Giddings. The Arthur Seward family furnished a nice group of heifers for the participants to practice on. Nutrition was covered by Dan LaCoss, Nutritionist for Cargill and Marjorie Rida brought her showbox to illustrate and explain what needs to be in a well equipped show box. Closing out the Summit, all of the presenters gathered in front of the whole group to relate their backgrounds and how they got into the show business and then answer any lingering questions. The youth were surprised to learn that most of the presenters started right where they were.
Each youth attending received a commemorative tee shirt, pad board for taking notes, pen and a nylon halter. Additionally, drawings for door prizes were held three times during the Summit. Among the prizes were two pair of clippers, 4 top line blowers,3 topline brushes, 2 show halters and an array of product and supplies.
All of this is made possible by generous sponsors.