by Emily Armentrout
Cole Mize took home the 2013 Wabash County Round Robin Showmanship this past Thursday. To win the Round Robin Showmanship, each showman, from the seven different animal groups, must show their skills in showing not only the species they normally show, but also all of the others. These include swine, veal, goat, sheep, dairy, horse and pony and beef.
Mize was the beef Round Robin representative this year, as well as last year. “I thought I might have a chance tonight because I was in Round Robin last year. I felt like I did well last year, so I just felt like I had a good chance tonight,” said Mize.
When asked what species he thought would be most difficult for him to show, Mize said it would be the horse and pony section. After showing all seven animals, his beginning hypothesis was correct. “I found horses most difficult because I have never really been around horses.”
Mize, an eighth year 4-H member, said that winning Round Robin was high on the list of great moments from this year. Other great moments of the 2013 Wabash County Fair for him include winning Grand Champion Steer and showmanship.
The other showmanship representatives that showed along Mize were Alyssa Richer, representing the goat department; McKenna Dawes, representing the dairy department; Trent Bechtold, representing the sheep department; Noah Shoemaker, representing the veal department; Cale Dyson, representing the swine department; and Michelle Hendricks, representing the horse and pony department.
To prepare for Round Robin, after showing beef for the majority of his 4-H career, Mize turned to friends and family for help. “I talked with friends who had shown in the other species and I looked to my parents for help with questions the judge might ask,” said Mize.
The judge, Kyle Wood, asked the representatives questions during the showing of each animal group. Questions ranged from what type of breed of animal they were showing to the most important nutrient for animals. Wood commented that even if the representative didn’t always get the answer correct, sometimes confidence was the key. Confidence in their answers and confidence in their skills at showing each animal were what set certain representatives apart from the others.
When Wood had decided the champion, he said he was going to shake the hand of the 2013 Round Robin Showmanship winner. As he walked towards Mize, a smile broke out when Mize had realized he had won.
Mize has a couple years left in 4-H but he cannot participate in the Round Robin again as a participant, but like last year’s winner and his good friend, Collin Tennant, he will be on hand to help out during next year’s competition.
After receiving advice and coaching from his friends and family this year, Mize said, “I want to thank my parents, my family and my friends.”