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5 Ways to Be a Winner…In Life and In the Show Ring

By Sally Long There’s a famous quote that says…”Sit with the winners, the conversation is different…” We love this quote and recently I have done some reflecting on what my conversations with true winners have looked like: 1.     Winners don’t make excuses. So things didn’t go your way and you had a bad show. It is so easy to find blame in the judge, the setup, the situation and anything else that could possibly help explain the disappointment.  However, all of those things are out of your control as a competitor. Winners let go of the things they cannot control …

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Animals and Cold Weather

ShowBloom giving you that added edge.. The weather outside can get a bit frightful during the winter months and it can leave people wondering how animals survive in brutal sub-zero temperatures. The range of weather conditions throughout the regions of the U.S. can vary. What one showman thinks of as “cold” may be a tropical vacation to another – just ask an Iowa show family and a south Texas show family – the response will be completely different. Regardless of your own tolerance for the cold, good management practices make a big difference in caring for livestock during the cold weather …

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Show Lessons from a Show Pig

By: Marisa Linton Showing pigs, while a great deal of fun, is also a lot of work. Beyond the typical feeding, brushing, and daily care of your pig, it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to train your pig. Hours, in fact, of walking and turning, and pretending your mom is the judge. Exhausted yet? It certainly can be. Show pigs have a lot to learn if they are ever going to become champions. However, perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from our show pig.     1. Complaining doesn’t help when you must do something. It …

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What do you need in order to survive the NAILE?

 By: Katie Pieper   Sure, everybody’s needs are different, but this is your reminder checklist of staple items to be sure to pack in preparation for heading the Louisville.   · Coffee, 5-Hour energy, or for the health nuts, green tea. Regardless of how or what, make sure you have an endless supply of CAFFEINE! This is, first and foremost, extremely important! I could not survive 5 days in Louisville without it.     · A close second, be sure to get yourself a couple pair (because this is a good excuse to buy something new) of Twisted-X shoes. Whether …

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10 Things You MUST Do in Kansas City

  The leaves are turning, the thermostat is dropping, and that means the start of what livestock kids have been patiently waiting all year for…FALL SHOWS! Over the next few weeks, over 10,000 exhibitors will be headed to the Kemper Arena to show at the American Royal. We know that for so many of you on Team Showbloom, these shows also double as a family vacation….so we came up with a few fun things that you have to do when you`re in Kansas City!     1) Watch the Steer Show! The Kansas City steer show has become known as …

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Scholarship quick tips

Millions of scholarship dollars are given out each year through breed associations, livestock shows, 4-H, FFA and other ag organizations. Taking advantage of these opportunities could be what prevents you from having student loan debt at the duration of your college career! At ShowBloom, we understand the importance of scholarships and awarding youth for their achievements. This year ShowBloom was able to award scholarships to some exceptional youth and feel there is no better investment. Free money is something everyone can get excited about; however, scholarship applications can quickly become overwhelming. Recently, we sat down with some scholarship experts and gathered …

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What do summer junior shows mean to you?

Another summer show season is quickly approaching the end. As August arrives, it brings county and state fairs and we officially say goodbye to national junior summer shows. Team ShowBloom enjoyed a summer filled with travel, making memories and, of course, chasing those banners! As we at ShowBloom reflect back to our own junior show careers (we aren’t sharing how long it’s been since those years!) we know that those summer national shows were some of the most memorable shows we attended. There’s just nothing like loading up with your family and making treks across the country to see your …

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Things to AVOID while traveling to the show

  Lists are being made. Schedules are getting printed. Driving directions are being pinned in Google maps. There’s no doubt that Junior Nationals are nearing and families across the country are in full swing prep mode getting ready to hit the road for a full week of showing.   No matter how much you plan, pack and organize there will always be some sort of “adventure” that pops up either before you leave, while you’re on the road or once you get to the show. So, just for fun (and as a helpful reminder) ShowBloom compiled a list of things …

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Insider tips for a successful World Pork Expo

Countdown to World Pork Expo 2017 quickly approaching single digits! Founded in 1987 by the National Pork Producers Council, World Pork Expo draws thousands of hog enthusiasts from across the United States every year.   World Pork Expo boasts having “something for everyone” interested in the hog industry both domestically and nationwide. Last year, attendance tallied approximately 23,000 individuals and 350 agricultural companies. Guests enjoy an expansive trade show, educational seminars, industry updates and networking with some of the industry’s best.   Members of Team ShowBloom, however, tend to have one thing on their mind—the show ring. In 2016, 1,290 …

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Why we show

Dedication (noun)— the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.   Growing up in a family that shows livestock is a blessing not enough of this world has the privilege to understand. When asked what you’re doing over summer vacation, spring break, Christmas break, and pretty much every other break you ever had—your non-livestock friends might not have understood why your answer was always “going to Junior Nationals/WPX/OYE/Houston.” However, you, and your family, know there is no better place to spend your family time.   Livestock shows are the greatest teachers, best ways to spend a …

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