There was a show a few weeks ago at a local estate, and a friend invited us to come check it out with her. We are always down for a new cultural experience, and I found it especially curious that they were offering barbecue– cattle shows and BBQ sound so distinctly Southern, that I looked forward to seeing the English take on it. The differences were immediately apparent– this was the setting:
The show was very small. Everyone was welcome, but I think the attendees were mainly the families of those who were presenting their animals. It was so fun to see all of these lovely animals all gussied up for the show!
Each cow waited its turn to be shown, and those inside the tent were getting their beauty treatments.
I guess some take three stylists to get ready! One of my favorite things was the way the tails were groomed. Faaan-cy!
While we were there, we spoke to a man that was showing a heifer for the first time. He has a full-time job working for the county’s veterinary service, but keeps a herd of Red Polls and a large flock of sheep on the side. He said that he sort of inherited his cattle from an 80 year old woman who had been milking 30 of them by hand for years!
And now for the showing part. I haven’t been to any 4H competitions or anything like that. The closest thing I’ve seen is a dog show. This was kind of like that– an owner doing their best to lead their animal around a ring and look like they are in control of their creature.
This wild-looking pair was my favorite.