First Gallia Showmanship Clinic set for Saturday

By Morgan McKinniss -

GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis FFA is set to host its first showmanship clinic on Saturday, July 1 at the Gallia County Fair Grounds.

Showmanship is the primary skill on display at the Gallia County Junior Fair as 4H members, FFA students, and other youth compete with their livestock as a display of their work in raising beef, pork, goats, and sheep.

The clinic is designed to help youth develop the skills necessary to be competitive at the fair. The coaches for each animal are experienced in the field of livestock and showing animals.

“The coaches are people who have had success in the show ring and competitions over the years, seeing success at the state and national level,” according to Jordan Johnson, local FFA member and organizer for the event.

Coaching participants in beef at the clinic are Johnson, Jonna Goss, Erin Pope, and Beau Johnson. Teaching in hogs in Jake Bodimer and Olivia Rees. Sheep will also be coached by Darrel Hague and Split Valley Genetics Farm, and goats being coached Lonesome Ridge Boergoats with Jamie Steger and Dustin Maynard.

The clinic is broken down into two sessions, one at 9 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. with a lunch break at noon, snacks and drinks will be available. The second session will end at 4 p.m. The clinic is completely free for participants, which do not need to be members of FFA or residents of Gallia County. Participants can bring their own livestock, but some will be on site provided by the organizers.

“We encourage them to bring their own animals so they can get more hands on time with them,” explained Johnson.

To learn more about the event contact Johnson at 740-853-2515 and check out their Facebook page “Gallia County Jr Fair Livestock Showmanship Clinic.”

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.