Judge Dustin Frank of Crook, Colorado, says judging is one of his passions. Frank, who judged on a National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging team, as well as had many successes in junior and senior collegiate judging contests, says judging showmanship at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) has helped his judging experience come full circle.
“You can never fully be prepared for an opportunity like this,” Frank said. “It’s such an honor and even though I have judged many shows before I still get butterflies in my stomach.”
Frank evaluated 70 junior market steer exhibitors in age three divisions, where each division sent exhibitors back to the stalls with a champion title and belt buckle .
Frank says judging goes deeper than just knowing about livestock.
“I grew up judging and quickly realized it was about the places I went, the people I met and the contacts I have made that made my experience special,” Frank said.
Frank farms with his family in eastern Colorado where he has a cattle operation and grows row crops. Although it is just another stock show and another day away from the farm, Frank holds exhibitors to the same standard as he held when he was an exhibitor at the NWSS.
“I enjoy what I am doing and I don’t take it lightly,” Frank said. “I owe it to exhibitors to put my best foot forward just as much as they owe it to me to put their best foot forward.”
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