- Trim feet one week prior to show.
- Clip goats with clippers and fine blades approximately 5 days prior to show day. Clip total body, including head. Do not clip below knees and hocks. Leave hair on last 1" of the tail.
- Wash goats with mild soap. Rinse completely.
- Trim long hairs covering the hooves even with the top of the hoof at the coronary band with scissors.
- Determine amount of fill of goats. You may or may not need to feed hay the morning of the show. If goats are a little sunk-in or gaunt, you may feed 2 handfuls of hay to them.
- Use metal show chain; not plastic or nylon web collar. Don't get your goats out too early. They will get tired or bored and may misbehave when they are in the showring.
- Wear jeans and a colored polo or button shirt. Do not wear shorts, T-shirts, sandals, hats, caps, or inappropriate necklines. White shirts and pants are generally reserved for dairy goats breeding shows. However, follow your show's guidelines.
- Prior to your class, watch the show and listen to the judge's comments. This will help calm your nerves and give you an insight into showring procedures. It will also show you the movements that the judge is looking for.
- When your class is called, enter the showring confidently and follow the directions of the ring stewards. Be gracious and a good sport.