Smith poses with her lamb in the ring.

Lead Line; not your average fashion show

The Lead Line competition always packs the stands at the North American Livestock Exposition. This year was no disappointment, the crowd was eager to see the creative outfits put together by contestants. Inside and outside the ring, there were smiles across the faces of contestants and spectators. Lead Line competitions got their start in the […]


From advocacy to horsemanship, Miss Rodeo Kentucky is more than a beauty pageant 

As the 2021 Miss Rodeo Kentucky begins, we set down with last year’s winner Kelsey Danielle McCrite to learn more about what it takes to be a rodeo queen. Kelsey hails from Murray, Kentucky where she grew up on a small family farm, showing horse, swine, beef and boer goats throughout her youth. Now the […]


5 Tips to Have the Best NAILE Experience

The North American International Livestock Exposition is back! Cattle, swine, goats, sheep, mules, draft horses and more are shown by exhibitors from across the nation who come to Louisville to compete for a championship title. Before making your way to the Kentucky Expo Center, here are some tips to make this your best NAILE experience […]


The Most Fashionable Show on the Green Shavings

It’s easy to see why people love lead line – beautifully crafted wool outfits and adorable sheep wearing matching garb is utterly charming. Before the flawless presentation on the green shavings, a lot of work goes into preparing for the competition. This year’s youth winner Kieran works with her mother to plan her outfits. There […]

Cows lined up to be judged

A Dairy Good Show

Last week the dairy cattle took over the green shavings! Exhibitors brought top livestock to Louisville and fierce competition to the show ring. The words repeated again and again around the barn were “gratitude” and “thankful.” The Graves family got involved with dairy cattle when their daughter Taylor, who had previously shown boar goats, wanted […]


A Look Back at the 2020 Quarter Horse Show

The North American Quarter Horse Show ran Oct. 22-26 drawing equine exhibitors from around the country to Louisville to compete in Freedom Hall. William Daryl Yates competed for the first time in one of the new NAILE classes, Equestrians with Disabilities which debuted in 2018. The Equestrians with Disabilities competition offers equestrians with cognitive and […]

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