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The University of Wyoming will have a new leader for its nationally known team in November.

Steve Miller, Senior Editor

May 14, 2020

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LIVESTOCK JUDGING COACH: Big shows like the Western Stock Show, and others, require well-trained livestock judges. The University of Wyoming is bringing in a new coach in November.Kevin Moloney/Getty Images

The University of Wyoming’s new livestock judging coach won’t start until November, but the team’s excellence has Curtis Doubet pumped. Doubet will finish this fall as coach at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., then join the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. He replaces Caleb Boardman as livestock judging coach.

Curtis Doubet

NEW BOSS: Curtis Doubet brings his livestock judging experience to Wyoming from Sterling, Colo. He’s excited to build on the team’s deep class of judges. (Courtesy of UW)

“A big reason I wanted to come to Wyoming is because this fall arguably will be the deepest class of livestock judges I’ve ever seen,” Doubet says.

The new coach started as a student member of the NJC team and then went to Colorado State University. He later became CSU’s coach before moving to the current NJC coaching position.

“I’m pumped up about coming,” Doubet says. “Caleb has built the program into a legitimate contender every year. The current team is one of the best in the country.”

Boardman moves on

Boardman has accepted the livestock judging team coach position at Texas A&M University. That’s his alma mater, where he received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and master’s in animal science. He also worked as a graduate assistant. He joined UW in 2015.

One change for Doubet is that the UW position includes teaching responsibilities.

Doubet grew up near Parker, Colo. He was an All-American in 4-H and in junior and senior college, where he was high individual at the American Royal competition. Doubet says he will come to UW as the best coach he’s ever been. He credits this to his launching The Judging Experience livestock judging camp, which puts on judging clinics for youth.

He had gone to work on the family’s ranch near Lodge Grass, Mont., and kept getting calls asking for coaching help.

“I give credit to my wife, Cate, to starting The Judging Experience,” he says. “She said, why not go to the places other people want to learn and put on clinics?”

He’s held two-day clinics designed for 4-H and FFA members across several states.

“I don’t know of anything that did more for my coaching than putting on those coaching clinics,” Doubet says. “All everyone is thinking about is winning contests. You get caught up in that, and what gets lost is what you are actually trying to do”: teach.

Coaching in action

He tells the story of an 8-year-old who attended one of his camps who was going to judge goats. The youth had shown only rabbits and had never been around goats, but his mother thought judging livestock would boost his public speaking skills.

“I had a blast working with that young man,” Doubet says. “I got a thank-you note from him saying he was fortunate enough to win a judging contest, and attributed that to someone more interested in teaching than winning.”

Not that Doubet hasn’t already set a high goal for UW. He says if Boardman’s team doesn’t win the national championship this fall, he aims for it to do so next year.

Doubet compliments his NJC team members, adding that some are interested in coming to UW. He says he’s also been recruiting since he accepted the UW position. In the last five years, 26 students have transferred to UW from Wyoming community colleges, as well as 12 from community colleges outside Wyoming, to be on the team.

Doubet complimented UW. “I’ve been around academia for a long time, and I have never seen the excitement and support for livestock judging like Wyoming has,” he says. “I’m extremely impressed with the university. It says a lot about the school.”

Miller writes for University of Wyoming Extension.

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About the Author(s)

Steve Miller

Senior Editor, University of Wyoming

I was raised on a crop/livestock farm in the Brady/Gothenburg, Nebraska area, and, at the time, resented all the time spent grinding corn, haying in 100-degree weather, castrating pigs and calves, and moving irrigated pipe. I always tried to make myself scarce when time came to butcher chickens. As I grew up, so did the appreciation of my childhood. Now I look back at that time with fondness, although I'm sure my two brothers might disagree with my reflections. My first job in journalism was at my hometown weekly newspaper, learning more about reporting the first three months than the previous four years of college. Mistakenly believing the grass is always greener, or perhaps it was just plain itchy feet, I launched a career of reporting and editing jobs in several states covering city councils, county commissions, county and district courts, education, law enforcement, high school and college sports, and agriculture. I worked at newspapers in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and was managing editor at the last two newspapers. I returned to college at the age of 47 and received a 7-12 social sciences teaching certificate. I never put the certificate to use outside of college but have never regretted returning to school because of the life-altering qualities. I better add I have a very patient and supportive wife. I joined the University of Wyoming Extension in 2005 two days after completing my student teaching assignment. I might be the oldest graduate student in the University of Wyoming Department of Communication and Journalism so far halfway toward a master's degree.

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