See that guy on the right? He won every event in which he entered, with every cow. All of his cows also won every event in which they were entered - regardless of handler.
Head yokes also seem to be the norm out East. I'm not sure if this is the French influence, but out west oxen were very rare and usually shoulder yoked.
I have now been to two fairs in the Valley and I really enjoy watching people of all ages, body sizes and abilities participating. It wasn't just young, slender young women riding their perfectly groomed and finished imported European warm bloods - it was older/younger (there was a three year old girl on her pony with her mom leading!), slender/stouter, warm blood/draft cross... every body on every type of horse and participating in everything from the cross cut competition (cutting a log using a two-person saw) to the Farmer's Race (running through various farm-related chores like carrying water, moving bales, etc, all whilst wearing comically large overalls).
Coming from the prairies, I tended to think of agricultural events as white, wealthy, male activities. But here the emphasis seems to be on the animals and food, not gigantic machines, robots and huge farming "systems". Perhaps there are those kinds of expos here, too, but probably not in the Valley as there just isn't the same emphasis on enormous farms. But I was happy to see people enjoying themselves, having friendly competitions, visiting with both farm neighbours and the person sitting next to you. Everyone from all walks of life and abilities participated in all these events and it was refreshing!
A good time was had by all!