Any activity having to do with goats.
There are several types of floor exercises.
The most strenuous and technically challenging is Pull the Kid(s). This exercise is performed with the contestant sitting on the floor behind a pregnant goat. The goat's head is restrained by tying it to a convenient stall wall, fence post, or, if the contestant is lucky, a second team member will be available to hold the head. The object is to remove live kids the size of footballs from the nanny goat through a hole the size of a golf ball. Extra points are awarded for difficult situations such as a kid sideways blocking the hole or a nanny with ketosis.
Other floor exercises include picking oneself up after slipping on wet bedding, picking oneself up after being knocked down by a buck, picking oneself up after tripping over a bottle baby, and picking oneself up after sitting down to rest.
Otherwise known as the Rafter Hang. This very useful skill is performed whenever a rattlesnake enters the barn. One would usually think of marksmanship as the first skill necessary under these circumstances but the pistol is *never* carried in the pocket while working with goats. Points are deducted for leaving the pistol back at the house instead of having it on an easily reached shelf in the barn.
Track and Field
All of the track and field skills are useful and many can be performed together. For example - The 100-yard dash (to get out of the buck pen) is usually followed by the high hurdles (48-52 inch fence is used here).
Then there is the quickstep dance - the object here is to get from the gate to the hay feeder carrying a bale of hay with 50 just-weaned kids underfoot without having to perform one of the "pick up" floor exercises (see above). The hay toss can be performed as a substitute for or in conjunction with the quickstep dance. Very young and very strong competitors may wish to use the long jump while carrying the bale of hay.
Pole pounding is akin to pole vaulting in that you hold a pole by its end and jam it into the ground. The major difference is that a pole vaulter doesn't want his pole to actually go *into* the ground. Points are deducted if there has been rain in your area within the last two years. Rocks just under the surface of the ground add points.
That stock tank with the long pier sticking out into it is great for fishing and relaxation. The end of the pier is also a fun place for baby goats to push each other off of. This is where your one-arm swimming skill is tested while the other arm holds a baby goat above the water. Extra points are awarded for retrieving more that one kid at a time.
This skill has been largely replaced by the Four-wheel Blunder. Regardless of which vehicle is used the contestant must negotiate an obstacle course of rocks, stumps, trees, cactus, and baby goats while traveling at speed observing the herd for signs of sickness or injury. Points are deducted for each flat tire or flat baby goat.
This skill can be substituted for the combination of 100-yard dash and hurdles. Points are added for bucks in rut, bucks with bad attitudes, and for working without a partner within ear-shot. Points are deducted for carrying a water-pistol into the buck pen.
Performed with a broom and shovel. The object is to remove as many "nanny-berries" from the barn as possible before the buyer crosses the distance between the house and the barn. Points are deducted if the buyer has phoned beforehand to warn you of their coming. Points are added if you haven't used this skill in the last seven days.
The contestant must eliminate the source of soft or runny goat droppings. As with hardball, this skill usually must be performed with a buyer either present or expected momentarily. Points are deducted for management practices that limit the occurrence of the problem. Points are added for each white body that the offending goat has managed to smear it's problem on.
The Vet Run
This one is a little tricky. Extra points are earned by using the skill too early or too late. Points are deducted for experience or education in animal science.
That darling little 7 year old daughter of yours really wants to show that 350 pound buck in the fair tomorrow. It's October. Your wife doesn't want her to be in danger from the mean ol' buck. Your mother-in-law is backing your child's play. You can't win any points here.
This skill is usually performed on Labor Day weekend and spans 4 days. It involves driving to Southwest Texas in 116 degree heat, attending 6 production sales, purchasing goats at four of them, taking notes and photos for a report to put on your web site, and driving back to the farm. Not advised for the weak hearted.
Now... Go sit in your recliner and watch the bunch in Sydney do their thing. Be proud that you, too, are an athlete. Your skills are probably as complicated, energetic, and rewarding as theirs.