Last Saturday (9/24/16), we attended our last goat show for this season at the the Ashland County Fair. It was an open show and you could show from your trailer, but there weren’t as many goats as I expected. Perhaps because you had to register by August 20, and you couldn’t just show up.
Anyway, it was fun and we still saw old friends and met new ones. Participation was limited to two (2) does in each class per ADGA member, so we brought four does – Bramblestone Amethyst, Bramblestone Sun Tea, Buttin’Heads Calligraphy, and Old Mountain Farm Taylor Quinn.
Amethyst and Sun Tea were first to show in the 3 year old class, and Sun Tea was first place with Amethyst right behind her in second.
Next up were Cally and Taylor in the 4 year old class, and Cally was first place followed by Taylor in second. Here’s Cally with her blue ribbon:
When it came time for selecting Grand Champion, Sun Tea was selected the Grand Champion:
And Amethyst was selected Reserve Grand Champion:
And for a final bit of excitement, Sun Tea was also Best of Breed:
I was surprised that the goats bred on Bramblestone Farm outperformed the older does, but it means that the homebred goats have done pretty well this year considering the small amount of showing we’ve done (we’ve concentrated more on milk production testing and linear appraisal in the past). There weren’t enough Nigerian Dwarf does in the show for it to be sanctioned, so unfortunately Sun Tea won’t get a championship leg out of this show. I think only one goat breed had enough does for sanctioning, so I hope they get the word out about the show better next year.
The champion wins for the year were: Bramblestone Mighty Quinn as Champion Junior Buck (two times), Bramblestone Celtic Quinn as Grand Champion Buck and Best of Breed, Bramblestone Sun Tea as Grand Champion Doe and Best of Breed, and Bramblestone Amethyst as Reserve Grand Champion. And, we learn just a little bit more about showing the goats each time we do it!