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  • Writer's pictureConstance Wilmoth

Sweet Sweet Success!

We planned to spend our weekend at a goat show which is one of our favorite things to do. Not only do we enjoy the company of other like minded goat people, but we get to spend more time than I usually would with our goats, its a win-win for us. This weekend we really struggled with the 90+F temperatures and to find a place with electric at the fairgrounds to camp!

We ended up pulling into an open cattle barn to park our truck and trailer and plug in. This barn only had about six inches of clearance between the air conditioning unit on our trailer and the trusses of the roof. I ended up sitting on the roof of our truck to watch the unit and make sure it had enough clearance to make it through. Once we got all settled in we enjoyed a meal with Bit of Whimsy and Caprigem!

After dinner and a gloriously cold shower our friends at Caprigem and Bit of Whimsy agreed to re-tattoo our oldest doe, as her herd tattoo was very hard to read. This turned into quite the adventure as Ivy tried to run away. This resulted in Jodi getting her first tattoo ( a green dot) from the rabbit tattooer and me spilling green ink all over her brand new shirt! I felt so bad, but she persevered and finished the tattoo! It can be read clear as day now!!

Show day commenced and we did well in the milking division, winning the 2 year old milkers in both rings, which we were very pleased with. Then we moved on to the Jr division where Nautilus our yearling got 2nd in the Sr. Dry yearlings in ring 1 and 1st in ring 2. She then went on to compete in the grand and reserve drive, a place she had been several times this year thus far. The judge asked the Jr. Yearling and intermediate kid to walk out and back and my heart sank. I thought he was trying to decide between the two of them for grand and reserve. To my surprise his maneuvering was to decide on reserve not grand.

My doe was chosen for grand champion! This was my first time ever receiving this ribbon! I was over the moon excited and I still am! This meant we earned the right to stand in the ring for best doe in show, a very prestigious award. Amazingly, as the judge spoke he chose Nautius as the best doe in the Junior show! I could not contain my excitement and I praised my little mooter boots (Nautilus's nick name) and kissed her on the nose! As I write this I am getting tears in my eyes! Not only did we win her restricted leg of her championship, but we also won the best doe in show!

I cannot be more thankful to everyone involved in this process from my husband for driving the truck and trailer to shows, to Caprigem for breeding such a beautiful doe and to the judge David Funk! You have helped my dreams come true thank you!!

Happy Goating!

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