|The kids are settle in a pen.|
|Gabe is getting the buck ready for show.|
We are used to showing rabbits, the process involves showing in a class, the first place goes on to compete for BOV or BOSV, then the BOV goes on to compete for BOB and the BOSV competes for BOSB. Some shows have a lot of competition while some do not. Let's see what Eric and Gabe went through in this show:
"There was a “barn full” of goats from TX, throughout the Midwest, and as far southeast as VA. Much like the rabbits, angora goats show in “Colored and White” separately. The whites (AAGBA registered) have been bred for hundreds of years so tend to be the gold standard for conformation and mohair. The judge was a highly respected man, Stan Sours, who was one of the founding members of the colored angora goat registry and our association, CAGBA, in which he was a past-president. Stan is also an artist, he carved the WCC perpetual trophy and his work is all over the globe."
"I’m not sure how many kid does there were, but all competed (regardless of age) in one class. I’m guessing there were 12-15. We entered 2 and had first and second. Gabe handled Tiger Lily and told me that Stan just said, “Oh, WOW”. Gloria was second, not as fine or fancy as Tiger Lily but I think she has a little more yield (what we call density). I was happy with that win alone. We didn’t have any other does, so we then waited for the other classes (yearling and adults, adult fleece on a doe) to be finished. Much like the rabbits, the class winners come back up to compete for “best doe”… only with the goats, first AND second place come back. They call this the “Championship Drive”, so all the 1st and 2nd place goats are lined up for the judge to pick Champion and Reserve Champion doe. It’s very rare for a kid to win, particularly a doe and the judge said that too. He loved her fleece, coverage (she’s covered with mohair from her mouth to the tip of her tail), type and rich color- So, HGF Tiger Lily was Champion colored doe.
The buck kid class had 17 and HGF Deuteronomy was first place. We only had only one more goat (we brought 4), HGF Jonah who won the yearling buck class (yearlings are mature animals but are not fully grown, last year’s kids). Jonah went on to be the Champion colored buck and Deuteronomy was the Reserve Champion colored buck."