Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The boy done good

Back and recovered from the last two shows.

Last week was Stafford County and we went with our hopes not too high, as we knew several top breeders would be there. After looking round all the goats on Tuesday evening I came to the conclusion that if we were placed in the top six in the classes we were in we'd have done well.

Wednesday morning dawned bright and sunny, but chilly. We had been up since 5, which was when the roadsweeper came past the trailer, and as I had still been awake at 2, I was a bit bleary eyed!

The goats did us proud. Little Smiley won his class, the yearling buck, and we also got second and third in the adult doe, and second in the yearling doe. Smiley was just pipped at the post for Supreme Champion, quite deservedly, by a lovely adult doe with two kids. It was definitely the right decision, as the doe had "proved" herself, whereas Smiley may be young and beautiful, but for all we know he may have no lead in his pencil. We were dead chuffed that he got Reserve Supreme Champion though, and he caused quite a stir. The judge wanted to buy him, as did a couple of the other breeders (he's not for sale!!). One breeder, whose opinion we rate very highly said he'd never seen a yearling buck with such fine fleece. He gave Smiley a thorough examination and said his fleece is still superfine kid mohair - what you'd normally only expect to see on a kid aged up to 6 months.

Sunday was Rutland show. We weren't up against such stiff competition, but nevertheless it was a bit embarassing as we pretty much swept the board, winning yearling buck (and got second place too), yearling doe, adult doe (and second), progeny group, and second in the maiden doe.

We also won Best Yearling, and Breed Champion (Smiley) and Reserve Yearling, and Reserve Breed Champion (Minerva)!

We came home with 3 trophies and lots of rosettes. Smiley was magnificent














All of the show goats are really settling in to the showing now. Even the kids who we are taking with their mums are taking it all in their stride














Cobweb and her daughters relaxing after a hard morning's showing!














Smiley chilling and ready to bask in the adoration of his public.

Next up is the Breed Show at Three Counties (Malvern) on 16/17 June. We really will be up against the best of the best there so it will be interesting to see how we do.

On the knitting front I'm enjoying socks and more socks. I still haven't found anything else to inspire me, but for the time being I'm happy with socks!

5 Comments:

Anonymous rose said...

Congratulations! Your goats did wonderfully. Hopefully, this streak will continue throughout the summer. :)

2:21 pm  
Blogger aija said...

Congrats! Adorable pics, too.

5:34 pm  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Smiley looks so handsome with his fancy ribbons!! And they're all great looking goats! Congrats to all!!

4:58 am  
Anonymous jess said...

love that photo of smiley! He done good!

I checked our diaries and can't make any of the shows (Sis' birthday and returning from Woolfest!).. will that be it for the season?

10:30 am  
Blogger mf said...

CONGRATS!!! What a GREAT achievement for all of you!

1:17 pm  

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