Yesterday was the open class goat show for our county fair. The whole family went and Devin and I showed June and Ida. Devin was nervous, and I was both excited and nervous. I grew up showing sheep in 4-H, and only showed a goat one time. I just wanted everything to go smoothly.
Shortly after we got set up at the goat barn, Devin and I made sure June and Ida were clean and shiny. Devin practiced with Ida a bit in their pen.
I was hoping Devin would get to watch a class or two before he went in, but his was the first class of the morning. He was in the Junior Showmanship class with one other little girl. If I was a nail biter I would have bitten off all my nails I was so nervous for him. He did great!
The judge was really great and asked them lots of questions.
I did forget to warn them that judges will frequently ask the showmen to switch animals to see how they do with a different animal. Devin did just fine. Ida didn't do as well for her new handler though, but the little girl did a great job even with a broken wrist!
Devin got second place and had a great time.
A little later he showed Ida again in the junior doe class.
Ida got second place in that class, and ended up being reserve junior champion. I was thrilled, because I think Ida has so much potential! I can't wait to see how she turns out.
Then I showed June in the milkers 4-5 yrs class. She got second out of three, which I was happy about.
The judge did a great job and was very hands-on.
June acted like a pro.
We had a great day, and it was a great experience for Devin! He was nervous going in, but he liked it so much he was disappointed when I told him he was done showing for the morning!
The sheep show is Thursday and I can't wait!