Baaack in action
Adding to the impressive list of winners is Mary Tyler, 12, who secured first place for Junior and Reserve Champion percentage doe for her goat, Clatch.
“This is my first year doing goats,” said Tyler. “But it’s my third year in 4-H. I used to do pigs. Goats smell a lot better,” she added. She credited her leader, Lisa Coble with the win.
“She has taught me so much, and it was a lot of fun,” Tyler said.
Tyler wasn’t the only winner under Coble’s direction.
Sacred Heart 5th-grader Taylor Coble, 10, raked up the novice showmanship award with her goat, Ricky Bobby.
“I was really nervous,” said Taylor. “It was my first time being judged.”
According to Lisa, Taylor has shown before in the kiddie showmanship ring, but was only just recently old enough to showcase her goat with the older crowd.
“I like goats because they are easy,” said Taylor.
It was a family affair, as Patterson High School junior Sara Coble, 16, also took home honors for receiving first place for her goat, Anastasia in the Junior Champion Percentage Doe category.
She also credits Lisa and Todd Coble as her influence.
Sara has been showing goats for eight years, and won the Grand Champion Market Goat competition two years ago.
“4-H has taught me about responsibility and leadership,” she said. “I’ve learned the ups and downs of agriculture and livestock. But, I was really excited when I won. I maybe was too overly excited.”
Sara also won a hay bucket competition, where she was tasked to move four bales of hay five feet and stack them in a line. She completed the competition in 27.5 seconds for first place, and even beat out 17 and 18-year old boys.
“They were using gloves, too!” Lisa Coble added, smiling proudly. “She only had her bare hands.”
More winners included Reserve Grand Champion and Market Ready second place winner Wesley Lopez, 16, along with his goat, Bacon, and True Novice Showman Champion Cole Mathews, 14, with his goat, Douglas; both of Patterson High School.
Matthews said it was his first year showing, and was excited to hear that he had won.
“When I came here, I wasn’t thinking I was going to win,” he said. “I surprised myself.”
Charles Nelson, 11, of Creekside Middle School also walked away with a second place prize for Market Ready, and sixth place for Showmanship for his goat, George. He also won a medal for the best of three Uniformed Market Goats in the 4-H group category.
“I’m very proud of him,” said mother Jennifer Nelson. “He’s learned a lot from the experience.”
To top the list is Jenny McLaughlin, 10, of Sacred Heart Catholic School. She placed 8th in the Showmanship and 9th in the Market category.
“I like getting to take care of the animals. It’s fun, but it is hard to make him cooperate with me,” McLaughlin said.
Finally, PHS’ very own Eddie Flores, 16, won third place in a bottle feed contest where the contents were not milk, but soda.
“It wasn’t too difficult,” said Flores. “It was a lot of fun.”
Lisa Coble could not contain her enthusiasm for the group’s success. Cobles states that she owns a breeding stock. Out of the seven goats that were in the competition, five were from her ranch.
She beamed at them all as they lined up with their goats for a quick photo-op.
“They have just shined at the fair,” Coble said of the children. “I’m so happy and proud of them. Next year, I’ll have belt buckles for the kids breeding and raising goats.”
Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or firstname.lastname@example.org