Goat show is 'shear' delight

August 08, 1997


Staff Writer

Exhibitors had their goats sheared and clipped Thursday in preparation for the Goat Fitting and Showing contest at Ag Expo.

There were three classes: Senior fitting and showing had one competitor, intermediate had two and junior fitting and showing had three.

The overall grand champion of the Goat Fitting and Showing contest was Sarah Conner, 15, of Big Pool. Sarah has been showing her 3-year-old goat Cinnamon for the past three years. They were the only competitors in senior fitting and showing, and competed against the intermediate and junior winners for grand champion.

Stacy Beckley, 13, of Hagerstown won first place in the intermediate class with her 1-year-old goat Denise and reserve grand champion overall.


She said the exhibitor has to be able to lead the goat around in front of the judge. She said she's been handling Denise since the goat was born.

Jeff Semler, Washington County 4-H extension agent, said the exhibitors are judged on their ability to show their goat, on the cleanliness of the goat, how well they are clipped, how they answer questions and their knowledge of the goat.

The junior class is made up of first-year exhibitors. Sara Wiles, 10, of Fairplay, won first place in the junior class with her 2-year-old goat Hathor. "For her first year, she's doing really well," Judge Don Marston said.

Shannon Uzelac, 13, of Hagerstown said the female goats, does, will be kept, but the male goats will be sold in the market sale today.

Shannon won second place in the intermediate class. Winners in the junior class were Jamie Beckley, 9, of Hagerstown, who won second place and Shawn Wiles, 8, of Fairplay, who won third place.

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