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Kids and Goats Compete at Show

Several Lunenburg 4-H'ers participated in the 2018 Vermont 4-H-Sponsored Goat Show, Aug. 11 in Lyndonville. They were (left to right): Logan and Liviya Russo, Reese and Alycia Gainer and CJ Dresser. (photo: Samantha Russo)

Lyndonville--Thirteen Vermont youths, ages 8 to 18, competed in the 2018 Vermont 4-H-Sponsored Goat Show, Aug. 11 in Lyndonville.

The show, organized by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, was held at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds. Members of five Vermont 4-H clubs took part along with two non-4-H youths. Several of the participants showed more than one animal. CJ Dresser, a 4-H Cloverbud from Lunenburg, also participated but was not eligible to compete for ribbons as he did not meet the age requirement.

The show got underway with the fitting and showmanship contests, arranged according to the competitor's age: senior (14 and older), intermediate (11-13) and junior (8-10). The judge looked at how well each competitor presented and handled his or her animal. In conformation classes, arranged by the animal's age, the focus was on the overall body condition and appearance of the animal.

Several of the competitors also entered the agility class, which required them to lead their animal through an obstacle course. Placements were determined by how well the animal performed and the time to complete the course. Ribbons were awarded in the costume class for best costumes for exhibitor and animal.

Competitors, by town, and their placements were as follows:

LUNENBURG

  • Alycia Gainer: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (third); Reserved Grand Champion Dairy Goat; Conformation--Intermediate Doe Kids (first and third); Conformation--Dry Yearlings (first); Agility (ninth); Costume Class (tie for second)
  • Reese Gainer: Junior Fitting and Showmanship Champion; Agility (third); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats over 4 years old (fifth); Costume Class (tie for second)
  • Liviya Russo: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship Champion; Conformation--Intermediate Doe Kids (second); Conformation--Dry Yearlings (second and sixth); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats 2-4 years old (fourth and fifth); Agility (seventh); Costume Class (tie for first)
  • Logan Russo: Junior Fitting and Showmanship (second); Conformation--Dry Yearlings (fourth and fifth); Costume Class (tie for second)

ORANGE

  • Emily Amones: Junior Fitting and Showmanship (third); Conformation--Senior Doe Kids (fourth); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats over 4 years old (third); Agility (fourth)
  • Jake Amones: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (sixth); Grand Champion Dairy Goat; Conformation--Senior Doe Kids (second); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats over 4 years old (first); Agility (second)

PUTNEY

  • Connor Harrington: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (seventh); Conformation--Intermediate Doe Kids (sixth); Conformation--Dry Yearlings (seventh); Costume Class (tie for second)

SOUTH WOODSTOCK

  • Lillie Tuckerman: Senior Fitting and Showmanship Champion; Agility (fifth)
  • Violet Tuckerman: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (second); Conformation--Senior Doe Kids (third)

THETFORD

  • Madelyn Durkee: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (fifth); Conformation--Intermediate Doe Kids (fifth); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats 2-4 years old (third); Agility (eighth); Costume Class (tie for second)

WATERFORD

  • Bridget Denio: Senior Fitting and Showmanship (second); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats 2-4 years old (second); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats over 4 years old (fifth); Agility (first); Costume Class (tie for second)
  • Grace Denio: Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship (fourth); Conformation--Intermediate Doe Kids (fifth); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats over 4 years old (second); Agility (sixth); Costume Class (tie for first)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

  • Alex Valley: Senior Fitting and Showmanship (third); Conformation--Senior Doe Kids (first); Conformation--Dry Yearlings (third); Conformation--Senior Dairy Goats 2-4 years old (first)

To learn more about the Vermont 4-H Goat Program, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Anthony Willey at (802) 751-8307, ext. 357.