Lyndonville--Although turnout was low for the 2019 Vermont 4-H Goat Show, Aug. 22 in Lyndonville, enthusiasm ran high as the exhibitors competed in fitting and showmanship, conformation and other classes.
This year's show was held in conjunction with the Caledonia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Lyndonville. Although organized by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, it was open to both 4-H members and non-4-H'ers.
In fitting and showmanship classes the judge ranked the competitors on their poise and how well they presented and handled their animal. These classes were arranged according to the competitor's age with individuals 13 and older competing in the senior division, 11-12 as intermediates and 8-10 as juniors. The focus of the conformation classes, arranged by the age of the animal, was on the animal's overall body condition and appearance.
Orange 4-H'er Emily Amones, a member of the Middle Branch 4-H Club, was named the Junior Fitting and Showmanship champion and won Best of Show in conformation with her senior dairy doe (age 2-4), Trickle Brook Farm Twilight. In other conformation classes, Emily placed second for Dry Yearling Dairy Goats under 2 years old with Georgia and first in Senior Dairy Does over 4 years old with Sugar Moon Ophelia.
Jacob Amones, also of Orange and the Middle Branch 4-H Club, placed second in Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship and fourth for Dry Yearlings under 2 years old with Trickle Brook Farm Chocolate. He took second place in Senior Dairy Does over 4 years old with Sugar Moon Chante Mas.
Three competitors hailed from Lunenburg and the Riverbends 4-H Club. Rozalynd Ahlmann won the Senior Fitting and Showmanship championship and came in second in the Senior Dairy Does 2-4 years old conformation class with Boulder Knoll Lamb. She also placed first in the Junior Pet Dairy Goat class with Boulder Knoll Snuffy.
Liviya Russo was the Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship Champion. In conformation she placed first in Junior Dairy Goats 3-6 months with Auburn Star Divine Destiny. She ranked third in two other conformation classes with Auburn Star Olympia (Dry Yearlings under 2 years old) and Auburn Star Fiddle (Senior Dairy Does age 2-4)
Logan Russo came in second in Junior Fitting and Showmanship and first in Dry Yearlings under 2 years old with Fox's Pride FC Hannah. He also entered Auburn Star Bruno in the Junior Pet Dairy Goat class with a second-place win.
In conformation Oksana Wynnik was named Reserve Best of Show champion and placed first in the Senior Dairy Does under 2 years class with Epimetheus Kymopoleia. She took second in both Senior Fitting and Showmanship and Junior Dairy Goats 3-6 months with Diamond Lil.
Oksana also gave a presentation for the public on pack goats with her dairy goat, Birch Ridge Farm Billy the Kid. Oksana resides in Champlain, New York, and is a member of Kids 4 Kids 4-H club, a New York state 4-H club.
For information about the Vermont 4-H Goat Program, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Anthony Willey at firstname.lastname@example.org.