Allen Newcomb Show Lambs & Treadmills

Berklee Gossen

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Berklee Gossen, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Wether Dam Doe at the 2024 American Royal Spring Show! Learn a little more about Berklee below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
Hanging out right before the grand drive.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
Darbie Ross

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
Many hours on the halter and show stand.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
4

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Unbeatable.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Mexican

Kobi Scroggins

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Kobi Scroggins, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Wether Dam Doe at the 2024 American Royal Spring Show! Learn a little more about Kobi below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
Winning Reserve Grand Champion Doe Showman at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My parents are one of my biggest inspirations in becoming who I am today. They have shown me the importance of always supporting those who support you.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
I’m really just living on hope and a prayer. JK. Practicing showmanship is a great way to build stamina.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
The barn is pretty empty right now as we are finishing up the show season. However, typically we have anywhere from 10 to 15 in the show barn.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Perfection.

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
Val started to shuck her hair a week before KC. We overcame that by clipping and fitting her all at one time right before the show.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Sandra Clinger

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Sandra Clinger, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 American Royal Spring Show! Learn a little more about Sandra below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
We purchase Bart at the 2023 Friday Night Fever from the Falkenstein Family! From the moment we put him in our barn, I knew he was going to be an all time favorite! My favorite memory of him would have to be his first ever jackpot. We took him to a small show in Arizona last summer and when we walked him in the ring as a class 1 prospect goat, the judges eyes immediately went wide and he asked me during his class where he was from and what we planned to do with him! From then on, Bart continued to turn heads wherever he went!

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
I am lucky enough to say that there are 3 major inspirations in my life! My dad, mom, and sister, Hailey! These 3 have shaped me into the person I have become and have stood as incredible role models in my life! I love y’all so much!

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
My biggest piece of advice for building show stamina is consistency! If you consistently practice with your animals, they will build stamina in the show ring and learn to trust you. As a showman, it is extremely important that you gain a relationship with your animals!

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
This past year, my family fed 5 goats for fall majors.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Perfect! Bart was definitely one of the easiest showing goats I’ve ever had the pleasure of raising! He was always on point and never missed a beat at the feed pan!

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
This particular goat went through a very awkward growing phase where he didn’t balance right and gave an awkward eye appeal. But, we were lucky enough that he fed through his awkward phase!

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Katie Eisenhauer

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Katie Eisenhauer, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 American Royal Spring Show! Learn a little more about Katie below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory with my recent champion is when we would seemingly have to beg him to eat something everyday. He himself is a memory too; he was my first red goat!

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
I’ve had plenty of influences in my life who have pushed me to become who I am today! Right off the top of my head, my grandpa and Karisa Stults are probably my biggest inspirations.  They both have poured into me greatly, and I look up to their work ethic and honesty.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
This is one of the most overlooked pieces of showing livestock in my opinion! It definitely is something that sets showmen apart in the ring. Personally, I walk my animals as far away from the barn to get them away from what they know and then I can and then practice showing them out there.  This not only helps the animal build up stamina for the best performance in the show ring, but it also gets the showman ready too!

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I had 8 animals on feed this year!

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Jumpy

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
Yes!  There’s always something that doesn’t go as planned with livestock.  Specifically, I had a few goats who struggled to gain weight, and I had a goat have a break in his leg.  I overcame these set backs by asking for help from people that I trust and staying patient with the process.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
State Fairs

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Sayde McBride

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Sayde McBride, the exhibitor the Reserve Supreme Champion Wether Dam Doe at the 2024 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Sayde below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
Being able to see her improve as I had the opportunity to show her quite a bit at Fairs and Majors before I had begun my season in Oklahoma. I loved having her in my barn this year because she was always calm and was never giving me any issued…. besides when she would lock up randomly and refuse to walk.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My mom, she has always been the one to keep me going. She has influenced me to achieve all my goals. Whether it involved, showing, competitive swim, or academic work, she has helped me out the most. If I am ever gone for something she would be there to help out with what needed to be done in the barn.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
Lots of practice, the more I practice every day, the longer I try to keep my goats still and steady. OYE is a big show, the classes last 40 minutes so making sure your animal will be calm for that long period of time is very important.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I only had 3 on feed this year. In the past I usually have 5 or more on feed including my sheep. This year I decided I wanted to focus on my does, so I did not show sheep or weather’s at OYE.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Perfect, we have always said my Hoyle goat was “perfect” since she was little. She was never angry, never ran away, and always took feeding well. We named her Perf.

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
Yes, a couple of weeks before OYE we had a fire occur at our house. The fire went straight though our property and barn. Luckily no structures were burnt down but we had black goats all the way up until OYE. We had to wash them every other day to try and keep their hair and hides clean. Thankfully we planned whether damming my does and not showing them as hair or else we would be out of luck. It was a very scary and stressful time when my goal was to win the Whether Dam show. Seeing my animals black every day I went out to the barn after washing them 12 hours before that was crushing.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Mexican

Kaydee Jo (KJ) Anthony

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Kaydee Jo (KJ) Anthony, the exhibitor the Reserve Supreme Champion Breeding Doe at the 2024 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about KJ below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My sister got to show her mom and was successful so it was a full circle family moment being able to show this one!

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My brother Connor is who I look up to the most he’s a hard worker and has been able to have success in the show ring but I also am thankful to have Jake and Darby in my corner ringside they push me to be a better showman.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
Lots of hard work at home, walking them, standing with them, lots of chain work, and stand time working hair!

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
We started with 7 Does and and then got that down to 5, but also had 8 sheep that my brother and I both got to show throughout the year together.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
FREAK

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
It seems something always comes up but this year I had a few that had “attitudes” of their own! Little Nikki was a princess but she would not let me touch her legs all year it made for difficult times!

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Jase Sparks

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Jase Sparks, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Jase below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory with Smoke is when we got him ready and fit to perfection for the Grand Drive.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
Well there are many people in this industry that I look up too, but none compare to my dad.  He is one of my biggest supporters and has taught me everything I know.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
To help prepare my goats for the show ring I get them out everyday and work on leading and bracing for 45 minutes to an hour. The biggest thing is to be consistent at everything you do.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I had 5 Wether goats this year on feed.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Smokeshow!!!!

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
Yes!  Around the middle of December my Smoke my best Wether lost all of his leg hair.  I had to wash and condition his legs every other day to get them back to looking right.   I also had another nice wether goat that died in February.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Mexican

Pfeiffer Farms

 Grand Champion Market Goat – 2024 Oklahoma Youth Expo
Shown by Jase Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer Farms

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Hidden Treasure X ICE

What was this goat like as a baby?
He’s always been solid, his recip didn’t do the best job so he was definitely skinner than a few.

Who’s been the most influential buck or Doe to your herd?
I don’t know that you could pick a direct one. Just a few that come to mind are Colt, Wrangler, Grey Goose, X-Rated, Juice and HT for bucks. Then for does I would have to say 4030, E738, 931, 5146, E098, 3036, E336 just to name a few

Has there been anything about your operation that is unique that you haven’t seen in other places?
Very hard question, but it is unique to have the numbers we have. 1800 goats, 500 sheep, and 300 cows keeps the 4 of us busy every day no doubt.

Do you prefer Online or live Sales?
We like to have a good mix of both. During a live sale we think it’s important to have a company like CCI.live to make it more available.

Who has influenced you the most in the industry?
Glen Martin

Madden Wise

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madden Wise, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 Rodeo Austin! Learn a little more about Madden below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory occurred during the specialty shoot with the grand champion market goat exhibitor, Brisco Black, when we had a race around the show ring with our goats.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My dad and his dads immense success in this industry keeps me motivated in seeking what they had sought, and my siblings always contribute in keeping me motivated on a daily basis.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
This particular goat used to sometimes step his hind legs so to overcome this obstacle he spent a lot of time being set up in the mirror.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
About 50 animals between sheep and goats at the beginning of the year.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Intelligent, he has always been a smart goat, there were rarely ever any bad days at the barn when it came to working or walking with him.

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
About a week out from the show he was over the weight limit by a decent margin so we weren’t able to feed or drench him as much as we would’ve liked to, even on show day we were a little worried but thankfully  we managed to get him to where  he needed to be.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Blaze Mock

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Blaze Mock, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 Houston Livestock Show! Learn a little more about Blaze below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory is that we raised him at our farm, Apollo was really special from birth. I was really excited when he ended up back in my show barn after Friday Night Fever! 

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My dad, Kevin Mock, and Trent Kempker. They always want to help me figure out the best way to show each individual goat and they push me to be my best, always.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
I work my goats 4-6 times a week which consists of walking them down the county road a quarter of a mile and bracing them for 10-20 minutes. We also track and treadmill.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
This year I had 4 show goats on feed. Their names were Rocky Balboa (Grand at State Fair of Texas), Clubber Lang (Reserve D2 at Austin), Adrian Balboa (Grand Doe at San Angelo Texas Stars), and Apollo Creed. Apollo was my Grand Champion at Houston. 

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
STUD!

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
All of my show goats and my brother’s show lambs got staph this fall. This was very challenging to overcome!

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Bodies

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Lane Halfmann

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with American Royal Spring Youth Livestock Show Market Goat Judge, Lane Halfmann, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

How do you try to stay consistent judging show to show?
Easier said than done. However I think staying centered on what you like and maintaining that thought process helps as much as anything. Tuning out any outside noise/opinions that could play tricks on your mind.

It’s down to the last few in a tough class, what will be the main sort?
Personally it’s just gonna come down to quality. I like to think that I try to elevate quality as much as I can no matter the show. When it gets tough, I try to think about which one I’d be most proud to have raised. It’s not easy to raise good ones.

What do you enjoy most about judging?
I love being able to travel to different parts of the country and see how the rest of the industry does things. It’s a diverse business and it’s always neat to try and go learn something from different folks

What is your favorite show you have been given the chance to sort?
Without question the NAILE wether show has stuck with me. Some of my favorite goats I’ve ever seen hit the ring were at that show and I was just along for the ride.

What other species would you want to judge that you haven’t gotten the chance to?
The show cow deal really intrigues me.

What’s one show in the world you haven’t gotten to judge or go and attend that you haven’t gotten to do yet?
I’d like to go an experience some of the Midwest state fairs. Haven’t had the pleasure yet.

What’s one goat that has won that you wished you got to judge?
American Royal ‘23

The Showcase Lamb & Goat Sale

March 22, 2024 – Harrisonburg, VA

Lot 5 – Middle Lane Farm – $5,700

Lot 14 – TR Show Goats – $3,250

Lot 1 – Dismal Swamp Boers – $3,000

Lot 16 – Good Time Show Goats – $2,700

Madden Wise

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madden Wise, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 Houston Livestock Show! Learn a little more about Madden below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory would have to be the first time this beloved knothead set up for me properly (keep in mind this was recent) , this has easily been the most stubborn goat I’ve ever shown.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My dad has taught me all there is to know in terms of character development, his patience makes what we do possible, and my younger siblings are as encouraging as they come making it more of a priority to spend time with them at the barn rather than a chore.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
This goat in particular took A TON of standing up on the chain and resetting over and over and over and… etc.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I believe we began this season with a total of 55 head between sheep and goats.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
I loved this goat in terms of looks but if I had to describe him honestly, the most fitting word is definitely KNOTHEAD.

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
This goat has been consistently worked almost every day since a few weeks before Angelo and he JUST now became capable of maintaining a drive and a confident stride.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

OYE Market Goats

March 20, 2024 – Oklahoma City, OK – Judge: Cade Halfmann

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Jase Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer

Reserve Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 4
Sayde Allen – Bred by Maverick

Bronze Market Goat
Champion Division 2
Taylor Glover – Bred by Pfeiffer

Champion Division 1
Baylor Pearson – Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Division 1
Jailey Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer

3rd Overall Division 1
Mason Eisnehaur – Bred by Pfeiffer

Class 1 – Jailey Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Wyatt Hall – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Baylor Pearson – Bred by Halfmann 2) Mason Eisnehaur – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 3 – Keelynn Dirickson – Bred by Halfmann 2) Trenton Morton – Bred by Pfeiffer

Champion Division 2
Taylor Glover – Bred by Pfeiffer

Reserve Division 2
Jaylee Wills – Bred by Jade/Bowers

3rd Overall Division 2
Cara Cummins – Bred by Stork

Class 1 – Jaylee Wills – Bred by Jade/Bowers 2) Adison Thompson – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Cara Cummins – Bred by Stork 2) Isabella Davenport – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 3 – Taylor Glover – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Sturtz

Champion Division 3
Jase Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer

Reserve Division 3
Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Halfmann

3rd Overall Division 3
Sayde Allen – Bred by Bounds

Class 1 – Jase Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Katie Eisenhauer – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Halfmann 2)Sayde Allen – Bred by Bounds
Class 3 – Katie Eisenhauer – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Chandler Hill – Bred by Hummel

Champion Division 4
Sayde Allen – Bred by Maverick

Reserve Division 4
Avery White – Bred by Pfeiffer

3rd Overall Division 4
Aubree Hughes – Bred by Church/Smith

Class 1 – Sayde Allen – Bred by Maverick 2) Aubree Hughes – Bred by Church/Smith
Class 2 – Avery White – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Hoelscher
Class 3 – Kodie Fleming – Bred by Falkenstien 2) Avery Boyer

Champion Division 5
Adison Thompson – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Division 5
Aubree Hughes – Bred by Went

3rd Overall Division 5
Cara Cummins – Bred by Pfeiffer

Class 1 – Adison Thompson – Bred by Kempker 2) Cara Cummins – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Aubree Hughes – Bred by Went 2) Mali Bryan – Bred by Bounds
Class 3 – Jacee Maness – Bred by Church 2) Kelsi Scheihing – Bred by Pfeiffer

OYE Breeding Does

March 16, 2024 – Oklahoma City, OK – Judge: Chance Neff

Grand Champion Breeding Doe
Champion Division 5
Madison Church –  Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Champion Breeding Doe
Champion Division 1
KJ Anthony – Bred by Richardson

Bronze Breeding Doe
Champion Division 2
Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters

Champion Division 1
KJ Anthony – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Division 1
Harper Langston – Bred by Pfeiffer

3rd Overall Division 1
Jenna Holt – Bred by Jade/Bowers

Class 1 – Harper Langston – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Graeme Brinlee
Class 2 – KJ Anthony – Bred by Richardson 2) Jenna Holt – Bred by Jade/Bowers
Class 3 – Hockley Hilmes – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Avery Boyer – Bred by Hoyle

Champion Division 2
Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters

Reserve Division 2
Hollis Hilmes – Bred by Pfeiffer

3rd Overall Division 2
Dakota Thurmond – Bred by Williams

Class 1 – Harli Johnson – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Tasso Jo Fadely – Bred by 3TM
Class 2 – Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters 2) Dakota Thurmond – Bred by Williams
Class 3 – Hollis Hilmes – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Mardi Scott

Champion Division 3
Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters

Reserve Division 3
Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Costin/Allison

3rd Overall Division 3
KJ Anthony – Bred by Blue Team

Class 1 – Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters 2) KJ Anthony – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Harli Johnson – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Kelsi Scheihing – Bred by Ace High
Class 3 – Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Costin/Allison 2) Berklee Gossen

Champion Division 4
Berklee Gossen – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 4
Katie Eisenhauer – Bred by Pfeiffer

3rd Overall Division 4
Connor Anthony – Bred by Ross

Class 1 – Berklee Gossen – Bred by Blue Team 2) Katie Eisenhauer – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Javen Sparks – Bred by Halfmann 2) Parker Irwin – Bred by LaCopa
Class 3 – Connor Anthony – Bred by Ross 2) Jailey Sparks – Bred by Smith

Champion Division 5
Madison Church –  Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Division 5
Sophia Estrada – Bred by Williams

3rd Overall Division 5
Madison Church – Bred by Halfmann

Class 1 – Madison Church –  Bred by Halfmann 2) Sophia Estrada – Bred by Williams
Class 2 – Madison Church – Bred by Halfmann 2) Garrett Griwsold
Class 3 – Karlee Glover – Bred by Peters 2) Charley Rine – Bred by Larson
Class 4 – Madison Dunn – Bred by Ashley Parker 2) Amy Ebersole

OYE Wether Dam Does

March 15, 2024 – Oklahoma City, OK – Judge: Matt Kennedy

Grand Champion Wether Dam
Madison Church – Bred by Went

Reserve Champion Wether Dam
Sayde McBride – Bred by Hoyle

Bronze Wether Dam
Lincoln Oldenburg – Bred by Oldenburg

Class 1 – Avery Boyer – Bred by Jade/Bowers 2) Josey Milburn – Bred by Milburn
Class 2 – Crew Charmasson – Bred by Evans 2) Spencer Lewis – Bred by Allen
Class 3 – Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Stork 2) Sophie Lancaster – Bred by Hoyle
Class 4 – Emma Schupbach – Bred by Schupbach 2) Ty ODaniel – Bred by LaCopa
Class 5 – Tabrey Lierle – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Baylor Pennington – Bred by A&M
Class 6 – Sayde McBride – Bred by Hoyle 2) Lincoln Oldenburg – Bred by Oldenburg
Class 7 – Madison Church – Bred by Went 2) Javen Sparks – Bred by Kempker
Class 8 – Sophie Estrada – Bred by Sunnybrook 2) Kolton Kohler

Rodeo Austin

March 15, 2024 – Austin, TX – Judge: Caleb Boardman

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 3
Madden Wise – Bred by Ausmus

Champion Division 1
Regan Miller – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 1
Lucas Winters – Bred by Blue Team

Class 1 – Lainey McCall – Bred by Schrank 2) Katie Joett – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Hayzen Halfmann – Bred by Halfmann 2) Danika Walker – Bred by Halfmann
Class 3 – Karter Scherwitz – Bred by Hummel 2) Kellin Aardal – Bred by Dual Threat
Class 4 – Cooper Evans – Bred by Evans 2) Ava Allensworth – Bred by Hutto
Class 5 – Regan Miller – Bred by Blue Team 2) Lucas Winters – Bred by Blue Team

Champion Division 2
Tanna Wendenburg – Bred by LaCopa

Reserve Division 2
Blaze Mock – Bred by Blue Team

Class 1 – Blaze Mock – Bred by Blue Team 2) Deacon Gann – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Kayden Pesina – Bred by Payton Williams 2) Averi Walker – Bred by Halfmann
Class 3 – Emily George – Bred by Steffensen 2) Paizlee Akins – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 4 – Tanna Wendenburg – Bred by LaCopa 2) Ford Brooks – Bred by Evans
Class 5 – Lauren Thompson – Bred by Blue Team 2) Kinzey McCall – Bred by Schrank

Champion Division 3
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 3
Madden Wise – Bred by Ausmus

Class 1 – Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team 2) Coy Alexander – Bred by Finley
Class 2 – Alexis Guthrie – Bred by HiView 2) Berkley Strube – Bred by Hutto
Class 3 – Brett Dryer – Bred by Evans 2) Cailey Ottmers – Bred by Blue Team
Class 4 – Carson Kirkscey – Bred by Blue Team 2) Kylee Burns – Bred by J&J
Class 5 – Madden Wise – Bred by Ausmus 2) Weston Hendrix – Bred by Went

Matt Kennedy

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with Oklahoma Youth Expo Wether Dam Doe Judge, Matt Kennedy, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

How do you try to stay consistent judging show to show?
Stay consistent and use good ones. Everyone has a different opinion on what’s ideal but as a judge you’re need to stay fairly constant from show to show.

It’s down to the last few in a tough class, what will be the main sort?
Structure will always win out. At the end of the day these things are supposed to perform in a range type setting so they have to be able to move.

What do you enjoy most about judging?
Working with the kids, and never knowing when a great one is going to walk in the gate and wow you.

What is your favorite show you have been given the chance to sort?
That’s a tough one, haven’t ever done one I didn’t enjoy. If I had to choose I’d probably say the LSU spring show, great folks to work with and they cook up some incredible food.

What other species would you want to judge that you haven’t gotten the chance to?
I’ve been fortunate enough to judge most all the species we generally see at jr livestock shows. I’d prob say I’d like to sort more barrow shows. not that I’m qualified I just like looking at those things these days.

What’s one show in the world you haven’t gotten to judge or go and attend that you haven’t gotten to do yet?
I’d love to judge in Alaska.

What’s one goat that has won that you wished you got to judge?
Maci Zerbachs whether that wins Kansas City. That was a creature.

Matt Kennedy

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with Doe Showmanship judge Matt Kennedy before he steps “Inside the Ring” at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. We invite you to read our candid interview with Matt below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition”

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What showmanship competition is on your bucket list to judge?
If I had to pick any place to judge showmanship it would be oye the amount of quality showman in Oklahoma is very high.

Do you have a piece of advice for kids getting ready for their next showmanship class?
Make sure you know how the judge wants you to navigate the ring. Watch a couple classes and get a feel for it.

What is a mistake that kids are making currently, that you think needs changed?
Pointing the animals nose up in the air when they drive. Huge negative for me, hard for them to get on a good brace if their nose is aimed at the sky.

Do you prefer kids who show does or weather in showmanship?
I’m good with either.

Growing up did you compete in showmanship? If so, how did it affect you?
I did at county and jackpot levels, as Texas doesn’t have showmanship at major shows. It makes you a better showman for sure, you have to hone your craft.

Blue Team Wethers

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 Arizona National
Shown by Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat – 2024 San Antonio Stock Show
Shown by Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Reserve Grand Champion Arizona National:
Good As Gold X Who’s Your Daddy X Soldier Boy

Reserve Grand Champion San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo:
Russian Princess X P67 X Knock Out
He was the flushmate brother to our new herd sires Thunder and Lightening. His dam was a Division Champion at the 2021 NAILE shown by Paige Pence.

What was this goat like as a baby?
Both of these wethers were very complete, good on their feet and legs and were definite stand outs in their sale groups.

Who’s been the most influential buck or Doe to your herd?
We have SO many bucks and does that we truly love and appreciate their influences on our goat herd.  We try to keep multiple genetic bloodlines to create our own outcrosses within our program.
Some of the bucks would include: Star Buck, Who’s Your Daddy, Soldier Boy, and several of our current sires like Russian Princess, Moose, I am Legend and Drago!

Has there been anything about your operation that is unique that you haven’t seen in other places?
We love our kidding room and working facilities. We feel that these facilities are unique to our operation.  Our kidding room is set up on a grate floor and flush system like you would see in large hog operations and our working chute is one that was designed and used in large commercial sheep operations in Australia.

Do you prefer Online or live Sales?
We actually really like and use both platforms almost equally.  They each serve a very unique purpose and help us serve customers from local to all over the United States.

Who has influenced you the most in the industry?
We have been blessed to have had many mentors not only from within the goat industry, but from all of the different livestock industries.  Learning from and appreciating successful people no matter what species they raise is something that we have done for a long time.  We admire those who have had success and longevity within their specific species, within an ever changing industry!

Houston Livestock Show

Feb. 6-7, 2024 – Houston, TX – Judge: Brandon Callis

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 4
Blaze Mock – Bred by Mock

Reserve Champion Market Got
Reserve Division 4
Madden Wise – Bred by Hutto

Champion Division 1
Hayzen Halfmann – Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Division 1
Danika Walker – Bred by Allen Ranch

Class 1 – Amy Moore – Bred by Custer 2) Ritsy Milican – Bred by Tornado Alley
Class 2 – Danika Walker – Bred by Allen Ranch 2) Parker Herrington – Bred by Blue Team
Class 3 – Hayzen Halfmann – Bred by Halfmann 2) Kambryn Presley – Bred by Williams Livestock

Champion Division 2
Mason Lee – Bred by Jade/Bowers

Reserve Division 2
Karaline Cain – Bred by Went

Class 1 – Makenna Cowley – Bred by Cowley 2) Hannah Brooks – Bred by Evans
Class 2 – Karaline Cain – Bred by Went 2) Cydney Newsom – Bred by Newsom Ripley
Class 3 – Mason Lee – Bred by Jade/Bowers 2) Grayson Downs – Bred by Evans

Champion Division 3
Brendon Gross – Bred by Stork

Reserve Division 3
Grace Moore – Bred by Halfmann

Class 1 – Brendon Gross – Bred by Stork 2) Grace Moore – Bred by Halfmann
Class 2 – Emy Schwartz – Bred by Sturtz 2) Lauren Hyan – Bred by Blue Team
Class 3 – Kylie Altom – Bred by Walker 2) Raelyn Hoelscher – Bred by Hutto

Champion Division 4
Blaze Mock – Bred by Mock

Reserve Division 4
Madden Wise – Bred by Hutto

Class 1 – Blaze Mock – Bred by Mock 2) Kaisyn Bergin – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 2 – Madden Wise – Bred by Hutto 2) Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team
Class 3 – Coy Alexander – Bred by Walker 2) Alexis Guthrie – Bred by Hi View

Brisco Black

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Brisco Black, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 San Antonio Stock Show! Learn a little more about Brisco below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory with Denzel was definitely his win at San Antonio. He’s been one of my favorite goats all year and for our last show to end that way is very special.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My parents are my big inspirations. They have big goals and work hard. They both have taught me so much about showing livestock and how to be the best. If they ever thought they were falling short, then they would get me the help I needed to be more successful.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
We do legs several times a week so the goats are constantly messed with or made to stand for a couple hours at a time. Exercise helps as well. Closer to the shows I spend a lot of time walking them around our property so they will hopefully show their best on show day.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I had 12-15 animals on feed this year is the most we had at one time in the barn.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Cocky

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
I have only been showing goats for a couple years so, luckily, nothing terrible has happened yet. I don’t like getting beat so when I do, I go home and it makes me work harder and more determined to meet my future goals.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Bodies

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Madden Wise

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madden Wise, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 San Angelo Stock Show! Learn a little more about Madden below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory with this goat is definitely the day we brought him home, not only did I love the way he looked, but he also behaved far better than any goat I had in the barn at this time.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
Seeing the success my grandpa, dad, and aunts have had in this industry inspires me to continue pursuing my goals in their footsteps, along with the motivation from my younger siblings.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
Often times the goats struggle to remain cool with the intensity of the ring especially when they’re in there for a long period of time so the best thing that has helped me is working with them for excessive amounts of time so they’re used to it, also setting them up periodically when drenching or feeding helps a bunch.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
We started the year with about 30 sheep and 25 goats.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Sentimental, not only for the sake of the banner, more so because the goat was raised by really close friends of ours, and I was given the opportunity to win San Angelo along side one of my closest friends.

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
When my sister showed this goat at our county fair he completely forgot how to show for me so rebuilding that trust with him was a struggle but eventually he remembered how to show for me with no problem.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
Major Shows

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Legs

Steakhouse or Mexican
Steakhouse

Brett Bowers

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Brett Bowers, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show! Learn a little more about Brett below!

What’s your favorite memory with your champion?
My favorite memory would have to be absolutely blaring music in the barn and washing him.

Who has been your biggest inspiration to become the person you are today?
My biggest inspiration is mom. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, there’s always a lecture about something which can be annoying, but at the end of the day the lectures are why I am who I am today.

How do you prepare your goats to build up the stamina to last in the show ring?
The phrase “Practice like you play” is what I go by. I’ve showed many times and know the general idea of what happens in the show ring. Therefore, I can replicate showing at home as if I was in the ring.

How many animals do you have on feed this year?
I have 21 animals on feed.

If you could use one word to describe your champion what would it be?
Superb

Did you experience something that didn’t go as planned with your goats? How did you overcome that?
Yes. This year our goats weren’t the easiest feeding. So we had to take it slow with them and really study what they would eat and try new things.

Major Shows, State Fairs or Jackpots
State Fairs

Clipping Bodies or Clipping Legs
Bodies

Steakhouse or Mexican
Mexican

Sayde Allen

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Sayde Allen, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2024 National Western Stock Show! Learn a little more about Sayde below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I attend Canute Public School and I am in 8th grade.

Tell us a little about your champion:
My goat was bred by Shroyer Sisters. We had a love/hate relationship. He was probably the hardest goat to train to brace and walk. It took many long hours to get him show ready but during those hours our bond grew close!

What has showing livestock taught you?
Hard work and responsibility are two things that come to mind first. Also showing has introduced me to a network of people from across the country some becoming my best friends!

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
My biggest obstacle is trying to balance all my activities. Outside the showing, I enjoy playing basketball and softball. Trying to find the perfect blend of barn time vs gym/field time is tough on top of when games and shows are on top of each other.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
My favorite part of a goat show is hanging out with friends and competing in the show ring!

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
Well typically we enjoy a delicious steak dinner but this Denver win was different…we celebrated with McDonalds! After being in Denver for both the sheep and goat shows, we were ready to get home, so after the goat grand drive we grabbed McDonalds with some special friends and drove thru the night to get home!

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
I prefer to show wethers.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
OYE – There is no other grand drive in the country that compares to the feeling of OYEs!

Who has been your biggest influence?
So many people have influenced the showman I am today! My family are my biggest supporters and I know they are always in my corner!

Droppert Livestock

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 Arizona National
Shown by Graham Newsom – Bred by Droppert Livestock

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat – 2024 National Western
Shown by Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert Livestock

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show
Shown by Brett Bowers – Bred by Droppert Livestock

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Arizona National – One & Only x Ellie donor (Safe Deposit x Swamp Boy)
National Western – One & Only x Went Swamp Boy donor
Fort Worth – One & Only x Ellie donor (Safe Deposit x Swamp Boy)

In your opinion, who has been the most influential buck across the industry?
No doubt there have been several but She Said and Cash In are a few in this one’s pedigree and several others that have found success. Too many to list but lots of them originate from the Texas Hill Country.

What makes your operation run smoothly?
Our family… it takes each and every one of us and we all have different skill sets that compliment each other. We’ve had excellent mentors in this goat deal… learned a lot from bumps and bruises along the way but had lots of great advice from a lot of great people.

What does your breeding season look like? Do you AI or flush most of your Females?
Pretty much all ET work here.  2-3 big flushes a year for different target age groups but rely heavily on embryo transfer.  We are probably busier during breeding season sending semen or breeding does for others than we are on our own stock. Lots of customer lap AIs, semen shipping, and internal ET work for us.

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
Allows us to run an elite pool of donors (30 hd) and shorten generation intervals quickly.  It’s also allowed us to help several others pick up steam in their operations as well.

What’s your dream as a producer?
Help others win!  Not just in the show ring but in life!

Do you prefer online sales or live sales?
No preference – They are both a bunch of work!

2024 Judge Interview

2024 Showmanship Judge Interview

2024 Exhibitor Spotlight

2024 Breeder Spotlight

San Antonio Stock Show

Feb. 13, 2024 – San Antonio, TX – Judge: Spencer Scotten

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Cayson Newell – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Champion Market Got
Reserve Division 3
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

Champion Division 1
Makenna Cowley – Bred by Cowley

Reserve Division 1
Raider McPhaul – Bred by Hoffman

Class 1 – Raider McPhaul – Bred by Hoffman 2) Hadley Holt – Bred by Jade/Bowers
Class 2 – Madison Condra – Bred by TW 2) Alina Kowalik – Bred by Jendrusch/Beam
Class 3 – Makenna Cowley – Bred by Cowley 2) Reagan Miller – Bred by Hoelscher

Champion Division 2
Cooper Evan – Bred by Evans

Reserve Division 2
Taryn Obrian – Bred by Schrank

Class 1 – Cooper Evan – Bred by Evans 2) Grace Moore – Bred by Schrank
Class 2 – Paige Harder – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Mckinzie Evans – Bred by Evans
Class 3 – Taryn Obrian – Bred by Schrank 2) Hayzen Halfmann – Bred by Halfmann

Champion Division 3
Cayson Newell – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Division 3
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

Class 1 – Shep Silvers – Bred by Halfmann Bros 2) Grace Moore – Avery Walker – Bred by Wendt
Class 2 – Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team 2) Trey Harbour – Bred by Harbour
Class 3 – Cayson Newell – Bred by Richardson 2) Brandon Gross – Bred by Stork

Champion Division 4
Stratley Strube – Bred by Hummel

Reserve Division 4
Chandler Krikscey – Bred by Blue Team

Class 1 – Stratley Strube – Bred by Hummel 2) Chandler Krikscey – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Baylee Bennentt – Bred by Cantos 2) Landon Holmes – Bred by Jade
Class 3 – Madden Wise – Bred by Droppert 2) Briley Weiland – Bred by Halfmann

Brisco Black

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Brisco Black, the exhibitor the Reserve Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Arizona National! Learn a little more about Brisco below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I am in the 5th grade and attend school in Zephyr, Tx.

Tell us a little about your champion:
Denzel was one of my favorite goats I have had. He was always nice to mess at the barn and liked being a show goat.

What has showing livestock taught you?
It has taught me to be confident and believe in yourself.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
o try and relax and get comfortable with what I am doing.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
Being in the ring and getting to hang out with all of our really good friends.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
I like to go eat and celebrate with my family and friends after a show.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
I have only shown wethers and I think I would prefer showing them over the does.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite national show I have been to is Arizona. The trip was really fun and the atmosphere was enjoyable and relaxed. My favorite Texas show is San Antonio. It is extremely competitive and a fun atmosphere to show in.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influences are my mom and dad but two of the people I look up to the most are Haydon Schroeder and Logan Jackson. They both were incredible showmen and I hope to be as good as them one day.

Spencer Scotten

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with San Antonio Stock Show Market Goat Judge, Spencer Scotten, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

Is this your first state fair or major? If not, what others have you judged?
This isn’t my first major. I’ve gotten to judge several of the majors in Texas including Dallas, Austin, Houston and I did the does at San Antonio a few years ago

What do you look for when evaluating?
I look for a balance of traits when judging. A blend of width and muscle with a good look from the side and sound skeleton is ideal for me. When it gets down to the last few I look for the most elite one that really hits me the hardest and is the most memorable. 

Did you judge in college? If so, where?
Yes I judged in juco and senior college.

What’s your occupation?
I currently coach at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma. 

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
I have a lot of shows I look forward to every year so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Being a judging coach makes it fun to get to go to almost every major show in the fall and spring, but there’s nothing like the feeling I get when I pull into the American Royal. 

What’s your dream vacation?
 After being on the road all fall and pretty much every weekend since we’ve been back to school makes any vacation sound pretty amazing. But an ideal one would be somewhere with good scenery, good food and absolutely no phone service.

San Angelo Stock Show

Feb. 5, 2024 – San Angelo, TX – Judge: Scott Greiner

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Madden Wise – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Champion Market Got
Reserve Division 3
Zane Walker – Bred by Sturtz

Champion Division 1
Stratley Strube – Bred by Hutto

Reserve Division 1
Berkley Strube – Bred by Hutto

Class 1 – Payzlee Book – Bred by Book 2) Cooper Lemon – Bred by Underdog
Class 2 – Stratley Strube – Bred by Hutto 2) Berkley Strube – Bred by Hutto
Class 3 – Clair Senter – Bred by Mesa View 2) Cooper Graves – Bred by Dangelmayer

Champion Division 2
Reagan Miller – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 2
Hayzen Hoffmann – Bred by Hoffmann

Class 1 – Brazos Blue – Bred by Sturtz 2) Chloe Newton – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Rhody Holmes – Bred by Fielder 2) Brett Bowers – Bred by Jade/Bowers
Class 3 – Hayzen Hoffmann – Bred by Hoffmann 2) Reagan Miller – Bred by Blue Team
Class 4 – Reagan Miller – Bred by Blue Team 2) Coy Alexander – Bred by Finely

Champion Division 3
Madden Wise – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Division 3
Zane Walker – Bred by Sturtz

Class 1 – Madden Wise – Bred by Richardson 2) Zane Walker – Bred by Sturtz
Class 2 – Holden Wise – Bred by Schrank 2) Averi Walker – Bred by Averi Walker
Class 3 – Madden Wise – Bred by Blue Team 2) Trey Harbour – Bred by Harbour

Kash Allen

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with San Antonio Stock Show Doe Judge, Kash Allen, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

Is this your first state fair or major? If not, what others have you judged?
I have judged a few smaller state fairs but this is my first Texas Major.

What do you look for when evaluating?
Not to sound like a cliche but the fundamentals of balance, skeletal quality, and body shape all go into making the initial sort.

If down to the last few, what will be your sort?
I love uniqueness and want livestock that push the envelope interms of extreme pieces, but they still have to do it in a package that is hard to pick on.

Did you judge in college? If so, where?
I judged at Eastern Oklahoma State college and then ended up at Oklahoma State.

What’s your occupation?
Agricultural Educator at Keys High School

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
The Oklahoma Youth Expo. It’s the last major stock show of the year for us and is incredible as far as the depth of quality across all species.

What’s your dream vacation?
I’m actually not a big fan of vacationing. I enjoy staying at home with my wife and relaxing, but if I had to pick one it would be a short cruise.

Madison Church

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madison Church, the exhibitor the Reserve Champion Wether Doe at the 2024 National Western Stock Show! Learn a little more about Madison below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I am a senior at Canute.

Tell us a little about your champion:
Penelope is the daughter of the 5th overall doe that I exhibited at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in 2022.

What has showing livestock taught you?
I have learned to do the hard things and it’ll be worth it in the end.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
Balancing the time in the barn along with other activities, while being successful is the goal for everything.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
My favorite part about shows is the competition.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
Eat a good dinner and catch up on sleep.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
Does

What’s your favorite show? and why?
Oklahoma Youth Expo. It just feels like the Super Bowl of all shows.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My brother, Caden Church.

Kenna Cooley

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Kenna Cooley, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Wether Doe at the 2024 National Western Stock Show! Learn a little more about Kenna below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I am a senior at West Franklin High School in Pomona, Kansas.

Tell us a little about your champion:
My champion doe was without a doubt a special one. Her name was Pistol Penny and she was raised by Kempker Livestock. She definitely had a strong personality, and an ear that you could spot from a mile away. The moment I saw her, I knew she would do big things.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me that when you surround yourself with the right people, anything is possible. I have been fortunate enough to learn from the best in the industry.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
I tend to be a perfectionist, so my biggest obstacle showing is figuring out how each each of my goats should be shown. It takes mental toughness and patience to figure out what I need to do to make sure each animal is shown to its highest potential. My biggest obstacle is usually myself.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
I love everything about goat shows, but nothing compares to that champion handshake.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
After a big win, we go out for a nice celebration dinner. We typically end up at a steakhouse or Mexican restaurant.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
When it comes to showing wethers or does, I don’t have a preference. I love showing both!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the American Royal. I live about 45 minutes from Kansas City, so the American Royal feels like home.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influence without a doubt has been Trent and Emma Kempker. They are two of the most hard working people I have ever met, and they have shaped me into the showman and person I am today.

Shannon Scotten

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with San Angelo Stock Show Doe Judge, Shannon Scotten, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

Is this your first state fair or major? If not, what others have you judged?
I judged goats this year at the American Royal.​

What do you look for when evaluating?
I’m looking for something that balances up nicely with a quality look and I’ll take them just as stout as their structural build will allow them to get.

If down to the last few, what will be your sort?
Hopefully, when it comes down the last few, they have balance and quality, and then I’ll sort those on a little extra power and feature.

Did you judge in college? If so, where?
I judged at Ft. Scott Community College and Missouri State University

What’s your occupation?
I raise and trade cattle and we raise a few show goats

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
I always look forward to the American Royal. It is  close to home and our family really enjoyed showing there the last few years that our kids were able to show.

What’s your dream vacation?
I’m not sure if this is a dream vacation, but my favorite thing to do is travel with my wife, Krista, to watch our boys judge at some of the major stock shows.

Cameron Shelton

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Cameron Shelton, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Wether Doe at the 2023 Arizona National! Learn a little more about Cameron below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I am a Senior at Monache High School

Tell us a little about your champion:
“Regina” is certainly one of the special ones we have been blessed to show this year. She was raised by Ace High Livestock and sold in the Friday Night Female Sale, now retained by Lacy Livestock.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me responsibility, time management, and how to have a good work ethic.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
The biggest obstacle that I have overcame while showing livestock was not starting when I was young. I had to learn a little quicker than most and just didn’t have as much ring time as some others when I first started.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
My favorite part of a goat show is being in the show ring and getting my goats stuck as good as I can.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
We normally celebrate by jamming out to music while we break down the goats and clean up. And if we get done early we will go to dinner with the whole team and have a good time!

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
I would say I enjoy showing does more right now just because I really like the ones attitudes that I have in the barn right now. But some of my favorite goats over the years have been wethers. It’s a toss up.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show would have to be Arizona Nationals. My friends from other states are usually there so we get to hang out and it is a laid back show and all the staff are nice and happy to be there.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influence has to be my sister Codi. If it wasn’t for her I would not be where I am today.

Fort Worth Stock Show

Jan. 27-28, 2024 – Fort Worth, TX – Judge: Brent Jennings

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Brett Bowers – Bred by Droppert

Reserve Champion Market Got
Champion Division 2
Zane Walker – Bred by Richardson

Champion Division 1
Sydney Newsom – Bred by Newsom Ripley

Reserve Division 1
Kellin Aardal – Bred by Finely

Class 1 – Carly Parrot – Bred by Finley 2) Stran Mays – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Kellin Aardal 2) Lilli Caddell – Bred by South of Nueces
Class 3 – Skylar Meadow – Bred by Hoffman 2) Magi Cantu – Bred by Bounds
Class 4 – Sydney Newsom – Bred by Newsom Ripley 2) Cassidy Pool – Bred by Finely

Champion Division 2
Zane Walker – Bred by Richardson

Reserve Division 2
Shep Silvers – Bred by Hoffmann

Class 1 – Monse Chavez – Bred by Finley 2) Emily Bettiga – Bred by Lazy JB
Class 2 – Zane Walker – Bred by Richardson 2) Shep Silvers – Bred by Hoffmann
Class 3 – Averi Walker – Bred by Went 2) Lauren Hyan – Bred by Blue Team
Class 4 – Allie Haynes – Bred by Blue Team 2) Lyla Panke – Bred by Lacey

Champion Division 3
Brett Bowers – Bred by Droppert

Reserve Division 3
Madden Wise – Bred by Ross

Class 1 – Brett Bowers – Bred by Droppert 2) Turner Matkin – Bred by Stork
Class 2 – Hayzen Hoffman – Bred by Hoffmann 2) Reagan Miller – Bred by Blue Team
Class 3 – Brynlee Hogg – Bred by Hoffmann 2) Chandler Kirkskey – Bred by Blue Team
Class 4 – Madden Wise – Bred by Ross 2) Brylee Lacey – Bred by Richardson

Joe Allen

Spencer Scotten

Where are you the teacher?
East High in Cheyenne, WY​

How many kids do you teach?
Typically 100-120 students per year.

Favorite thing about being a teacher?
I enjoy when I get to see students make connections with what we are learning to real life and also seeing them realize how their hard work pays off.

Hardest thing you have had to accept in the last 10 years?
Change. We experienced a lot of changes after Covid and everything has changed in our world and that has been difficult, especially in education.

Favorite part of your community?
I love how our community works together, so well, and really comes out to help individuals who need it. I also like to see how well people work to help one another, even though they may be competing against them.

Biggest accomplishment?
I feel like my biggest accomplishment is becoming a successful Ag Teacher and FFA advisor, even though I was not in FFA or did not take ag classes while I was in high school.

Favorite time of the year and why?
I love the spring and summer months because that’s when we are going around shopping for new animals and then feeding animals for county and state fair. I love the summer time when I am doing SAE visits and getting to work with students with their animals at shows.

The Coalition – LIVE SALE

January 19, 2024 – Modesto, CA – Managed by SC Live Sales

Lot 1 – PBG & Bounds – $20,000

Lot 2 – Glasscock & Circle G – $12,500

Lot 6 – Brem – $11,000

Lot 4 – Cali Kids – $12,500

Lot 3 – Starpoint – $6,000

National Western Market Goat Show

Jan. 13, 2024 – Denver, CO – Judge: Brent Jennings

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Sayde Allen – Bred by Shroyer

Reserve Champion Market Goat
Reserve Division 3
Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Champion Division 1
Carley Wheeler – Bred by Morgan

Reserve Division 1
Colton Kephart – Bred by Kempker

Class 1 – Ryder Roberts – Bred by Jaggers 2) Corbin Jaggers – Bred by Jaggers
Class 2 – Sayde Allen – Bred by Stork 2) Bennett Gordon – Bred by Stork
Class 3 – Carley Wheeler – Bred by Morgan 2) Colton Kephart – Bred by Kempker

Champion Division 2
Jaci Falkenstien – Bred by Falkenstien

Reserve Division 2
Ava Shroyer – Bred by Shroyer

Class 1 – Harper Hess – Bred by Morgan 2) Piper Unger – Bred by Bounds
Class 2 – Ava Shroyer – Bred by Shroyer 2) Cara Cummins – Bred by Asmus/Bounds
Class 3 – Jaci Falkenstien – Bred by Falkenstien 2) Katie Hummel – Bred by Hummel

Champion Division 3
Sayde Allen – Bred by Shroyer

Reserve Division 3
Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Class 1 – Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert 2) Dylan Stone – Bred by Stork
Class 2 – Sayde Allen – Bred by Shroyer 2) Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert
Class 3 – Katie Hummel – Bred by Hummel 2) Kenna Cooley – Bred by Pfeiffer

National Western Doe Show

Jan. 12, 2024 – Denver, CO – Judge: Brent Jennings

Grand Champion Doe
Champion Division 1
Kenna Cooley – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Champion Doe
Champion Division 3
Maddie Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros

Champion Division 1
Kenna Cooley – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Division 1
Brock Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Class 1 – Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Bounds 2) Destyn Emerson – Bred by Burns
Class 2 – Kenna Cooley – Bred by Kempker 2) Brock Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Champion Division 2
Jaci Falkenstien – Bred by Falkenstien

Reserve Division 2
Maverick Huff – Bred by Pfeiffer

Class 1 – Bristol Lee – Bred by Kempker 2) Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Allison
Class 2 – Maverick Huff – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Cameron Shelton – Bred by Ace High
Class 3 – Jaci Falkenstien – Bred by Falkenstien 2) Kolton Kephart – Bred by Bounds

Champion Division 3
Maddie Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros

Reserve Division 3
Cameron Shelton – Bred by Cali Kids

Class 1 – Maddie Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros 2) Jailey Sparks – Bred by Jett Smith
Class 2 – Cameron Shelton – Bred by Cali Kids 2) Destyn Emerson – Bred by Fledderjohann

2023 “Of The Year” Winners

Thank you to all who voted in this year’s Awards of the Year Contest – Winners will be announced January 2nd through 6th!

Thank you to this year’s presenting sponsors:
Doe of the Year – Presented by Formula of Champions
Show Goat of the Year – Presented by Burley & Respond
Man of the Year – Presented by Essential Feeds

2023 DOE OF THE YEAR

And the Winner is… Check out today’s announcement video of the Doe of the Year, presented by Formula of Champions!

DOE OF THE YEAR TOP NOMINEES
PRESENTED BY FORMULA OF CHAMPIONS

Grand American Royal – Shown by Holden Wise – Bred by Halfmann Livestock

Grand at California State Fair & Champion at CYAE – Shown by  Aiden Hohenwarter – Bred by McDaniel Livestock

Grand Ohio State Fair – Shown by Paige Pence – Bred by Blue Team

Grand OYE – Shown by Maddie Church – Bred by Went

Grand NAILE – Shown by Kenna Cooley – Bred by Kempker

2023 DOE OF THE YEAR

And the Winner is… Check out today’s announcement video of the Show Goat of the Year, presented by Burley & Respond!

SHOW GOAT OF THE YEAR TOP NOMINEES
PRESENTED BY BURLEY & RESPOND

Grand American Royal – Shown by Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve American Royal – Shown by Sandra Clinger – Bred by Halfmann Bros.

Grand Aksarben – Shown by Kenna Cooley – Bred by Mock

Grand NAILE – Shown by Dakota Martin – Bred by Pfeiffer

Reserve NWSS – Shown by Hayden Schroeder – Bred by Blue Team

Grand San Antonio Stock Show – Shown by Carson Kirkscey – Bred by Blue Team

Grand State Fair of Texas – Shown by Blaze Mock – Bred by Kempker

2023 MAN OF THE YEAR

And the Winner is… Check out today’s announcement video of the Man of the Year, presented by Essential Feeds

MAN OF THE YEAR TOP NOMINEES
PRESENTED BY ESSENTIAL FEEDS

Cinderella Man – Owned by Kempker & Halfmann Bros.

Hidden Treasure – Owned by Williams Livestock

Pandemonium – Owned by Beatty & Bounds

Poke the Bear – Owned by Halfmann Livestock

Russian Princess – Owned by Blue Team

Arizona National Wether Dam Does

Dec. 31, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – Judge: Slayton Strube

Grand Champion Doe
Champion Division 2
Cameron Shelton – Bred by Ace High

Reserve Champion Doe
Champion Division 3
Peyton Goodin – Bred by Prickett

3rd Overall Doe
3rd Overall Division 3
Cameron Shelton – Bred by Cali Kids

4th Overall Doe
Reserve Division 2
Destyn Emerson – Bred by McGill

5th Overall Doe
Champion Division 1
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Schrank

Champion Division 1
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Schrank

Reserve Division 1
Brylee Lacy – Bred by Schrank

3rd Overall Division 1
Kaylee Knowles – Bred by Texstar Genetics

4th Overall Division 1
Andy Agee – Bred by Halfmann

5th Overall Division 1
Destyn Emerson – Bred by Went

Class 1 – 2)
Class 2 – Maci Zerbach – Bred by Schrank 2) Kaylee Knowles – Bred by Texstar Genetics
Class 3 – 2)
Class 4 – Reagan Decious – Bred by Richardson 2) Shelbee Rolfe – Bred by Kolby/Jess and Bounds
Class 5 – Andy Agee – Bred by Halfmann 2) Kiana Clausen – Bred by Triple D
Class 6 – Brylee Lacy – Bred by Schrank 2) Destyn Emerson – Bred by Went

Champion Division 2
Cameron Shelton – Bred by Ace High

Reserve Division 2
Destyn Emerson – Bred by McGill

3rd Overall Division 2
Brinley Skelley – Bred by Skelley

4th Overall Division 2
Callen Minard – Bred by Maverick

5th Overall Division 2
Landon Cardoza – Bred by HJ

Class 1 – Callen Minard – Bred by Maverick 2) Landon Cardoza – Bred by HJ
Class 2 – Berklee Gossen – Bred by Blue Team 2) Cooper Evans – Bred by Evans
Class 3 – Brinley Skelley – Bred by Skelley 2)
Class 4 – Cameron Shelton – Bred by Ace High 2) Kiana Clausen – Bred by Clausen
Class 5 – Trig Lee – Bred by Blue Team 2) Katelin Baldwin – Bred by Maverick
Class 6 – Destyn Emerson – Bred by McGill 2) Brook Locascio

Champion Division 3
Peyton Goodin – Bred by Prickett

Reserve Division 3
Cameron Shelton

3rd Overall Division 3
Cameron Shelton – Bred by Cali Kids

4th Overall Division 3
Echo Bartels – Bred by Fledderjohann

5th Overall Division 3
Kadie Hummel – Bred by Hummel

Class 1 – Cameron Shelton – Bred by Cali Kids 2) Misty Mcelroy – Bred by La Copa
Class 2 – Makaylee Mcquire – Bred by Prickett 2) Aaron Morales – Bred by Lone Tree
Class 3 – Destyn Emerson – Bred by Fledderjohann 2) Cameron Shelton – Bred by Lacy
Class 4 – Kadie Hummel – Bred by Hummel 2) Isabelle Lowry – Bred by Maverick
Class 5 – Peyton Goodin – Bred by Prickett 2) Andy Agee
Class 6 – Cameron Shelton 2) Echo Bartels – Bred by Fledderjohann

Arizona National Market Goats

Dec. 30, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – Judge: Slayton Strube

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 4
Graham Newsom – Bred by Droppert

Reserve Champion Market Goat
Reserve Division 4
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

3rd Overall Market Goat
Champion Division 2
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Schrank

4th Overall Market Goat
Champion Division 3
Sandra Clinger – Bred by Falkenstien

5th Overall Market Goat
Champion Division 5
Madden Wise – Bred by Mock

Champion Division 1
Waylon Epely – Bred by Custer

Reserve Division 1
Jenna Vanoli

3rd Overall Division 1
Rayna Epely

4th Overall Division 1
Audree Callens – Bred by Pfeiffer

5th Overall Division 1
Piper Liska

Champion Division 2
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Schrank

Reserve Division 2
Shelbee Rolfe

3rd Overall Division 2
Zoe Griffin

4th Overall Division 2
Brylee Lacy – Bred by Schrank

5th Overall Division 2
Lauren Thompson – Bred by Blue Team

Champion Division 3
Sandra Clinger – Bred by Falkenstien

Reserve Division 3
Piper Liska – Bred by Sarringhaus Farms
Sired by Tonight’s the Night

3rd Overall Division 3
Peyton Steitz – Bred by Blue Team

4th Overall Division 3
Kadie Hummel – Bred by Hummel

5th Overall Division 3
Andy Agee – Bred by Agee

Champion Division 4
Graham Newsom – Bred by Droppert

Reserve Division 4
Brisco Black – Bred by Blue Team

3rd Overall Division 4
Bylee Lacy – Bred by Richardson

4th Overall Division 4
Piper Liska

5th Overall Division 4
Ashley Hagen

Champion Division 5
Madden Wise – Bred by Mock

Reserve Division 5

3rd Overall Division 5
Graham Newsom – Bred by Droppert

4th Overall Division 5

5th Overall Division 5
Camerson Shelton – Bred by Richardson

Dakota Jade Martin

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Dakota Jade Martin, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 NAILE! Learn a little more about Dakota below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I’m homeschooled, and I am a senior in high school​

Tell us a little about your champion:
My goats name was Harvey Reginald Spector, from the tv show Suits. And one of the things that made him so special was that he was my last goat ever, and he happened to be a Hidden Treasure!

What has showing livestock taught you?
The value of hard work, dedication, and consistency. The livestock industry as a whole is such a great place to raise your kids, and it will absolutely help them to become better people.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
I would say that the biggest obstacle would be learning that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And that you will have to regroup, keep going, or even sometimes start from scratch.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
Watching my Dad and Bryce getting my goat ready is always something I love to watch. And it makes for some pretty special memories.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
Call my sister, Aspen.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
Wethers, not even close.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
I have a few favorites, but the feeling of walking in the ring in San Antonio just can’t be beat.

Who has been your biggest influence?
Definitely my sisters. Being the youngest and getting to grow up with 3 incredible role models, who  have always pushed me to be my best, been there when I’ve fallen short of my goals, been my biggest supporters (next to my mom), and always reminded me to stay close to God in the midst of every high and every low. Forever grateful that I was blessed with them.

Blue Team Wethers

NAILE
NATIONAL CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 NAILE
Shown by Dakota Martin – Bred by Pfeiffer Farms

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Hidden Treasure X Jager

In your opinion, who has been the most influential buck across the industry?
Very hard question, there has been some huge legends in the industry, and I would say a buck that reached a lot of programs would have to be 900

What makes your operation run smoothly?
We try to make a plan for a pretty long distance out. With the cows sheep and goats, it takes a good amount of time to figure out how we will make everything work out!

What does your breeding season look like? Do you AI or flush most of your Females?
We splash breed, AI, and flush. October to December, we do all AI and flush work, but starting in January, will have natural babies as well.

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
It has been a great way to use the better, younger bucks on more does

What’s your dream as a producer?
Our biggest goal is to have repeat costumers. Repeat costumers mean dreams are coming true, and that’s a huge dream for us

Do you prefer online sales or live sales?
Hard to say, both sale types are important, and we love seeing the faces and putting them to names.

Piper Liska

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Piper Liska, the Champion Overall Goat Showman at the 2023 American Royal! Learn a little more about Piper below!

What did you tell yourself before you entered the ring?
I told myself that this will be the last time I enter the showmanship ring at the American Royal, I better make it count.

Who’s been your biggest influence on your showmanship skills?
My biggest influence has been Jasmine Lorefice who was a senior when I was about 10.

Did you show your goat with a chain or a halter? Which do you prefer, and Why?
I prefer a chain 100%, it is so much harder to show a goat on a chain the correct way, and when it is done correctly it looks much better.

Would you rather show a wether or a doe in showmanship? Why?
I think that so many people are showing does now, that the way to stand out more is to show a wether, but that wether has to be one that is dialed in to look right.

What did you learn from your win?
I learned that it is okay to stand out, even on the biggest stage.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
To celebrate my win I bought my first and last ever show steer.

Sandra Clinger

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Sandra Clinger, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 American Royal! Learn a little more about Sandra below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
Freshman at Oklahoma State University

Tell us a little about your champion:
Chuck was a goat we bought from Lane and Brody Halfmann in their April online sale. We showed him at the Revival Livestock Show in Merced, California after only having him for 2 days where he won the lightweights and 3rd overall! He also had much success throughout his spring and summer shows! He was one of our many unforgettable barn favorites!

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me to always work hard, never shy away from competition, and value the relationships you have with friends and family!

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
My biggest obstacle I had to overcome was teaching myself to never give up on a goal! I thank my parents and sister for always pushing me to be the best version of myself inside and outside the show ring, and for never allowing me to give up on my dreams & goals!

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
My favorite part of a livestock show is getting ready for a grand drive! There’s always been something about the adrenaline in the tack areas and ringside that make a livestock show so fun!

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
fter winning, we like to celebrate by going home and working even harder for the next show.

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
Wethers!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the American Royal! Kansas City was my first major livestock show and I have made some of my best memories and met some of my best friends there!

Who has been your biggest influence?
There are so many people to thank for my success in the show ring! My family, for being my #1 supporters and always standing my side! Cooper Bounds and the Bounds Show Team for his dedication and support to my show career! My success wouldn’t have been possible without you! My best friends for giving me the BEST memories and friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life!

Blue Team Wethers

AMERICAN ROYAL
NATIONAL CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 American Royal
Shown by Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
BTW Russian Princess x BTW Fabio

In your opinion, who has been the most influential buck across the industry?
It is hard to say what buck has been the most influential across the entire wether goat industry, but we would say in our personal breeding program, it was ‘BTW Who’s Your Daddy’. BTW Fabio and Soldier Boy were direct sons of WYD. Those 2 bucks definitely made a huge impact for us, in both females we kept in our donor program and bucks we kept as well. Those two bucks and WYD will continue to impact our program for years to come.

What makes your operation run smoothly?
An operation of our size definitely doesn’t just run itself. We currently have 3 full-time employees, Deana and myself, and when he’s home Hayden. We all play a different role at times, and then work together some days. Everyone understanding how important each and every daily task is, especially during breeding and kidding seasons is very important. We are blessed to have the best and are very thankful for them.

What does your breeding season look like? Do you AI or flush most of your Females?
Our breeding season consists of both AI’s and flushes. In 2023 we will flush 13 times, and close to 300 head of donors. We also AI every natural doe on the place. When AI season is over, we will have AI’d approximately 300 head as well.

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
We are firm believers in all of the new reproduction practices. Whether it is flushing, AI’ing, IVF, or cloning we do them all. These practices allow us to utilize both bucks and does, on a different level. With the sheer number of animals that we breed each year, our buck battery could not keep up, but AI’ing, flushing and IVF allow us to use them extensively without wearing them down. These practices also allow us to use our donor does more than one time per season, and we change their matings as well.

What’s your dream as a producer?
I don’t think we are different than any show animal producer. Our DREAM is to continue to raise champion wethers and does, and continue to help our customers win on local, state, and national levels! We firmly believe that if you are not working to better your stock and services, to make your CUSTOMERS dreams come true, then you are not working for the right reasons!

Do you prefer online sales or live sales?
We absolutely love both platforms! We hold 5 live sales each season at our ranch in Zephyr, TX. We love the live sales because they allow us to have that ever important personal contact with customers. Putting faces with names is very important to us! We also understand the importance of the online platforms. We use both SC Online Sales and CCI.live. Both of these amazing platforms allow customers from across the state and country the opportunity to buy from us as well. We answer a multitude of calls and texts about online sale lots and enjoy that form of contact with customers as well!

Maci Zerbach

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Maci Zerbach, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 American Royal! Learn a little more about Maci below!

What school do you attend/grade are you in?
I attend Glide Elementary I’m currently in 4th grade.

Tell us a little about your champion:
I really loved Rip, I knew he was special that’s why I named him Rip off of Yellowstone.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing has taught me a lot of things. I’ve learned the harder I work the better the outcome can be. The good byes are hard but I know that’s what has to happen. I love spending time with my animals and family at the shows. It’s taught me what’s important.

What has been your biggest obstacle you have overcome while showing?
My biggest obstacle is growing and having to change my showing style. I started showing when I was 4 so getting taller has been a hard adjustment. Also having to wait to be old enough to show at the majors.

Whats your favorite part of a goat show?
My favorite part of a goat show is the excitement of making the grand drive and hoping my hard work pays off.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
After American Royal there were lots of hugs and tears. It was a fun evening!

Do you prefer to show wethers or does?
I love showing wethers quite a bit more!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show so far has been American Royal. The show was huge and lots of good competition. I also get to see my show friends from all over.

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have a few people I look up to. Bailee Amstutz, Josh Velez, Jake P and Randy Hill. Each of these people have taken time to help me become a better showman and I would love to grow up to be like any of them!

Jesse Henson

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with showmanship judge Jesse Henson before he steps “Inside the Ring” at NAILE. We invite you to read our candid interview with Jesse below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition”

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Do you like judging doe or wether showmanship? Why?
Wether showmanship is probably a little more consistent in terms of showing style so that makes it a little easier to sort. I really enjoy doe showmanship as well though. I think it takes a lot of talent to get them shown correctly, there just seems to be more variation of show style so it can be a little more challenging to compare showmen.

Do you think switching sides often is crucial in showmanship? 
I think it is crucial to give the judge to best view of your animal no matter the angle they are to you, so it is important to be able to switch sides smoothly to give the judge the view they are looking for.

Do you have any words of wisdom to give to the kids before they step inside the ring? 
Be confident, cool, and collected. It’s easy for a judge to see when a showman is worked up, and usually the animal acts according to the showman’s attitude. Also let your animal have a natural look, especially when walking the animal and ear placement when propping them up.

How important are first impressions to you?
Incredibly important. The show will be fast pace and there will be a lot of showmen coming though the ring, so making sure that you are locked in the second you come in the gate is crucial.

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
I look forward to NAILE every year. It feels like home being on the eastern side of the country, and I love the history and traditions that are behind it.

Pfeiffer Farms

GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR
CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 Georgia National Fair
Shown by Levi Roberts – Bred by Pfeiffer Farms

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Hidden Treasure X Jager

How many years have you been raising Goats?
We’ve been raising goats since 2005.

How many head do you run?
We run somewhere around 1,700 goats, 500 sheep, and 300 cows

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
Many new breeding techniques have definitely improved our program, making it easier to get the better bucks bred to the best does.

What buck or Doe has been most influential to your herd?
Hard question, but I would have to say Colt, Grey Goose, and Juice have been the most influential to our program.

Who has impacted you on your operation the most?
Glen Martin.

Addie Munise

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Addie Munise, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Arkansas Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Addie below!

Age: 11

Hometown: Siloam Springs, AR

Grade: I am in 5th grade

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goats name is “Yoda”.  He is special because he works well with me in the show ring.  When at home he is always in your back pocket and loves to race me back to the barn after I work him.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
This is a tough decision. This past year I showed a goat named Diego. Him and I traveled to many different new shows and I was able achieve goals I had set. This year with Yoda, I have been able to set higher goals and work hard to achieve them. Both of these goats have helped me to learn that many hours, hard work, and determination pays off in the show ring.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I tell myself to show hard and do my best. I also bend to my goat and tell them we got this.

What’s your dream college to attend?
Any school with agriculture related programs

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
I like to mix up the feed and help up with daily health information.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is Arkansas Youth Expo (AYE). It is a state show and I get to hang out with my friends. AYE has a celebration of champions at the end of the show and I love challenging myself to be on that stage each year.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I stay focused by setting goals each year and checking them off. I work a lot of hours in the barn each day. With the help of my family I push myself and work until my goals are accomplished.

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have had many influences with showing goats. My family always  has my back. With the help of my uncle Dustin and aunt Stephanie they push me to not give up and do my best, even if Sometimes we get angry at each other. My nana and grandpa take and drive me to all of my shows and show me hard work pays off.  My mom and siblings help me with the care of my goats and keeping my goals in mind. I am so thankful they are in my life!

Another big influence is Kaylie Stone. She helps me to become a better showman and encourages me to set high goals and work hard to achieve them. I am so thankful for everything she has done for me and continues to push me to strive to reach my goals.

Baylor Pearson

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Baylor Pearson, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Tulsa State Fair! Learn a little more about Baylor below!

Age: 16

Hometown: El Reno, OK

Grade: 10th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Bill always been a fan of round ribbed, wide chested livestock.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
My first division champion at OYE. His name was Little Guns.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Don’t suck and give it your all!

What’s your dream college to attend?
I would like to judge livestock at Redlands and transfer to Stillwater!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Working hair and listening to music.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show has always been OYE. Trying to get into the grand drive it’s opportunity of a lifetime. It’s an experience I will never forget.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
Time management and failure strives me to do better.

Who has been your biggest influence?
Parents

Briley Wieland

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Briley Wieland, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 State Fair of Texas! Learn a little more about Briley below!

Age: 16

Hometown: Yorktown, TX

Grade: I am in 11th grade

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goats name was Iceman. What made him so special is that he was such a pet! Anytime I went into his pen he would sit in my lap like a dog.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
Iceman was my favorite goat. The memories that I have made with him are truly special.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I always tell myself to stay calm and at the end of the day it’s one judge’s opinion. No matter what the outcome is I know my family will be proud of me.

What’s your dream college to attend?
I would love to attend Tarleton State University.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
My favorite thing to do in the barn is to turn on my speaker as loud as it goes and work leg hair!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show would be the State Fair of Texas. The people are so nice and helpful! Even though it’s a long drive I absolutely love showing in Dallas.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
It’s a lot of early mornings and late nights in the barn. I like to set my goals and don’t stop working and pushing myself until I accomplish them.

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have a lot of great influences in my life so picking just one is simply impossible. My parents are definitely some of the most hardest working people I have ever seen. There has been a lot of arguments and disagreements in the barn between us but I couldn’t ask for more supportive people in my life. They are always proud of me no matter the outcome of a show. I am so thankful to have them in my life! Another big influence in my life is Glen Martin. I wouldn’t have accomplished this goal without him. I am so thankful for everything he has done for me throughout my show career. Thank you for always pushing me to drive harder and never give up!

Taylor Glover

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Taylor Glover, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Tulsa State Fair! Learn a little more about Taylor below!

Age: 15

Hometown: Elgin, OK

Grade: Sophomore

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Spiffy was always special to me from day one.  He was super sound and super stout and the funnest one I have had to look at.  I also think he knew he was good.  He was always easy to show and just a joy to be around. 

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
Spiffy

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Don’t mess up!

What’s your dream college to attend?
Oklahoma State University

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Wash and work leg hair.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
Oklahoma Youth Expo. It’s one of the toughest shows around and I enjoy seeing all my stock show friends.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I was born into a show barn.  I have watched my brother and others work so hard to earn banners.

So, I know that you have to keep on working even in the years it doesn’t go your way, because hopefully eventually it will.  And I love being in the barn.

Who has been your biggest influence?
There have been several people who have helped me along the way.

My mom, dad and bother been behind me
in both the steer and goat from the beginning.

The Jade Livestock crew has been so helpful in guiding me on selection, feeding and fine tuning my showing.

Destin Emerson has been a staple in helping me on breaking my goats to show and improving my showmanship.  

I am truly blessed to be surrounded by great people.

Addyson Schneberger

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Addyson Schneberger, the exhibitor the Reserve Supreme Champion Breeding Doe at the 2023 Tulsa State Fair! Learn a little more about Addyson below!

Age: 17

Hometown: Carnegie, OK

Grade: Junior at Hydro-Eakly Public Schools

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
She did not have a name.  My doe had a great personality and was naturally easy to show.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
I have had many goats, but my favorite has to be Ted. He was the 2021 OYE Grand Champion market goat. My family also raised him which made it extra special.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Honestly, I am constantly worrying and hoping my goats will walk in the show ring.

What’s your dream college to attend?
I would love to attend Oklahoma State University.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
I love to sweep!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
I have experienced several majors, but OYE is still my favorite. The atmosphere and the people make the show what it is.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I continuously focus on the little things that make the big things easier.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My parents have been my biggest influences and supporters. My dad is always helping me at the barn and making sure the stock is looking the best it can. My mom is the one who always makes sure everything thing is pressed, packed and ready to go.

Madison Church

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madison Church, the exhibitor the Supreme Champion Breeding Doe at the 2023 Tulsa State Fair! Learn a little more about Madison below!

Age: 18

Hometown: Canute, OK

Grade: 12th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Penelope is special because she is the daughter of a the 5th overall doe I showed at OYE a couple years ago.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
My favorite goat was Ghost that I won OYE with last year. She just always had the “show goat” demeanor.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
DON’T SUCK

What’s your dream college to attend?
Oklahoma State

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Listen to music while working hair

What’s your favorite show? and why?
OYE is my favorite show because the competition is always so good because it’s the last show to end the season.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
Staying focused can sometimes be hard, but I just remind myself that if I keep working it will pay off.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My brother, Caden. He has always pushed me to be the best I can be no matter if it’s in the barn or on the softball field.

Tabrey Lierle

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Tabrey Lierle, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Wether Dam and Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Doe at the 2023 Exposition for Youth of Oklahoma! Learn a little more about Tabrey below!

Age: 17

Hometown: Hydro, OK

Grade: 12th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My does name is Jules and my wether dams name is Lav. Jules and Lav have been special since the day they were born. The way they are created is something that still amazes us, and we’re excited to see what all they go on to do. Lav is slightly higher in my eyes since she is the first bracing animal I’ve ever shown.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
My favorite goat was Mae, a Halfmaan doe I showed my first year of showing that I went on to win showmanship at the Oklahoma Youth Expo with. Because of Mae, I found my spark within the livestock industry and knew that showing goats was where I belonged.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Whatever happens, happens. No outcome of this changes who you are.

What’s your dream college to attend?
My dream college to attend is OSU.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
My favorite thing to do in the barn is working hair.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the Oklahoma Youth Expo because it’s the show where all your hard work throughout the year shows off.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
By reminding myself why I do what I do and what all I want to accomplish in the future- without staying focused and working hard, your goals are just thoughts.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influence is my dad. Without my dad, none of this would have ever been possible. I have never met anyone who works harder than he does, and everyday I strive to be half the person he is.

Sophia Estrada

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Sophia Estrada, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Wether Dam at the 2023 Exposition for Youth of Oklahoma! Learn a little more about Sophia below!

Age: 17

Hometown: Cheyenne, OK

Grade: 12th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Salty. She’s special because she never lets us forget it. She has the biggest personality and refuses to think she is anything less than a princess. She is a bit spoiled.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
Gator was a wether I showed my junior year. Not only did he help me win many showmanships but he also helped me reach multiple goals in the showring.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Just relax and let my animal do its thing.

What’s your dream college to attend?
Oklahoma State University

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Work on showmanship and working skin and hair.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
Oklahoma Youth Expo! Seeing the memories generations have made at this show gives me even more reason to be thankful for this industry.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
Thinking back to when I just started out and seeing how far I have been able to grow because of God, family, and friends. Reminiscing gives me the energy to keep working.

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have been blessed enough to have many great influences through my walk with God, in the classroom, and in the show barn. Hayli Miller, my ag teacher from 8th grade to sophomore year, helped me get my feet wet in the goat barn. She is who inspired me to further my education by going to college to obtain an Agriculture Education Degree. My parents are the reason I am half the person I am today. Without them, I would not know how to work hard, be persistent, and how to let my failures be the reason I push harder for success.

Lori Burns

Spencer Scotten

Where are you the teacher?
I am currently a school counselor at Dover Schools in northwest Oklahoma, I formerly taught agricultural education in Kingfisher, OK, for 20 years.

How many kids do you teach?
Since I am a school counselor, I am not a classroom teacher, but instead, I work with all students in grades Pre-K through 12, which is about 171 students.

Favorite thing about being a teacher?
There are so many rewarding aspects of teaching. I love being a part of students’ lives and watching them achieve something new. In today’s times, students want and need someone to look up to, encourage them, and push them to do new things or to believe in themselves. I love mentoring students when they need a listening ear or someone to lean on during hard times. Kids have a lot to deal with these days, and not everyone grows up with a support system like I had. They don’t have chores or a parent making them get out of bed to work or get to school. This saddens me, but it also makes my job as a teacher/counselor more important. It may seem like a lot of pressure to encourage students to be successful and do something positive with their lives, even if they don’t have much going for them, but I see this as a good challenge. I enjoy taking on a challenge that I know is going to benefit a student in the long run who needs someone like me to give them that extra push, hug, or encouraging word to do better and become someone great.

My absolute favorite is when a student comes back to see me after they have moved on because they appreciate the impact I have made in their lives. Even when a student says “thank you.” Or even a hug from an elementary student who may hate school but love Mrs. Burns. Those are the things that keep educators going. It is not the paycheck or the “summers off,” so they say; it’s the impact that an adult can have on a student’s life that makes educating the greatest career in the world.

Oprah may have her list of “favorite things” that will get thousands of likes, shares, and comments on Snapchat, but my mom taught me a long time ago that the best things in life aren’t “things.” It turns out she’s right!

Hardest thing you have had to accept in the last 10 years?
Over the past 10 years, teachers have had a lot of challenges. COVID was rough, and we still experience the challenges this pandemic caused. Education took a drastic turn after 2020 and will not soon recover. For many families, working together at home was a great time. I know that we had a lot of barn time together because there was nothing else to do. However, most students and schools have suffered greatly since the pandemic.

COVID is not even the most difficult thing I have experienced in the past 10 years. I believe the amount of technology our kids are exposed to is the hardest thing for me to accept and adjust to as an educator. Twenty years ago, we would ride in the ag truck all across Oklahoma, having meaningful conversations, teaching, learning, practicing reasons, memorizing speeches, and studying to get better at something. Now, I spend half of this bonding time asking kids to get off Snapchat, complaining about TikTok, and managing how much time is spent on Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I use my phone a LOT! However, social media and instant messaging have taken over real social skills and learning opportunities, It is sad that a kid worries more about how many “likes”  they have or “followers” they have and not about things that affect their lives. Cell phones are great for checking the weather and Google information you need immediately. However, I wish we could all disconnect for a bit and go back to the days when we talked to our ag teacher in the truck for hours on end, learning about life and agriculture.

Well, now you have officially experienced my Soapbox!

Favorite part of your community?
I have always felt lucky to live and work in a community that values education. I have only been a part of two school systems in my 24-year career, but I have been blessed with two amazing ones. Both communities love and care about what goes on inside the walls of their school. They value their educators. Let’s face it, teachers don’t get the best paychecks. However, they reap the rewards of parents who truly appreciate the teachers who care for their children. When something is needed, they provide. When teachers want to haul students to events across the country, they support. When you help a student achieve success, they offer praise

Biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is that I have a family I come home to every day. Despite the challenges we have been through, we are all in tact. I am very proud of my three sons and what they have done throughout their lives while remaining humble, strong, and grounded. I will never let anyone believe we are the perfect family, and I have three children to attest to that, but we are still here trying to do our best, and that is something I am proud of.

Many people do not understand the toll that ag teaching can have on a family. Well, my family has two ag teachers, and we are both extremely competitive and workaholics and don’t have a quititng time at night. This means that children at home are often a second thought, and that can take a toll on a family like ours. We are so lucky to have wonderful grandparents in our family that took over our roll as parents for many years. They taught my kids many life lessons when mom and dad were busy with the FFA kids. I often regretted the time I spent away from my small kids. But i will never regret the fine young men they have each grown into today.

Favorite time of the year and why?
My favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving. The reason is that I LOVE food, and my mom is hands down the best cook in the world, We have a week off to do absolutely nothing but cook, eat, decorate for Christmas, and watch Hallmark movies! Plus, I love Christmas, but Thanksgiving is the start of the season.

Jaci Falkenstien

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Jaci Falkenstien, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Kansas State Fair! Learn a little more about Jaci below!

Age: 16

Hometown: I’m from Bartlett, Kansas

Grade: I am a Sophomore in High School.

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goat’s name is Kempker, because we bought him from Kempker Livestock. Something that made him sepcial is he loved people and attention. In Kansas, the Grand and Reserve Grand of each species go to a barn in the middle of the fairgrounds called the FFA barn. This barn is used to showcase these animals to the public. Since he loved attention,it made him the perfect animal to teach people about agriculture.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
Throughout my show career, my favorite goat was my Went wether who was Grand Champion at Aksarben in 2022. We just always got along, and he was a calm goat that showed well. He is also one of the highest quality wethers that I have shown.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Right  before I go into the ring, I always pray to God to help give me confidence and I also tell myself, “You got this.”

What’s your dream college to attend?
Since I’m only a sophomore in High School, I don’t know for sure where I want to go, but at this point, I am planning on pursuing a career in embryology.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
My favorite thing to do in the barn is deliver baby goats and work with my show animals.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is Aksarben because their facilities are always nice and there is plenty of room. Also, the people working there are always really respectful and want to help you in any way they can.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I have learned over the years in showing that attention to details is one of the main things that can take you from 3rd to Grand. Thus, I stay focused on my goal by following a strict rinsing, treadmilling, and feeding schedule. Also, I ask people who are more experienced than I am to come and look at the goats almost weekly to make sure they are growing and looking the way they need to.

Who has been your biggest influence?
One of my biggest influences would have to be my brother Luke. He truly understands what I am capable of and pushes me to work hard and do the best I can.  Also, my parents are a great influence.  They have always been my biggest supporters and always help me to do my best. They help me with my animals when I am at school or participating in other activities. If I am talking about my biggest influences, two people I couldn’t forget to mention are Trent and Emma Kempker. They have been helping me since 2019 and helped me to get to the level I am able to compete at today. I couldn’t be more proud or thankful that these people are in my corner and are making me the person I am today.

Max Petzenhauser

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Max Petzenhauser, the exhibitor the Grand Champion FFA Market Goat at the 2023 Iowa State Fair! Learn a little more about Max below!

Age: 19

Hometown: Roland, Iowa

Grade: Sophomore at Blackhawk East College

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Silk Da shocker, A former friend and originally an Aksarben/Kansas City piece. The judge turned out tying into him and I’m once again extremely humbled to be in such a great and competitive goat show.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
It comes down to my 2020 Aksarben and this years reserve I raised. Both happened to not understand the point of a halter and rather get scratched on and walking with my instead of being led.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
To show my butt off and to shut out all the noise until I get the handshake. I find for myself that if I walk into a ring a little nervous I go out there and go to work.

What’s your dream college to attend?
Im a sophomore on the black Hawk east judging team and plans to judge in senior college

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Definitely being in the barn when we are kidding and giving the necessary TLC that all little goats need.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
NAILE is pretty cool and the facilities are superior to most. Without a doubt, one of the biggest shows you can win and it’s where the elite showcase the highest quality animals in the United States. A banner on the green chips are forever and always 2nd to none.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
At the end of the day it all comes down to the love for the game. It’s one of those things you have to be in truly invested in.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My dad has always helped me and teaches me through his sheep herd and prior animal husbandry knowledge as well as teaching me how to feed and letting me take the reigns and feed my rations and I can’t ever thank him enough. Another person is Cooper Bounds who we co own does with at Premier/Bounds, Coopers been a very good role model and makes fitting and showing goats fun and worth it. The knowledge those two guys can share and breakdown truly humbles me and I couldn’t ask for a more dynamic duo of fellow goat enthusiasts.

State Fair of Texas Wether Dams

Oct. 17, 2023 – Dallas, TX – Judge: Sierra Nauman

Grand Champion Wether Dam
Audrey Bettiga – Bred by Lazy JB
Sire: Tag Me In

Reserve Grand Champion Wether Dam

Blue Team Wethers

UTAH STATE FAIR
CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 Utah State Fair
Shown by JC Pratt – Bred by Blue Team

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
BTW I Am Legend x Shake and Bake x Next

How many years have you been raising Goats?
We started BLUE TEAM WETHERS in 1999, which means we’ve been at it for 24 years!

How many head do you run?
We run approximately 1200 head

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
We flush 7 months out of the year, and during those 7 months we flush close to 250 donors. We AI all of our natural does, and beginning in 2020 we started doing some IVF work as well.  All of these reproduction practices have drastically improved our herd and allowed us to utilize our herd sires more efficiently.

What buck or Doe has been most influential to your herd?
That is a hard question and one that we don’t take lightly, but the most influential buck for us was probably Soldier Boy.  He added so many good things in his off-spring and we were strategic when keeping Soldier Boy bred does for our donor pen, along with several Soldier Boy bred bucks to our battery.  His Legacy will continue to make an impact for years to come.

We have loved the I AM Legend kids, and have several new and very exciting sires that we can’t wait to see kids out of as well!!!

Who has impacted you on your operation the most?
The livestock industry, and especially the wether goat industry, have been impacted and influenced by some great individuals. For me personally my grandfather and dad raised and traded goats my whole life, which peaked my initial interest into the industry. Over the years there have been several individuals who have helped and even challenged me in our operation. I am forever grateful to those who have been a part of the 24 year process, like one of my closest friends, Chad Walker. He has offered his great eye, his honesty and opinions the last few years, which has brought a fresh and honest perspective to our breeding program at BTW. My wife and son have also had a huge impact on our operation, and without their daily input and efforts we would not have near the successes.

Blue Team Wethers

COLORADO STATE FAIR
CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 Colorado State Fair
Shown by Karyn Fetzer – Bred by Blue Team

What’s the pedigree of your champion?
BTW Russian Princess x Knock Out x Ronda

How many years have you been raising Goats?
We started BLUE TEAM WETHERS in 1999, which means we’ve been at it for 24 years!

How many head do you run?
We run approximately 1200 head

How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
We flush 7 months out of the year, and during those 7 months we flush close to 250 donors. We AI all of our natural does, and beginning in 2020 we started doing some IVF work as well.  All of these reproduction practices have drastically improved our herd and allowed us to utilize our herd sires more efficiently.

What buck or Doe has been most influential to your herd?
That is a hard question and one that we don’t take lightly, but the most influential buck for us was probably Soldier Boy.  He added so many good things in his off-spring and we were strategic when keeping Soldier Boy bred does for our donor pen, along with several Soldier Boy bred bucks to our battery.  His Legacy will continue to make an impact for years to come.

Who has impacted you on your operation the most?
The livestock industry, and especially the wether goat industry, have been impacted and influenced by some great individuals. For me personally my grandfather and dad raised and traded goats my whole life, which peaked my initial interest into the industry. Over the years there have been several individuals who have helped and even challenged me in our operation. I am forever grateful to those who have been a part of the 24 year process, like one of my closest friends, Chad Walker. He has offered his great eye, his honesty and opinions the last few years, which has brought a fresh and honest perspective to our breeding program at BTW. My wife and son have also had a huge impact on our operation, and without their daily input and efforts we would not have near the successes.

American Royal Wether Dams

Oct. 14, 2023 – Kansas City, MO – Judge: Leah Amstutz

Grand Champion Wether Dam Doe
Champion Division 3
Holden Wise – Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Grand Champion Wether Dam Doe
Reserve Division 3
Maggie McDonald – Bred by Fledderjohann

3rd Overall Wether Dam Doe
Champion Division 1
Cheyenne Brunker – Bred by Kempker

4th Overall Wether Dam Doe
Champion Division 2
Avery Shallow – Bred by Stork

5th Overall Wether Dam Doe
Reserve Division 1
Brock Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Champion Division 1
Cheyenne Brunker – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Division 1
Brock Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert

Class 1 – Flint Kennedy – Bred by Stork 2) Kobi Scroggins – Bred by Allison
Class 2 – Cheyenne Brunker – Bred by Kempker 2) Brock Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert
Class 3 – Holden Wise – Bred by Prickett 2) Brantley Went – Bred by Went

Champion Division 2
Avery Shallow – Bred by Stork

Reserve Division 2
Dakota Allen Smith – Bred by Kempker

Class 1 – Olivia Sandy – Bred by Droppert 2) Isabelle Lowry – Bred by Maverick
Class 2 – Avery Shallow – Bred by Stork 2) Jaci Falkenstien – Bred by Falkenstien
Class 3 – Dakota Allen Smith – Bred by Kempker 2) Jailey Sparks – Bred by Kempker

Champion Division 3
Holden Wise – Bred by Halfmann

Reserve Division 3
Maggie McDonald – Bred by Fledderjohann

Class 1 – Holden Wise – Bred by Halfmann 2) KJ Anthony – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Connor Anthony – Bred by Ross 2) Khaden Litton – Bred by Bounds
Class 3 – Maggie McDonald – Bred by Fledderjohann 2) Jailey Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 4 – Kinzee Steadmiller – Bred by Bounds/Fraser 2) Tyson Goretska – Bred by Goretska

American Royal Market Goats

Oct. 13, 2023 – Kansas City, MO – Judge: Skyler & Shannon Scotten

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 4
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Division 2
Sandra Clinger – Bred by Halfmann Bros

Champion Division 1
Jacey Treadwell – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Division 1
Sayde Allen – Bred by Droppert

Class 1 – Dayton Mortvedt – Bred by Droppert 2) Bennet Gordon – Bred by Stork
Class 2 – Stormi Swaim – Bred by Miller 2) Nick Deppe – Bred by Shroyer
Class 3 – Jacey Treadwell – Bred by Kempker 2) Sayde Allen – Bred by Droppert

Champion Division 2
Sandra Clinger – Bred by Halfmann Bros

Reserve Division 2
Kendra Myers – Bred by Pfeiffer

Class 1 – Jase Sparks – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Carly Wheeler – Bred by Morgan
Class 2 – Sandra Clinger – Bred by Halfmann Bros 2) Colton Kephart – Bred by Kempker
Class 3 – Kendra Myers – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Matthew Dutton – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 4 – Sandra Clinger – Bred by Bounds 2) Harper Hess – Bred by Asmus/Bounds

Champion Division 3
Kendra Myers – Bred by Pfeiffer

Reserve Division 3
Kodi McComb – Bred by M4

Class 1 – Stetson Kephart – Bred by Droppert 2) Nick Deppe – Bred by Miller
Class 2 – Maggie McDonald – Bred by Fledderjohann 2) Olivia Arnold – Bred by Droppert
Class 3 – Spencer Goettemiller – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Avery Shallow – Bred by Droppert
Class 4 – Kendra Myers – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Kodi McComb – Bred by M4

Champion Division 4
Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team

Reserve Division 4
Jase Sparks – Bred by Kempker

Class 1 – Jase Sparks – Bred by Kempker 2) Ava Shroyer – Bred by Jacobs
Class 2 – Hayes Henderson – Bred by Blue Team 2) Reagan Miller – Bred by Blue Team
Class 3 – Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team 2) Ella Wisinger – Bred by Went
Class 4 – Kodi McComb – Bred by M4 2) Talan Hiemstra – Bred by Fledderjohann

Arkansas State Fair

Oct. 15, 2023 – AR

Grand Champion Market Goat
Addie Munise – Bred by Morgan

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat

Skyler Scotten

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with American Royal Market Goat Judge, Skyler Scotten, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

Is this your first state fair or major? If not, what others have you judged?
Although Kansas City is not my first major it’s one that has been on my bucket list since I could remember. Other shows I have done include Aksarben, Tulsa, Dallas, NAILE, Denver, Dixie and OYE.

What do you look for when evaluating?
I’m a composition guy. It’s a market animal show and I hold real world value to a very high regard. Those that have watched me judge know that chest width and ribcage is vital to me. I grew up with my dad selling show cattle for a living, one thing I promise it was easier to sell a stout big legged one than it was a tall pretty one.

If down to the last few, what will be your sort?
Power and squareness.

Did you judge in college? If so, where?
Yes.

What’s your occupation?
PhD student and livestock judging coach at Texas Tech University.

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
American Royal is my favorite. Although I enjoy all of them, Kansas City is my home and I get goosebumps every time I drive my the the complex.

What’s your dream vacation?
I’d really like to go on a Elk hunt with Spence and Clancy someday.

Leah Amstutz

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with American Royal Doe Judge, Leah Amstutz, to ask her a few questions before she steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

Is this your first state fair or major? If not, what others have you judged?
I have had the opporuntiy to judge at several state fairs, but this will be my first major.

What do you look for when evaluating?
My first priority in sorting livestock is structure. They have to be built right starting at the ground.

If down to the last few, what will be your sort?
My final sort usually comes down to which one is the best in motion with the most unquie attributes.

Did you judge in college? If so, where?
I was a member of the Michigan State University Livestock Judging Team.

What’s your occupation?
I am the Director, in the Office of Career-Technial Education at the state agency for education in Ohio. Our office provides oversight of K-12 career-technical education programs and adult options.

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
The National Western Stock Show is one show I always look forward to every year. I feel it is a true representation of the livestock industry.

What’s your dream vacation?
The beach with my family.

Heart of Texas

Oct. 10, 2023 – TX – Judge: Ryan Mortvedt

Grand Champion Market Goat

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat
Averi Walker – Bred by Went

Blake Foraker

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with showmanship judge Blake Foraker before he steps “Inside the Ring” at American Royal. We invite you to read our candid interview with Blake below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Inside the Ring – Showmanship Edition”

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Do you like judging doe or wether showmanship? Why?
I don’t have a preference.  While they often share many similarities, showmanship styles can differ between wethers and does, and each have their unique challenges, depending on the type, kind, and presentation (i.e., clipped vs. haired) of the animal.

Do you think switching sides often is crucial in showmanship? 
Switching sides frequently is not crucial, and I won’t play games to try to catch a young person off-guard.  However, the ability to present your animal to its highest degree is crucial, and that may inolve switching sides at different times throughout the showmanship contest.

Do you have any words of wisdom to give to the kids before they step inside the ring? 
Consistently, quickly, and confidently accentuate the positive attributes of your animal in motion and on the profile, and you will place well.  In most, if not all, instances, this involves posturing of the head-neck and neck-back junctures at 90-degree angles.   No matter the species, I like to evaluate stock in motion. Many goat showman choose to present their animal in motion using a halter, and it can be a highly effective method for highly-trained animals.  However, all too often I see goat showmen with phenomenal profile presentation that fail to maintain that same kind of presentation in motion because their goat fights the halter. Most goats naturally break in their topline, especially in comparison to sheep, and fighting the halter only makes this issue worse. Call it old-school, but I think a chain works just fine to naturally maintain those 90-degree junctures in motion for most goats.  I like to interact with the kids throughout the contest, so the intensity can ebb and flow. Most importantly, have fun!  

How important are first impressions to you?
Gut reactions (i.e., first impressions) mean something.  I will know my top showmen as soon as they hit the ring, so long as they can consistently maintain that impression throughout the contest.

What’s one show you look forward to every year?
I don’t make it to as many shows as I would like, but the nostalgia of the National Western is hard to beat since it was the major show where, albeit relatively insignificant, our family achieved some of our most notable show ring successes.

Arkansas Youth Expo

Oct. 4, 2023 – AR – Judge: Sam Mattingly

Grand Champion Market Goat
Adleigh Munise – Bred by Allan Morgan
Reserve Champion Market Goat
Avery Randleman – Bred by Halfmann Bros
   
3rd Overall Market Goat
Brayden Mooney – Bred by Blue Team
4th Overall Market Goat
Cash Lenderman – Bred by Hoyle
 
5th Overall Market Goat
Bristol Lee – Bred by Pfeiffer
   
Champion Division 1
Cash Lenderman – Bred by Hoyle
Reserve Division 1
Bristol Lee – Bred by Pfeiffer
 
3rd Overall Division 1
Tatum Carter – Bred by Pfeiffer
   
Champion Division 2
Avery Randleman – Bred by Agee
Reserve Division 2
Adleigh Muncie
 
3rd Overall Division 2
Rowdy Warren
   
Champion Division 3
Adleigh Munice
Reserve Division 3
Millie Murry
 
3rd Overall Division 3
Victoria Barksdale
   
Champion Division 4
Avery Randleman – Bred by Halfmann Bros

Reserve Division 4
Victoria Barksdale – Bred by 
Blue Team

 
3rd Overall Division 4
Danny Crossno
   
Champion Division 5
Adleigh Munise
Reserve Division 5
Brayden Mooney – Bred by Blue Team
 
3rd Overall Division 5
Tatum Carter – Bred by Hoyle
   
Champion Division 6
Brayden Mooney – Bred by Blue Team
Reserve Division 6
Cash Lenderman – Bred by T3 Show Goats
 
3rd Overall Division 6
Cash Lenderman – Bred by Peters

Tulsa State Fair

Oct. 3-4, 2023 – Tulsa, OK

Market Goat Show – Judge: Derrick Brown

Grand Champion Market Goat
Taylor Glover – Bred by Statts
Sired by Losers Wheepers

Reserve Champion Market Goat
Baylor Pearson – Bred by Pfeiffer
Sired by Perfect Timing
   

Champion Division 1
Keelan Derickson – Bred by Halfmann Bros
Sired by Keep the Faith

Reserve Division 1
Chloe Silka – Bred by Mackey
   
Champion Division 2
Jailey Sparks – Bred by Falkenstien
Sired by Keep the Faith
Reserve Division 2
Gracie Jackman – Bred by Mann
   
Champion Division 3
Sayde Allen – Bred by Halfmann
Sired by Harlem Handshake
Reserve Division 3
Camilan Cundiff – Bred by Holscher
   
Champion Division 4
Avery White – Bred by Pfeiffer
Sired by Pandemonium

Reserve Division 4
Caly Davenport – Bred by Pfeiffer
Sired by Juice

   
Champion Division 5
Taylor Glover – Bred by Statts
Sired by Losers Wheepers
Reserve Division 5
Baylor Pearson – Bred by Pfeiffer
Sired by Perfect Timing
   
Champion Division 6
Katie Eisenhower – Bred by Pfeiffer
Sired by Shag
Reserve Division 6
Alexis Enlow – Bred by Eclipse
Sired by Tag Me In

Breeding Doe Show – Judge: Ryan Mortvedt

Grand Champion Breeding Doe
Champion Division 3
Madison Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros
Reserve Champion Breeding Doe
Reserve Division 3
Addison Schneberger – Bred by Halfmann
   
3rd Overall Breeding Doe
Champion Division 4
Jenna Holt – Bred by Jade
4th Overall Breeding Doe
Champion Division 4
Tabrey Lirle – Bred by Pfeiffer
   
5th Overall Breeding Doe
Reserve Division 4
KJ Anthony – Bred by Blue Team
   
Champion Division 1
Kamlyn Cundiff – Bred by Peters
Reserve Division 1
Aidyn Garcia – Bred by Silky
   
Champion Division 2
Madison Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros
Reserve Division 2
Javen sparks – Bred by Halfmann Bros
   
Champion Division 3
Madison Church – Bred by Halfmann Bros
Reserve Division 3
Addison Schneberger – Bred by Halfmann
   
Champion Division 4
Tabrey Lirle – Bred by Pfeiffer
Reserve Division 4
KJ Anthony – Bred by Blue Team

Jared Whitcomb

Spencer Scotten

We caught up with Arkansas Youth Expo Breeding Doe Judge, Jared Whitcomb, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!

What’s been your all time favorite goat you have judged?
There was a doe at the Final Drive this year and a Wether at a jackpot I sorted in Ohio last year that come to mind

What’s your biggest pet peeve while judging?
I respect everyone wanting a hand shake after every class but I have reverted to giving fist bumps to help things move quicker

Who’s your biggest influence in evaluating livestock?
There have been multiple propel that have influence how I evaluate livestock

Do you prefer to evaluate when goats are in motion or stuck on profile?
I think both are very important but it normally comes down to structure when it gets close

Tell us about your family!
My wife and I along with our daughter, Emersyn, own and operate Whitcomb Club Lambs with my family. We are very fortunate to be raising her in the livestock industry.

In your mind, how has the industry changed in the show ring over the last 10 years?
I would probably have to say the bone and hair.

What’s your occupation?
I am currently employed at the Farm Service Agency in Petersburg Illinois

Payton Rodgers

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Payton Rodgers, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Missouri State Fair! Learn a little more about Payton below!

Age: 17

Hometown: Savannah, MO

Grade: Senior

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goat “snickers” was a very special goat for me because he was the first goat I ever showed. Everyone told me that goats have very strong personalities and snickers definitely lived up to that.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
This was the first goat I have ever shown so he is my favorite so far, but I’m excited to continue showing and getting new goats in the barn.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Before I go into the ring I always remind myself that our family worked as hard as we could and did everything we could to get to that moment, whatever is going to happen is in Gods hands.

What’s your dream college to attend?
I have always wanted to attend Oklahoma State University.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
I always enjoy working in the barn and it’s where most of my time is spent. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite thing to do in the barn. I enjoy every aspect of spending time working on livestock with my family. However if I had to pick a favorite it would be working hair.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
I really enjoy every show and each one is unique, but my favorite show would have to be the National Western Stock Show. In my mind it has always been the Super Bowl of Livestock Shows. I think the thing that really sets it apart is the history and tradition behind it. I have always enjoyed getting to look at the high quality livestock and getting to look at the bulls on display. I have met so many people and made so many memories because of the NWSS and it will always be a special place for me.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
The biggest thing that keeps me focused on reaching my goals is my passion for this industry and showing. I know my time in the showring is coming closer to an end but until then I want to do everything I can to accomplish the goals I have. I have learned to use disappointment as motivation. Not everything is going to go the way I envision so, instead of getting upset or giving up on a goal I have learned to find the positive with what I’m doing, learn from coming up short, and use it as motivation to work harder to accomplish my goals.

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have been very fortunate to have many influential people in my life, all of which have played a significant role in helping and shaping me into the person I am today. However my biggest influences would have to be my parents. They have devoted so much time and given so much support to my sister and I. They have taught us how to work hard and never give up, always push us to reach our goals, and to do and be our best. I will forever be thankful that they had my sister and I grow up in this industry because I truly couldn’t imagine  growing up any other way.

State Fair of Texas

Oct. 2, 2023 – Dallas, TX – Judge: Skyler Scotten

Grand Champion Market Goat
Champion Middleweight
Blaze Mock – Bred by Kempker
Reserve Champion Market Goat
Champion Heavyweight
Briley Weiland – Bred by Stork
   

Champion Lightweight
Grace Moore – Bred by Schrank

Reserve Lightweight
Abigail Wilson – Bred by Finley
Class 1 – Kelly Sanders – Bred by Maverick 2) Mallory Libal – Bred by Pruitt
Class 2 – Grace Moore – Bred by Schrank 2) Abigail Wilson – Bred by Finley
Class 3 – Brett Bowers – Bred by Went 2) Gracie Cox – Bred by Thurman
   

Champion Middleweight
Blaze Mock – Bred by Kempker

Reserve Middleweight
Brynlee Hogg – Bred by Pfeiffer
Class 1 – Hayzen Halfmann – Bred by Halfmann 2) Johnson Wise – Bred by Blue Team
Class 2 – Brynlee Hogg – Bred by Pfeiffer 2) Bruggs Browers – Bred by Browers
Class 3 – Blaze Mock – Bred by Kempker 2) Ava Allensworth – Bred by Smith Show Stock
   

Champion Heavyweight
Briley Weiland – Bred by Stork

Reserve Heavyweight
Regan Miller – Bred by Blue Team
Class 1 – Briley Weiland – Bred by Stork 2) Ford Brooks – Bred by Evans
Class 2 – Regan Miller – Bred by Blue Team 2) Emma Turner – Bred by Hi View Ranch
Class 3 – Tori Peters – Bred by Finley 2) Makenna Cowley – Bred by Cowley Livestock

Nolan Hoge

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Nolan Hoge, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Illinois State Fair! Learn a little more about Nolan below!

Age: 15

Hometown: Good Hope, Illinois

Grade: Sophomore

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
Goat’s name is Donnie.  He was special because we were tight.  We had a special bond. Wherever I would go, he would just follow right behind me. If he didn’t see me, he would freak out and if I came near him so he could see me, he would  mellow out.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
They have all been fun but the 2022 Illinois State Fair winner was my favorite. He was a good goat! High quality.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I GOT THIS!

What’s your dream college to attend?
There’s a lot of good colleges out there and to pick one would be really hard.  All colleges have different attributes, so in my opinion it isn’t about a dream college it’s about what you put in to the place that you attend to make it your dream college. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Work. It’s my therapy.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
Kansas City is my favorite show.  There is something about the environment that makes it a special place.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I close everything out and zone in.  I know what needs to be done and now it up to me to do it.

Who has been your biggest influence?
There are so many people that have pushed me to do my best. Choosing one would be impossible because they all have positively influenced me throughout my life.

Karina Erickson

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Karina Erickson, the exhibitor the Grand Champion 4-H Market Goat at the 2023 Minnesota State Fair! Learn a little more about Karina below!

Age: 14

Hometown: Alden, Minnesota

Grade: 9th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goats name this year was Dontavious, he was special because no matter how long we were out in the barn working he was always calm and good tempered.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
This years, I have achieved many of my goals with him.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I tell myself to show off my hard work and dedication to this industry and that one judge or show does not make me who I am, it is the amazing and supportive industry that I am in that does.

What’s your dream college to attend?
South Dakota State University. As I have grown up my family has always attended many football games and spent time in Brookings and the people and community is something that I would fit right in with.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
Listen to music while I work. It is almost like an escape from reality when I turn the speaker on and work hair, wash, set up, or walk my goats.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the Minnesota Youth Livestock Expo. I have met many new people every year I go and it is always a good time.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
My support team that pushes me every step of the way. They are always there trying to make me a better person in and outside of the ring. My sister and her boyfriend have been my biggest supporters on reaching my goal and I couldn’t have done this without them.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My best friend Khloe. She has been there all year working with me on showmanship and anything you could think of. She was there for me always willing to help and make me a better showman and person. I will always thank her for helping me and I wish one day to be as amazing as she is.

Chaynee Tennant

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Chaynee Tennant, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Indiana State Fair! Learn a little more about Chaynee below!

Age: 19

Hometown: North Manchester, Indiana

Grade: Freshman in College

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goats name was Elvis! he was a true rock star!! He was the biggest baby you would have ever meet!

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
While I have only showed goat this year Elvis was my favorite!! I have showed a few goats at the county fair but nothing like Elvis!

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I have worked for this now lets achieve it!

What’s your dream college to attend?
I would have to say my dream college would be Oklahoma state!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
I would have to say my favorite thing to do in the barn is blast music and work with my animals and get to know them!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
That’s a toss up… it’s between The Indiana State Fair and NAILE. The Indiana State Fair will always hold a special place in my heart. That feeling of walking onto the dirt in front of all your friends and family in the Pepsi Coliseum is something I will never forget. All the goosebumps and chills is out of this world, it’s a goal that every Indiana 4-her needs to set! NAILE is my favorite because I get to see all my favorite people and friends from across the country in one weekend. We are all doing what we love and that’s showing quality livestock together.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I set little goals within the bigger goals! you have to accomplish your little goals then accomplish your big goals! If your goals don’t scare you then they probably aren’t big enough!

Who has been your biggest influence?
Wow this is a tough one!  There’s so many people that have been so influential in my life and my 4-h career, I can’t list just one.  Everyone of them has held a piece in my success, whether it be pushing me a little harder, showmanship lessons, helping me just be me, traveling to shows with us, finding my set of sheep, finding my goats, helping dad with feeding, fixing meals while at shows or just being there because you have truly enjoyed being with me during this chapter of my life!  I look up to each and everyone of these people because they took time to teach me and mentor me to be successful in my dreams. My Dad and Mom, Collin and Bailey, Kylar, Allison and Alex, John Allen and Parker Saum.

Mallorie Beck

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Mallorie Beck, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Doe at the 2023 Missouri State Fair! Learn a little more about Mallorie below!

Age: 16

Hometown: Diamond, Missouri

Grade: 11th

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My does name is Trixy! The day we went to look at goats, Trixy stuck out to my family by her personality! She was one of the craziest ones and we knew from that day forward she was going to be good!

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
This year I have had some pretty special goats! Trixy and one of my wethers, Groovy, who was selected Reserve at the Gold Buckle Gala, would have to be my two favorites! They both have helped me achieve some of my goals for the year!

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
Before I go into the ring, I always say a prayer to calm my nerves! I also remind myself what I need to do to get the animal set up to my best ability! And of course it all ends with a fist bump from my Mom and Dad!

What’s your dream college to attend?
I would love to attend Redlands and Oklahoma State University because of how awesome of an Ag program both schools have!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
My favorite things to do in the barn are rinse and blow and also mix drenches! They both have a huge part in being successful! I love seeing an animal go from having no hair to having a ton!

What’s your favorite show? and why?
My favorite show is the Aksarben! It has always been a show that is ran very well and had lots of competition! This show has helped me become a better showman. It also is super layed back and a show that my family and I have the best time at!

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I stayed focused to reaching my goals by going out to the barn everyday and making sure everything is done correctly! Success doesn’t come unless you work hard and stay dedicated!

Who has been your biggest influence?
I have had so many good influences in my life! One of them would have to be my parents! They have taught me how to work hard and never give up! Without them I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today! Also another person that has influenced my life is Riley Hoyle! She was my counselor one year at a YGB camp! She made a big impact in my life by showing me how to be a good showman and an even better person!

Audree Callens

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Audree Callens, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 California State Fair! Learn a little more about Audree below!

Age: 14

Hometown: Brawley, CA

Grade: I will be Freshman at Brawley Union High School

What’s your Goat name? and what made him/her so special?
My goat is named Bear, its my nickname and he is also like a big teddy bear.

Throughout your show career what’s been your favorite Goat?
My favorite goat would have to be Bear because he is my first so he will definitely be hard to replace now.

What do you tell yourself right before you go into the ring?
I tell myself before I go in the ring, I  know what I am doing and I can only do  my part. The rest is in the Judges hands.  I can’t control how he think just how I perform. Oh and don’t let go of your animal.

What’s your dream college to attend?
I hope to attend OSU and continue to further my career in Agriculture.
Go Pokes!!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the barn?
I would say my favorite thing to do in the barn is sheep legs even though family would say its to clean and organize the barn.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
It’s really hard to not say one of the National Shows because I love those but it would have to be California Youth Expo because I won the Golden Bar in Sheep last year.

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I stay focused on my goals with the help of my family and livestocks coaches.  Even though I go in the ring they are just as much a part of this.  We work together to make sure we all want the same thing and do our part so we can be successful together.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My dad, Sean, is my biggest influence  He has supported me in everything I ever want to do.  I have learned so much about my work ethic and determination from him.  I would also have to say Riley Hoyle, because she has taught me the type of person I want to be in and out of the arena.

Brett Bowers

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Brett Bowers, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Houston Livestock Show! Learn a little more about Brett below!

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX

How long have you lived there?
About 14 years

How many kids are in your grade?
Around 250

Most interesting thing about your town?
The wine and peaches is what they say

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
Yes, I serve as officers for both 4-H and FFA

Do you play sports? If so what?
Yes, I play varsity football and baseball for Fredericksburg HS

What is the population of your hometown?
11,072

What is one thing you wish you had there?
Less rock, more rain and a Cane’s for sure

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
The St. Mary’s Catholic Church we attend, it’s a very extraordinary place to visit.

Brendan Gross

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Brendan Gross, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Rodeo Austin! Learn a little more about Brendan below!

Age: I am 12 years old.

Grade: I am in the 7th grade at Grandview Junior High.

Hometown: My hometown is Grandview, Texas

How long have you lived there?
I have lived in Grandview my whole life!

How many kids are in your grade?
There are about 115 kids in my grade

Most interesting thing about your town?
Our school mascot is a zebra. We are the only school in Texas with a zebra mascot.

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
I am a part of our 4-H, FFA, UIL, and the Gifted and Talented programs.

Do you play sports? If so what?
I play baseball, football, and basketball.

What is the population of your hometown?
The population of my hometown is around 2,000 people.

What is one thing you wish you had there?
I really wish we had a Scheels sporting goods store.

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
The camaraderie among everyone. Our community supports us in everything we do, from sports to showing livestock. Even though Grandview is growing, we still have a small town atmosphere.

Madison Church

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Madison Church, the exhibitor the Supreme Champion Breeding Doe at the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Madison below!

Age: 17

Grade: 11th

Hometown: Sentinel, Oklahoma. I transferred to Canute my 8th grade year.

How long have you lived there?
I have lived here my whole life

How many kids are in your grade?
There are 28 kids in my class.

Most interesting thing about your town?
Our softball field sits right on Route 66. Tourist always come by and tell us that they think it’s the coolest this ever.

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
I am the Vice President of our FFA chapter, active member in Student Council, and am apart of our National Honor Society.

Do you play sports? If so what?
Yes, softball.

What is the population of your hometown?
There is a population of 489 in Canute.

What is one thing you wish you had there?
Canes… or a Target, ya know just out in the middle of a pasture or something.

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
The best thing about Canute is our community. Never have I met so many people that are as supportive as the town of Canute. From playing sports to showing livestock and everything in between the whole town is always supportive.

Tabrey Lierle

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Tabrey Lierle, the exhibitor the Reserve Supreme Champion Breeding Doe at the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Tabrey below!

Age: 16

Grade: 11th

Hometown: Hydro, Oklahoma

How long have you lived there?
I have lived in Hydro my whole life.

How many kids are in your grade?
There are about 30 kids in my grade.

Most interesting thing about your town?
The most interesting thing about Hydro would be how it’s such a small town but the community stays so strong. Hydro is full of friendly faces and so many things created for the benefit of the people.

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
I am a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, the Renaissance Honors Club, FFA, the Livestock Showing Team, and I serve as the junior class Secretary and my FFA chapters Reporter.

Do you play sports? If so what?
I do not play any sports

What is the population of your hometown?
The population of Hydro is about 1,000.

What is one thing you wish you had there?
I honestly feel like Hydro is a pretty complete town. There are multiple places to eat, a beauty salon, grocery store, hardware store, and so much more. There are even new things being built right now. The town of Hydro is pretty small but it’s lucky to have people in it who want the best and do whatever it takes to get there. Having a Sonic would be nice but the ten-minute drive over to Weatherford isn’t that bad.

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
My favorite thing about my hometown is the people in it. Going to a small school makes it easy to be friends with everyone. I have friendships with kids I never thought I would just because I saw them in the hallway and decided to say hey one day. When you go somewhere in town you never leave without stopping and having a conversation with a familiar face.

Destyn Emerson

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Destyn Emerson, the exhibitor the Supreme Champion Wether Dam Doe at the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo! Learn a little more about Destyn below!

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Hometown: Tuttle, Oklahoma

How long have you lived there?
I have lived in Tuttle my whole life.

How many kids are in your grade?
150

Most interesting thing about your town?
The most interesting thing about my home town would have to be that we won nationals in livestock judging at the national FFA convention.

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
I am part of the agricultural youth council and I’m the president of our FFA chapter.

What is the population of your hometown?
7000 people

What is one thing you wish you had there?
I definitely wish there was a Chick-fil-A in my hometown.

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
My favorite thing about my home town is how much community support and involvement there is.

Carson Kirkscey

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Carson Kirkscey, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 San Antonio Stock Show! Learn a little more about Carson below!

Age: 11

Grade: 5th

Hometown: Belton, TX

How long have you lived there?
5 years

How many kids are in your grade?
150

Most interesting thing about your town?
Historical downtown and restaurants, it’s a college town

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
Stampede Creek 4-H

Do you play sports? If so what?
Baseball

What is the population of your hometown?
23,800

What is one thing you wish you had there?
A Guadalajara Mexican Grill

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
The best feed store, Belton Feed and Supply

Shep Silvers

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Shep Silvers, the exhibitor the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2023 Fort Worth Stock Show! Learn a little more about Shep below!

Age: 10

Grade: 4th

Hometown: Junction, TX

How long have you lived there?
My whole life!

How many kids are in your grade?
38

Most interesting thing about your town?
The South Llano River and the North Llano River.

Do you serve on any clubs/organizations? If so, what?
Junction FFA and Kimble County 4-H.

Do you play sports? If so what?
Football and Baseball

What is the population of your hometown?
2,000

What is one thing you wish you had there?
A Whataburger

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
All the Deer Hunting and Fishing!

Raegan Rogers

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Raegan Rogers, the exhibitor the Grand Champion Doe at the 2022 Arizona National! Learn a little more about Raegan below!

Your favorite stock show memory?
When I won arizona nationals because I have been wanting to win that show forever and I was so happy when I did.

Favorite road trip snack?
I love cookies when we are on the road.

Do you have a lucky show shirt, jeans, etc? If so, what is it?
I have a lucky show shirt and pants

THIS OR THAT
Halter vs Chain:

Chain

Jackpots vs State Fairs:
Jackpots

Clipping vs Fitting:
Fitting

Buckles vs Banners:
Buckles