Allen Newcomb Show Lambs & Treadmills

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.

Jaci Falkenstien

Ethan Davies

We caught up with Jaci Falkenstien, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Goat and Reserve Grand Champion Doe at the 2022 Aksarben Stock Show! Learn a little more about Jaci below!

Age: 15

Hometown: Bartlett, KS

School: I went to Bartlett Grade School in Kansas USD 506 from K-8th Grade. It is a small local school with about 120 kids K-8th. I now attend Labette County High School, a 4A high school in Altamont, Kansas.

Future Plans:
I don’t know for sure what I want to do when I get older, but at this point, I want to major in small animal embryo transfer and minor in zoololgy.

How many years have you been showing? Do you show any other species?
I have shown for 7 years. I showed cattle one year, sheep one year, pigs for two years, and I show horses at the county level. I prefer showing goats.

Other hobbies besides showing livestock?
Other hobbies that I enjoy are playing basketball and I am active in my church youth group. A majority of my time is spent working in our family business improving the quality of show goats we raise.

Best stock show memory:
My best stock show memory so far would probably have to be this year. Earlier this month I was blessed being named Champion Senior Showman, showing the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat, and raising and showing the Supreme Doe at the Kansas State Fair.  Just a  few weeks later, we competed at the Aksarben Stock Show where I was named Reserve Champion Senior Showman, showed the Grand Champion Market Goat, and raised and showed the same doe as Reserve Supreme Doe.

This memory is rivaled by the year 2019 when I showed the Grand Champion Market Goat at the Kansas State Fair with a wether we had raised followed by a market goat win at the Aksarben Stock Show with a goat my brother had planned to show at the American Royal. Like many sotck show families, we spend numerous hours in the barn with our animals and our family making memories.

Tell us about your recent champion:
I really liked the goat I showed. I am not very good at naming my wethers so this one’s name was Went after his breeder. He had a great personality and was pretty easy to show except when he is backing out of the brace or not wanting to walk. He was raised by Went Show Goats and was placed by Kempker, Bounds, and Ausmus.  I will miss having him in the barn.  

What is one word that describes the feelings you had stepping foot into the Grand Drive?
This is probably the hardest question for me because there are so many thoughts going through my mind like excited, anxious, and joyful. If I were to pick just one, I would say grateful. I’m grateful for the people that have pushed me to get where I am, but also that God has put me in the place to be able to compete at the level I do.

Favorite Livestock Show:
I don’t really have a favorite Livestock Show, but if I were to pick one: I would say Aksarben Stock Show. They genuinely care about the people who are showing. They have great facilities with plenty of room and work hard to put on a great show.

Washing or Clipping

Halter Breaking or Training to Brace
Training to Brace

Banners or Buckles

Cleaning Pens or Changing/Cleaning Water Buckets
Chaning Water Buckets