Today was the goat show. I had a nice time. The judge is really good. He is both positive and interesting to listen to, and well worth the price of admission. My goats did not show very well at all, and I'm still suffering a major case of the "buyme" syndrome complicated with a layer of envy, too. I'm pleased to say that the goats I'm coveting did very well in the show today, and have a lot of the characteristics that are so much of an improvement over my goats. The big thing that ranked my goats down was fleece "structure" - my goats have almost none because their fleeces aren't long enough, and we've had so much rain.
Depending on how you look at it, I either took second-to-last, last, last, second-to-last, and last or third, fourth, sixth, second, and third. Gimble/Goblin were 3/4, Talla was 6th, and Mona/Dahlia were 2/3.
Lots of "my" people showed up today too. That made me feel really good. My in-laws showed up first. Then three ladies from my Wednesday spinning group showed up, and stayed almost all day. Two of them helped me show goats, and one of them took pictures. Towards the end of the afternoon, gsh
showed up just in time for the talk on livestock guardian dogs.
I managed to facilitate a sale for one of our members - who had come all the way from Ohio just to try to sell goats - to some new Angora people. I may be slightly disappointed for not selling any of my goats to these people, but I'm happy to see the Ohio folks' effort to show up paid off. I'm really hoping against hope that I sell some boys tomorrow so that I can justify buying goats. I may buy anyway, but I hope I can at least pretend to justify it.
The folks who run the Rhinebeck show reminded me that we could also bring our llama and enter him in the October show too... ARGH.