Sister, brother exhibit top goats at Yoakum Project Show (Video)
By BY BECKY COOPER - BCOOPER@VICAD.COM
Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
YOAKUM - Kylie and Payton Quinney took different approaches to obtaining their goats for the Yoakum Project Show.
In the end, they brought home the top two prizes in the goat division Friday night.
The show ended Saturday night with the sale of the top 70 animals.
Kylie, who showed the champion goat, opted to buy a show goat from Yoakum breeder Robert Washington, while her older brother decided to breed his pasture nannies, using one of Washington's bucks.
Payton won reserve champion with his home-bred efforts.
"I thought she would beat me. I didn't think he would do as good as he did. We figured he would place in the middle of the pack," Payton, 11, said of his goat, Popsqualy.
Their goats were among 15 in the show.
Kylie, 9, knew how to show off her goat Chewey's best feature.
"He has a lot of muscle in the rear so when the judge was looking at him from the back I had to make sure I had him set up to show off his muscles."
The pair followed the same routine to prepare their goats for the show. They fed them daily at 6 a.m. and after school, usually about 6 p.m., and walked them every other day after school to build their muscles.
This was Payton's fourth year to show goats while it was Kylie's second. They plan to show more goats next year.
The pair, who are members of the Yoakum Junior FFA, also raised breeding goats. In this competition, Payton won reserve champion with his doe and Kylie took third.
By Saturday afternoon, their thoughts had turned to the sale. Both hoped to make more than the $3,000 they did last year, and they were petty sure they would make it.
Her secret to getting more money was to be "silly in the ring. I will smile and try to be cute, they say you get more money if you are cute," the freckled-face fourth-grader said.
Payton opted for the more business approach - go in and show the goat.
Their efforts paid off. Kylie received $4,000 for Chewey while Payton earned $3,245 for Popsqualy.