These girls are glad to be back home after spending a few days in Dallas at the State Fair of Texas. The black LaMancha in the center is Dreamy Delights B Daydreamer. I bought her from Lynne Fancher last June. She sure is giving me a look in this picture. While Pat Thornton and I were waiting for the junior LaManchas to show a lady came over with a black and tan LaMancha doeling and intoroduced herself and told us this was her first ADGA show and that she had Nigerians in the Swine Barn but had entered her only LaMancha in the ADGA show. Now Pat and I can't agree if she is Tonya or Tanya but she was very nice and while chatting I found out she bought her doeling from Lynne Fancher. Then we figured out the black doeling I have and her doeling were littermate sisters. Small world huh?? Anyway she did a good job showing her doeling and Pat showed Daydreamer who placed 4th and her sister was 6th .The smiling Saanen doeling in this picture is trying to look pleasant but she was a handfull all weekend. Acted like she had never seen humans before and she was bottle raised. Doesn't she look sweet and innocent?
I got brave last week and entered the Texas - Oklahoma Fair in Wichita Falls. Of course, the day I had to go was the day we received all of that fabulous rain which I had the privilege of driving though for over 6 hours. Made for a cool trip for the goats and I refused to get on I-35 in a downpour so I drove under the freeway and continued on Highway 36 to 281 all the way to Wichita Falls. Excellent roads and beautiful scenery. I have to comment on the Jacksboro High School. It has some beautiful rock work on the front and is a lovely example of a rural school. Good job Jacksboro.
The show at the fair was rough. There were three shows going on at the same time in the same place, Sheep, meat goats and dairy goats plus cattle next door. My goats have never met a sheep before and I could not get them to walk through the sheep to get to the dairy goat arena. Had to go around through the cattle side. They know cows.
And the noise. Two zillion of those livestock hair dryers going at the same time ALL.DAY.LONG. was tough . Could not hear the judges at all. Even when in the ring and they were speaking to you if you were on the side of the ring next to the hair dryers.
BUT there was a happy ending. My little Whiteoak-Bend Dark Chocolate, daughter of last week's blog picture, won Grand Champion Junior LaMancha in Ring 1. She was born in May and was in the youngest class. I am so proud of her. Her sire is Dream-Fire EZ Cunningham and Dark Chocolate looks just like her dam. Lynne Fancher, the breeder of Dream-Fire EZ Cunningham, arrived to watch the show just in time to see Dark Chocolate win. All that driving in the rain was well worth the trip after all.
I look so happy because Whiteoak-Bend CHocolate Chip, my little yearling first freshener won her second official leg toward her permanent championship. She won her dry leg at the 2012 Brazos Valley Fair. We like the Brazos Valley Fair. IF Chip stays healthy and we can win that third leg, she will be the first home grown doe to become a CH in, oh twenty something years. I found a buck that has crossed well with the goats I had and that is something that does not happen easily. Thanks to Lynn Fleming for my Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado. I have four milking daughters on milk test and if all goes well, they will earn him his + this year. Chip has a daughter that was born in May 2013 that looks just like her. I have a lot to look forward to in 2014. Chip and her daughter will be attending the Texas-Oklahoma Fair and the Dallas State Fair before shutting down the show circuit for 2013.
I work part time as well as raise and show dairy goats and make and sell goat milk soaps and lotions. My life is BUSY!!