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August 28, 2013

Get your goat: For many showing animals is family tradition

STILLWATER, Okla. — Goats here, goats there, there were goats everywhere Tuesday morning at the Payne County Fair.  

Throughout the week, there will be livestock shows at the fair, but Tuesday was dedicated to goats. Many participants came to the Payne County Expo Center to proudly show off their livestock.

Ashton Schaefer, a sophomore at Glencoe High School and Future Farmers of America member, is a Payne County Fair goat show veteran. The goat show, she said, is  a fun and relaxed event.

She has enjoyed success by exhibiting grand champion and reserve champion goats at the Payne County Fair since she started showing in 2006.

Schaefer started showing pigs. She switched to sheep, and started exhibiting goats a few years ago. She said goats are much easier to show than some animals such as cattle.

Erik Webb, a sophomore FFA student at Stillwater High School, said showing is more than competition. It is a way of life for his family. Webb said he and his two brothers take showing their animals seriously.

Webb said showing is more than buying an animal and bringing it to the competition for the the show. Not only must a participant find an animal, but he must wake up early every morning to feed, groom and train the animal.

 Webb said there is one rule that stays true in the Webb household. The animals are tended to first, he said.

“The animals get fed before we do,” Webb said. “If I forget to feed the animals, I don’t eat.”

Webb said his father, Jason Webb, is strict when it comes to showing animals. It has made him a better person over the years.

Jason Webb works for Oklahoma State University and said his family has been showing for approximately nine years. Webb said his sons come from a family which has always shown animals.

Webb said his wife, Rita Webb, showed animals at the Payne County Fair in the same barn as their children, which is neat. He said showing runs in his family’s blood.

“I mean it’s just a family tradition,” Webb said. “It’s just something we have done as a family forever.”


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