Saturday, June 11, 2011

We are the Champions!


I'm a pretty competitive person. I like to win and when I don't I'm not very happy. Just ask the goatfarmer. She's been on a few ride homes with me when I ranted about never showing again.
Then I had an epiphany. I was ruining it for myself....and the goatfarmer. I decided that I was going to go to shows to simply enjoy myself. Shows usually involve driving to beautiful countrysides with a tall cup of coffee. I would enjoy just watching and learning. That was the plan. I'd wear my Life is Good shirt and read the tag-Do what you like. Like what you do. That would be my mantra.
So when Cora Belle entered the first ring at the goat show in Stanwood, we were very pleased with our Reserve Champion and the judge's complimentary comments.
Then Cora Belle entered the second ring and I could tell the judge liked her. That was good enough for us! But not for the judge. He picked Cora Belle as Grand Champion and Best of Breed. He couldn't say enough nice things about her and her dairy character.
As we entered the last ring I was pretty hopeful. This was the wife of the judge that liked Cora Belle. They looked like they had been married long enough to develop the same likes in goats.
But the judge only looked at Cora Belle a little bit and looked at a few other goats a lot longer.
It took me by surprise to have her ask me to take Cora Belle to the head of the line and once again Cora Belle was Grand Champion and Best of Breed and finished her championship.
The ride home was filled with rehashing and sudden outbursts of We are the Champions, that is until I saw the flashing lights in my rear view mirror and a big voice boomed over a loudspeaker for me to pull up past the guardrail of the very, very, busy Interstate 5.
Apparently my tabs had expired....6 months ago. The nice state patrolman told me a ticket would be very expensive so he would just let me go with a verbal warning.
As a truck slowed to let me back onto the very, very, busy freeway, the goatfarmer said,

"Today is the day. The day you buy a lottery ticket".

23 comments:

Millie said...

That is a lucky day. Congratulations!

Cathy said...

Hmmm. Glad you decided to do your own thing!

Congratulations to you and Cora Belle!

Chai Chai said...

Congratulations! As I always say, you have the most beautiful goats I have ever seen.

Kathleen said...

We met and talked with you all at the show yesterday - it was so great to finally see Cora Bell in person. Congratulations - Cora Bell is indeed a super model.

Marigold said...

Hey, Ho! Peanut here! Way to go sis'!!!! Doin' the fam proud! Oh, and Auntie Marigold is over there mumbling something about congratulations too. I sure hope you got lots of Peanuts for all that hard work!

Wrensong Farm said...

WHOOOHOOOO!!! and I was there to witness the day! Congratulations!! (and I hope you DID buy that lotto ticket) :)

Michaele said...

WOW! Congratulations!!

Terry Golson said...

You don't mention scones. It must have been a VERY good day when scones become so unimportant that you don't mention them. Or maybe there weren't any at this show? Anyway, congratulations. I try to tell people that my goats are DAIRY goats. More refined than the pygmies at the petting zoo. But they look at the boys' bellies and roll their eyes at me. I'll have to post a pic of Cora Belle in my barn. She is an exemplary goat.

Holly said...

Well now, we all knew this little goat was a champion, glad to see others think so too!

small farm girl said...

That is great! It feels good to win sometimes. lol

Dee W said...

Wow! Congratulations to Cora Belle and you! She's having a wonderful year.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations to you and Cora Belle! How exciting!!

Brenda said...

What an amazing day! Congratulations to Cora Bell on winning Champion!

Feral Female said...

Woo-hoo, nice collection of ribbons!

Queen Quattra said...

Congratulations Cora Belle!! You are just beautiful...after all, we came from the same farm of beauty queens! :)

Lindsey said...

Good Job, Cora Belle!

ga.farmwoman said...

Congratulations! I love that picture with the ribbons. Such a pretty girl!

Did you buy that lottery ticket?
Pam

Anonymous said...

Way to go! She's a beauty

Terry Mdx

Christine said...

Congratulations Cora Belle!

goatfarmer said...

I think that is probably the worst picture I have ever seen of Cora Belle. She looks like a dachshund with hip dysplasia. I wonder who took it.

goatgirl said...

I think the photographer had a headache.

Clare said...

Congrats, Wendy. I hope you are having a good summer.

trashmaster46 said...

I love going to the state fair anyway. But last year I decided to teach myself how to can, plus I'd been baking for about a year by then, so I decided to enter a bunch of stuff in the fair. I love the fair anyway, but it was so exciting to be a participant as well as a guest.