In the News: Senior market goat grand champion wins last show
Senior market goat grand champion wins last show
April 14, 2016 | Yes Minded | Every day for the last six months, one Porter High School senior has been working hard for one last shot at the buckle.
On Wednesday, 17-year-old Kylee Houston’s dedication paid off.
Houston earned the title of Grand Champion in the Market Goat contest at the 59th annual Montgomery County Fair in Conroe.
“It’s my last year so it’s very emotional,” said Houston as she covered her face to hide the tears. “I wanted to go out with a bang. I had faith in my mom and dad that they were going to lead me where I needed to be and I accomplished it.
“I dedicate this win to both of them and my brother.”
Houston’s mother said she is “very proud” of her daughter whose work does not go unrecognized.
“She works very hard at home and it shows today,” her mother said.
Houston is the president of her high school FFA chapter and leaves school every day at 2 p.m. to exercise and pamper her goat.
“She comes home and goes straight to the barn to take care of her animals,” her mother said.
The family said it takes a lot of work and planning to raise a champion.
“Every day for 20 to 30 minutes (we are) in the yard working, setting them (the goats) up and blowing hair treatments out the wazoo,” Houston said. “So when you have a win like this, all of your hard work pays off and you know that you’ve done good.”
Houston takes care of at least eight head, including a few lambs.
Despite the number of animals she tends to, Houston learned to get to know her goat during the last six months, which helped her during the “long” competition week.
“He’s very hard-headed,” she said with a laugh. “He’s been very tired and irritable but I guess I know my goat and how he acts. A good showman recognizes their animals flaws and tries to work the kinks out in the show ring.
“That’s what I tried to do today.”
Also the 2014 Grand Champion, Houston said she had to take a one-year break after her win making this year her last shot.
“I couldn’t ask for a better show,” Houston said. “Montgomery County always puts on a good goat show so it has been an honor to show here. My brother (14-year-old Tyler Houston) is coming up, so it may be my last time but I can still be here for him.”
Montgomery County has provided “a lot of opportunity” for her and the youth, she said.
“No one can ever thank them enough for all they do for us,” said Houston, who plans to go to Stephen F. Austin University and into pediatric nursing.
“They’ve been good to me and I know they’ve been good to others, so thank you.”
(Source: The Courier of Montgomery County http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/senior-market-goat-grand-champion-wins-last-show/article_558cf0b0-42ae-5fb7-950b-2f3f9246f503.html)