Mentorship and perseverance push Splendora student to win goat contest
For Splendora student Haley Fleming, perseverance and dedication paid off at the East Montgomery County Fair’s youth livestock show. Fleming’s grand champion goat sold to Hospitality Innovations for $2,750, with $935 in add-ons
This year marked her first time winning one of the two top slots. She took 14th and fifth, respectively, in the last two years of the fair.
The progression came about with not only hard work and dedication, she says, but mentorship with teacher Luke Hammer.
“He taught me how to be a better showman and how to feed,” Fleming said.
Fleming says Hammer also gave her invaluable advice in picking the animals with the right amount of bone and width, another crucial aspect of showing animals.
“All my hard work and hours in the barn are paying off,” she said.
According to Fleming, raising six goats required her to wake up at 4:45 a.m. each day, rain or shine, to feed the animals, clean their pens, change out their water and make them exercise.
With the grand champion win behind her, Fleming now is eyeing the state fair.
“Hopefully we can get into the sale,” she said.
The reserve champion goat, shown by Hannah Wiggins, of Splendora, sold to Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark for $2,500, with $1,485 in add-ons.