Emma Lindsey with her pack goat, Rhaenyra at the 2023 4-H Goat Pack and Harness Show.

Emma Lindsey with her pack goat, Rhaenyra at the 2023 4-H Goat Pack and Harness Show.

No Goats, No Glory

DUNKIRK, NY (July 23, 2023) Goats are a versatile animal- proven by Chautauqua County 4-H’ers Thursday night at the county fair. Goats can be used for milk, meat, fiber, and are also working animals. Project members participated in the Pack and Harness Goat Show at the 142nd Chautauqua County Fair. The show was held in the small animal arena, where they were able to show off their new lights and new PA system that was purchased from CCB.

4-H volunteers Keith and Kim LeRoy design both pack and harness courses for the youth. Youth in the harness project must drive their animal through obstacles, back up their animals, and overall maintain control of the animal during the show. Grand Champion Harness Goat was shown by Tianna Bova.

The pack goat course is equally challenging. Youth must lead their animals through real-life obstacles they may come across on the trail including water, inclines, and bridges. Emma Lindsey showed the Grand Champion Pack Goat and Mackenzy Graziano showed the Reserve Champion Pack Goat.

Youth ages 5-8 are 4-H cloverbuds and can participate in select 4-H events. Cloverbuds in the goat projects who participated in the pack show were Eleanor Carlberg, Bryan Catanese. Bentley Frank, Brayden Tarnowski, Randi Frank, and Wyatt Winton.

Congratulations to all youth who participated in the 4-H Pack and Harness Show!

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Last updated July 24, 2023