It has taken much hard work and several years, but our showstring now includes several very nice does. Our brood does have also increased in quality, and we feel we are able to produce some of the nicest kids in the country from the base we have built.
For about a year or more, we sold goats and saved the money with determination to have the funds to purchase THE buck we felt we needed for our herd. With that in mind, we attended the Elite Coalition Sale in July 17, 2011, and instead of finding THE buck, Sarah found THE DOE! We were fortunate enough to purchase "2DOX Lunar Eclipse" to add to our show string. Eclipse's DOB: December 6, 2010.
Sarah showed Eclipse for the first time on August 11, 2011, and multiple shows thereafter till our last show of the year on November 11, 2011. In those three, short months Eclipse accumulated 321 ABGA points, earning 7 Overall Grands and 3 Overall Reserves!
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse, Overall Grand Champion at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, MO, August 4, 2011. Left to right: Judge Josh Taylor, and Eclipse's owner Sarah Brend of Good Shepherd Ranch with Eclipse.
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse and owner Sarah Brend of Good Shepherd Ranch. Judge Phil Stacy placed Eclipse Overall Reserve Champion Fulllblood Doe at the Missouri State Fair, August 16, 2011.
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse won Overall Reserve at Henderson, TX, August 20, 2011. Judge Ron Dilley and Eclipse owner Sarah Brend of Good Shepherd Ranch.
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse, Overall Grand Champion under Judge Mark Berry at Chillicothe, MO, September 3, 2011.
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse, Overall Grand Champion under Judge Jesse Kimmel at Chillicothe, MO, September 4, 2011.
Below: 2DOX Lunar Eclipse won Overall Grand Champion at Nevada, MO, September 10, 2011 under Judge Ron Dilley.
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This is the little one that has shaken our world. "Button" as we call her has won Overall Grand Champion at 3 different ABGA Shows in the spring/summer 2011 under 3 different judges (1st-time at Chillicothe, MO, 2nd- and 3rd-times at Harrison, AR) at only 2 months of age! At the age of 4 months, she earned her 4th Overall Grand Champion title. As a newborn, we thought she was "cute" and she's lived up to her name. Button's DOB: March 15, 2011, and she has earned 148 ABGA points.
Below: GSR Cute As A Button shown below at 2 months old with her 1st Overall Grand Championship at Chilicothe, MO, May 15, 2011 under Judge Buddy Curry.
Below: GSR Cute As A Button's 2nd Overall Grand at Harrison, AR, May 21, 2011. From left to right: Judge Anton Ward, Button's Sire Owner, Cecil Swepston of Broken S Ranch, and Button's owner, Sarah Brend of Good Shepherd Ranch.
Below: GSR Cute As A Button's 3rd Overall Grand at Harrison, AR, May 22, 2011, under Judge Lance Ward. From left to right: Judge Lance Ward, Button's co-owners, Alan, Sarah, and Marla Brend of Good Shepherd Ranch.