By LIBBY CLUETT
HOUSTON – For some stories, repetition is a good thing. This is the case with Santo agriculture students showing market goats. Last week the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was on their agenda and Zane Mauney, 17, brought home Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Goat and a number of others won big enough to make the auction.
Mauney said his award is the payoff of 13 years of hard work.
“It means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve been doing this since I was 4 years old, and it’s like a dream come true.”
Other Santo 4H and FFA students who showed their goats well were Ashlyn Tucker and Lilly Motley, both of whom placed second in their classes, Callie Wharton who placed sixth in her class and Grant Motley, who placed 10th in his class.
“We’ve had a good year,” said Zane’s father, Scott Mauney, who serves as a Palo Pinto County Agrilife Extension agent. “We have good families and good kids that work hard and make it happen. They still do well ... and are very active in school – sports, etc. They have good families that support them and help them.”
They returned for Saturday’s Junior Market Lamb and Goat auction at the Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion. Mauney’s reserve grand champion goat sold for $100,000, with $20,000 going to him. Mimi and Tom Dompier, Anne and Chris Richardson and Jennifer and Joe Van Matre purchased his goat.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Lifetime Vice President Tom Dompier said purchasing the goat helps students and their families.
“It is the best feeling in the world to help all these kids get a college education and be contributive citizens,” he said. “It just does somebody good.”
But this isn’t the only coup from Santo students since the county and Fort Worth shows. Grant Read, who won grand champion junior market goat at the Fort Worth Stock Show continued the pace in San Antonio. At the San Antonio Stock Show in mid February, Read won his class and brought home an $8,000 scholarship.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo contributed to this article.