MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 6, 2013

Perseverance wins prize at livestock show

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Cee Jay Robison kept calm while showing her goat Tuesday morning at the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show — even after it nipped her.

It wasn’t a bad bite, just enough to put a soiled spot on her crisp white 4-H Club shirt.

The Checotah fifth-grader, a member of McIntosh County 4-H, kept on showing her goat, Kelsey, until they placed first in Class 5 of the Doe Kid competition.

Exhibitors from eight counties showed their goats Tuesday, the first day of the show at the Muskogee Fairgrounds. It runs through Friday.

Cee Jay shyly dismissed the incident, stating only that she felt “good” while showing Kelsey. She said she was showing two goats, Kelsey and Bob, at the show.

“Kelsey might beat Bob,” she said. “She’s prettier and she stands better than the other one. She’ll give me her foot, and I can put it where I want it.”

Tim Robison, Cee Jay’s father, said Kelsey “likes to bite and chew.”

“That’s why Cee Jay’s got to keep her hair back, otherwise she (Kelsey) would bite at it,” he said.

Haskell High School senior Madison Cheatham has two animals at this week’s show — three if you count her pit bull terrier puppy, Sybill.

The gray-and-white pup spent most of Tuesday morning cuddled in a friend’s arms while Madison clipped her goat.

“She likes following the goats around,” Madison said. “We’re going to train her to herd them.”

Madison said she also would show a pig in the swine competition on Friday.

She said she prefers to show goats because she can control them and keep her hands on them.

“I like being able to get them up, looking good for the judges,” she said.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.