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Girl named meat goat champion at ENM State Fair

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For four hours, 153 goats and their exhibitors exited and entered the dusty show ring Friday night to take part in the Meat Goat Show at this year’s Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

Riley Miller, 9, received the 2018 Grand Champion Meat Goat award. Her older brother Peyton McCarty, 15, won reserve grand champion.

Miller received a trophy, a belt buckle, a purple ribbon and will be able to sell her prize-winning goat at the livestock show.

Although she has said that she has wanted to win the grand champion title for a while, Miller said she is no stranger to winning.

She added that she has exhibited and come in first place so many times she has lost count.

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The secret to winning, she said, is constantly working, practicing and caring for the goats she exhibits.

Shawna McCarty, Miller’s mother, said that after raising the goats from birth it is wonderful to see her children and the goats they helped raise get recognition. She added her family often waits to compete in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair because it is New Mexico’s last fair of the year, which makes the win all the better.

“It’s good to win this one,” she said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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