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Kerrville Sale Dedicated to Pape Family
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009

The 22nd-Annual Haby, Lockhart, Ross, Speck Production sale was held July 11 at the Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center in Kerrville, beginning at 2 p.m. Mark Tillman of Junction served as auctioneer. This year the goats were offered by Ross and Speck.

Seventy-one lots of yearling bucks and does grossed $25,100 averaging $353.52. Twenty-seven does averaged $369.44 and 44 bucks averaged $343.75.

The top doe was purchased by Hayden Haby of Uvalde for $55O and the second- and third-high-selling does were purchased by Cole Speck of Lohn and Charles Ely of Boerne for $500 each. The top buck was purchased, by Lacey Naumann of Spicewood for $675.

Out-of-state buyers were Larry and Kristina Lawwill of Free Union, VA, and Doug Joses of Mountain Ranch, CA. New buyers were J.B. Hutto of Camp Wood, Heath Haggett of Garland, Charles Becker of Paint Rock and Quinnlyn Taylor of Bandera.

Volume buyers included Carl Pendergrass who bought nine head for $3.050, Jerry Don and Mary Balch, nine head for $3,050, Cal and Pamela Hengst, eight head for $2,825, Hayden Haby six head for $2,200 and Doug Joses, seven head for $2,100.

Other volume buyers included Stuart and Cole Speck, Wayne Brown Charles Ely, Larry and Kristina Lawwill, J.B. Hutto, ,Heath Haggett, Bertie Sansom, Charles Becker and Quinnlyn Taylor.

This year the sale catalog was dedicated to the Raymond and Brinda Pape family. It is very unusual to have both members of a family to be so involved over numerous years in our Angora goat industry. It all started in Harper, Texas. Raymond’s father raised commercial Angoras. In high school in 1945 Raymond, bought a Charlie Parker (Harper) nanny kid that won the local show. The doe went on to win the Hill Country District Show (on the Hill at Kerrville).

Mr. Parker said “I’ll give you $75 to buy her back.” Raymond thought a while. The Papes have always been known for their horsemanship skill, but Raymond as a young man did not have his own saddle. Seventy-five dollars would help make that possible so a trade was made. Raymond still has that saddle; at 79 years he still saddles up (not the same saddle) weekly and helps neighbors work their livestock.

In the late ’40s, Raymond’s father leased some land in the Leakey area. When the drought got worse they went to work at the Prade Ranch. And that is where Brinda and Raymond met. Brinda was raised in Illinois, but her family would vacation at the Prade Ranch. Brinda worked there two years. They got married and started their own commercial herd.

Raymond commented, “We could not afford to buy the billies that we really wanted. So we decided to buy a few registered nannies.”

Two does were purchased at a Texas Angora Goat Raisers Association sale from Mrs. Burrows of Barksdale. Charlie Boren had been buying goats from Mr. Hay in Bandera.

Mr. Boren suggested that Raymond and Brenda buy his older nannies when Boren sold out. They began to learn as much as possible from numerous breeders including John Dittmar, Mike Pember, Le Roy Keese, Carlton Goldbold and Gilbert and Laura Schmidt. Brooks Sweeten noticed the keen interest of the family as the older son, Marty, was beginning to show goats. So Brooks gave Marty two older does.

“That’s when we really started climbing. We had a lot of help from several breeders.”

The family never kept more than 25 registered does and kept improving their commercial goats, striving to keep in the middle of fine hair with some pounds.

“Climbing” is a modest understatement. In the 1980s Marty and Duane won 21 champion goblets at the junior and TAGRA shows. Marty continued in Raymond’s footsteps as a respected judge of Angora goats and working withl horses and cattle near Mason. Duane is the personal helicopter mechanic for the Bass Brothers. Connie Dittmar, through her aviation interior renovation business, recommended Duane for the position. Those mohair connections do go a long way.

When Marty and Duane graduated from high school, the goat showing slowed down but Brinda and Raymond certainly did not. Brinda is always right there with Raymond. She still gives mohair hand-knitting demonstrations. For several years, she helped register all of our goats at the American Rocksprings office. Brinda still heads up the resolution committe for TAGRA and is director of both TAGRA and American Angora Goat Breeders Association. She has helped judge various essay contests for the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers.

As Doris Haby of Uvalde said. “The Papes are just wonderful folks to work with!”

Raymond is one of the few breeders who sheared many of his own goats. This skill helped him as abreeder and judge. Warehousemen commented how uniform the Pape bags of mohair were prepared. He is still judging goats, not only in Texas but all over the U.S. and Canada. Raymond has served our industry as president of both TAGRA and AAGBA.

In 2000 Brinda and Raymond sold their goats and moved to Mason to slow down (but not really). As usual they will continue to attend the TAGRA and AAGBA meetings as directors. Raymond will help with the TAGRA goats and judge the Davis Special class later this month.

We still depend upon the Papes. Brinda and Raymond are truly amazing. Thoseof us in the mohair industry say, “Thank you.”

The partnership sincerely appreciates the buyers’ faith in the mohair industry and their faith in the HLRS fine-haired Angoras.

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