The following are excerpts from a report about a beauty contest for goats that was held in RIyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Arabiya TV aired this report on September 21, 2005.
Reporter: Her name is 'Anifa. Her species: Goat. Her title: beauty queen of the Syrian goats. Thirty breeders and goat-lovers from Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE participated in the contest held in Riyadh. 'Anifa was the major attraction, dominating the scene. She beat all the other goats and won the title of "most beautiful goat," in a contest that included the Gulf states.
Participant #1: Most of today's winners are Saudis. The Kuwaitis won in two or three categories, but all the other winners were Saudis.
Reporter: The beauty of the Syrian goat is evaluated on the basis of features, each of which is ranked from 1 to 100. These include the face, head, eyes, ears, neck, length, proportionality, width, and height.
Nine judges rank every beauty feature. The Al-Mu'atadal, Al-Nili, Al-Mulaab, and Al-Aswad pedigrees are considered to be the best and most expensive among Syrian goats.
Participant #2: The price of a Syrian goat is determined by criteria such as the head, hooves, and general proportionality. Based on these, the price changes from goat to goat, regardless of pedigree.
Reporter: The goat beauty contest is held annually in Riyadh. In the auction held after the contest, prices range from 25,000 to 60,000 riyals for a single goat.
Abdallah Rakkab, Al-Arabiya TV's morning show, Riyadh.