My yearling ewes placed 5th and 10th in another very large class, but as a pair they got FIRST! I am used to placing middle of the class, but a first place is fairly rare for me and is very exciting. My ewe lambs placed 2nd and 3rd, and 5th overall for pairs. Lastly, we got 2nd in flock (very exciting!!!!!), and 4th for pen of three lambs (one ram lamb and two ewe lambs). For the best fleece class, each breeder is allowed to exhibit one sheep and it can be any age, either gender. We brought Joe, my yearling ram, out because I am just in awe of the consistency and density of his fleece. The judge did something that most never do; he pulled the best sheep out from each breed to compare. Joe was pulled out for the Lincoln. He then actually placed each one. Most judges just choose one sheep for best fleece and do not actually place the class. I really appreciate the way he chose one from each breed, and also that he took the time to place them.
This show is different from all the others we attend. We are not showing against Lincolns only. Rather, classes are separated by color of wool (white and natural colored) and type of wool (fine, medium and long). So in our classes, we are showing against Romneys, Wensleydales, Cotswolds, Shetland, and any other longwool breed. Romneys are very difficult to compete against, and there are some exceptional Romney breeders in the Northeast. So to place toward the top of the class at this show is a great honor! The judge commented that he really liked my flock, which is a wonderful compliment. It's great that after over 12 years of breeding, I am finally accomplishing something with regards to my breeding program.
I really cannot thank my friend Anna for all her help this weekend, and for my friend Chris for helping out during the show! I was frustrated that I was double booked this weekend, but knew that my flock was in good hands.
Next up... a summary of my luscious yarn purchases and other festival goodies!