Thursday, September 18, 2008

NC Mtn. State Fair - Part 2

There were approximately 75 Shetland sheep that participated in the Open Show. It was the largest group for one particular breed. Those 75 came from 5 farms. We took 21 sheep to the fair. We had a great day!! Probably the best showing we've ever done.

We started out with the white ram lamb class where Hank Aaron was 1st out of a class of 6. Wilbur Wright was 4th in the natural colored ram lamb class with 12 ram lambs. Razzle and Emmett were 1st and 2nd in the Shetland natural colored yearling ram class.

Hank took Champion Shetland Ram and Razzle was Reserve Champion Shetland Ram. Here is Hank below with Lauren. Hank is for sale as well as 3 other ram lambs that we have.

Jackie O. went into the white ewe lamb class and placed 1st out of 7 white ewe lambs.

One of our biggest thrills was in the natural colored Shetland ewe lamb class. There were 17 beautiful little Shetland girls participating. We placed 1st with Jane Austen. She's my baby! We were 3rd with Amelia Earhart, 4th with Charlotte Bronte, 5th with Emily Bronte, and 9th with Scarlett O'Hara. Wow!! We were amazed. Jane later went on to win Reserve Champion Shetland Ewe.

I'm on the far right with Jane. Next to me is Mrs. Michaels in 2nd. We purchased our ram, Cory, from her and these are his babies and grandbabies. Lauren is next. Then Katie has the cute little moorit smirlset ewe lamb (2 colors on the face) and then Christian has Emily, a grey katmoget.

Katie had the 1st place yearling ewe and Lauren's ewe was in 5th. There were 12 ewes in this class and the judge said they were the hardest Shetland class to judge. Hidaway Farms took 1st and 2nd place in Shetland pairs. This is where you try to pick 2 similar sheep to show together. There were about 8 pairs in the class.

Baby Jane was a hit with the judge. She won 1st place in the natural colored Shetland fleece class and Charlotte was 2nd. There were about 15 sheep in this class.

Below is Katie with Sprinkles and Christian with Cara. Rothey and I always get these two confused in the pasture. Beside them is Lauren and Hannah (my great-niece) with Emily and Jane. Look at those intense showman!! They could taste that win.

Christian and Katie went back into the show ring with all the breeds of sheep to compete for Supreme Champion Pair of Ewes. They did it as you can see in the picture.

We finished out the day winning the ribbon for best Shetland Flock. Our flock was made up of Hank, Butterscotch, Sprinkles, Jackie, and of course, my baby Jane!!

Everyone was ready to go home and call it a night. We are all just about recovered from a very tiring and exciting weekend. Now that it is Thursday night, we wish we could go back and do it all again!


Kara said...

Beautiful sheep! Congrats to you and your family. I hope that some day up here in NY that the Shetland breed will be that well represented. There are a few of us working on it.

Hidaway Farms Shetlands said...

Thank you so much, Kara!

When we started showing Shetlands about 8 years ago, there were only a few being shown. The people that started our wool sheep show at the Mtn. State Fair originally showed in the market lamb classes. Thank goodness they got this going. We look forward to SAFF in October where we will be able to show Shetlands again.