ARBA Juniors at NAILE

ARBA Juniors at NAILE

Welcome to the ARBA Junior page – dedicated to our enthusiastic young members!

The ARBA mission statement for youth is:

“To encourage youth to care and maintain Romney sheep as a way of learning responsibility. To encourage youth to join with other Romney youth to learn sportsmanship, enhance social skills, ethical behavior, leadership traits and a better understanding of success and failure.”

Ethan and Caitlin Plank (from Michigan)

For more information on Romneys for youth, see:

Our latest articles relating to ARBA Juniors are listed below. For older Juniors articles, check our Juniors Archive.

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ARBA Jr Article

by Site Admin on December 19, 2020

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Greetings from central Illinois. My name is Claire and I’m 11 years old. I show sheep as well as pigs. I play softball, basketball, volleyball, and I am involved in 4-H. I got into showing sheep because of my cousin Dusty and I love it! This is my second year with Romney’s and this will be my first year having lambs and I can’t wait! I also help my sister show Border Cheviots. This year was really different and I was worried we wouldn’t get to show at all but fortunately we got to go to three sheep shows. We went to the Youth Sheep Expo, the Illinois Junior Show, and N.A.I.L.E. I was very fortunate to have Champion Romney Ram and Ewe at both junior shows and Champion Ram and Reserve Champion Ewe in the open show at N.A.I.L.E. My ram “Buddy” was also pulled out in top five for supreme ram. I am really looking forward to the All American Junior Show and can’t wait to see everyone in Springfield, IL in 2021.

Claire VonBehrens

2020 NAILE Photos

by Site Admin on December 13, 2020

Following are some photos from the 2020 NAILE show in Louisville, KY.

FlipGrid & Virtual Quiz Bowl

by Site Admin on November 28, 2020

ARBA wants to give a big shout out to all Juniors (and Board Members) who participated in the FlipGrid activity and Virtual Quiz Bowl this past weekend. The videos were awesome and we had 20 returned, 11 from our youth membership and 9 from our Board members. The Quiz Bowl was held on Sunday where it was divided up into Juniors (13 years & under) and Seniors (14 – 21 years). Questions were drawn from 3 categories, general sheep knowledge, ARBA/Romney specific knowledge and information from videos submitted. It was fun and entertaining. All participants received a $25 gift certificate to Twist of Fate Spinnery, with an additional $5 added by Twist of Fate to bring it to a total of $30. The first person to answer 5 questions correctly in each age group was declared the overall winner. Those 2 folks will receive a black back pack with ARBA logo in addition to the $30 gift certificate. The following youth participated: Junior Division consisted of Sadie Bonynge (IL), Ava Jo Hayes (NJ), Hunter Hayes (NJ), and Penny Kemp (CT). Overall winner went to Penny Kemp. Senior Division participants were Catherine Hromis (NH), Teresa Hromis (NH), Annabelle Miller (MD), and Sara Tomis (CT). Overall winner in this age group was Sara Tomis (CT). Congratulations to all of you for playing along and supporting us adults as we waded through unfamiliar territory while working on this activity. The biggest comfort that we adults had, was just knowing that if we got stuck, you guys would help us out because your experience is more vast than ours…and we thank you for that! Special thanks to Anne McIntyre-Lahner (VP), Penny Swearingen (District 3 Director), and Rick Trojanoski (Director at Large), your help was immeasurable plus lots of fun!

Charlene Carlisle
Youth Committee
Director at large

Exciting Junior Event for the 2020 Annual Meeting

by Site Admin on October 7, 2020

The Education and Youth Committees have put their virtual imaginations together in an attempt to provide something fun and educational for our Junior Members. It has been a tough year with minimal shows or person to person contact. It is our hope that this activity will fill that void a little, nothing will replace the thrill of the showring, or the fun of laughing with your friends while working on Romneys or eating pizza in one hand with your hand trimmers in the other, but it is our desire to at least help you meet some of the other juniors from across the US. None of us are in this alone and just maybe, learning a little about members from other districts will bring us closer together, and close the distance between us. A more detailed out line will be developing as it gets closer to ARBA’s Annual Meeting weekend (October 17th and 18th, 2020). Everything will be virtual this year, so bear with us as we work out all the details.

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All-American Junior Sheep Show

by Site Admin on February 16, 2020

The 27th Annual All-American Junior Sheep Show is being held in Michigan July 2-5, 2020. The Michigan Planning Committee has a great opportunity for you to advertise your farm. For $75 you can have your farm business card put in a breed directory which each exhibitor will receive in their Welcome Bag.

The AAJSS will attract approximately 500 exhibitors and their families from across the United States to this year’s event. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your farm to every family through a professionally printed breed directory.

Hosting an event of this size is not possible without your contribution. Please consider making a $75 contribution and share your business card with the Michigan Planning Committee. Your advertisement will help ensure the 27th AAJSS is a success.

Please email your business card (size at 3.5 x 2 inch) in a high resolution PDF or JPEG to Lisa Reiff at michiganfairs@gmail.com. If you need assistance with creating a business card Lisa is willing to create one for you. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2020.

A check for $75 made out to the Michigan Sheep Producers Association and mailed to:
    Lisa Reiff
    15394 West Austin Rd
    Manchester, MI 48158

Thank you for considering this great marketing opportunity.

2019 ARBA Futurity Results

by Site Admin on January 30, 2020

Please see the following document:

2019 ARBA Futurity Results

August Romney Youth Article

by Site Admin on July 28, 2019

By: Morgan Fitzsimmons

It’s hard to believe that another All-American Junior show has come and gone. This was my first year as a Romney exhibitor at the All-American and it was truly an exciting and wonderful show. Many exhibitors were able to see their hard work and efforts pay off. The All American was run well by the many volunteers who worked to make sure the show was a success. It was great to be introduced to Romney breeders from the east to the west coast and create new connections to last a lifetime. Congratulations to all the youth exhibitors who participated in the show. In total there were 47 head of Romneys exhibited.

The National Romney Show and Sale will be coming to Wisconsin during the Sheep and Wool Festival on September 6th and 7th. The Sheep and Wool Festival has been a tradition in Wisconsin for many generations. The festival has visitors from across the country and many activities and events. As a Wisconsin native there are some sights to see and foods you should try before leaving Wisconsin. First, you have to try the cheese. When I say cheese, I’m not talking about only cow cheese but also sheep or goat cheese. Due to Wisconsin’s diverse dairy we are home to many unique cheeses including sheep cheese! If you are looking to take some time away from the show, there are wonderful trails, state parks, and lakes that are beautiful in the fall. There is never a shortage of good places to eat and visit while in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the dairy state, but it is full of passionate people who love their sheep. it is very exciting to welcome Romneys to the dairy state.

As a new junior member, I am excited for the upcoming shows. Good luck and best wishes to everyone as they show at state fairs and wrap up summer. I hope to see you in Wisconsin this fall!

Article by Zane Van Horsen

by Site Admin on April 4, 2019

Hi! Lambing has just been winding down for us here in Oregon. Lambing season is always my favorite, but its end is always a highlight because no more night checks and finally getting to sleep more than 4 hours at a time! After some really weird weather (snow in the Willamette Valley is unheard of), the sun is out, the grass is green, and the lambs are growing! It is soon going to be weaning time and that’s when I get to find the treasures I didn’t know I had. My family did laparoscopic artificial insemination last year in the late summer with rams from New Zealand and at the beginning of this year we got to see the results! Gorgeous lambs ranging from white to moorit to grey were born and I’m so excited to see how their fleeces grow out. My show flock is going to be awesome this year, and I’m so ready for show season to begin. My family is going to be trekking all the way to Wisconsin for the National Show. I’m so excited! I’ve never had the opportunity to show so far away from home, and I’m sure I’m going to meet some awesome people and make new friends when I’m there!