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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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!

Post image for Article from Junior Member Adeline Skidmore in Maryland

This year is the first year we lambed on our farm. Lambs are so sweet and cute. They are even cute when they are first born. My ewe Sarah had two ram lambs. She licked them to clean them up and I thought that was really gross. When my mom said we had to go Pearl was lambing it was 3:00am! I jumped out of bed had my muck boots on the wrong feet and forgot my jacket. Pearl lost her only lamb, and that was very sad. I learned that being a farmer is hard and can be really emotional. I have two more ewes to lamb and I’m hoping they go without any problems. I have also learned to bundle up and do my chores even when it’s REALLY COLD. Stiff fingers are hard to work with, thank goodness for gloves. Next year I’m hoping to make a pair of wool ones so I can be just as warm as the lambs!

Good luck lambing on your farm!

The American Romney Breeders Association is happy and proud to announce the following Futurity placings.   

White Wool
Home Raised Ewe Lamb
    Weston Pettit (OH)    Pettit 1001            1st place
Purchased White Ewe Lambs
   Courtney Lyman (MA)   Thistledown 801            1st place 
   Catherine Hromis (NH)   Little Hooves 7169       2nd place
   Anne Nichols (OR)   Kalina 848                           3rd place
   Callie Burgess (OH)   PFR 1005                         4th place
   Ava Jo Hayes (NJ)     Little Hooves 884              5th place
   Lydia Henry (OH)   Little Hooves 812                  6th place    
   Megan Zallen (MI)   Plank Sheep Farm               7th place

Home Raised Yearling Ewes
   Catherine Hromis (NH)   Winding Wicks 0049        1st place  
Purchased Yearling Ewe
    Addison Wolff (OR)    Kalina 713                     1st place  
    Weston Pettit (OH)   Little Hooves 733            2nd place  
NC Wool 
Home Raised Ewe Lambs
    Teresa Hromis (NH)    Winding Wicks 54               1st place        
    Courtney Lyman (MA)   Lyman 1802                      2nd place 
    Caitlin Plank (MI)   E/C Plank 1812                        3rd place 
    Caitlin Plank (MI)   E/C Plank 1807                         4th place
    Caitlin Plank (MI)   E/C Plank 1810                        5th place  
Purchased Ewe Lambs
    Ellis Rincker (MI)     Little Hooves 8107                 1st place
    Megan Zallen (MI)    Plank Sheep Farm 1559       2nd place
    Malorie Schmoll (WI)    E/C Plank 1820                3rd place
Home Raised Yearling Ewes
    Teresa Hromis (NH)    Winding Wicks 0039            1st place
Purchased Yearling Ewes
    Weston Pettit (OH)    Little Hooves 736                1st place

Hayley Hares Article

by Site Admin on November 2, 2018

Greetings everyone from Auburn NY! My name is Hayley Hares, and this is my second year owning and showing Romney sheep.

I got my first two Romney’s last summer from a friend of mine Phebe Alley, and well ever since then they are like potato chips, you just can’t have two! Being raised on a dairy farm my whole life, I showed cows, and have been for eight plus years. When I told my dad I wanted to show sheep he literally thought I was nuts, as that he isn’t a sheep person, and enjoys cows. The first show I took my two Romney’s to was my NY State Fair, and yes I had no idea what I was doing! I noticed in the sheep world, people are so nice and willing to help one another out.

After the fair, I got looking into more farms with Romney’s and that’s when I found two great breeders, Charlene Carlisle and Ethan Kennedy. Purchasing one from Charlene and two from Ethan, I’m up to four Romney’s so far. This summer and fall I did more shows, and with the help from Ethan at my NY state fair and help from Charlene and Ethan at the Big E show, I’ve learned so much from them, and appreciate the help so much. They have been so nice and friendly to my mom and I! I’ve met some nice people in the sheep showing world, and just how friendly and helpful they are that I’ve really enjoyed showing Romney’s. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and continue showing sheep! Already looking forward to 2019 showing!

ARBA Futurity Rankings 2018

by Site Admin on September 13, 2018

ARBA is happy to announce current futurity standings based on all score cards submitted as of today, September 21st, 2018. Point cards will be collected through the end of the year with winner announced the beginning of January.

White Wool

Home Raised Ewe Lamb
  Weston Pettit (OH) ~ Pettit 1001 ~ 5 pts

Purchased White Ewe Lambs
  Callie Burgess (OH) ~ PFR 1005 ~ 14 pts
  Catherine Hromis (NH) ~ Little Hooves 7169 ~ 14 pts
  Anne Nichols (OR) ~ Kalina 848 ~ 13 pts
  Ava Jo Hayes (NJ) ~ Little Hooves 884 ~ 9 pts
  Lydia Henry (OH) ~ Little Hooves 812 ~ 7 pts
  Courtney Lyman (MA) ~ Thistledown 801 ~ 4 pts
  Megan Zallen (MI) ~ Plank Sheep Farm ~ 3 pts

Home Raised Yearling Ewes
  Catherine Hromis (NH) ~ Winding Wicks 0049 ~ 6 pts

Purchased Yearling Ewe
  Weston Pettit (OH) ~ Little Hooves 733 ~ 7 pts
  Addison Wolff (OR) ~ Kalina 713 ~ 7 pts

NC Wool

Home Raised Ewe Lambs
  Teresa Hromis ~ Winding Wicks 54 ~ 15 pts
  Courtney Lyman ~ Lyman 1802 ~ 14 pts
  Caitlin Plank ~ E/C Plank 1812 ~ 7 pts
  Caitlin Plank ~ E/C Plank 1807 ~ 4 pts
  Caitlin Plank ~ E/C Plank 1810 ~ 4 pts

Purchased Ewe Lambs
  Ellis Rincker ~ Little Hooves 8107 ~ 23 pts
  Malorie Schmoll ~ E/C Plank 1820 ~ 2 pts
  Megan Zallen ~ Plank Sheep Farm 1559 ~ 4 pts

Home Raised Yearling Ewes
  Teresa Hromis ~ Winding Wicks 0039 ~ 32 pts

Purchased Yearling Ewes
  Weston Pettit (OH) ~ Little Hooves 736 ~ 8 pts

Adeline’s Article

by Site Admin on June 6, 2018

Post image for Adeline’s Article

Hello my name is Adeline Skidmore I am a 6 year old sheep farmer in Harford county Maryland.

Over the past few years I have learned that lambs are a lot of fun. Playing with ewe lambs are different than ram lambs. Ram lambs like to head butt you. I really like when they practice lamb ballet jumping all around. Now let’s talk about halter breaking. That can be a lot of fun too. They flop around and play dead. My ram lamb Sherman laid down and played dead so I thought I’d join him.

Other than working with the sheep and a few fairs I plan on spending time this summer spinning on my wheel. Reading LOTS of books for the library summer reading program. I have a bunch of crafts that I’d like to get done too like rock painting. Some backyard fires and camp outs are also on my summer to do list. Let’s not forget swimming and soaking in some sun rays.

I really enjoy sheep because they are snuggly and soft and they have lots of personality.

I look forward to seeing you around the show ring!

Ewe Lamb Raffle

by Site Admin on April 29, 2018

All proceeds to sponsor Romney Jrs at the All American and NAILE. Ewe lamb donated by Little Hooves Romneys. Support our youth by selling or buying tickets. $5 each or 5 for $20. Drawing to be held Sept 24th, 2018 at the North East Regional Romney Show in West Springfield, MA (BigE).

Click for Flyer

Lambing Season!

by Site Admin on March 1, 2018

Isn’t it a wonderful time of year? Lambing season! This is where all new winners start- new year, new sheep! Lambs all over are being born and already look like contenders. As someone who has been in the show ring since I was five, the traits and characteristics I look for my show flock are specific to what I hear from the judges; length of loin, consistent fleece, black points, among many others. These, I constantly check as the lambs grow. Yet, all my Romneys have the qualities I wish for them to possess; cute faces, fuzzy fleeces, and unique personalities. As a youth in this industry, I take pride in my flock. Regardless of their show ring attributes, our lambs are just that, our lambs- they are our hard work , dedication, and hours of enjoyment. Happy lambing!

Written by Cadence Higgins from CT