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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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

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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).

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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

2017 Romney Futurity Results

by Site Admin on January 5, 2018

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American Romney Breeders are proud to announce the winner of their 2017 Futurity. First place was secured by Megan Higgins of Coventry, CT. Megan did an awesome job of raising and showing this Fall Ewe Lamb. This lamb was purchased at the Romney National Sale held at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May 2017. The Futurity program is done yearly, please check it out and encourage your friends to be a part of this program. Breeders support this show by nominating ewe lambs in public or online sales and youth who purchase these lambs gain points by participating in shows. At the end of the year, the money is split by percentages, between participants based on points earned. It is the hope that this incentive will assist our youth in purchasing livestock to better their flock. Thanks Megan for participating in our Futurity program.

Article By Junior Member Alexandra Rogers

by Site Admin on October 18, 2017

I am very happy to be writing the Junior ARBA article this month as it is the last time I will be able to call myself a junior member. The Romney Junior show at NAILE will be my last junior show ever. This has made me reflect on how 10 years ago I was a young 4-Her who loved her sheep and couldn’t imagine winning her county fair, let alone attending the biggest sheep showing event of the year. My purebred sheep journey started in April 2008 when I decided to buy two white Romney ewe lambs from Little Hooves. It was one of the best choices I could have made. Charlene and Kenny have encouraged me since day one to go to all the shows I possibly could and even trailered sheep for me when my trailer was not trustworthy enough for the longer trips. They sold me the finest quality ewes that had stellar conformation and gorgeous fleeces. For the first few years I was terrified to do much fitting on my show sheep, as I did not want to mess up their beautiful wool. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to have another Romney veteran show me the ropes on fitting. Ed Julian took time at every show he attended to come demonstrate and give me pointers on how to improve my fitting style. Today when I am at shows, I tell my mom I will be done when the animal is up to the “Ed Julian standard” of fitting.

Once I was able to have some level of competency at fitting, my next step was to fix my feeding regimen. I also have Cotswolds and they tend to grow very quick on little to no feed while my Romneys looked like they needed an extra push to reach the level I wanted them at. Yet another long-time Romney breeder helped me out with this issue. Graeme Stewart took time out of his day and talked to me about the proper protein percentages in feed and how to supplement my animals’ diet. It took a bit of time to find the correct combinations that work for my mixed flock, but because of him I can now finally say I am happy with the level of conditioning my Romneys have in the show ring.

We all work hard for the successes in life that we achieve. However, we cannot forget that we did not get to where we are alone, but through the guidance we received from those more experienced than us along the way. I can honestly say that without the wisdom imparted on me by these Romney all-stars, I would never have reached the level of proficiency I am at today. Although my journey as a junior member is done, I plan to continue my efforts to improve my flock and continue to learn as much as I can so that one day I can help young Romney herdsmen as I was helped for the past decade. Thank you, Romney mentors. I would not be here without you.

Alexandra Rogers

ARBA Junior Article by Zane Van Horsen from OR

by Site Admin on October 7, 2017

I have spent my entire life surrounded by sheep–trust me,there are baby pictures of me in piles of wool and conversing with lambs–however, I just recently started my endeavor into the world of sheep showing. Prior to this last year, I had helped people show but never brought my own animals, so my experience level in preparing a sheep for a show was literally as novice as it could possibly be. I persisted though. I showed up to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon with my purebred white and moorit Romneys and my natural coloureds in search of experience and a good time. Now, you have to remember that I had next to no experience in fitting a sheep to make it look it’s best, so my sheep were literally pulled out of the field, tagged, feet trimmed, and very, very roughly shaped to go to a show. Of course I was in the first show of the first day, so I paraded into the ring with fresh out of the field animals. I promptly placed last in every class. Luckily, I didn’t let this get to me, and I had some wonderful people come and save my entire show by teaching me the simplest way to make my sheep look presentable. Those people who came to my aid are why I love being a part of the sheep community. They came to the rescue of a teenager in over her head and only asked that I never showed up to a show with sheep looking so raggedy ever again. I appreciate these people so much and am so thankful that I know them. It also helps that I now know how to fit a sheep. I went from last place in every class to winning a champion and Golden Fleece ram this year at our State fair. The support and community that I have found in showing sheep is just another part of what makes the sheep industry so amazing.