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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by Site Admin on October 7, 2017

If you see this sweet smiling young lady around the barn, give her a pat on the back and a high five. This is Cadence Higgins, better known as Cady. She is 11 yrs old, from Connecticut, and raises Romneys. She is an active ARBA JR member who can be seen in the show ring, as well as, in the lead line classes. If the name sound familiar to you, it may be because when she goes to a show, she participates in everything that it offers, most often placing at the top in showmanship, skillathon, judging and other promotional events. Cady is bubbly, friendly and out- going. While at BigE this year, Cady decided that she wanted to raise money to give additional awards to the show. Her fund raising ideas were basic, easy and fun. She and some of her friends, walked their sheep around the barn, and invited visitors to take sheep selfies for a small fee. When she wasn’t doing selfies, she could be seen sitting by the sheep pens selling chocolate bars. While sitting and selling, she would answer questions about the sheep and help to educate the public, and the public was not only interested in the sheep but also her plans for the funds and felt it to be a very worthy cause. With some of the money raised, she donated a cash award to the Best White and Best NC Romney Fleece of the show. She has big plans for future fund raising and wants to help with the ARBA Regional Show and NEYSS next year. I, for one, am glad she is on our team and look forward to her support. She is a breath of fresh air. As adults, we sit back and plan, discuss and plan, cross our T’s and dot our I’s, and plan. Cady just decided to “do it”, and sometimes, just “doing it” gets results. Thanks Cady, your smile and enthusiasm are contagious, keep up the good work.

Junior Column for the Banner magazine

by Site Admin on March 25, 2017

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I am a junior member with the American Romney Breeders Association (ARBA) and with the Oregon Romney Breeders Association (ORBA). I have a flock of 28 Romney ewes, both white and natural colored. I began raising Romneys when I was ten years old and have been active for many years in 4-H and FFA. I currently serve as a junior director for the Oregon Romney Breeders Association and am enrolled at Oregon State University, majoring in animal science.

Here in western Oregon we have mild, wet winters, but this winter we have received an excessive amount of rain. Everyone is ready for Spring! Being acclimated to a wet environment the Romneys have pulled through the wet winter with no problems. The lambs are growing well and it is time to pick out the project lambs for the coming show season.

The Romney is an excellent choice for a youth project. They are a dual-purpose breed with a quiet disposition making them easy for youth to handle. They are an ideal breed for showing and are very attractive in the show ring. In addition, their fleeces place very high in wool shows and can be sold to hand-spinners.

This year the National Romney Sale will be held at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on May 6th. Out here on the West Coast, youth will find that the Romney breed is well represented at the Willamette Valley Ram Sale held in Scio, Oregon on July 29th. You can also visit the American Romney Breeders Association’s website at http://americanromney.org/ and find a breeder near you listed in the membership directory.

I’ve been watching my lambs and I’ve got my eye on a couple of new champions bouncing around in the flock. I hope you’ve got some in yours, too. See you in the show ring!

Nicole Murray
Junior Member, ARBA

2016 Romney Futurity Results

by Site Admin on February 19, 2017

The 2016 Romney Futurity results for youth members of the American Romney Breeders Association have been announced. The placings are as follows:

First Place White Romney
Megan Higgins of Coventry, CT showing Chapin 185 a ewe lamb from Smiling Sheep Farm in NH.

First Place Black Romney
Courtney Lyman of Dracut, MA showing Anchorage Farm 1392B a ewe lamb from Anchorage Farm in NY.

Second Place Black Romney
Ethan Plank of Hillsdale, MI showing 3L-1601 a ewe lamb from 3L & S Farms in MI.

Futurity points are earned for each show in which the futurity sponsored animals are shown. Points are totaled and placings determined. Futurity sponsored animals are offered at purebred sales in the spring and lambs can be shown throughout the year, ending with the classes at NAILE.

2016 Youth Shows Update

by Site Admin on August 4, 2016

By Charlene Carlisle

At long last I am sitting down at the computer in an attempt to reiterate my last six weeks. Time has rushed by and has left me little time to write down all the info, so please excuse any oversights but feel free to let me know so that I can correct them. The youth shows are a lot of fun but by the time they are finished, so am I!

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Northeast Youth Sheep Show July 14 – 17, 2016

by Site Admin on May 20, 2016

The 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) will be held July 14th-17th at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The NEYSS is the premier all-breed junior sheep show in the northeast, attracting over 200 youth exhibitors showing close to 800 head of sheep. The show is open to all youth 21 years old and younger.

Highlights of the NEYSS include:

  • Breeding Sheep Show
  • Market Lamb Show
  • Fleece Show
  • Fitting & Showmanship Classes
  • Skill-a-thon, Quiz Bowl & Clinics
  • Family Fun Night, Pizza Party & Ice Cream Social
  • New England Private Treaty Sale & Used Equipment Auction

Class winner and participation awards are given, as well as Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion Awards. The NEYSS is sponsored by New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association (NESWGA) and is supported by individual, local, and national breed associations and sponsors.

The NEYSS entry deadline is June 15th.

For more information about this event, or to learn about New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association, please visit www.nesheep.org.

2015 Overall Futurity Results

by Site Admin on January 10, 2016

White Ewe Lambs
1st Place Callie Burgess, OH Little Hooves 527 Little Hooves Romneys, NJ
2nd Place Ellora Chapin, NH Morton 0113 Emma Morton, RI
Natural Colored Ewe Lambs
1st Place Callie Burgess, OH AF1335NC Anchorage Farms, NY
2nd Place Ethan Kennedy, NY Little Hooves 5112 Little Hooves Romneys, NJ

National Junior Romney Show Results – 2015

by Site Admin on December 2, 2015

Clark County WA, August 2015

White Romney Classes:
Yearling Ram – Anne Nichols, Sam Wolf
Fall Ram Lamb – Nichols, Travis Haslem, Nichols, Haslem
Spring Ram Lamb – Haslem 1,2,3,5, Nichole Murray 4, Wolf 6
Pair of Ram Lambs – Haslem 1,3, Nichols 2
Champion Ram – Nichols (Fall Lamb)
Res. Champ Ram – Nichols (Yearling)
Yearling Ewe – Nichols 1,2, Murray 3,6, Wolf 4,5, Haslem 7, 8, 9
Pair of Yearling Ewes – Wolf, Murray, Haslem
Fall Ewe Lamb – Nichols 1,2
Spring Ewe Lamb – Wolf 1,5, Nichols 2, Haslem 3,4,8,9, Murray 6,7
Pair of Ewe Lambs – Murray, Nichols, Wolf, Haslem 4,5
Champion Ewe – Nichols (Yearling)
Res. Champ Ewe – Wolf (Spring Lamb)
Young Flock – Nichols, Murray, Wolf, Haslem
Exhibitors Flock – Nichols, Wolf, Murray, Haslem
Best Pair – Haslem, Nichols, Wolf, Murray
Best Headed – Nichols
Best Fleece – Murray
Premier Exhibitor – Anne Nichols

Natural Colored Romney Classes
Yearling Ram – Nichole Murray
Spring Ram Lamb – Morgan Wolf, Murray
Champion Ram – Murray (Yearling)
Res. Champ Ram – Wolf (Spring Lamb)
Yearling Ewe – Wolf 1,2
Pair Yearling Ewes – Wolf
Fall Ewe Lamb – Anne Nichols
Spring Ewe Lamb – Wolf 1,3 Murray 2,4
Pair of Ewe Lambs – Wolf, Murray
Champion Ewe – Nichols (Fall Lamb)
Res. Champ Ewe – Wolf (Spring Lamb)
Young Flock – Wolf, Murray
Exhibitors Flock – Wolf
Best Pair – Wolf, Murray
Best Headed – Nichols
Best Fleece – Wolf
Premier Exhibitor – Morgan Wolf

NAILE Junior Romney Show Results – 2015

by Site Admin on December 2, 2015

White and Natural Colored Romney
Senior Ram Lamb – Ethan Plank, Ethan Kennedy
Junior Ram Lamb – Ethan Kennedy 1,2, Ethan Plank
Champion Ram – Ethan Kennedy (Junior Ram Lamb)
Res Champ Ram – Ethan Plank (Senior Ram Lamb)
Best Fleece Ram – Ethan Plank (Senior Ram Lamb)
Yearling Ewe – Ethan Kennedy 1,2
Senior Ewe Lamb – Callie Burgess 1,5, Ethan Kennedy 2,3, Ethan Plank 4
Junior Ewe Lamb – Ethan Kennedy 1,2, Teresa Hromis 3, Ethan Plank 4, Catherin Hromis 5
Champion Ewe – Ethan Kennedy (Yearling Ewe)
Res Champ Ewe – Ethan Kennedy (Yearling Ewe)
Best Fleece Ewe – Callie Burgess

Additional information can be found on the NAILE website sheep show results.