This summer was a busy one. I attended multiple youth shows, some as close as my back yard and others as far as 700 miles. Each offered something for everyone, some bigger than others but all a great learning experience whether you were an exhibitor, a breed representative, a parent, or just maybe had an interest in seeing how different shows were run. Whatever the reason, make the most of it, experience all that you can, and then make a conscious effort to share the positive points with other folks who share these interests. By traveling outside of your comfort circle, it offers you the opportunity to expand that circle, whether it is with new ideas, new friends or new enthusiasm. I usually come back physically tired but mentally stimulated. I will share briefly the shows that I visited.
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.”
For more information on Romneys for youth, see:
- Romneys for Youth eBooklet (1.8 MB PDF)
- Romneys for Youth Brochure (0.5 MB PDF)
- Junior Show Rules (24 KB Doc)
- ARBA Junior Futurity Rules (399 KB PDF)
- ARBA Junior Futurity Point Card (428 KB PDF)
Our latest articles relating to ARBA Juniors are listed below. For older Juniors articles, check our Juniors Archive.
Each year the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival presents the Tyson Creamer Memorial Award to the best 4H fleece of the wool show. This honor for 2013 was awarded to junior ARBA member Alexandra Rogers for a white Romney fleece from her sheep “Taffy”, Little Hooves 101. This is the second year in a row that this award has been won by a Romney fleece. Last year Rogers was also presented the Tyson Creamer Award for the fleece she submitted from a ewe she bred by the name of “Pinkypop”, Harmony Valley 3.
The summer shows are fast approaching with many opportunities to promote the Romney breed while having a good time with friends and families. Although many of you attend local fairs and shows, I would like to encourage you to participate in shows outside of your normal arena. This year add just one or two more events to your calendar and meet new friends and make new memories. Those of you, who haven’t experienced the All American Jr Show or the Northeast Youth Show, need to do so this year. Both of these shows are held in July and are family oriented with fun and education rolled into one.
The All American Jr Show will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. The dates are July 5th through the 7th, 2013. This will be the fourth year that Romneys have been a part of this well- run organization. Schedule of events will be posted on their website soon. Raffle money and donations have made it possible for the Romneys to be able to participate in this show so please make an effort to attend. Ask your friends, even those with other breeds, and they will tell you what an awesome time they had last year. Lots of prizes, lots of fun! See our All American Junior Show Event Calendar Entry for details.
The Northeast Youth Show and Sale will be held in West Springfield, MA (at BigE fairgrounds) on July 19th through 21st, 2013. The Romney breed is well represented in the northeast corner of the US and many youth and sheep will attend this show. It’s another family favorite geared towards fun and education. See our Northeast Youth Show and Sale Event Calendar Entry for details.
Shows will be added to “upcoming events” on ARBA’s website as submitted, please feel free to share your local events.
North East Youth Sheep Show (July 2012)
This past weekend I once again made my annual trek to the NEYSS in Springfield, MA. As always it was great weekend with good people, good sheep and good food. The Romney show was the second largest breed show with 19 exhibitors and 79 entries from 7 states. Most entries were from the northeast area but entries also came as far away as Florida. Much work was done to get the sheep there and prepared but there was still time for fun interaction. The sheep were very well presented and the quality was deep.
At this youth show, the youth must do the work. It is up to the exhibitor to find help for the show ring. This is where teamwork and networking come into play. Showing sheep is a team sport and it is important to develop friendships and alliances to get the job done. It would make you proud to see how hard these kids are working. No matter the breed preferences, they were a success with their positive energy, their focus on task and their ability to work in a cooperative manner to achieve goals. Congratulations to all involved.
Champion white ram went to Emma Morton (RI) with Reserve going to Ethan Kennedy (NY). Emma also had Champion and Reserve White Romney ewe, first in Flock, Best Fleece and Best Head. Champion and Reserve Champion Natural Colored Ram went to Sadie Moore (NH). Ethan Kennedy (NY) had Champion Natural Colored Ewe and was later pulled out for consideration in the Supreme drive. Reserve Natural Colored Ewe was Sadie Moore (NH) with first Flock and Best Fleece. Best Natural Colored Head came from Josh Landry (NH). More specific placings can be found on their web site.
Thanks to all the support systems that go into any show, youth or otherwise. Appreciation to all those moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, 4-H and FFA leaders that enable our youth to actually get to these shows. The Romney breed is doing very well and our youth are setting a positive image.
I have just returned from Iowa where the All American Jr Show took place this year. Des Moines was hot and sticky as was pretty much most of the US but the heat did not deter our youth. The barn temperatures were 108+ on Thursday, worse on Friday and then slightly hotter on Saturday, Sunday was met with lower temperatures and less humidity, which made everyone’s mood much better. On Thursday, the youth and their families went to Adventureland for a bit of R&R before the weekend got into full swing. Friday morning was official check in. I am happy to report that we had 8 youth with 30 head of romneys support the show this year. The total overall numbers were staggering. There were 338 exhibitors, from 25 states, with 1761 sheep.
A raffle drawing for Little Hooves “Lotsa” will be held Sept 8, 2012 at the Garden State Sheep Breeders District 2′s Regional Show in New Jersey. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. “Lotsa” was donated by Little Hooves Romneys and all proceeds will go to sponsor Romney Juniors at the All American & North American International Livestock Expo.
ARBA is looking forward to another great year with our youth. Shows and events are in the works and this is the 100th year of ARBA. The centennial celebration will offer some extra fun with new ARBA designs for awards, gifts and items for purchase. We hope that all of you will take advantage of these opportunities and network with friends, renew previous contacts, and establish new ones. There are always things to learn when you are having fun at these events. [click to continue…]
Little Hooves Romneys of New Jersey will be donating a white ewe lamb for raffle this year that will benefit ARBA’s youth. All proceeds will be ear marked for two specific Junior shows with 2/3 going to the All American Jr Show and 1/3 going to NAILE’s JR Show. Raffle tickets will be sold starting immediately and will continue through until the District 2 Regional Show in Ringoes, New Jersey on September 8th – 9th, 2012. With this being ARBA’s 100th year celebration, what better way to celebrate the past then to give our youth a boost into the future.