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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DE State Fair Supreme Champion Wool Ram

by Site Admin on July 29, 2014

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Austin Dean’s natural colored yearling ram “All Star 302” was the Supreme Champion Wool Ram at the 2014 DE State Fair.

Romney Futurity Gets Strong Support

by Site Admin on June 27, 2014

Romney breeders entering sheep for sale in Maryland and Ohio have provided the initial funds to support the first year of the Futurity For Youth program. Seven animals sold in Maryland were nominated as futurity animals, at a cost of $20 per entry to the seller. At the Romney Specialty Sale in Wooster, Ohio, twenty two animals were included in the line-up for futurity shoppers.

The program received $580 from these two sales, giving the program funds to use as youth show Romney sheep at local, regional and national shows. At the end of the show season, reports will be compiled and funds will be distributed to those youth who have submitted the futurity reports to the ARBA secretary. Reports from shows need to be completed by the exhibitor, signed by the show superintendent and sent to the ARBA secretary within 14 days of the show.

Sixth Annual Morris Culver Memorial Scholarship

by Site Admin on April 26, 2014

Morris Culver
Morris Culver

Morris Culver

ARBA is proud and pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Morris Culver Memorial Scholarship. Morris passed on January 11, 2007, but not before a lifetime of achievement and service that touched all who knew him. Morris was a pioneer in the American Romney Breeders Association. He was a twelve year president of ARBA. He registered the very first natural colored Romney in the United States, in 1972. Morris was very active in judging both sheep and wool.

When Morris was a youngster he was a member of 4-H and FFA. This start led him to a lifetime devoted to education. Along with his career in elementary education he also taught small flock management classes at a community college in Eugene, Oregon. Morris studied the properties of wool along with genetics and wool quality. He held workshops on spinning and dying wool, and how to select fine fleeces. Educational displays were always a part of his sheep exhibit at county fairs, whether it was a selection of colored roving or a sheep half shorn to help the public see the amount of wool on an animal.

We urge all eligible ARBA juniors to take advantage of this opportunity. Click to download the rules and application (PDF). The deadline is August 31, 2014. Good Luck!

The Morris Culver Memorial Scholarship Fund needs your help to honor his memory. Please send your donations and gifts to the ARBA office. Thank you!

Junior Futurity 2014

by Site Admin on April 10, 2014

The American Romney Breeders Association will sponsor a Romney ewe lamb and yearling ewe futurity for 2014 on a trial basis. Continuation for future years will be determined after evaluation of this year’s level of participation. The development of this Futurity is an effort to get junior members more interested and involved, as well as, having the consignors take an active interest in Romney promotion through our youth. The Futurity will make it beneficial for breeders to consign their very best animals to sales and motivate junior members to purchase high quality breeding stock.

See the full explanation of the futurity on the Juniors page or in the current edition of the Ramblings.

Following are the Futurity documents:

Youth Ramblings

by Site Admin on November 19, 2013

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.

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Alexandra Rogers with the fleece from Taffy

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.

2012 North East Youth Sheep Show

by Site Admin on July 25, 2012

Emma Morton with White Romney Ewe

North East Youth Sheep Show (July 2012)

Emma Morton with White Romney Ewe

Emma Morton with first place white intermediate ewe lamb, went on to be Champion White Romney ewe

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.

Showmanship at NEYSS

Sadie Moore and Brittany Shippee in showmanship at NEYSS 2012

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.