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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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.

2012 All American Jr Sheep Show Report

by Site Admin on July 17, 2012

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.

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Ewe Lamb Raffle

by Site Admin on May 1, 2012

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.

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Junior Events for 2012

by Site Admin on April 2, 2012

Hi Gang,

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…]

Ewe Lamb Raffle

by Site Admin on March 17, 2012

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.

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