Show News 2016-17

In  2017  we did not go to Maryland,  because our truck could no longer pull.

At the  ARBA National Show (Garden State Sheep and Fiber Festival in September),  under judge Dr Geoff Ruppert,  we had the National Ch. white ewe  with our lamb Anchorage 1495-17. She is pictured  below.

Natl Ch ewe white Romney 2017














Our white ram lamb 1514 -17 (pictured below ) was Res. National Ch.  white   ram and best -fleeced white Romney.  He, like the ewe lamb,   is by  Smiling Sheep 145.    Thanks,  Chapins,   for sending us  this outstanding ram.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Res Natl Ch white Romney ram and best-fleeced at National Show 2017                                                                                       .









These two lambs and their natural-colored  flockmates went  to  Rhinebeck  Oct 21. Here’s what happened:

Brief background for those not familiar with the Sheep Show at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.  It is not organized by individual breeds.  Instead,  color (white or natural-colored) and wool type (“fine,” “medium” or “long”) define six separate shows that merge at the end in the selection of a supreme champion for each color and sex across the three divisions of wool type.  The “long” groups are usually the biggest in each color.  Romney, Lincoln, Border Leicester, Shetland and Cotswold are typically most numerous, with some years featuring Blue-faced Leicester, Teeswater,  NC Cheviots,  Wensleydale, and Karakul.    We bring only lambs to this show.

In 2017  NYSSWF show under judge Woody Gilson we had

  • Champion White Long Wool Ewe.  She was Anchorage 1495, who was also the 2017 ARBA National Ch. White  Ewe.
  • Reserve Champion White Long Wool Ram with Anchorage 1514, who was also the Reserve Champion ram of the 2017 ARBA National White show.
  • Anchorage 1485   was the  Champion Natural-colored Long Wool Ewe
  • Anchorage 1486  Champion Natural-colored Long Wool Ram then  Supreme Champion Natural-colored Ram (pictured below
  • Sup Ch Nat-colored ram
  •                 Supreme Champion  Natural-colored Ram  2017                     photo by Lauren Drum
    • In the Natural-colored Long Wool Division we also had First Pair of Ewe Lambs and First Pen of Three Lambs.

    In the NYS Bred Ewe and Ewe Lamb Sale we had Champion and Reserve Champion White Romney and the top-selling Romney Ewe

    The Festival has a fleece sale, with over 700 fleeces judged before the doors open in categories of color (White or natural-colored) and the judges’ eye-and-hand classification of wool type (fine, medium, long and primitive).  Fleeces are entered in the given name of the consignor, not a farm name.  In 2017,  Lizbeth Shafer had third in Natural-colored Medium (a Romney fleece) and third in White Long, while Stephen Shafer had first in White Long.

    Thank you, Graeme Stewart, our redoubtable manager!


In  2016  we only went to one show,  but take great satisfaction and pride in what young people did with sheep they had bought from us and the progeny of those sheep.

Phebe Alley

Anchorage 1314 natural colored (n/c) yearling ewe

        New England Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) 4th N/C Yearling Ewe          

Anchorage 1422 white ewe lamb

       NYS Fair  open class 1st place Jr. Ewe Lamb and  Reserve Champion Ewe

Abigail Crisp

White ewe lamb out of ewe Anchorage 1007BW-11 Tw n/c (bought at       2015 NYS       Bred Ewe Sale) sired by Pitchfork Ranch 721 n/c

        Dutchess County Fair 4H 1st place Jr Ewe Lamb and Res. Ch. Ewe

        Dutchess County Fair open class Res. Ch. Romney Ewe and Best Headed Romney

Shelby Crisp

 Natural-colored ram lamb out of ewe  Anchorage 1007BW-11 Tw n/c (bought at 2015     NYS Bred Ewe Sale)

            Dutchess County Fair 4H Champion Natural-colored Ram

Melissa Cunningham-

Anchorage 1421-16BB, recessively colored (Adbl Aa)  ram lamb.

             NEYSS    3rd Intermediate Ram Lamb
            Terryville Fair (CT) Supreme Ram
            Goshen Fair (CT)     Res. Supreme Ram
            Durham Fair (CT)    Res. Ch. Romney Ram
            Portland Fair (CT)    Res. Supreme Ram

Mackenzie Joray

Anchorage 1353-15           
            Terryville Fair (CT) 1st Natural-colored yearling Romney ewe
            Goshen Fair (CT)     1st Natural-colored yearling Romney ewe
            Bethlehem Fair (CT)  1st Natural-colored yearling Romney ewe

Courtney Lyman

Anchorage F-1392 n/c Ewe lamb
              NEYSS 4th place ewe lamb
               Big E Junior Show 1st  Senior Ewe Lamb
               Woodstock Fair 1st Senior Ewe Lamb

               Natural-colored Romney Futurity winner

Josh Neumann

Anchorage -1351BB-15 n/c yearling ram
              Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Junior Show Champion Ram 

               Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Open Show  Res. Ch. Ram
Anchorage 1393 n/c ewe lamb

               Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Best N/C Fleece both Jr. and Open Show
Penny Freeman

Home-bred ewe lamb out of  her Anchorage ewe  

              Terryville Fair (CT)  Supreme Ewe and Res. Ch. Fleece

Nate Trojanoski.

 Natural-colored  yearling ram out of AF-1180 (highest selling Romney ever at NYS Bred  Ewe and Ewe Lamb Sale 2013)  sired by  Pitchfork Ranch 721 n/c

                Durham Fair (CT) Supreme Champion  Ram

                NAILE Fleece Show Res. Ch. Natural Colored Fleece