The Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association had their very first Supported Show in conjunction with the the Estes Park wool Festival in Estes Park, Colorado.
Our judge was long time Shetland breeder, Jim Chastain, of the Whistlestop Flock in Hillsboro, OR. Jim has been to the shetland islands 14 times and imported 6 rams to the US to help widen the gene pool.
I entered only two yearling ewes, and in a tough class of about a dozen, my ewe, WhitePine Orthia came out on top. She then went on to win Champion ewe, and Best in Show! This is my first overall show win and I am beyond grateful and humble that he chose one of my girls.
Orthia was coated all winter so her wool is a part along the neckline where the coat sat. Photos of the fleece when I get a moment!
Thanks for Kelly and Mike Bartels for hauling the girls there and making sure I was able to go.
I'll need to really get on it if i want to bring a complete string for the Jefferson show!