Monday, September 26, 2011


Meghan shows infrequently due to the distance we are away from major cities, but there is one fairly local model horse show(Yes, Virginia, people do show plastic ponies which are much easier to transport.)which she attends every September. This year the judge really liked her models including her customized resin on the left which placed first in workmanship and his color class and then went on to two GCH's.

And this is Meghan with her first place yearling ram Wintertime Grasshopper. Photo courtesy of Corinne Rasso. He'll be staying at the farm for now, as she kind of has a soft spot for him and he was used only minimally last fall.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Don't have photos but am hoping some of the people with cameras who took pictures will be posting them soon.

Large lamb classes and somewhat larger than normal group and yearling and mature sheep classes.

The fleece show was well attended with many more entries than in years' past. Tori won with a white fleece in the fine white class and we won 1st, 2nd and 4th in the colored finewool class with the three fleeces we entered. Meghan's black "Ladybug" fleece won GCH Shetland fleece.

Then on into the showring with our five less-than-well-trained sheep in hand(or strong clutches when they decided to bolt)....Grasshopper won in his yearling ram class. Anthracite made it through one cut in a class of 30 lambs but didn't make it into the ribbons. Grasshopper wasn't considered for GCH or RGCH. A Black Forrest son won GCH (Firthoffifth Avyt)and an Undertheson ram lamb won RGCH.

For mature ewes Sheltrgpines Salicional won with my Marrakech placing second behind her. White yearling ewes from Undertheson and S'More won in the yearling class of about ten ewes. In a class of 37 ewe lambs Andy Fulks' moorit ewe lamb placed first with Meghan's Grasshopper daughter "Vanity Fair" placing second. GCH ewe was Salicional with Marrakech placing RGCH.

A pair of ewe lambs owned by Lori Stephenson won in the pairs class. For dam and daughter Marrakech and her ewe lamb Mandalay were given the rosette. Best flock was won by Kelly Bartels with Salicional, Cadillac and I believe her moorit ewe lamb Alabama? Best fleece on hoof was won by my black ewe lamb Mandalay with Vanity Fair taking second.

Supreme champion of the show was Sheltrgpines Salicional.

I liked the way the judges worked the ring. They would pull forward animals they wanted to continue to consider for placing until they got down to the final five. It was easy to follow and there was no dreaded "last" place. And it helped people figure out somewhat just what was considered correct type, etc. to watch as they winnowed the field down.

We learned a lot, sweated a lot, and I'll probably have a sore back tomorrow morning for the drive home.

Time for soaking in the tub and then bed.


I literally dragged Meghan kicking and screaming(not really)along with me on this trip after our neighbor agreed to keep milking her does for her so they won't dry off whilst we are away. It is hard for Megs to leave all her critters in others' hands, but she did just that and we were off for three nights and four days of "vacation".

Our first stop was Lori Sommarang's farm to check our her sale lambs. When we arrived she was with Rich Johnson and a couple other people I didn't recognize. After I realized one of them was female and had a healthy Scottish accent I asked if she might be Kate. Yes, indeed. And the other fellow with the healthy head of grey hair and a very dry wit was Alan Hill. We had a nice, if brief, visit with them as they needed to be fed and we needed to get our sheep checked into pens and meet up with someone to deliver the final shipment of Stephen's Cormos.

Our sheep have lovely pens and there is a nice breeze this weekend which is helping keep away the typical high heat of Jefferson in early September. Grasshopper is eating himself into false-pregnancy. During the evaluations yesterday afternoon Alan commented we must feed him a lot of "cake". Not so. Just hay and poor pasture, but Kelly provided us with nicer hay with alfalfa in it, so he was pretty full. No hay last night as the show is this afternoon and we'd like him to look a little less full of himself.

We are finding a nice variety of Shetlands at the show and lots of convivial and cordial meeting and greeting. Getting to know people I've only seen posting online which is always good. We brought a silent auction ewe lamb for MSSBA and are hoping Grasshopper finds a home where he'll be put to more ewes. He passed his evaluation with flying colors despite his large beer gut and will be in the yearling ram class today. There is a very nice group of polled rams in attendance, so who knows? Perhaps one of them will come through with a GCH. How lovely would that be? (See how quickly that British way of speech creeps in!).

We should have brought a camera but I am sure there will be someone in attendance who will be posting photos online after they've recouped from lack of sleep. We were doing well in that department before a football team took up residence in our hotel last night. Between the slamming doors and heavy footfalls we were up half the night. On to the fiber show...have the last two Cormo X fleeces in open and three Shetland fleeces in the Shetland show.