From BLU member Nancy Gilkeson
Well I want to share a shocking event with you all! My daughter Christie talked me into taking two BFL ewe lambs to show in open class at the Douglas County (Oregon) fair which is going on now. It was the first time ever for me to show at fair and only 2nd time ever to show my sheep. I have enjoyed that process by the granddaughters for a handful of years.
Our county has quite a few sheep but primarily the meat breeds who show there. Very few wool or dual use breeds are shown and so these all end up in “other” category. We showed along side the Shetlands.
My oldest BFL ewe lamb was nice and won first in the class with the younger lamb in third place out of five. Not much verification for me that “Jenny” is indeed wonderful but of course nice to get blue and Champion ribbons on her.
The thriller came when all champion ewes and ewe lambs from all the other classes (Suffolk, Dorset, Horned Dorset, St Croix, Cheviot, North Country Cheviot, Southdown, etc) were in the ring and the judge chose our BFL ewe lamb as Grand Champion Ewe in Open Class!!! Christie had said not to expect much with that Champion round as the top sheep in meat breeds are tough to compete against.
I could not be more thrilled with this win!!!