Our fleeces did really well at the California National Wool Show at the Mendocino County Fair last weekend. I entered 12 fleeces from our Romney, Corriedale and Cormo/Corriedale sheep and every fleece won a first, second or third.
Brownie’s fleece got Supreme Grand Champion handspinner fleece, and Judge’s choice handspinner fleece. Judging from how Brownie likes to wear her meals, it is a good thing my sheep wear coats!
Dale won the Corriedale ram class and got Reserve Champion in the Breed Division. Our white Romney girl, Heidi, not only won the Romney ewe class, but got a ribbon for Longest Staple Length. Sky King’s fleece won the Romney ram class, and Mitt’s took third place. Fog won Corriedale ewe, as well as her class in the hand-spinner white wool division. Meryl, a recessive-colored Romney ewe, won class 4 of the Natural-Colored Handspinner division. Swiss Miss took third in class 4 of the Natural-Colored Handspinner division.
Our Cormo/Corriedale crosses did really well also. El Niño won the fine-wool class in the Handspinner White division, and Clara got 2nd in that class. Persis got 2nd and Daisy got 3rd in their class in Handspinner White division.
The judge, Ann Brezina, came up to me after the judging and said “Gorgeous fleeces. Really beautiful fleeces.” I’m so proud of my sheep and everyone who takes care of them and their fleeces.
That is Brownie’s fleece in the wooden cup at the top of the stand. Dale’s, Sky King’s and Brownie’s fleeces went home with happy spinners, but there weren’t a lot of hand spinners buying fleeces, so several of the first-place fleeces came home with me and will be up on my web site soon