Nine SCHSIA breeders show at the Oregon State Fair St. Croix Open Sheep Show
Nine different farm breeders displayed their animals at the 17th Annual St. Croix Open Sheep Show at the Oregon State Fair on August 22nd . Top honors went to the Dorsey-Lee St. Croix Farm as the premier breeder. Ed and Linda Barnes of Dorsey-Lee Farm also won Grand Champion Ram, Reserve Champion Ewe, and best pair trophy. The Swan Ranch with Steve and Bill Swan took the Grand Champion Ewe award and trophy. Pink Ladies Ranch took the Reserve Champion Ram award. Oregon bred Get-of-Sire went to Vicki and John Hamstreet of Dreamfield St. Croix.
Ribbons seemed to be fairly evenly distributed among the exhibitors. Karl and Jan Hyde of Lazy Shepherd Ranch showed some of their young stock as did Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz of Rainbow Harvest Farm. Sue Swan of Pink Ladies Ranch carried on the family tradition of presenting exceptional ewe stock. Chrystie Crawford and her son Eli took several awards and Eli won the first Annual St. Croix Junior Showmanship class and $35.00 first prize. There were approximately 12 young exhibitors in this class. This showmanship class was the first step toward a Junior St. Croix Sheep show. There were five winning places with a total in prize money of $100.00, sponsored by Dorsey-Lee Farm and Lazy Shepherd Ranch. Mindy and Samantha Fenwrick of JMS Farm also had a good show with their young stock.
Vicki and John Hamstreet accepted the prestigious OSF Herdsmenship Award Banner on behalf of The St. Croix Hair Sheep International Association member breeders. All nine breeders are currently members of SCHSIA. This award is given each year to the breed that displays the most friendliness to fair patrons, and keeps their spaces, sheep pens clean and promotional materials available at all times to fair goers.
This was just one more year of success for St. Croix Hair Sheep.