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Congratulations to Lexy Grace, 15, from Westmoreland, NH, on winning Supreme Champion Ram at the 2017 North East Youth Sheep Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts with her Champion Southdown Ram! Read our interview with Lexy below.

Congratulations on your win! Tell us a little more about your Supreme Champion Ram.
My supreme ram Sunrise 1162 "Lights Out" is bred and owned, and sired by Rincker 800 "Full Throttle" who was National Southdown Junior Show Champion Ram in 2015. He is dammed by Sunrise "Whisper" who was Supreme Ewe at NEYSS in 2014 and was National Junior Show Champion at NAILE 2014.

For those that have never exhibited at NEYSS, what makes it special?
NEYSS was my first show when I started at the age of four. I have been showing there for 11 years and I've met some incredible people and have made lifelong friendships.

When did you start showing sheep, and who has had the most influence on your show career thus far?
My parents have had the most influence in my show career. They consistently encourage me to work hard and do my best. They have been my biggest supporters throughout the years.

What are your future plans?
After high school I plan on attending college to pursue a position in the medical field.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of the show ring?
Outside of showing sheep, my favorite hobby is barrel racing.

What sheep shows are on the agenda next?
The shows I'm planning on attending next are Woodstock, Connecticut; The Big E; Fryeberg, Maine; and NAILE.

 

 

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Congratulations to Ethan Kennedy, 21, from Canandaigua NY, on winning Supreme Champion Ewe at the 2017 North East Youth Sheep Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts with his Champion Romney Ewe! Read our interview with Ethan below.

Congratulations on your win! Tell us a little more about your Supreme Champion ewe.
The supreme ewe is a bred and owned white yearling ewe we call "Lacie." She was the late ewe lamb that I showed all last year and was Champion Ewe at All American, NEYSS, and NAILE Jr Show last year. She is one of the last ewes out of the great Julian and Moore 222 ram we called "Chop" that was pulled in Supreme at the 2012 NAILE Open Show and has sired a lot of great sheep for us. "Lacie" is one of those ewes that's just fun to show! Ewes this good do not come around very often especially in one of the minor breeds. What made this win really cool was that it was the first time a Romney has won an individual supreme at NEYSS.

For those that have never exhibited at NEYSS, what makes it special?
NEYSS has always been on of my favorite shows, but what makes it really special is that the show staff really makes a point of making sure that the kids do all the work. There are no parents fitting sheep or even getting them ready for the shows. The exhibitors are the ones doing all the work and they ask friends to fill in where parents might at a show where they are allowed too. I think this is a great model for junior shows that should be adopted at more shows!

When did you start showing sheep, and who has had the most influence on your show career thus far?
I starting showing market lambs just at the county fair when I was 6. My parents show beef cows but they were too big for me when I was that young so I got lambs and haven't looked back since. I didn't get purebred Romneys until I was 10 in 2006 but didn't really get out and show much at the big shows until 2010.
Besides my family and all the support that they have given me with the sheep, Ed Julian has been by far the most influential person in my show career. I really do owe it all to Ed and the valuable sheep and life lessons that he has taught me. I was extremely fortunate to have him take me under his wing as a young 15 year old and really teach me how to be successful in the sheep industry.

What are your future plans?
As of right now I'm looking to go to medical school once I finish my bachelor's degree this December from Cornell. It is definitely a long road but I'm really looking forward to the opportunities that it has to offer.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of the show ring?
Well between a pre-med curriculum at school and the amount of time I put into the sheep I don't have a lot of time for other things but I really like to just relax with friends and have a good time as well as work out. Up until the summer of 2015 I was also a Jr National level curler so that took up a lot of time traveling from tournaments all over the US and Canada.

What sheep shows are on the agenda next?
With my last semester of undergrad starting next month and the amount of work I have to do, the fall show season will be pretty minimal for us. As of right now the only for sure plan is NAILE. Although after this win and the All American win we might try to get a few of the better show sheep to the Big E - but that's still up in the air.

 

 

 

 

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