Oakhamian Wins Award For His Sheep Handler Skills

Well done to Form 1 pupil Charles who won 2nd   place in the Junior handler category at the North Wales and Mercia Region Annual Lamb Show with his Ryeland called Rose.

He first showed Rose at last week’s annual Ryeland Flock Book Society Show in Stafford, where he won  2nd place in the Round Handlers class. 

Charles halter-trained the sheep and started to prepare her a month before the show. His preparations included bathing and then drying the sheep with a hairdryer. He also carded the fleece and used hand clippers to trim and shape the fleece. The final stage was to pad the fleece with a board to set it as much as possible.

Charles also entered a class called “Wool on the Hoof”, a competition judged purely on the quality of the sheep’s fleece. Additionally, there was a fun challenge to decorate the sheep pen according to a Pantomime theme and James decorated his pen as “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

Charles has a small flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep at home with lambs due to be born in February. He hopes to be able to show his own lambs in the Spring/Summer 2020.

Mr Fairweather, Charles’s Housemaster said, “I’m always amazed at the range of skills the boys in House display, both at School and in their own time. I am delighted that we are able to support Charles with pursuing this activity as ‘all learning is good learning’ and Charles certainly learnt a lot over the course of the show.”

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