AJSA Ambassador Program

The American Junior Southdown Association Ambassador program was started in 2007 to provide a way for juniors to become actively involved in promoting the Southdown breed on a local, state, regional and national level. The duties of an Ambassador include representing the Southdown breed at local and state shows as well as the National Junior Show, the All American Junior Show and NAILE. The Ambassadors actively participate in the Southdown breed in any of the following ways: providing visual displays at shows, actively participate in state, regional and national youth events, writing articles for livestock publications, submitting photos and networking with other Southdown junior members.

If you enjoy Southdown sheep and helping younger members succeed with their own projects apply today to become an ambassador. Applications due by April 15th.

Ambassador Application

As an AJSA Ambassador you have the opportunity to get involved with many national activities and events all while developing your leadership skills. Ambassadors improve or gain experience in public speaking, communications, working as a team, networking with producers, knowledge in the sheep industry, and become advocates for the junior membership and Southdown breed. Being an ambassador has been an adventure for me as I leave my junior years of showing behind me. Ribbons fade, but I will never forget the memories made while showing livestock. Friendships last forever. I have enjoyed my time being an AJSA junior member and Ambassador and have noticed the younger members look up to the older members for advice and guidance. I advise junior members to keep up the hard work and remember that whether inside or outside the showring there is no magical show stick or lucky brush to help you get ahead, only hard work, confidence, passion and a desire to succeed. As I watch our junior membership grow together these are a few of the take away messages I have learned from being involved as an Ambassador and an AJSA Junior member.

Courtney Lobdell,
AJSA Ambassador President

2016-2017 AJSA Ambassadors

Five outstanding young Southdown breeders have been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 National Junior Southdown Association Ambassadors. The announcement was made at the National Southdown Sale in Richmond, Indiana on April 30th. These young breeders will serve to promote and lead the junior Southdown activities for the next year.

Johnathon Dunn is a sophomore at Dyersburg State Community College in Covington, Tennessee where he is majoring in Animal Science and pursuing a career as a large animal veterinarian. He chose to stay close to home so that he could continue showing his Southdown flock. Johnathon is a member of both FFA and 4H in his community. Johnathon has competed on the regional, state, and national level in livestock judging and exhibition. He has also competed on the regional and state level in public speaking competitions such as parliamentary procedure and extemporaneous speaking. Johnathon hopes to make a lasting impact on the AJSA in the coming year.
Courtney Lobdell is from Darlington, Wisconsin. She is studying Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She has been very involved with the Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association, serving as an officer and helping to plan and put on various events for the Southdown youth. Courtney showed her first sheep at the age of 8 and has been showing Southdown sheep all over the country ever since. While in school she was also very active in the FFA and 4-H. Courtney is very excited to help promote the sheep industry.
Holden Lovelace is from Brownsville, TN and is currently attending Crockett County High School, in Alamo, where he will be a junior. He is actively involved in FFA, including the National Agriscience Fair, livestock evaluation, and public speaking. He is also involved in 4-H with sheep exhibiting. He shows and breeds registered Southdowns. Holden is looking forward to his year of service as a Southdown Ambassador promoting the sheep industry.
Caroline Patterson is from Livingston, Tennessee. She is homeschooled and will be a junior in the fall. Caroline is an active 4-H member in Clay County where she is greatly involved in the sheep and swine program. She is a 4-H Honor Club and 4-H All Star member. In November of 2011 Caroline began her own small Southdown flock. Since 2012, Caroline has been showing registered Southdown sheep locally and state-wide. Caroline is excited to serve her first year as a National Southdown Ambassador and to help promote the Southdown breed.
Carrie Rutledge is from York County, Pennsylvania. She is a homeschooled graduate. Carrie plans on having a career as a Livestock Judge because she likes working with kids and livestock in the show ring and a Livestock Buyer/Seller because she like researching and talking about breed type, bloodlines and genetics of animals. She is an active 4H member in the Lamb, Dairy Beef, Swine, County Council, and Community clubs and has been showing and breeding registered Southdowns for the past four years, but grew up raising sheep since she was six years old. Carrie is on her county 4H Livestock Judging Team and has competed at state level. She can't wait to help kids in learning about the Southdown breed and working with her fellow Ambassadors. She has been a member of the AJSA for the past four years. She is very excited to be a National Southdown Ambassador and help promote the Southdown breed in the sheep industry.
Hannah Taylor is a sophomore at Kansas State University where she is currently studying Agricultural Communications and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She originally hails from Arlington, Wisconsin where she grew up helping her dad on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sheep Research Farm. She began showing sheep when she was old enough to walk and in third grade she chose to start her own flock and has been raising and showing Southdowns ever since. She has been very involved with the Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association and also enjoys helping young members in her community start their own sheep projects. Hannah is very active in 4-H and FFA and loves promoting the sheep industry as well as advocating for agriculture.

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