National Junior Southdown Show and All-American Junior Show


The National Junior Southdown Show and the All-American Junior Show were held last weekend, July 6 – 9, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds and Events Center. Over 170 juniors exhibited their Southdowns in one of the largest Southdown shows ever. Results of each class can be seen by clicking here. All class winners and champions can be viewed on the American Southdown Breeders Association Facebook Page as well as the American Junior Southdown Association Facebook Page.

Additional winnings captured by our Southdown youth include:

Premier Junior Southdown Breeder

Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Southdown Top Gun

1st JaLeigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

2nd Mackenzie Padgett, Kirklin, IN

3rd Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Junior Skill-A-Thon

1st Mallory Bowers, Lafayette, IN

2nd Maddie Hauger, Connersville, IN

Beginner Skill-A-Thon

2nd Trinity Young, Clayton, WI

3rd Lucas Wilson, LaPorte, IN

Junior Judging Contest

2nd Callen Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

Showmanship Group 2

1st Caleb Formo, Blue Mounds, WI

2nd Kennedy Mitchell, Waveland, IN

Showmanship Group 3

1st Ephraim Fowler, Salesville, OH

2nd Braden Bowers, Lafayette, IN

Showmanship Group 4

2nd Ryker Beckmier, Atwood, IL

3rd Brynn Shearer, Wooster, OH

Showmanship Group 5

2nd Josie Nold, Brookings, SD

Showmanship Group 7

2nd Kate Bowers, Bellbrook, OH

Showmanship Group 8

1st Carson Knittel, Greenfield, IL

Showmanship Group 11

1st Lexy Grace, Westmorelan, NH

Showmanship Group 12

1st Briley Burns, Jamestown, IN

2nd JaLeigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK

Showmanship Group 14

1st Mackenzie Padgett, Kirklin, IN

2nd Preston Forsee, Owenton, KY

Beginner Logo Contest

2nd Kassidy Perkins, Maysville, KY

3rd Wyatt Perkins, Maysville, KY

Intermediate T-Shirt

Emily Nold, Brookings, SD

34th North East Youth Sheep Show

by: Kim Syme, 860-202-7004,

The North East Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) is the 3rd largest and longest running youth sheep show in the country. The show is July 19-22, 2018 in West Springfield, MA. It is the premier all-breed junior show in the northeast, attracting 200 youth exhibitors and 600-700 head of sheep, with 20+ breeds represented.

Weekend activities include:

  • Breed Shows
  • Market Lamb Show
  • Fleece Competition
  • Fitting & Showmanship Classes
  • Skill-a-thon & Quiz Bowl Contests
  • Educational Clinics
  • Friday Fun Night – Pizza Party & Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday Used Equipment Auction
  • Presentation of the NESWGA Harry Hardwick Scholarship, Youth Grants & Spirit Awards

Premiums and participation awards are given, as well as breed Champion and Reserve Champion banners and sashes. The weekend culminates with the selection of the Supreme Ram, Ewe, and Flock awards. The NEYSS is open to youth 21 years old and under. The deadline to enter is June 15, 2018.

The NEYSS is sponsored by the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association (NESWGA). It is supported by national breed associations, local organizations and individual sponsors. To learn more about the NEYSS or the NESWGA, please visit

2017 National Southdown Sale Results

Official results are posted on the ASBA website, Show & Sale Results page.

A message from Willoughby Sales regarding the 2017 National Southdown Show and Sale:

Thank you for allowing us to serve as sale management for the 2017 National Southdown Show and Sale. With 34 consignors the American Southdown Association was well represented from top breeders from across the Nation. This year’s Ketchum Equipment and Townsend Sales top consignor was Maddox Southdowns. Congratulations to them and to all of the consignors who made for a stellar sale weekend. As always thank you for supporting this National Sale Weekend by presenting these quality animals. We appreciate YOU!

As we look forward to 2018 we hope that you will mark your calendars to join us once again!

Here are the Stats!
• Southdown Avg. $993

• Rams $939
• Yearling Rams Avg. $450
• Fall Rams Avg. $963
• Spring Rams Avg. $900

• Ewes Avg. $1020
• Yearling Ewes Avg. $784
• Fall Ewe Lambs Avg. $1150
• Spring Ewe Lambs $1120

Once again congratulations to the sellers and buyers alike.

Dan, Carol and Justin Willoughby

2017 Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Starter Ewe Program

The Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium will be held on April 22nd, 2017 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events building, Arlington, WI. Details can be found at the Wisconsin Southdown Association’s website ( Pictures of sale sheep will be posted through the Association’s website in an online catalog. Bidders who cannot attend the sale in person can bid online or by phone.

For those new to sheep or the breed, several short sessions will start the day and will teach basic information necessary to having a successful start with Southdowns; shearing/trimming, lamb feeding and health. There will be sheep onsite the day of the sale available to view prior to the sale starting promptly at Noon.

The 2017 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 1st and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 8th year and has been an extremely successful way for youth who currently don’t have Southdowns to get a start in the breed. The youth are provided with a high quality ewe lamb including mentorship from the donating breeder. Southdowns have become one of the most popular breeds in Wisconsin for youth sheep projects due to the strong network of breeders and the Southdown’s moderate size, good temperament and that the breed are “slick sheared” by the youth before showing, minimizing the cost and time of fitting.

Sheep purchased at this sale in 2017 that are ASBA Futurity nominated will be eligible for a $1,000 cash jackpot sponsored by the WI Southdown Association which will be awarded at the All American Junior Show, which will be held in Madison, WI this year. The highest placing Yearling, Fall and Ewe Lamb at the 2017 All American Junior Show purchased in the 2017 sale will be eligible to compete for the jackpot money. Details about the jackpot and the All American Junior Show can be found on the Association’s website.

If you are unable to visit the website or need more details on the event or Starter Ewe Program, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at

Wisconsin Association Awards $1,000 to Southdown Futurity Winners

Rio, WI, December 12, 2016

The Wisconsin Southdown Association (WSA) announces the winners of the $1,000 Jackpot the association offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale held this spring. Fall and Spring ewe lambs purchased in this sale were eligible for the jackpot when the youth participated in the American Southdown Breeders Association (ASBA) “Pot ‘O Gold” futurity.

A fall ewe purchased by Jaleigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK and spring ewe lamb purchased by Hannah Schultz, Fort Atkinson, WI were the highest placing animals in the ASBA Futurity purchased in the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale in their respective age groups. Oldenburg was awarded $570 and Schulz $430 in the Wisconsin Jackpot. These awards were in addition to the money awarded to Oldenburg and Schultz by the ASBA.

Enthusiasm is growing in Wisconsin for the “Pot ‘O Gold” Futurity as more Wisconsin junior members participated in the ASBA Futurity in 2016 than any other year. WSJA members who competed in 2016 included Kyliegha Daniels, Andrew Formo, Caleb Formo, Dylan Klug, Isaac Kohlman, Carson Lobdell, Casey Lobdell and Hannah Schultz. Five of the top eight ewe division placings were won by Wisconsin youth.

The American Southdown Breeders Association established the “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity Program to provide an incentive based award system for youth to encourage and reward high quality purchases at ASBA sanctioned sales. Complete results for the futurity can be found at .

The Wisconsin Southdown Association will be holding its 2017 Southdown Stars Sale & Symposium on Saturday, April 22nd. The event will again feature a $1,000 jackpot as well as a high quality set of Southdowns for sale, educational sessions for youth and adults and an opportunity to network with other Southdowns breeders. Watch the WSA website ( or the association’s social media pages for details closer to the event.

If you are unable to visit the association’s website and need more details on the event, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at (715) 347-1957 or

Jaleigh Oldenburg
Hannah Schultz