Carrie Rutledge Spotlight

Hello my name is Carrie Rutledge, and I am 20 years old. I was home schooled and graduated in 2015. I live on a small farm in York County, Pa., where I raise a flock of Southdown sheep. When I was around 11 a friend of mine asked me to help him with his Southdown ewes and lambs. I fell in love with the breed, so when I was 13 I bought my first two ewes and started showing that year. Now seven years later I breed, raise and show my lambs under my family farm name, Miniature Blessings Farm (MBF Southdowns). I’m proud of the bloodlines in my flock. My mother and I spent hours going over rams and ewes trying to find the best pairings to get the best lambs we can out of the breeding.

I love traveling and showing around my state and country seeing old friends and meeting new ones and seeing all the Southdowns there. I enjoy seeing the new lambs when they hit the ground and hoping that the breeding and bloodlines will turn that lamb into a great show sheep and breeding animal. My goal each year with my bred and owned lambs is to place better than the year before. I also want to be a role model for the younger showmen. I want to be that person that when they watch from the sidelines they see what a good sportsman looks like and be that person they know they count on to be their cheer leader in and out of the ring and help them in any way I can.

As anyone that raises livestock knows, that hardest part of raising sheep is losing a lamb, either at birth or after you put many hours of work into training, feeding, showing and all the high hopes for the breeding of that lamb. It never gets easier when you lose one. I always wonder if there was something more I could have done to save that little life even thought I know I did all that I could.

My proudest moment with my Southdowns has to be showing my favorite ewe MBF 002. Most of my showmanship championships and top five showmanship wins happened with this ewe, as well as winning Grand Overall Champion Junior Ewe at my county fair in 2017. This little bred and owned ewe pushed me to be the showman I am in and out of the ring. From the time she was born everyone said she was born to be in the ring and she sure proved that. Now I show her half sister who is following in her hoof prints.

Another great moment in the ring was with my show ram this year Smith 18-13, he placed 9th at All American and has been top five or better at every other show he has been to, and was also named the Grand Champion Southdown Ram 2018 at my county fair.

Well there is a little bit about me and my Southdowns, until next time!



2018 North American International Livestock Exposition Junior Show Results

Southdowns were represented well at the 2018 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, November 10-14, 2018.

Junior members exhibited in the showring, participated in the skillathon, received scholarships and were highlighted through the futurity. View 2018 futurity results here.

In the junior show, JaLeigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, Oklahoma, took home champion ram honors with Oldenburg 8076. Preston Forsee, Owenton, Kentucky, received reserve champion honors with Fame Forsee R18-30. Champion ewe went to Madelyn, Caroline and Silas Groth, Lexington, Kentucky, with Groth KY7511-1805, who was first champion junior ewe. JaLeigh Oldenburg, won reserve champion ewe with Oldenburg 8082, who first won reserve champion junior ewe.

Additional results in the junior show:
Senior Ram Lamb, Preston Forsee, War Eagle Forsee R17-299
January Ram Lamb, Preston Forsee, Fame Forsee R18-30
February Ram Lamb, JaLeigh Oldenburg, Oldenburg 8006
March and After Ram Lamb, JaLeigh Oldenburg, Oldenburg 8076

Senior Champion Ewe, Aliva Porter, Ashkum, Illinois, Bowman 1743
Reserve Champion Ewe, JaLeigh Oldenburg, Oldenburg 8076

Junior American Southdown Association Coordinator Position Opens


The American Southdown Breeders’ Association has opened applications for the new AJSA Coordinator position. This position requires a motivated person interested in the development of youth leaders interested in agriculture, the sheep industry, and in particular, the Southdown breed. Applications open immediately and will close on October 31, 2018. Please submit a resume and cover letter to the ASBA office via email or regular mail. Selected candidates for the position will be interviewed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, at a time and place to be determined between November 9 and November 13. Please contact the ASBA office for additional questions. Following is a job description along with compensation information.

Youth Coordinator for the ASBA

Purpose of the Position:

  1. Coordinate all junior activities and programs for ASBA.
  2. Fund raiser for continuation of program.
  3. Supervise and develop activities useful for Southdown Junior participation from home and at livestock shows.
  4. Network with State Southdown Organizations to facilitate regional junior shows.
  5. Manage Social Media and Print publications


  1. Knowledge of Southdown Sheep and the breed association
  2. Minimum of 25 years of age.
  3. Ability to relate to juniors ages 6 to 21 and maintain appropriate supervision in the presentation of leadership programs, contests and educational events.
  4. An understanding of motivational needs of those in junior leadership roles and their time constraints to make their roles meaningful.
  5. Experience with livestock shows and junior livestock shows.
  6. Practical experience with internet communication and social media.
  7. Working knowledge on use of spreadsheets, database, publication software and word processing programs.
  8. Willingness to handle fundraising and seek sponsorships.
  9. Excellent motivation to establish new programs and junior activities.
  10. Outgoing people skills and the ability to meet new people


  1. Establish and publicize a calendar of Southdown youth events for the upcoming year.
  2. Organize and run the Youth program:
  3. Organize and oversee the selection of Youth Program.
  4. Plan yearly calendar for Youth Program.
  5. Run leadership school
  6. Arrange for Ambassador chaperones at all events
  7. Attend the National Junior show at the All American, and the junior show at NAILE. Supervise the Skillathon, run Junior Southdown activities, (such as a fundraiser, social     activity or an education event) and preserve with photos of activities.
  8. Maintain an accounting of Junior fund income and expenditures.
  9. Attend and report each year at the informal meeting of the ASBA at NAILE. The results of programs for the past year and plans for the coming year. The report should include an income and expense statement for prior year and a budget for upcoming year.
  10. Help with the program for the NAILE Annual Meeting and the recognition of Junior award winners. Document the year’s junior activities with visual materials on the display board used at national events.
  11. Supervise and maintain Social Media and submit information to Association web site. Provide to Journal Directory summary of youth activities, budget and futurity information.


  1. Junior Association Facebook
  2. Junior Twitter
  3. Junior Instagram
  4. Junior Snapchat
  5. Publish YouTube videos of interest to Juniors
  6. Publish written articles to Banner and other Sheep magazines
  7. Submit junior article to Southdown Directory
  8. Update junior section of Southdown Web.
  9. Provide assistance to the selection and program for regional Southdown Junior Shows as needed
    1. Work directly with regional junior show program. Coordinate with volunteers to present one non-show competitive event, one educational event and a social function at each regional junior show.
    2. Develop and maintain educational presentations and non-exhibition competitive event activities as a resource to be available to volunteers at each regional show.
    3. Provide assistance in supplying inexpensive prizes for junior participants in the various competitive events at regional Junior shows.
    4. Supervise production contests and other activities that include juniors who are unable to exhibit at regional shows. Supervise those contests and recognize winners at the NAILE.
    5. Utilize a fundraising program to solicit sponsorship, donations, gifts and contributions to be used solely for the sponsorship of regional shows, the expenses of the investor program, the awards presented to juniors and the expense and salary of the junior coordinator position. The coordinator would be charged with the goal of making the program self-sustaining within 3 to 5 years.
    6. Provide an average of 10 hours per week in the fulfillment of theses duties for compensation of $10,400 per year plus $2500 in travel and lodging expenses.

Futurity Standings

*These points are accurate as of September 1, 2018.

As the summer show season winds down, Junior Futurity points continue to change. Points have been sent in on a total of 61 animals being shown in the four futurity categories. Points will continue to change as the fall shows gear up. Another update will be posted in October with the final points being calculated at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November. The current standings are now posted for review. Download the file here