THE LEAD LINE
Most sheep shows have one. It is an event which shows the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep. It usually involves children but can also include adults. It also involves a young Ewe or a Whether or other fiber animal.
A most well behaved Sheep great outfits
Contestants in most shows have to halter train their sheep or in some cases llamas or Angora Goats. Not an easy feat in most cases. The handler needs to wear an outfit made of wool. Points are added for home made garments. The garments can be woven, knitted, crocheted or sewn.
A well behaved Llama and handwoven garments
The contestant leads his or her sheep around a ring and points are given for appearance, handling , outfit and more.
What a great costume and such a sweet lamb
This is a not to be missed contest as you never know what will happen when kids and sheep are involved. Many times you will see a crowd of people chasing after a an unwilling sheep. The wonderful lessons that a child learns can bee seen at the event. I encourage all of you to be sure and catch The Lead Line at your favorite sheep show.
These pictures were taken at The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair of 2016