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818-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, October 3, 1998
‘Zimmermans’ Dominate Ephrata Sheep Show’s 167 Entries
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
EPHRATA (Lancaster Co.)
Despite 167 competitive entries at
the Ephrata Fair Sheep Show last
week, the Zimmerman family
swept most of the championships.
Pint, Jennifer Zimmerman won
showmanship. Then her brother
Jimmy. 14, showed Luke and
Duke, twin homebred Hampshires,
to capture the grand and reserve
championship market lamb titles.
In breeding sheep, Jimmy took
championships in Cheviot and
Hampshire divisions. Jennifer
showed both the Southdown and
Homed Dorset champions then
went on to show the supreme
breeding sheep over all sheep with
her Southdown ewe, named Alley.
The judge called the ewe,
“equisite” and possessing every
thing desired in the Southdown
The ewe had been purchased at
the Ohio Southdown Sale after one
of Jennifer’s former champion
ewes died from birthing
The Zimmermans also had
many reserve and first placings in
classes with those they selected
from the 65 head of Hampshires,
Sarah Boyd shows the non-sale champion market
lamb at Ephrata Fair.
Judge Kathryn Gabriel selects Jimmy Zimmerman's twin Hampshires for the grand
and reserve champion market lambs.
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Southdowns, Cheviots, and
Homed Dorsets raised on their
Reinholds farm. They are the
children of Jay and JoAnn
Despite the Zimmerman’s over
whelmingly good night, a few
choice spots were claimed by non
family Zimmerman members.
Radell Peters, Elizabethtown,
showed the champion Polled
Dorset ram, which went on to be
selected as the reserve champion
breeding sheep over all breeds.
The Dorset ram, named Aristotle,
which means “ultimate,” was pur
chased from Van Beer Farm in
Dauphin County last year.
In the non-sale market lambs,
Sarah Boyd, Ephrata, showed her
undefeated champion heavy
weight for the grand champion tro
phy, The lamb was a previous
champion at 4-H Roundup and at
the Denver Fair.
“You don’t come across one this
good often,” Sarah’s dad said of
the champion heavyweight with
tremendous length of loin and eye
Sarah plans to show and sell Jor
dan at New Holland Fair next
week. She’ll shed lots of tears, she
said, because she has become more
Supreme champion breeding sheep over all breeds is a Southdown ewe shown by
Jennifer Zimmerman. Radell Peters shows his Dorset ram named the reserve grand
champion over all breeds by Kathryn Gabriel, Judge.
attached to this lamb than any
others in her many years of
“He’s spoiled rotten,” Sarah
said of the lamb she feeds whoopie
pies and candy bars as rewards for
Showing the reserve non-sale
market lamb was Ryan Donough,
13. The homebred Suffolk named
Murry has tremendous leg deve
loped from running hurdles and
long walks at the Donough’s Man
heim farm. His older brother Tra
vis was won the reserve showman
ship title. His younger sister Joelyn
Donough showed the champion
Oxford breeding sheep.
In Romney breeding sheep,
Alexandra Lauffer showed the
champion and reserve. Derick Bol
linger showed the champion and
reserve Shropshires. Andrew Ger
hart showed the champion and
reserve in the Suffolk classes.
Gabriel Bowman showed the
champion and reserve in Lincoln
and in Other-Natural Colored clas
ses and the Polypay champion and
reserve were shown by his sisters
Dallassa and Kelsey Bowman
respectively. Amy Ha ins showed a
Jacobs’ ewe for the championship
in the “others” division.
The 10-hour sheep show
Grand champion in showmanship Is Jennifer Zimmer
than. Travis Donough is reserve.
The reserve non-sale champion market lamb is
shown by Ryan Donough.
required Kathryn Gabriel, sheep attention to each of the 167 entries
breeder from Glen Arm, Md. and 811(1 thorough assessments of each
president of the National Monta- breeding sheep.
dale Association, to select champ- “l am impressed with how pro
ions in showmanship, market, non- fessional the kids are. They have
sale, breeding, and supreme over been taught well and their show
all breeds. manship is really impressive,”
“It’s never easy to select champ- Gabriel said of the exhibitors,
ions when so many are showing,” A partial fisting of Ephrata Fair
Gabriel said, but she gave detailed (T urn to Paso B 19)