Sheep Shearing Challenge crowns first female champion

Written by CCWG Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Calgary Stampede North American Sheep Shearing Challenge crowns first female champion

July 12, 2019

Calgary – There’s a first time for everything.

 
For the first time in Calgary Stampede history, a woman won the Calgary Stampede North American Sheep Shearing Championship in the Open Professional Class.
Manitoba’s Pauline Bolay finished with a score of 30.35 in a tight three-way race for first place during Friday’s event at the Northern Lights Arena. She edged out fellow competitors Josh Bruton, who came in second, and Timothy Wright, who came in third.
“It’s a great feeling,” she said after the big win, which earned her $2,500, a championship belt buckle and a commemorative bell. “I definitely had a plan, I stuck to it and it worked.”
Bolay has been shearing for 10 years and recently started doing more competitions, including representing Canada at the Sheep Shearing World Championship in France last week. 
“Shearing isn’t in the family but sheep farming is,” she said of how she got started. “When shears came out on the farm, I wanted to do it so I made sure I had the opportunity to do it.”
The competition is all about putting two shearers side-by-side to see who can shear a sheep the fastest, but more importantly, with the most skill. It’s about who is both quick and clean with the shears.
This is a timed and judged event, based on the international shearing rules and emphasizing the Calgary Stampede's commitment to safe animal handling practices.
On each of their four sheep, shearers were scored on how many passes they completed, the quality of the cut, leaving wool on the sheep, and — of course, time. In shearing, the lower the score, the better.
It’s special moment in history for the event, said vice-chair of the Sheep Committee, Pam Barker.
“We’ve had some really good women shearing over the years, and Pauline has been here a couple times in the past. This is her first victory and especially being in the year of the women of the West here at Calgary Stampede, it’s pretty special.”
In the Intermediate Class, Kayne Drew from Australia took the top honours and he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I came out against some good competition,” he said. “I tried to make the most of the final and let it all hang out and I’m glad to come away with the win and I’m also glad about the guys I’ve met here. This is as much their victory as it is mine.”
Drew is also a bull rider and says sheep shearing is just something he does as a hobby but he loves being able to have the “best of both worlds.”
“Bull riding is an adrenaline rush and I get just as much of a kick from doing this competition, too.  Shearing is great and I love it; I wouldn’t come across the world and do it if I didn’t think I could actually make a living off of it.”
For the full results from the North American Sheep Shearing Challenge, visit ag.calgarystampede.com/results.
 
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Top Canadian in World Shearing Competition 2019

Written by CCWG Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pauline Bolay from Manitoba & Don Metheral from Ontario are the top Canadian shearers! 

Congratulations to all of you on a fantastic performance at the Golden Shears and Wool Handling Competition.

Final Canadian Shearing results:

Pauline Bolay 25th with a score of 112.600
Don Metheral 30th with a score of 114.95

Final Canadian Wool Handling results:

Allison Preston 28th with 207.80
Amber Petersen 35th with 233.60

The following picture is one heat out of three overall - Don was 28th & Pauline was 30th.

 

CanadianTeam Members:  Allison Preston, Amber Petersen, Pauline Bolay, Don Metheral, Phillip Woodward (manager)

 

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Holstein Agro Expo 2019

Written by CCWG Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Shearers competing at the 8th Annual Eastern Canadian Sheep Shearing Competition in Holstein, ON
July 5
th & 6th, 2019

2019 Holstein Agro Expo shearing competition

An international event sponsored by
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited.

www.holsteinagroexpo.com 

 

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CCWG Director Elections Results 2019

Written by CCWG Friday, July 5, 2019

For more infomation on our Board of Directors, please visit https://wool.ca/page/board-of-directors

  • Alberta North / Nord - John D. Woodburn - (acclaimed 2 year term 2020-21)
  • Saskatchewan North / Nord - Arlette Seib - (acclaimed 2 year term 2020-21)
  • Manitoba - Morgan Moore - (acclaimed 2 year term 2020-21)
  • Ontario West / Ouest - Allan E. Ribbink - (acclaimed 2 year term 2020-21)
  • Québec East / Est - Vacant
  • Atlantic - Ruth Mathewson - (acclaimed 2 year term 2020-21)
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Ontario Sheep Farmers 2019 Photo Contest

Written by CCWG Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 Ontario Sheep Farmers Photo Contest 

Entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Ontario Sheep photo contest. Contest is open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of Ontario Sheep Farmers to be eligilbe to enter. Deadline for entries is Sept 13, 2019.

If you've got an eye for capturing great moments in a photo this contest is for you.

They are looking for photos of your flocks, activities around your sheep farm and you, the Ontario sheep farmer. 

Categories:

  • Flock Shots - a min of 20 sheep
  • Around the sheep farm - farm landscapes, barns, pastures, sheering
  • Sheep Farmers -  farmers at work, family
  • All about wool - working with wool

Click on poster for more details or email Ontario Sheep Farmers: admin@ontariosheep.org 

2019 Ontario Sheep Farmers photo contest