2019 has been a big year for France on the international
France was the host nation for the Championnat du Monde de Tonte
de Moutons (World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championship).
Delegations of 34 countries converged at the village of Le Dorat
from July 1st - 8th for a week of events occasionally referred to
as the Olympics of shearing.
Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Limited sponsored veteran
worlds competitor Donald Metheral of Ontario and Pauline Bolay of
Manitoba as Canada’s machine shearers, as well as a woolhandling
team consisting of Amber Peterson of Prince Edward Island and
Allison Preston of Alberta.
The week began on July 1st as teams arrived in France
and made their way to Limoges a city near Le Dorat for a Speed
shear and concert to welcome them. Tuesday, July 2nd,
was a training day, with the teams traveling to local farms to
practice on the local sheep breeds that would be used in the
competition. While competitors were busy preparing: family,
friends, and other supporters were offered a selection of farm
tours to the area, as Le Dorat is part of the famous Limousine
region of France....