Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association

Wool Ambassador

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 and 2017 WOOL AMBASSADOR JESSICA RUGER

My name is Jessica Rugar, I am the 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 sheep and wool Ambassador. I am 16 years old and will be starting my junior year at Millbrook High School in the fall.  I started out raising Cheviot sheep, but as I grew taller, I soon discovered that I needed a larger breed.  It was suggested to me that I speak to Mary Stephens about sponsoring me.  Mrs. Stephens has been a mentor for me ever since.  I have learned almost all that I know from her, and will continue to learn as much as I can.  This past year, I focused a lot of time on making hats for premature babies at Vassar Hospital.  I have also made Cancer care packages in memory of my friend and fellow shepherd Sue Stewart.  Sue, not only encouraged me to apply to be the Sheep and Wool ambassador, but she also was a great friend and very supportive to anyone who needed help.  I also participated in the Ag literacy week this year.  Although this year wasn’t geared towards sheep, I wanted to use the opportunity to help teach the kids of the impact that agriculture has on their lives.  I am planning on continuing and participating in all the activities throughout the remainder of this year and in the years to come.  This summer, I will also be attending the Ag Discovery Program at Lincoln University in Missouri.  This program will be focusing mainly on Farm to Table Agriculture, which is what I planning to do when I am older.  

 

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 & 2018 WOOL AMBASSADOR COSETTE VEEDER-SHAVE

CosetteHello, my name is Cosette Veeder-Shave. I am thirteen years old and entering eighth grade at Saint Mary’s in Wappinger Falls. I am pleased to serve as the Wool Ambassador for 2015 and 2018! I was the runner up in 2014. I raise Corriedale sheep on Patchwork Pastures Farm in Hyde Park. Corriedale is a dual breed, but my family raises ours for wool. I have been raising sheep since I was six. In the last couple of years, I have really started to understand how to show and fit sheep properly.

I like to sew using wool to help promote the use of wool in clothes. I participate in New York State Make It with Wool competition at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival and Lead
line at the Dutchess County Fair each year. One of my goals when I wear clothes I have made is to show people that wool can be fashionable and beautiful and isn’t necessarily
scratchy and only in the form of a sweater made by your grandma. I also knit with the yarn my family has made, needle felt and wet felt.

Young ShepherdsI had spinal Surgery June 10 2013 and after the surgery I spent a week in the Pediatric intensive care unit at Albany medical center. I had so many great nurses and I told them about all my sheep at home and how I couldn’t wait to see them again particularly my first bottle baby ever-Calliope. From Calliope, I learned just how much sheep depend on the caregiver for their well being much like I depended on my nurses at the hospital. While I was there, a student nurse had been making pillowcases for the floor but she would be moving to a new hospital soon. For some reason, that fact stuck in my head and I thought, I will take up that tradition after this is all over. Unfortunately, I was not allowed even near the barn for a month so I spent that time sewing pillowcases. Every time I bring a new batch for them, they ask me how I’m doing then how my sheep are.

CosetteI attended the sheep symposium in October and the Northeast Youth sheep Show in July. I have gotten to do some fun things this past year as the runner up. I visited Anchorage Farm and Point of View Farm where I helped out with the Yarn Crawl. I got to learn about two different wool breeds from these farmers, Romneys and Finnsheep. At the 2014 Dutchess County Fair, I walked around the sheep barn to talk to people about growing up raising sheep and let them pet Violet, my bottle baby lamb this year. I also handed out ribbons for the shows when I wasn’t showing. I answered many questions about sheep and the properties and usage of wool. On entry-receiving day, I help out in the E building for the needlework and stitchery department checking people in as they hand in their items for the fair.

When I grow up, I would like to become a historical interpreter. I have a fairly strange skill set and I would want to work doing a trade, like Dressmaker or weaver. I can also work with the animals, particularly the sheep. In addition, I play the fiddle and would like to also use that as well.. A historical interpreter can weave all of these together at many of the historical sights around the country.

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO OUR 2012, 2013 and 2014 WOOL AMBASSADOR TAYLOR HARRISON

TAYLOR HARRISON

TAYLOR HARRISON

TAYLOR HARRISON

TAYLOR HARRISON

 

2011 WOOL AMBASSADOR ANJELIKA JURESS

ANJELIKA JURESS.

2009 & 2010 WOOL AMBASSADOR CLAIRE BURNETT

INSETclaire_burnett_2011showTHANK YOU TO OUR 2006, 2007 AND 2008 WOOL AMBASSADOR, MEAGAN STEPHENS

For more information and to request an application, please contact :

Lauren Drum at   laurendrum@aol.com 

RESPONSIBILITIES :

  1. Promote sheep, wool and lamb through participation in various community and school activities.
  2. Appear, when requested, by an organization interested in sheep and wool promotion.
  3. Help during the week of the Dutchess County Fair for scheduled sheep and wool events.
  4. Help during the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival.


RULES:

  1. The applicant must be single and between 12 and 22 years of age by January 1, 2018.
  2. Applicants should have a working knowledge of sheep and wool. The applicant must own their own sheep, be a sheep sponsorship or parents/guardians must raise sheep.


JUDGING:

There will be a maximum of three judges conducting an interview. The applicant will
be judged on; knowledge of sheep and wool, poise, personality and appearance. Interviews will take place November 2018. Location and time to be announced.

 

 

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