Wool Fleece Shearing Competitions
Bucket list ticked at Golden Shears 2013
Canadian Doug Kennedy, 74, is one very happy man. Attending the Golden Shears in Masterton over the past three days has been a dream come true for him.
“It’s been on my bucket list for years and I can’t believe I’m here,” he enthuses. “I’ve just left temperatures of 20 below and a metre of snow, so I’m happy to be in New Zealand on many levels,”
Doug knows what he’s watching too. He’s been shearing and teaching the craft for decades in his home state of Ontario. A teacher of elementary school children(9-13 years olds) by profession, he was literally forced into learning how to shear when his father died and he was left as a 20 year old with a 125 strong flock of large Suffolk ewes to shear. It was a small farm of 50 acres that he had been raised on and he wanted to make it work, in honour of his father.
Fleece Competition NS 2010
NS Provincial Exhibition Fleece & Wool Competition 2010
Truro, Nova Scotia
August 25 - 28, 2010
Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition 4th Annual Fleece & Wool Competition display
Crystal Fullerton & son demonstrating wool crafts (spinning, needle felting)
The top two fleeces were:
Champion: Icelandic (ram) entered by Anne Bishop & Jan Morrell, Mt. Denson, NS
Reserve Champion: coloured Romney (ewe) entered by Logan Vroegh (age 11), East Noel, NS
Golden Shears World Championship 2008
This was the first year that the competitions were held in a non-English speaking country. Competitors from 29 countries have entered this year to compete in the Golden Shears World Championship, which is more than ever before.
A total of 52 machine shearers, 23 blade shearers and 28 wool handlers competed in Bjerkreim, Norway from October 2nd to 5th, 2008. Congratulations to all who competed!
The Canadian Team
Maria Stiglmayr made it to the semi-finals to place 9th in the Wool Handling Competition.
Cliff Metheral placed 29th and Don Metheral placed 18th in the Machine Shearing Competitions.
Hometown: Fraserwood, MB
Achievements: Prefers shearing to wool handling & she won the Intermediate Class at the Calgary Stampede 2008
Clifford C. Metheral
Hometown: Nakomis, SK
Birth: June 17th, 1953
Married to Kathy
Achievements: Cliff has been in 4 world championships starting in 1980. He won at the Calgary Stampede as well also 2004 World Sheep & Wool Congress & Toronto Royal Winter Fair.
Hometown: Glen Huron, ON
Birth: July 3rd 1969
Married to Kelly, 3 children.
Achievements: Has won the Calgary Stampede 3 times, the Royal Winter fair in Toronto twice also another first place in Miles City, Montana, USA. He has also placed 2nd and 3rd at the Denver Stock Show and at other various competitions.
Golden Shears World Champions 2008
World Champion Machine Shearing
Paul Avery of New Zealand
World Champion Wool Handling
Sheree Alabaster of New Zealand
World Champion Blade Shearing
Zweliwile Hans of South Africa