2023 Open Sheep Shows

Tentative Sheep Show schedule (Times are subject to change based upon entries and show ring schedule on the day)
***Please note changes to this year’s schedule***
  • There will not be a Classic Breed sheep show for 2023
  • Babydoll Breed show moved to Saturday afternoon
  • Not currently planning a Shetland Breed show based on previous year entries; sheep breeds not having a specific show for their breed can be shown in either the Wool or Meat Breed shows
Saturday 9/9/2023:
Morning Shows: starts @ 08:30 AM
Jacob breed show
Suffolk breed show
Afternoon shows: starting @ 1 PM
Hampshire breed show

Meat breeds show
Commercial sheep show
Babydoll Southdown breed show

Sunday 9/10/2023:
Morning Shows: starts @ 08:30 AM
Costume Class
Valais Blacknose breed show
Afternoon shows: starting @ 1:15 PM
Wool breed shows

Entry Deadline Aug. 31st, 2023

Registration is $6/sheep. Premiums are paid for Classes: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 as follows:

1st place – $25
2nd place – $20
3rd place – $15
4th place – $10
5th place – $8
6th place – $6

Premiums are paid for first place only for Class 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 pair Classes


General Rules Class Definitions Division Definitions
Sheep Show Entry Form (Excel)     Sheep Show Entry Form (pdf)         Pay Entries by Paypal




Open Sheep Shows will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. For more detailed information about the shows or show schedule, contact Reni at
This is an off-the-truck show. There will be sufficient pens at ringside for shows in progress, but you must remove your animals from those pens when you are finished with your show to allow others to use them. Any remaining pens will be available on a first come first serve basis with a 3 pen limit per farm. Bedding will also be provided on a first come, first serve basis.  There will be pen managers in the barn to help you find space.
We strongly recommend that you bring your own pens so the safety of your animals is guaranteed. Set up of your own pens will be in designated areas. Please follow the signs to the Exhibitor’s Entrance to the Vet Check before unloading animals. Thank you for your cooperation.


Open to all exhibitors and All Breeds.

The costume class is designed for breeders and sheep enthusiast to give breeders an opportunity to have a bit of fun, show off their sheep in a unique way while giving spectators the opportunity to enjoy this costume event.
The sheep class entry fee is $6.00 per entry and only one entry per exhibitor



1. Sheep must be checked-in by 9:00 AM the day of their show. Veterinary check-in will be available at the Exhibitor’s Entrance Friday 2-7 PM, Saturday 7-10 AM, Sunday 8-10 AM. You will receive a tag to display on your pen as proof that your animals have been inspected.

2. The entry fee is $6 per sheep per show up to the Thursday of the week before the show (Aug. 31, 2023). You may pay by check (made out to Garden State Sheep Breeders) or via PayPal (PayPal fee included). Entries cannot be accepted once the Festival has begun. A sheep must be shown in an individual class to enter in the pair or group classes. There is no charge for the pair or group classes. Questions about receipt of registration/ payment should be directed to Joan Schnieber 908-319-0382 or

3. Premiums and ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth place in Classes 1 through 12 (ribbons only for Classes 13 through 18).

For classes 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11 the premiums are as follows: 1st place – $25 ; 2nd place – $20 ; 3rd place – $15 ; 4th place – $10 ; 5th place – $8 ; and 6th place – $6.

For classes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 the premiums are only paid for first place: 1st place -$25.

Champion and reserve rosettes will also be given. Premiums will be mailed.

4. Exhibitors may show up to 4 sheep per class.

5. Any breed having 4 breeders and 20 sheep will be given their own show. Breed show will be determined on the basis of entries received.

6. All animals must be free from infectious and contagious diseases. Sheep must be accompanied by a Health Certificate dated within 90 days of the festival for NJ residents and 30 days for out-of-state participants. RABIES SHOTS ARE REQUIRED AS OF 2018. In addition, animals will be inspected by a veterinarian at the show grounds.

7. Because of the Scrapie program, all sheep must be tagged with official identification.

8. Bring your own pens, bedding, hay, buckets, feed and halters.

9. Sheep are released after their show.

Competition: Judging is based on, originality and theme/idea presented by the entrant(s) – one entry per exhibitor. Each participant must dress in a costume of their choice along with a matching costume for their sheep. The Costume Class is open to Children – up to age 8 – Youth – 9 to 15 – Adult – 16 to Adult

Each class participant is eligible for
an honorary award. (First Place), all others will receive a ribbon.

Each participant is required to write up a short description of their costume and about themselves and the sheep they are showing. The description must be emailed separately to by September 6, 2023.
For more information please contact
Reni Melvin


Category Division Description Contact
Meat Sheep Show – show on Saturday
A black face
B white face
Wool Sheep Show – show on Sunday
C fine
D medium
E long
F coarse
Classic Sheep Show G ***No Classic Sheep Show for 2023***

any classic breeds (e.g. Finn, Jacob, Icelandic, Shetland)

Jacob Breed Show H Eastern Regional Show on Saturday Bob Maysmallmail
Shetland Breed Show I no pre-organized show planned
Romney Breed Show J no pre-organized show planned
Lincoln Breed Show K no pre-organized show planned
Baby Doll Breed Show L Show on Saturday afternoon Reni & Kevin Melvin smallmail
Gotland Breed Show M no pre-organized show planned
Navajo Churro Breed Show N no pre-organized show planned Rebecca Gunther (908) 369-4088
Commercial Sheep Breeds/ Grade Show
O Show on Saturday following Suffolk show Reni Melvinsmallmail
Hampshire P Show on Saturday



Valais Blacknose





Show on Saturday


American Classic Valais Blacknose National Show on Sunday morning

Brittany Smith


Reni Melvin (609) 947-3719


Note: Premiums & Ribbons Awarded for Classes 1-12 (see premium payment details above (Rule #3)
Ribbons Only (no Premiums) for Classes 13 through 18

  1. Aged rams (2 to 4 years old)
  2. Pair of aged rams
  3. Yearling rams
  4. Pair of yearling rams
  5. Ram lambs
  6. Pair of ram lambs
  7. Aged ewes (2 to 8 years old)
  8. Pair of aged ewes
  9. Yearling ewes
  10. Pair of yearling ewes
  11. Ewe lambs
  12. Pair of ewe lambs
  13. Pair of lambs (can be mixed or single sex)
  14. Get of sire (4 sheep any age or sex sired by the same ram)
  15. Dam and lamb (1 lamb either sex with its mother)
  16. Breeder’s flock (2 yearling ewes, 2 ewe lambs, and 1 ram any age, all bred & owned by the exhibitor)
  17. Junior showmanship (exhibitor under 18 with any sheep)
  18. Best fleece (wool show only)


Pay Entries via PayPal

Apologies….Pay Pal limitation – only 10 choices per dropdown are allowed.

Sheep Entry Fee (1-10 Entries)

Sheep Entry Fee (11-20 entries)

Sheep Entry Fee (21-30 entries)

Sheep Entry Fee (31-40 entries)



Prior Years’ Results:

2022 Competition Results
2021 Competition Results
2020 Festival not held due to COVID 19
2019 Competition Results
2018 Competition Results
2017 Competition Results
2016 Competition Results
2015 Competition Results – not available
2014 Competition Results
2013 Competition Results
2012 Competition Results

Updated: August 6, 2023