Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shearer headed to New Zealand

Twenty-seven year old Emily Chamelin, a professional sheep shearer from Westminster, is headed to New Zealand to compete in the Golden Shears International Sheep Shearing Contest.

Emily Chamelin blade shears a sheep
Image from Carroll County Times
Chamelin will compete in the blade shearing contest. Blade shearing is the old-fashioned way of shearing sheep.

Chamelin qualified for the international competition when she won the blade shearing contest at last year's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  In addition, she place 7th among 18 competitors from around the world in the All Irish National Competition.

Chamelin started shearing sheep about 10 years ago. She got involved with raising sheep through 4-H, even though her family owns a dairy farm with cows and goats. Chamelin has a flock of about 20 sheep.

Good luck Emily!

Read article in Carroll County Times.
View YouTube video

No comments: