Sheep Lose a Ton of Wool in Stock Show Competition
Reprinted in part from the Rapid City Journal
(April 1, 2012) Thirty-two people sheared about 2,250 pounds of wool from nearly 300 sheep in four hours at the Black Hills Stock Show National Sheep Shearing contest on Jan. 29. This was the first year the Black Hills Stock Show hosted the National Sheep Shearing Championships.
Welcome to sheep shearing at the Black Hills Stock Show. The competition is four years old now, and Curtis Olson, whose idea it was to start the competition, said it’s going strong.
This was the first year, however, that the Black Hills Stock Show hosted the National Sheep Shearing Championships.
More than 300 people watched as groups of shearers competed throughout the afternoon for best time and cleanest cuts.
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In the professional division, the winners were first place Mark Hoogendorn, Lester, Iowa; Alex Moser of Lester, Iowa, second place; Darren Kennedy of Wyoming, who finished third; Hilary Gietzen of North Dakota, finished fourth; fifth place was Loren Opstedahl of South Dakota; Aaron Kaufman from Ohio, sixth place; Chase Cantrell of Idaho, seventh place; and eighth place was awarded to Tony Troendle of South Dakota. Hoogendorn now qualifies to compete in the World Sheep Shearing Championships in 2014, he also won best pen.
Clint Hahn of Montana, won the intermediate class. Lynette Frick of California was runner-up; Kyle Hoogendorn of Iowa, placed third; and Rindy Harkness of South Dakota finished in fourth place. Best pen was won by Frick.
In the learner class, Levi McTaggart of South Dakota won the title while Jimmy Nickel of North Dakota finished second; Beau Collins of Montana, finished third; and Logan Crisp of South Dakota rounded out the class. Best pen was won by Nickel.