Sunday, July 21, was a great night for Tessa Mattingly, and a pretty good night for Ella Jones too; the two 4-Hers both walked away with multiple championships in the Boone County 4-H Sheep Show.
Mattingly ultimately won both the Grand Champion Ewe and Grand Champion Ram banners. Both were also the Boone County Born and Raised Grand Champions. Mattingly said she hadn’t felt either of her grand champions were a sure thing going into the county sheep show. In the case of the ewe, she said the animal ended up showing extremely well.
“She did really good on the circuit,” Mattingly said. “I was patient with her, and she was patient with me.”
In all, Mattingly had three champions — a commercial ewe, a Hampshire market lamb and a Suffolk market lamb. She also had the reserve champion crossbred market lamb, with Ella Jones taking top honors for that breed. Jones also had the reserve Suffolk market lamb, placing just behind Mattingly in that breed.
In addition, both won their respective divisions of the showmanship competition at the end of an already eventful day.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.