Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) is an active organization that organizes several annual events: the Maryland Shearing School (April), the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (May), the Maryland Wool Pool (June), as well as a range of sheep, wool and lamb promotional and educational activities, a scholarship fund and an annual members dinner in October.

2012 Committee


President: Lee Langstaff
Vice President: Larry Fisher
Treasurer: Colleen Histon
Secretary: Peter Austin

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Chairman

Gwen Handler

Maryland Wool Pool Manager

Emily Chamelin Hickman

2016 Directors

Gwen Handler
Michael Histon
Dawn Richardson
Jeffrey White

2017 Directors

Emily Chamelin Hickman
Sara Dixon
Brad Humbert
Tom Mullinix

2018 Directors

Carolann McConaughy
Patricia Sanville
Allison Seyfert
Karren Sowell

County Associations


All are welcome to join. Members are from 6 counties: Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington Counties, plus a few members from out-of-state. Extensive “Links” tab.

Peter Vorac, President — (301) 371-4111 —
Patty Sanville, Secretary — (240) 357-1437 —
Dawn Richardson, Treasurer — (301) 908-5985 —


Download the MSBA Membership Form.

As a member you will:
•    Join an active and friendly group community of shepherds and others
•    Receive the quarterly Maryland Sheep News, MSBA’s informative newsletter
•    Pay a reduced commission on fleeces consigned for sale at the Festival Fleece Show & Sale
•    Be mailed a free copy of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival catalog
•    Receive regular publications from the American Sheep Industry Association
•    Be eligible for a free listing in the Members Directory

Annual membership dues are $25.  The membership year runs from October through September.  If you take your wool to the Maryland Wool Pool, membership in MSBA is deducted on wool sales over $40. Dues received before June 1, 2016 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2016. Dues for new memberships received on or after June 1 (AND/OR membership payments made at the 2016 Wool Pool or new memberships purchased at the 2016 Sheep & Wool Festival) will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2017.


2016 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to 2016 Cover Art Competition Winner Maria Victoria Savka of Pittsford, NY. Honorable mentions went to Mary Jeanne Coles of Union Bridge MD, Nathan Loda of Vienna VA, Jamison Odone of LaVale MD, and Debbie Lynn Zwiebach of Pasadena MD.


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