Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

MSBA is an active organization, sponsoring the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, Maryland Wool Pool, Sheep Shearing School, Maryland Sheep News, various youth activities, and a variety of educational functions.


President: Bob Dinsmore

Vice President: Elizabeth Cavey

Treasurer: Colleen Histon

Secretary:  Lee Langstaff

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Chairman

Gwen Handler

Wool Pool Manager


2014 Directors

Tom Dearstine

Larry Fisher

Barbara Graybeal

Larry Pugh

2015 Directors

Ashley Stevens-Travis

Mary E. F. Streaker

Glenn Stunkel

Greg Thorne

2016 Directors

Gwen Handler

Michael Histon

Dawn Richardson

Jeffrey White

County Association Presidents


Katharine Patterson, 410-329-3032,


Peter Vorac, 301-371-4111,,
Members are from Five Counties: Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington Counties.


Download the MD Sheep Breeder's Association membership form.

The Maryland Sheep News is sent to all MSBA members and contains information on upcoming events, educational articles and advertising. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, held annually the first full weekend in May, has become known as one of the premier events of this type in the nation.

As a sheep enthusiast, your help is needed to successfully complete the many events scheduled during the year. Volunteers are always welcome on the many committees. If you would like to be involved with your fellow sheep breeders in promoting the Maryland Sheep Industry, while educating yourself and others, you are invited to join the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. The annual membership/subscription fee is $25. If you take your wool to the Maryland Wool Pool, membership in MSBA is deducted on wool sales over $40.

The membership year runs from October through September. Dues for membership received prior to June 1, will be accepted as paid through September 30. Dues received June 1, and later (including dues deducted at the Maryland Wool Pool) will be accepted as paid through September 30.

Make checks payable to: Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc. There will be a $25 charge on any checks returned for insufficient funds. Please send your checks to:

Kris Thorne
1130 Martin Dr.
Westminster, MD 21157

Download the MD Sheep Breeder's Association membership form.

For more information about the Sheep Breeders Association, please contact Bob Dinsmore, President

Beginning Shearing School:
held April 18-19, 2014
There will be a limit of 25 registrations accepted.
$80 fee for the 2 day session.
Contact: David Greene at
410-329-6241 or

Maryland Wool Pool:

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival:
2014  Dates: May 3 & 4. Always the first full weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds Contact: 410-531-3647 or

Annual Dinner: October 25, 2014. 


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