Lead Line Competition

Virtual competition for 2021!

The Lead Line Competition is a intended to show the relationship between the shepherd and the wool products made from sheep (clothing products). The competitor leads a sheep while wearing an outfit made from wool, either sewn, knitted, or crocheted. The contestant is judged on the handling of the sheep, as well as the outfit.

Looking for competition results? Go to our 2021 Virtual Competition Results page!


  1. Classes:  Junior ages 5-8
    Intermediate ages 9-12
    Senior ages 13-18
    Adult 19 years & over
  2. Contestant’s outfit must be at least 80% wool.
  3. Contestants must halter train a sheep (ram or ewe) of any age.
  4. The sheep does not have to be owned by the competitor.
  5. Judging will be based on:
    Wool Outfit – 60 points
    50 pts – color, fit and style appropriate to wearer
    10 pts – some or all work done by exhibitor
    Sheep’s Fleece – 20 points
    10 pts – general appearance
    10 pts – fitted to breed requirements
    Poise and Control – 20 points
    10 pts – poise of contestant
    10 pts – control of the animal
    Total – 100 points


Ribbons will be awarded in all classes. A special prize of $10 will be awarded to the top finisher in each class.

How to Enter

Please complete the online entry form at https://sheepandwool.wufoo.com/forms/lead-line-entry-form/. You must submit three photos of your outfit and a short video of yourself wearing the outfit while leading the sheep

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 17.

If you have questions or need more information, contact:
Karen Fleishell-Fought
230 West Middlesex Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
or email:

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