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.


  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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