Dorper show, sale slated at fair grounds
Breeders are expected to consign approximately 150 head of breeding sheep to highlight the 2019 Texas Hill Country Dorper Association 13th Annual Show and Sale, here on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn.
The Dorpers and White Dorpers will be entered in four categories: spring and fall lambs, yearlings and pens of three ewes, said THCDA President Mike McKinnerney of Richland Springs.
“These sheep will be top-quality breeding stock,” McKinnerney said. “Our members take great pride in saying they raise some of the best sheep in today’s market.”
The show is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, while the sale is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, all at the fair grounds show barn.
Haltered sheep will be judged first on Friday, followed by judging of the pens of three. Sheep consigned to the show and sale must be checked in by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, McKinnerney said.
“Sheep will begin arriving on Thursday, so that will be a good time to preview the sheep and see how they stack up against others of the same age,” he said. “Activities will begin at 9 a.m. Friday with an educational seminar on Dorper and White Dorper sheep presented by THCDA member and certified judge Warren Cude of Fort Stockton. He has judged sheep all over the U.S., so this is a chance to learn from the best.”
The sale is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Judge for this year’s show is Marvin Ensor of San Angelo, while Gabe Spikes of Early will be the auctioneer.
“This show is one of the premier shows and sale events for Dorper and White Dorper sheep in the country,” McKinnerney said. “It’s not often you have the opportunity to see and purchase sheep of this quality in one location. All the sheep are consigned by THCDA members.”
The Fredericksburg event has seen records set each of the last two years.
“Last year, we had a record number of buyers (127) register and a record number of sheep (209) sold,” McKinnerney said. “We sure want to thank all of the breeders who have consigned sheep in the past and all the buyers and bidders who have attended our show to make it so successful.”
The sale again will offer online bidding through DVauctions.
The association’s annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. On the meeting agenda is election of a new president and secretary and one other board member, McKinnerney said.
“On Friday evening after the show, we’ll have a social event for everyone, with Trevor Black providing entertainment,” he said. “We invite anyone interested in Dorper and White Dorper sheep to our show and sale. There is no charge to attend any of the activities, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Dorper sheep.”