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2010 American Oxford 

The 2010 Featured Breed artwork was by Diana Cook.

For more information about the American Oxfords, please click here.

2009 Leicester Longwool


The 2009 Featured Breed artwork is called "Stacy" by Joanie Livermore.

For more information about the Leicester Longwool click here.



2008 Romney


Artwork by Martha Robinson.  Find our more about her here

Click here for 2008 Show Results.

Find out more about the Romney Breed here.







  2007 Bluefaced Leicester

Artwork by Kristen A. Barndt

To view more information about Kristen A Barndt and for more information on the Bluefaced Leicester, please click here!

View the 2007 Bluefaced Leicester Results here!











2006 Border Leicester

The 2006 artwork of the Border Leicester is by Jodie Rae Plaut. Jodie Rae Plaut is a Brooklyn, New York based artist who specializes in figurative art. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 1995.

Since her graduation, she has been self-employed as a freelance illustrator, with the majority of her work coming from portrait commissions. Though she draws and paints all kinds of figures from children to domestic animals, her favorite animal to capture has always been the gentle, wooly sheep. She has traveled to many countries from England to New Zealand, photographing and sketching different breeds of sheep, finding each one a fascinating study of textures and personalities. Besides working as a portrait artist, Jodie is also an animator and freelance illustrator. You can see more of her work or contact the artist at!

View the 2006 Show Results & a brief history of the Border Leicester Sheep here!

2005 Tunis

Artwork by Jerilyn Weber

The 2005 Featured Breed is the Tunis. The breed originated by combining Middle-Eastern fat-tailed sheep imported from Tunisia, with sheep locally available in America around 1799. The first known imported pair, a gift from the Bey of Tunis, was placed with Judge Richard Peters of Belmont, PA.

The most unusual feature of the Tunis is their red coloring. They are also known for their calm dispositions and their long, slender face and ears. The ewes are excellent mothers who have a high rate of twining, are heavy milkers, are productive for much of their long lives, and are easily handled with very docile temperaments. They are heat-tolerant and feed efficient. Thanks to the National Tunis Registry Inc. for the use of their information. For more information, visit

Jerilyn Weber is known primarily for her animal portraits and enjoys working on both commissioned and non-commissioned pieces.

Her work is represented in many private collections and has been featured in several national publications including "Polo Players Edition", "Canine Images", and "The Equine Image". Ms. Weber exhibits regularly and has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the Westminster Kennel Club award for first place, pastels, at the Dog Fanciers Clubs Contemporary American Dog Art Competition. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Equine Artists Association.

Ms. Weber is currently working on paintings for her upcoming two person show on barnyard art (November 26 & December 16, Pottersville, NJ). The show features a diverse array of farm animals including chickens, sheep, alpacas, llamas, and goats. Prints are available of many of the pieces.

Ms. Weber may be contacted at 908-788-2860 or at

2005 Show Results!

2004 Rambouillet
2004 featured breed was the Rambouillet breed. Developed from the Spanish Merino breed in France. It is large, white-faced, has wool on its legs, can be horned or polled, and produces fine wool, grading from 64s to 70s. It is long-lived, rugged and will breed most anytime of the year, spring and fall.

The Rambouillet is known for its superior, long staple, dense, fine wool. The average ewe will shear about ten pounds or more of wool each year. This wool is used in finer, worsted fabrics and choice scarves.

Some breeders just prefer Horned rams over Polled rams. No matter what purpose the ram is used for, there is no difference in performance on tests, in the show ring, or in the flock.

Artist is Nora Paul Budziak

Nora Paul Budziak has studied with an etcher/engraver of Steuben Glass, an Illustrator and a Master pastelist. She is primarily self taught. Returning to school in the past two years to learn computer software for graphic design. Nora is now totally digital in photography. Her concentration is in Fine Art Photography and Fine Art with an emphasis on "Animals". She also works in most other mediums! Nora can be found at Dog Shows as a roving photographer but is just as comfortable in a barn or pasture taking pictures of horses and sheep. She is currently working on a portfolio of Sheep," A comprehensive Look at Sheep in the Hudson Valley". Nora works on commission and can be reached by e-mail, Snail mail 142 Van Keuren Hwy, Kingston, NY 12401 or by phone (845)336-4502.

2003 Merino

Merino sheep

Artist is Joan Blazis Levitt

For the past 15 years, Joan Blazis Levitt has been creating unique and inspirational art through the etching medium. Etching is a traditional graphic art in which the artist uses acid-resistant grounds, acid, ink and a printing press to create beautifully textured original art.

Levitts images reflect the colors, textures and beauty found in nature. Her sheep images mirror her fascination with animals just as her toy images beckon one back to an age of innocence and wonder.

Working from her Clinton Hollow studio amidst the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, she strives to touch home with her art; to comfort, inspire and amuse her customers. You can view her work on her website

2002 Cotswold

Breed Standards

Size: A mature ram will weigh 250 to 275 pounds. A mature ewe will weigh 200 to 250 pounds.

Head: The head in the case of both the male and female is hornless. The poll is surmounted by curling locks of wool that often, almost cover the eyes and extend down as far as the nostrils. This forelock is one of the characteristic features of the breed and is not trimmed when the sheep are shorn or trimmed for show. The nostrils should be wide and expanded. The nose should be dark.

Ears should be long but not heavy, carried well up, covered with silky hair. Black spots are not considered objectionable on the ears.

Eyes should be full, dark and prominent. Face can be open or closed with wool tufts on the cheeks.

Neck and Body: The neck should be relatively short and thick blending smoothly into the withers. The chest should be deep and broad with good width between the front legs. The back should be broad and level. The loin should be long, blending smoothly with hips with deep well-sprung rib and good leg of mutton. Top line is straight with no drop in front or behind shoulders. The ribs should be quite full, not showing hollow behind the shoulder from which the ribs must spring with a fine circular arch. Belly should be straight on underline. Breast should be broad and well forward, keeping the legs wide apart. Rump should be carried out on a level with the back, giving the animal a square looking frame. Legs are medium length, straight, strong and must stand up straight on pasterns. Legs should be wide apart on each corner. Hooves must be black.

The whole body should have a firm, solid touch (not loose and flabby) and be well covered with thick set, long and lustrous wool.

Fleece: The fleece should be uniform, long and lustrous with average growth rate of one inch per month. Cotswold fleeces should grade from 42 to 48 on the Bradford scale or 42 to 36 microns and should hang in lock formation. Fleece preferably light to creamy in color. Yolk in fleece moderate. Colored Cotswolds will exhibit all colors from jet black to white silver gray with all combinations between. As the animals mature, the color has a propensity to fade.

Undesirable characteristics: Dropped pasterns, drooping lower eyelids, inverted lower eyelids, pigeon toes, small loosely attached scurs, physical deformities

Acceptable but not preferred on white Cotswolds: Smutty face, dappled tan, gray, brown or black on the legs

Artist is Jacquie Roland
Jacquie Roland is an artist working in Kingston, New York. She has participated in the Saugerties Artist Studio Tour and Kingstons Artist Soapbox Derby Poster designs.

2001 Icelandic

Artist is Jacquie Roland

2001 was the first year the Festival chose a featured breed.

Icelandics are a very ancient breed, being one of the oldest pure breeds of sheep in the world today. They date back to the settlement of Iceland in the 700-800s and the Icelandics have been maintained as a separate gene pool since that time. A member of the North European Short Tail group, they are considered an "unimproved" breed in the modern sense, and retain a number of favorable ancient traits. Hardy, intelligent, sturdy and fertile, the Icelandic has much to offer the modern shepherd. Ewes are very effective and calm mothers, immediately claiming and defending their lambs; there are few cases of maternal rejection. Lambs are born small and lively and are often nursing within just minutes of birth. The breed thrives on grass and good hay alone, and does not require grain supplementation. Ewes will breed and birth multiples, and meat lambs will reach market weight by fall, all without the input of grain. Breed fertility is between 175-220%. The meat is tender, and light in both flavor and color. The Icelandic fleece comes in a wide array of colors from white, soft tan, and rich moorit browns, to grays from soft pearl to rich slate, all the way to jet black. The fleece is dual coated with a long and lustrous outer fiber called tog, and the soft, inner downy thel. It is sought after by felters and spinners, and spins into a wide variety of luxury yarns. Pelts are highly desired for their rich and varied colors and patterns, and long, silky, locks. Often described as a triple purpose breed, the Icelandic adds value to a meat or fiber flock, and is increasingly being used in homestead dairy operations. For more information on the Icelandic breed, please visit our breed association website at

Pin Artist is Robert Place
Robert Place has been designing jewelry for over 20 years. Each design is carved or repoussed and chased (traditional hammering techniques) directly in metal. Then a mold is made, and the piece is cast in silver or gold using the ancient lost wax method.

Robert works with his wife, Rose Ann. Together they have sold their work in most major craft fairs throughout the U.S. and in galleries in this country and abroad. For their jewelry and sculptures in precious metal, they were awarded a 1984-85 Crafts Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the national Niche Magazine Award in 1990 and 1991. The couples creations have been exhibited in The American Craft Museum, The New York State Museum, in other museums in the U.S. and Germany, and on the national Christmas tree in the White House in 1993. Their work has been featured in the German magazines Kunst & Handwerk and Gold & Silber; the Danish Magazine Manteia; the Australian magazine Craft Arts; and the following American magazines and newspapers: American Craft, Ornament, Lapidary Journal, Niche, Kaatskill Life, The New York Times, and The Star Ledger.


  Artist is Jacquie Roland

1998 Festival Artwork

  Artwork by Marisa Buckley

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival Original Artwork




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