The start to the Junior Market Lamb Show was exciting for Carlye Winfrey. She was in the first class of the day and her class winning Southdown went on to be named Champion Southdown. Winfrey shares how exciting it is to win this breed as she kicks off the day.
“It’s nice to know and see hard work pay off,” says Winfrey. “I’ve worked a long time for this, and it has been a goal of mine to win this division here in Denver.”
17-year-old Winfrey has only exhibited at the National Western Stock Show for two years and both have been very successful for Winfrey. In 2018, Winfrey had a division champion that allowed her to show on the green carpet during the grand drive. This year, she will compete once again on the green carpet in Stadium Arena.
However, her success wasn't just handed to her. She has had the lamb for about a year now and every day she is working and taking care of him - both in the early mornings and late nights. She manages his feeding schedule and makes sure to properly exercise. On top of all of that, she focuses on showmanship. Winfrey understands the importance of getting your lamb shown to the best of its ability.
Her showmanship skills helped her seal the deal and win the breed. The breed holds a special place in Winfrey’s heart. Throughout high school, she showed several Southdowns so they grew on her. Even though they aren’t the biggest in numbers, Winfrey believes that they are equally as important and competitive in their own ways as there is still depth in the classes.
Winfrey has worked extremely hard for her win and is very excited to get the chance to take her Southdown on the green carpet for the Grand Drive scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m.
Good luck to all Junior Market Lamb exhibitors showing today!