Garden State Sheep & Fiber Festival Turns 21!

Hard to believe our tiny festival started 21 years ago. While still small by other festival standards, it’s still offers something for everyone. My favorite is watching the younger generations getting involved in raising and showing their sheep. Here are just a few pictures of the contests and events held throughout the weekend. Mark your calendar for the second weekend in September. The festival is located at the 4H Agricultural Fairgrounds in Ringoes, NJ. Hope to see you all next year.

To learn more, click on > Garden State Sheep Breeders


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Winter’s Gift

A gift left behind for munching on our bushes.

A gift left behind for munching on our bushes.

The winter was very hard on the deer this winter. Many came next to our house for food and shelter. Today I found a gift of two perfect antlers from a six point buck. DSCN3595

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Winter Fades to Spring at Jenny Jump Farm

It has been another rough winter on the farm. Many of my four legged kids are getting long in the tooth including me. The month of February and March were very cold with a lot of snow and ice. The youngest sheep just turned 7 while the oldest is now 16. Arbee, Melissa’s horse will be 33 years old in May and fat Max, the donk will be 13. However, the weather is turning warmer, the pastures are getting green and lush with spring grass. Our spring shearing is scheduled for next week and hoping the weather will be sunny. Life is good. Hope you enjoy the short video of a snowy day on the farm.


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Making a Connection – Story of Rescuing a Horse

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The story began in the fall of 2010 when I was looking to buy an older and seasoned trail horse. A friend of mine had just purchased a little horse from Camelot. I like the idea of adopting rescues. We … Continue reading

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Trying New Things – Creating Videos

I recently purchased a GoPro Hero 4 Camera to use along side my other cameras. It’s fun and adds a different element to my photography. I hope you enjoy this short video of me and my horse Budddy riding a cloeverleaf pattern over a series of poles on the ground.

Happy Trails

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New Beginnings

I recently moved my horse Buddy to a small farm close to home. He is quite happy and content. He is back together with his big brother Travis, a 17 hand Dutch Warm Blood.

Here is a short video clip of me and Buddy working together in the ring. I also just got a GoPro camera which I am trying out for the first time.


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Fall – Time For Sheep & Fiber Festivals

IMG_7830 IMG_7834 IMG_7836 IMG_7843 IMG_7844 IMG_7849 IMG_7850Cooler weather and the change of seasons makes me think of knitted wooly things. I start to think of knitting and weaving woolen garments. Here are a few photos of fall and wooly things.

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2014 Shearing Day at Jenny Jump Farm – April 19

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but we’re still kicking. It’s been a long cold and snowy winter. There are signs of spring and the snow is finally melting. Best of all we have confirmed April 19 for … Continue reading

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Meeting New Friends

I had the pleasure today to meet Alexandra Munmun Oliphant O’Neill and her horse Benji. We met through Facebook after learning we both adopted our horses from Lisa Post of Helping Hearts Equine Rescue.  She lives in Manhattan and takes the bus to Elite Equine Group in Ringwood, NJ where she keeps her horse Benji.

The photographs are of Mun and Benji along with two other riders. All the people I met at Elite Equine Group  were professional and friendly. The horses are happy and the grounds are well-kept. It was a perfect day.

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I had taking them.

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My sheep have been fleeced!

So many things have happened in the last month on the farm. First the sheep were shorn a few weeks ago without too much fanfare. I can get used to it. No sheep escaped and no one got hurt or cut, sheep nor human.  I had some great folks who come every year to help. Paul and Liz always help me sort the sheep and help our shearer, Tom move the sheep efficiently. My friends from the spinning guild did such a fabulous job skirted the fleeces they are show ready!

Next was the annual visit from my friends at Fiber Craft Studio. For the last three years Fiber Craft Studio have selected my fleeces for their teaching program. Their specialty is teaching people about fiber and how it connects us to our world. They hold an open house the first weekend in June. Be sure to check out their website for more information. I took some photos of their work which is exquisite.

Last we had our second sheep to shawl fund-raiser at the Leigh Valley Zoo. Once again we used Jacob fleeces from my sheep. It is always a fun time to spin with friends and watching the shawl grow from roving to a finished garment in a matter of hours. It’s like a tiny a miracle! I finally got to see some of the animals including the African Penguins and the river otter.

Better run since I am getting ready for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next weekend.   Stop and stay hello if you are going. I will be at the Jacob Sheep Conservancy Booth in Barn 4 all weekend.

May the fleece be with you!


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