Border Leicesters and kids…….. they just make sense! 

The ABLA is proud to offer a variety of opportunities for our junior members to grow their flocks and promote the breed

Polly Hopkins Futurity Contest 

All junior members are invited and encouraged to participate in the annual Polly Hopkins Futurity Contest. All junior members 21 years and younger as of January 1st with paid membership are eligible to compete. Nominations are due June 1st, 2023. Four divisions are offered, with four classes in each

Division #1: Bred & Owned Ewes 

  • White Yearling Ewes
  • White Ewe Lambs
  • Natural Colored Yearling Ewes
  • Natural Colored Ewe Lambs

Division #2: Purchased Ewes 

  • White Yearling Ewes
  • White Ewe Lambs
  •  Natural Colored Yearling Ewes
  • Natural Colored Ewe Lambs

Division #3: Ram Lambs 

  • White Bred & Owned Ram Lambs
  • White Purchased Ram Lambs
  • Natural Colored Bred & Owned Ram Lambs
  • Natural Colored Purchased Ram Lamb

Division #4: Showmanship 

  • Novice (8 & under) 
  • Junior (9-12)
  • Intermediate (13-16)
  • Senior (17-21) 

For more information, please read the complete 2023 futurity rules. 

ABLA Foundation Flock Program 

In an effort to build a solid future for the Border Leicester breed, the American Border Leicester Association and its membership offer the ABLA Foundation Flock. We believe that Border Leicesters are among the best dual purpose and beginner breeds. This program seeks to pair deserving youth with quality registered breeding stock. The winning applicant will receive

  • Two proven brood ewes
  • One unrelated ram lamb
  •  2023 ABLA Junior Membership

Applications must be submitted by March 15th. Flock will be awarded at the 2023 National Border Leicester Sale in Greenville, OH on May 11th, 2023. 

For more information, please review the program guidelines and application.


ABLA Scholarship

The American Border Leicester Association is sponsoring a scholarship program for 2023. A scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to the winner(s). Any high school senior/current college student is welcome to apply. You must have a current ABLA junior or family membership to apply. This scholarship is based on involvement in the sheep industryleadership qualities and community involvement. The deadline to submit all scholarship paperwork is May 1st, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by board members at the annual meeting in Greenville, OH and winners will be notified of their selection by June 1st, 2023.

American Border Leicester Association

Secretary: Siri Swanson

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