Support the USA World Sheep Shearing Team
October 28, 2016

The American Sheep Shearers Council has partnered with Heiniger USA to raise funds to assist the 2017 USA Golden Shears Representatives as they travel to Ivercargill, New Zealand, to complete.

The Golden Shears World Championships are held every two years. To qualify for one of the six team openings, shearers and wool handlers compete at multiple local American competitions.

This year's team is made-up of individuals representing five states and utilizing talent from multiple regions. The team members include Alex Moser (Iowa) and Loren Opstedahl (S.D.) in machine shearing; Kevin Ford (Mass.) and Opstedahl in blade shearing; and Leanne Brimmer (Mont.) and Maggie Passino (Va.) in wool handling.

"For as long as I have been involved in the American Shearers Council and having represented the USA on two separate occasions, it has always fallen on the individuals participating to entirely fund this trip on their own," said Emily Chamelin Hickman. "This trip is very expensive for each member of the team involved; but our team has shouldered the cost every time for the love of sheep and shearing. Our guys and gals are proud to represent our country in an international setting and are happy to make the necessary sacrifices to be a part of history."

A campaign has been set-up for anyone wishing to assist with the expenses for the U.S. team to compete at the 2017 World Champions at