USA team ready for World Champs

The nation's best sheep shearers and wool handlers are headed to New Zealand next month to compete in the Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championship.

Five Americans: Loren Opstedahl, Piedmont, S.D., Leann Brimmer, Biddle, Mont., Alex Moser, Lester, Iowa, Kevin Ford, Charlemont, Mass., and Maggie Passino, Scottsville, Virginia will represent the U.S. at the world championships.

Each of them qualified for the U.S. team by garnering points at nationwide competitions or winning the national championship, held in Rapid City at the Black Hills Stock Show.

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