The show was highly educational and a lot of fun. This judge was very generous with his time and his mind. He took the time to write little paragraphs on the score cards for EVERY fleece regardless of placement. He called the whole audience up to "Look here. See what I mean?" as he judged. No question by anyone went unanswered, in the nicest and kindest possible way.
Every judge has something he or she considers most important. In this show, it was kemp. Kemp is basically fur, and is much coarser and more wirey than mohair. (it's only supposed to count for 10% of the mohair score, but try telling that to the judge!). That said, here are my placements from Saturday:
Constantine's fleece placed fourth out of five in the colored yearling class. He liked the softness, but it wasn't a consistent fleece and it had kemp.
Goblin placed third out of eight in the colored yearling buck class. He liked Goblin's total lack of kemp, but not his coarse neck hair.
Gimble placed fourth out of eight in the colored yearling buck class. He liked Gimble's lack of kemp, but found nothing else spectacular about him.
Talla placed dead last out of seven in the colored adult doe class. He didn't like how much kemp was along her top line.
SVFF is a complete double show, so we are running the entire thing again today with a different judge. Let's see what today brings...