On hand when the 2022 Corriedale Awards was recently presented in Missouri were, from left, American Corriedale Queen Katelynn Wallace; Emma Peters; Ryan Craig, past president of Corriedale Association; and Scott and Cathy Peters. (Courtesy photo)

Local Corriedale breeders surprised with recent award

VERSAILLES—Scott Peters was completely surprised when he and his family were named the 2022 National Corriedale Association at a banquet in Sedalia, Mo.

Attending the event with him were his wife, Cathy, and youngest daughter, Emma.

“The rest of the family had school and work commitments,” he said. “The entire Peters family is involved in all aspects of the sheep operation that my dad started. My siblings (Jesse, Anne and Sara) and all of our children, their spouses and children are all involved from the lambing season in the winter through the showing in the national championships in Louisville each November.”

The son of Bob and Donna Peters of Dawn, Scott, said his father started showing sheep in 1957.

“Dad exhibited the champion lamb at the Great Darke County Fair his first year, and my family has been heavily involved since then.”
His family’s successes have included national champions, reserve national champions and multiple county and state fair champions in the past.

“A special memory was last year at the 2021 Ohio State Fair,” he said, “My daughter Emma exhibited the Supreme Champion Ewe, similar to Best of Show in dog show terminology.”

Scott, born and raised in Darke County, and has lived here his entire life except for the eight years.

“I was completing my degree in nuclear medicine at the university of Cincinnati,” said the Ansonia High School graduate. “In 2007, I left clinical practice in nuclear medicine to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales. I’m currently a Key Account manager specializing in Cardiology for Amgen.”

How does he juggle the sheep with his career and personal life?

“The sheep, our farm and my career are all full-time and the paths intersect daily,” Scott replied. “I often will leave the lambing barn after delivering multiple new lambs and jump in the shower to rush off to the hospital and then rush home to find more sets of new lambs ready to be attended to. When the kids were still at home they played an integral role in the lambing, but now that position is shared by my wife Cathy and I. The prepping for shows is still a joint operation involving the entire family.”

This involved a lot of traveling.

“We travel to a minimum of seven out of state shows each year,” each year. “As I write this, we are driving through the night to the All American Junior Show in Springfield, Mass.”

The Peters family was also honored as the Corriedale Breeder of the Year in 2005. In 2021, they won the Reserve National Champion Ram at the North American livestock expo in Louisville, Ky., and also had Champion Ram at the All American Jr. show in Springfield, Ill.

“We currently have about 75 brood ewes between our Corriedales and the Southdowns that my youngest Emma raises,” he said. “We are in this for the long haul. My dad has shown sheep at the Darke County Fair for over 65 years straight and I hope to equal his streak!”

The Corriedales are truly a family tradition and every member of the family has actively shown them throughout the United States. Other members of Scott and Cathy’s family are son Collin and daughter Ellen, and they are usually accompanied to these events by his parents.

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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