Cambridge, ON – Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the inaugural Joseph G. Snyder Award.
At the 25th Annual Ontario 4-H Inter-County Dairy Cattle Judging Competition held recently in Ancaster, ON, Joe’s wife, Bea, and his daughter, Jenny Gleeson, were on hand to mark the occasion and present the awards to four deserving 4-H members.
This year’s winners were Justin Velthuis of Carleton (East), Cole Haggins of Essex (West), Courtney Ray of Hastings (East-Central) and Collin Allardyce of Brant (West-Central). These four individuals were the top 4-H members at their respective Dairy Cattle Evaluation Clinics this year and gave accompanying reasons for classes placed.
Joe worked as the Ontario Holstein Branch’s first Secretary-Manager from 1980 to 1993 and achieved many things during this time. He is credited with organizing the first Dairy Cattle Evaluation Clinic and was a founding committee member of both the Ontario 4-H Inter-County Dairy Cattle Judging Competition and the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic (known as the Hays Classic at the time). Joe was a great promoter of the Dairy Industry and his legacy lives on in many youth programs such as these.
Congratulations to this year’s winners and many thanks to the Snyder family for their continued support.