The 14th Annual West-Central Junior Show was held at the Grand River Raceway in Elora on August 21 and 22, 2014.
Beautiful weather encompassed this two-day event where 90 participants from across West-Central took part which certainly made the barn a buzz of excitement.
The show is supported by many companies and individuals with special mention to Dumfries Mutual Insurance and long-time supporter Bruce Witmer. Once the counties settled into their place in the barn and calves were washed, the education aspect of the show began. Junior members took part in three educational stations that included showmanship, washing and clipping while the senior members enjoyed a fun game of “Family Feud Dairy Style” that challenged their knowledge of the dairy industry and showing cattle. The popular scavenger hunt and water balloon fight ended the evening’s activities before heading to their camp sites for the night.
The show the following day was judged by Stephanie Murphy of Hastings, Ontario and she began by sorting through three heats of Senior Showmanship before her final placing in the finals. Coming to the top of the class was TylerCanning of Wellington followed by Micaela Hill of Grey. The Junior Showmanship increased to four heats for Judge Murphy to analyze with Charlotte Todd of Wellington placing first overall. Her fellow county member Kelly Vandenbraak of Wellington placed second. Peewee Showmanship offers young people between the ages of 6 and 8 years old to take part in the show and they must independently lead their calf. Two well deserving winners were Kelly Stere of Waterloo in first and Cailyn Charlton of Brant in second. The Champion Showperson of the day was Tyler Canning with the second place senior Micaela Hill taking the Reserve honors. The winning Junior, Charlotte Todd was Honourable Mention. At noon, the Floradale Feeds staff led by John Drummond organized a BBQ for lunch with the donation bucket being filled with gracious donations. Walkerbrae Farms were recognized by the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund for their accumulated donations to the Trust Fund that has been directed for support to the West Central Ontario Junior Show.
Judge Murphy placed thirty-five Junior Calves with a pair of sisters taking the top two placings. Chelsea Stephens of Wentworth led the Brown Swiss calf, Glen Islay Fantasy to first place while her sister McKenna Stephens placed second with Comestar Aliky Goldwyn. In the Intermediate calf class, first place went to Alanah DeBoer of Niagara North with Silverholme Jett Air F Brenda and second to Tyler Canning with Fraeland Fever Bella. Philip Bos of Waterloo placed first in the Senior Calf class with Bosdale Goldwyn Elie Gayand second went to Maggi Murphy of Dufferin with Geordawn Iatola Taco. Holzer Minnow Shadow was the winning Yearling Calf for Justin Walker of Wellington while Calmac General Solar placed second for Katelyn Fisher of Haldimand.
The Grand Champion class was an impressive group with many calves placing well at othershows this summer. Judge Murphy’s choice for Grand Champion Calf went to Silverholme Jett Air F Brenda for Alanah DeBoer and her classmate Fraeland Fever Bella receiving Reserve Champion for Tyler Canning. The Honourable Mention calf went to Bosdale Goldwyn Elie Gay for Philip Bos of Waterloo County.
The winner of this year’s painted show box was Austin Needham from Wellington County and it was painted by Leanne O’Donnell of Waterloo. The organizing committee would like to thank all the volunteers, families and sponsors for their continuous support of this show.
Provided by Ontario Holstein