The Show of the Spring - Cowsmo

The Show of the Spring

Time to plan for the New York Spring Dairy Carousel 2018, April 6-9 in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds. The 43rd edition, sponsored by the New York Holstein Association, will include shows for all major dairy breeds along with top-notch Holstein and Protein Breed sales.

2017 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPRING HOLSTEIN SHOW CHAMPIONS From left: Judge-Mike Deaver, Gary Tublolino, Shannon Sears, Emily Mikel, Terri Packard, owner of the Grand Champion, Rodney Hetts on the halter of Grand Champion-Butz Butler Gold Barbara, Evan Creek on the halter of the Reserve Grand Champion- OCD Bradnick Candy, Jared Dueppengeisser holding Honorable Mention Grand Champion-Ms Absolute Bliss, Sarah Rohe, Sydney Parkin.

In 2017, over 200 youth from the Northeast participated in the judging contest followed by eight different breed shows featuring 800 head of dairy cattle. Many of the animals have won their respective breed’s All-American contests as “The Carousel” has become known as, “the show of the spring.”  The Holstein Sale had an exciting line up of high genomic females, potential show winners, Red and Whites, and members of the Breed’s most distinguished cow families.

Thursday at 12:00 p.m. the Exclusive Opportunity Sale will feature show ring ready cattle from all over the country and Canada featuring Holsteins and Jerseys.  The sale will be held in the poultry barn with 100 elite lots selling.

The Carousel officially kicks off Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. with the fourth annual Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest. The judging contest is open to youth of all ages and includes a collegiate division as well. This event is sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast AgEnchancement.  At 6:00 p.m. will be the Protein Breeds Sale featuring Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, and Milking Shorthorns.

New York Junior Holstein members are center stage on Saturday morning, April 8, with the Junior Holstein Show judged by Jack Lomeo, NY. Saturday afternoon starting at Noon, Bruce Mode, Vankleek Hill, Ontario lines up the Ayrshires. In the other ring, Andrew Vander Meulen, Brighton, ON places the Guernseys. The day concludes with the Youth Showmanship Contest at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday morning 8:00 a.m. finds the Red & Whites in the Coliseum for Lomeo’s evaluation.  At 8:00 a.m. Vander Meulen will return to place the Jersey Show. In the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, WI will be placing the Milking Shorthorn Show while Mode places the Brown Swiss.

The Carousel culminates on Monday, April 9 with the New York International Spring Holstein Show judged by Chad Ryan.

A complete schedule of events is included below. Cattle will again be released at the end of each breed show. A list of classes and the entry forms are available online at OR by calling the New York Holstein Association office at 607-273-7591. Early entry deadline is March 10th.

If you’re planning to attend, hotels in the area include: Clarion Fairgrounds, 315-457-8700; Best Western Fairgrounds, 315-484-0044; Comfort Inn Fairgrounds, 315-453-0045; Maplewood Inn, 315-451-1511; Red Mill Inn, 315-635-4871; and Western Ranch Motel, 315-457-9236. Make your reservations as soon as possible since rooms sell out quickly. Mention the New York Spring Dairy Carousel for special rates.

Camper/RV hookups are available at $30 per day. Reservations, camper license number, and pre-payment are required.

Food is available in the Coliseum and admission is free, so come one and all to the 2018 New York Spring Dairy Carousel.

For any other questions or for online entries & information go to or contact Cattle Superintendent Alan Danforth at 518-231-6597 or New York Holstein Association Executive Manager Kelly Reynolds at 920-728-1596.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, April 4
8:00 a.m. Barns open (note that this year cattle may leave at end of respective breed show)

Thursday, April 5
12:00 p.m. Exclusive Opportunity Sale, Poultry Barn
7:00 p.m. All cattle in place

Friday, April 6
1:00 p.m. Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest & PDCA Judges Conference, sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast  AgEnchancement
6:00 p.m. Protein Breeds Sale

Saturday, April 7
9:00 a.m. NY Jr. Holstein Show
Noon Ayrshire Show (Ring 1) & Guernsey Show (Ring 2)
3:00 p.m. Youth Showmanship Contest

Sunday, April 8
8:00 a.m. Red & White Show (Ring 1) & Jersey Show (Ring 2)
1:30 p.m. Brown Swiss Show (Ring 1) & Milking Shorthorn Show (Ring 2)

Monday, April 9
8:00 a.m. International Spring Holstein Show
Cattle released at conclusion of EACH breed show

Chad Ryan- Fond du Lac, WI……………Open Holstein, Milking Shorthorn
Jack Lomeo Jr.- Hermon, NY……………………NY Jr. Holstein, Red & White
Bruce Mode- VanKleek Hill, Ontario ……………….Ayrshire, Brown Swiss
Andrew Vander Meulen, Brighton, Ontario …..….………Jersey, Guernsey

Area hotels: (Mention Spring Dairy Carousel for special rates)
Clarion Fairgrounds 315-457-8700
Best Western Fairgrounds 315-484-0044
Comfort Inn Fairgrounds 315-453-0045
Maplewood Inn 315-451-1511
Red Mill Inn 315-635-4871
Western Ranch 315-457-9236

Camper/RV hookups are available at $30/day each.
Reservations, camper license number and prepayment required.

Contact information:
Alan Danforth, Cattle Superintendent: 518-231-6597
Kelly Reynolds, NYHA Executive Manager: 920-728-1596
Online entries & information:

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