Even though I wrote the Royal Winter Fair Preview Article and titled it “Expect the Unexpected”, I have to admit that even I was shocked at the final results. Common sense tells us that we should always be prepared for the unusual because it all comes down to how each cow looks on the day and in the Judge’s opinion. There were just under 4,000 entries for this inaugural Royal Winter Fair Fantasy Exhibitor competition. Similar to the Holstein Show itself, you could not just pick the winners from Madison and expect to be a winner yourself.
Junior 2 Year Old
After being upset by Petitclerc Sid Sunkiss at Expo International du Holstein Quebec (Read more: Expo Internationale Holstein Québec Results) Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza regained the top spot. Having said that, Sunkiss did offer a little better value for those who were trying to squeeze in some more expensive older cows (Please note that Sunkiss’s value was set prior to EIHQ). With almost 70% (36.9% Lasenza, and 32.7% Sunkiss) of the participants and all of the top 40 participants selecting these two cows, it really was a two-cow race. When Lasenza entered the ring, she looked the best she has yet. After viewing her strong rear seam, many who were hoping for an upset knew that it would not be happening on this day. Another great value pick would have been Jacobs Atwood Vedette, who at $120,000 and placing third and earning 10 points could have certainly helped the more than 100 participants that spent just over the $2,500,000 limit.
Senior 2 Year Old
On a day that was full of surprises, the one sure thing was Charwill Attic Marcy. She looked amazing, as she has all year, and easily strolled to the top of the class. With Marcy also earning Reserve Intermediate Champion, she proved to be a very economical choice as well. For almost 40% of the participants and all of the top 40 Marcy was a must have in order to contend in this year’s competition.
Junior 3 Year Old
Catching everyone by surprise was Phoenix Sanchez Geo. With less than 3% of the total competitors picking her and none of the top 40, this was certainly a curve ball that many did not see coming. With the two most popular picks Ehrhardt Gold Beauty, winner at Expo and the full sisters BVK ATWOOD ABRIANNA and BVK ATWOOD ANDREA not making it to the show, this class was certainly a write off for many competitors. Geo on a day of upsets turned out to be one of the greatest value picks in the entire competition!
Senior 3 Year Old
Talking about upsets. Could there be a bigger upset than seeing Aingers Advent Bambi defeat Valleyville Rae Lynn and Butz-Butler Gold Barbara? Less than 15% of the competitors even included her on their team. Rae Lynn and Barbara have been much heralded this year and were expected to have a clash of the titans at the Royal. However, as Bambi’s upset of Barbara at EIHQ showed us, she is not to be forgotten. With Bambi winning Intermediate Champion and only costing $125,000, she was easily the greatest value in the whole competition. While many, including myself, discounted this three calf Senior 3 year old, (actually she has had four calves as there were twin heifers by Atwood), Bambi has certainly thrown her name into the ring. Even though Rae Lynn did earn honorable mention Intermediate Champion, and did so while milking over a year, at $625,000 in our competition, the price may have been too high for many to choose to include her. However, the real surprise was Barbara, at $625,000 and no bonus points, her third place finish was a team killer for many.
4 Year Old
In what was to be a rematch from Expo, where Cookview Goldwyn Monique got the upper hand, on this day it was all about Cameron who caught Judge Crowley’s attention and strolled to a convincing win in her class. Looking better as the day went along and peaking in the Grand Champion parade, Monique proved to be a pretty good choice as well. However, in order to contend in this year’s Fantasy Exhibitor Competition, you pretty well needed to choose Cameron. In fact, 75% of the top 40 competitors and 100% of the top 10 all chose Cameron to anchor their team.
5 Year Old
With her dominant class win and Honorable Mention Senior and Grand Champion honors, MS Goldwyn Alana was a great pick for many. All but 1 of the top 40 competitors and over 40% of all competitors had chosen Alana to win. There were no real surprises in this class.
6+ Year Old Class
When it comes to the biggest shocker of the day, that honor has to go to Calbrett Goldwyn Layla. After finishing ninth at Expo, no one expected Layla to upset World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion, and 1st place 6 year old from EIHQ, BONACCUEIL MAYA GOLDWYN. Less than 2% of the competitors even had Layla on their team. This victory had to be even more shocking than Bambi’s victory in the Senior Three Year Old Class. For those who had gone all in on Maya, her 2nd place finish and no bonus points in Grand was the biggest team killer in the whole competition. Maya certainly looked good at the Royal, though she did not fit with the style of cow that Judge Crowley was looking for.
What had to be a pleasant surprise for many, as well as to us, was Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy winning the longtime production class. As we were not sure if this former World Dairy Expo and Royal Supreme Champion would be making the trip this year, she was left out of our competition. Nevertheless, seeing her extreme size and dairyness was certainly exciting for all.
The Dream Team
During the team selection period, it was a consistent challenge for many competitors to get all their favorites onto their teams. Though as it turned out, with the expect the unexpected theme of this year’s competition, the ultimate points team, that would have earned 217 points, would have only cost $2,085,000, almost $500,000 under the $2,500,000 budget. This team would have been, Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza, Charwill Attic Marcy, Phoenix Sanchez Geo, Aingers Advent Bambi, Robrook Goldwyn Cameron, Ms Goldwyn Alana and Calbrett Goldwyn Layla. Yes that is correct, you could have had all the class winners on your team and still had almost a half a million left in your pocket. It just goes to show, it’s not about how much you spend, but rather how wisely you spend it.
The Winners Are
Colin Uecker of Watertown Wisconsin had the winning team of Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza, Charwill Attic Marcy, Ehrhardt Gold Beauty, Aingers Advent Bambi, Robrook Goldwyn Cameron, Ms Goldwyn Alana and Willowholme Goldwyn Jessica. Earning 187 out of a possible 217 points. While a couple of the other top 5 competitors did have higher scoring teams, Colin took full advantage of the bonus points for getting his entry in early to squeak out the win. With so many upsets, it is not surprising that no one predicted the exact results.
|Place||First name||Last Name|
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|Jr 2 year old||Beckholm Goldwyn Deelila – $120,000||$120,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza – $300,000||$300,000||20|
|Jr 2 year old||Comestar Masha Sanchez – $105,000||$105,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Dream-Prairie GW Alberta – $135,000||$135,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Gen-Com Brett Madison – $105,000||$105,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Jacobs Atwood Vedette – $120,000||$120,000||10|
|Jr 2 year old||MS Aubrey Gold Addison – $135,000||$135,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Petitclerc Sid Sunkiss – $150,000||$150,000||15|
|Jr 2 year old||RF Duplex Caileigh – $105,000||$105,000||0|
|Jr 2 year old||Weeks Dundee Anika – $225,000||$225,000||6|
|Sr 2 year olds||Arcroix Goldwyn Jamaique-ET – $120,000||$120,000||0|
|Sr 2 year olds||Blondin Goldwyn Bordeau – $150,000||$150,000||0|
|Sr 2 year olds||Charwill Attic Marcy – $300,000||$300,000||28|
|Sr 2 year olds||Jacobs Duplex Anna – $225,000||$225,000||10|
|Sr 2 year olds||Kingsmill Atwood Allison-ET – $135,000||$135,000||0|
|Sr 2 year olds||Pierstein Atwood Rosine – $60,000||$60,000||6|
|Sr 2 year olds||Rosiers Blexy Goldwyn-ET – $105,000||$105,000||0|
|Sr 2 year olds||Starcrest Rhyme Casablanca – $120,000||$120,000||5|
|Jr 3 year old||BVK Atwood Abrianna-ET – $240,000||$240,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||BVK Atwood Andrea-ET – $180,000||$180,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Ehrhardt Gold Beauty-ET – $340,000||$340,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Hardy Gold Diamond – $80,000||$80,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Jacobs Knowledge Harpe – $180,000||$180,000||10|
|Jr 3 year old||Kingsway Sanchez Arangtang – $140,000||$140,000||9|
|Jr 3 year old||Lindenright Atwood Bounce – $160,000||$160,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Ms Ken Dren Sanchez Feather – $100,000||$100,000||5|
|Jr 3 year old||Phoenix Gogo Sanchez – $160,000||$160,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Phoenix Sanchez Geo – $160,000||$160,000||20|
|Jr 3 year old||Roquet Jasmine Sanchez – $140,000||$140,000||0|
|Jr 3 year old||Tolamika Dundee Fanta – $120,000||$120,000||3|
|Sr 3 year old||Aingers Advent Bambi – $125,000||$125,000||30|
|Sr 3 year old||Butz-Butler Gold Barbara – $625,000||$625,000||10|
|Sr 3 year old||Cowtown Durham Grasshopper – $200,000||$200,000||0|
|Sr 3 year old||Eastriver Gold Deb 850-ET – $150,000||$150,000||4|
|Sr 3 year old||Ernest-Anthony Allure-ET – $125,000||$125,000||8|
|Sr 3 year old||Kingsway Goldwyn Abba Dabba – $225,000||$225,000||7|
|Sr 3 year old||TC Sanchez Kristina – $75,000||$75,000||3|
|Sr 3 year old||Valleyville Rae Lynn – $625,000||$625,000||21|
|Sr 3 year old||Vioris Alex Pandora – $100,000||$100,000||0|
|Sr 3 year old||Whitake-Kk Goldie Rose – $250,000||$250,000||6|
|4 year old||Cookview Goldwyn Monique – $720,000||$720,000||29|
|4 year old||Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice $150,000||$150,000||3|
|4 year old||Drumlee Mischief Denison – $240,000||$240,000||10|
|4 year old||Jacobs Goldwyn Valana – $300,000||$300,000||9|
|4 year old||Lampada Goldwyn Katrina – $240,000||$240,000||0|
|4 year old||Ms Pride Gold Invite 761 – $210,000||$210,000||8|
|4 year old||Nordale Goldwyn Ricky – $90,000||$90,000||7|
|4 year old||Quality Gold Danzi – $240,000||$240,000||5|
|4 year old||Robrook Goldwyn Cameron – $570,000||$570,000||40|
|4 year old||RockyMountain Goldwyn Trisha – $240,000||$240,000||0|
|5 year old||Crestomere Lou Victoria – $330,000||$330,000||4|
|5 year old||Gerann Roy Grendel – $330,000||$330,000||15|
|5 year old||Glenwin Goldwyn Calypso – $330,000||$330,000||10|
|5 year old||Ms Goldwyn Alana – $510,000||$510,000||32|
|5 year old||Quality Goldwyn Flinsco – $210,000||$210,000||7|
|5 year old||Rayon D’or Goldwyn Adonial – $240,000||$240,000||5|
|5 year old||Robella Reg Macy – $270,000||$270,000||0|
|5 year old||Rocky Mountain Gold Winter – $240,000||$240,000||0|
|5 year old||Silvermaple Damion Camomile – $210,000||$210,000||0|
|5 year old||Tromley-Dairy Lheros Jewel – $330,000||$330,000||0|
|6+ year old||Bonaccueil Maya Goldwyn – $1,000,000||$1,000,000||15|
|6+ year old||Calbrett Goldwyn Layla – $120,000||$120,000||20|
|6+ year old||Cityview Metro Lucy – $210,000||$210,000||0|
|6+ year old||Jacobs Goldwyn Britany – $240,000||$240,000||9|
|6+ year old||Ms Dundee Belinda-ET – $210,000||$210,000||8|
|6+ year old||Pierstein Goldwyn Sunshine – $90,000||$90,000||5|
|6+ year old||Starbrite Lyster Lyndsay – $480,000||$480,000||9|
|6+ year old||Tween Bay Sara Goldwyn – $180,000||$180,000||7|
|6+ year old||Willowholme Goldwyn Jessica – $300,000||$300,000||10|
The Bullvine Bottom Line
In a year that was anything but expected, it is not surprising that this year’s results were all over the board. Congratulations to Colin Uecker !!! Be sure to watch for next year’s Fantasy Exhibitor. There will be many new features added to this amazing competition.