Combined with the Holstein Canada National Convention, Ontario played host to breeders from across Canada, with the biggest names in the Canadian show ring on display. Given the task to evaluate the proceedings and determine the winners was David Crack Jr. a very accomplished dairyman who has shown time and time again that he is not afraid to make the tough decision (Read more: Dairy Show Judging – It Takes Courage)
With many of the Canadian owned winners from the Royal making the trip to Ancaster, there was no question that the 2013 Ontario Spring Discovery would be the best ever. Playing host to the Holstein Canada National Convention not only attracted many of the top animals but it also attracted a capacity ringside crowd. Not even the cold wet weather could deter these passionate breeders from seeing round 2 of Hailey vs. Marcia or the rise of what is sure to be the next great one, Valleyville Rae Lynn.
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As David has done many times before, he quickly established the pattern that he liked, deep bodied dairy cattle with a great set of feet and legs. With the fan favourite from Quebec Spring Show Jr. Show (Read more: Quebec Spring Holstein Show Results) and Taste of Ontario Convention Sale topper (Read more: Taste of Ontario National Convention Sale Averages $7960) already headed down to her new owners Butlerview, this left the door wide open for others to take home the coveted Jr. Champion prize. Winright Sid Elegance, the Intermediate Yearling Pine-Tree Sid daughter was more than capable and deserving of the Junior Champion prize. She was followed by the 1st place Summer Yearling Belfontaine Attic Ceyla and the 1st place Junior Yearling Crovalley Gold Rapcity.
Coming into the milking cow classes is where you knew things would start to get really interesting. Leading the way in the Jr. 2yr old class was MS RollNView Gold Divine. Exhibited by Hodglynn Holsteins, Devine is the Goldwyn daughter of RICHARDO DUNDEE DAWNETTE EX-95-2E-CAN, 3 times HM All-Canadian and 2 times Res. All-American.
In the Sr. 2yr old class Arcroix Goldwyn Jamaique edged out Charwill Attic Marcy, Blondin Goldwyn Bordeau and Dougal Lea Goldwyn Danita. It was a close battle, with many of these cows at different stages of lactation. Jamaique used her size, balance and udder quality to take the prize in an outstanding class of Sr. 2yr olds.
Seeing our first repeat winner from Quebec Spring Show, Sharp Acres S T Maeve exhibited by Ferme Blondin, earned many more fans. This Showtime daughter used her overall capacity, smooth fore udder and dairyness throughout to lead an impressive class of Jr. 3yr olds.
Catching the eye of everyone when she walked in the ring, but certainly not new on anyone’s radar was Valleyville Rae Lynn (Read more: The 2012 Breeder’s Choice Awards – The Tanbark Trail Edition). Exhibited by Quality Holsteins, Ponderosa & AL-BE-RO Cattle Co (Read more: Quality Holsteins – Well-deserved Congratulations and DON SCHWARTZ: “Love what you do and do the best you can!” ), this 2nd calf Sr. 3yr old looked amazing. Her trademark mammary system has only gotten that much better since the Royal, and she has cleaned off and bodied down since showing very fresh at the Royal. While winning her class was no easy feat as both Budjon-Vail Gold Dreams, Quebec Spring Show Intermediate Champion and Desnette Alexia Roseplex a looked amazing. Rae Lynn was just that much taller, dairyer and displayed her outstanding udder quality, to not only win the class but also take Intermediate Champion honours. Arcroix Goldwyn Jamaique squeezed in between Rae Lynn and Gold Dreams for Reserve Intermediate Champion.
Catching the eye of many breeders was the smooth, very dairy and balanced 4 yr old High Point Golden Rose. Her sire stack reads like a who’s who of the show biz. Thus Rose edged out equally impressive sire stack Car-Bon Goldwyn Angela and Quebec Spring Show winner MS Pride Gold Invite 761. Golden Rose looked spot on. She displayed more width throughout and a very balanced mammary system.
Also peaking from Quality Holsteins was Gerann Roy Grendel. On the power of her massive frame, smooth fore udder and dairyness throughout, Grendel edged out Bourgival Goldwyn Oriel and Coxlyn Fireworks Pansy for the 5 year old prize.
Then came the much anticipated rematch between Hailey and Marcia (Read more: The 2012 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show – One of the greatest stories ever told). From the moment they entered the ring, you knew it was going to be a battle of the two stars, although Tween Bays Sara Goldwyn did everything she could to attract some of the attention. Many have talked about who they prefer between Hailey and Marcia. While both cows are absolutely amazing and looked spot on in the ring, they really are two different styles of cow. Hailey is your long dairy and very balanced cow. Marcia is just a massive, deep bodied wide rear uddered cow. Judge Crack not afraid gave each one a thorough analysis and determined that for him today it was Hailey who would get the nod.
For some at this point it seemed like an easy stroll for Grand and Reserve for these two greats, but Judge Crack wanted to keep everyone on their toes and went with the extremely popular and future superstar Valleyville Rae Lynn for Reserve and her herdmate Gerann Roy Grendel for Honorable Mention. Obviously he felt that these two cows fit his pattern a little more.
The Bullvine Bottom Line.
While certainly a different atmosphere than that of Quebec Spring Show, the addition of many of the top cattle from Quebec as well at the US certainly helped create a very unique atmosphere in Ontario. It certainly displayed to all breeders at ringside as well as online that great things are happening in the show ring these days and at Spring Discovery 2013 nothing slipped through the “Crack”.