by Kelly Fawcett‑Mathers
The Summer Spotlight Junior Dairy Show was held on August 26 in conjunction with the Chesterville Fair. The show was spearheaded by Hugh and Dianne Fawcett who were extremely pleased with the turnout of exhibitors and quality of animals presented. This show brought together youth from as far west as Napanee and as far east as Ormstown, QC. Those participating were extremely keen and brought a great energy with them, many stating how much fun they had and the great vibe felt within the barn.
Judge Curtis McNeil from Goderich commented on the “tremendous group of showpeople. Everyone should be very proud of these young people; it takes a lot of work at home, as we all know.”
He went on to congratulate the exhibitors, their parents and leaders for the work that they put in. Taking Champion Showmanship honours was Taylor Mathers of Winchester. Reserve Champion Showperson was Emily Smygwaty from Russell, followed by Felix Loiselle from St‑Stanislas de Kostka, QC for Honourable Mention. In the afternoon, Judge McNeil placed the confirmation classes, winning with Sunnylodge SL Sidekick Jade, the entry of Taylor Mathers for Champion Calf. Reserve Champion Calf was the entry of Hailey Smygwaty with Hodglynn Alligator Barbie, and Honourable Mention Calf was entry of Emily Smygwaty with Weeberlac Tennessee Whiskey.
Local businesses were appreciated for their sponsorship of the show and the jackpot prizes awarded to the champion and reserve showpeople and calves. Show sponsors included Rutters Elevators Inc, Sunnylodge Farms Inc, Sybrenson Farms Inc, Fawcettview Farms Inc, Brugline Farms Ltd, O’Farrell Wealth & Estate Planning, TD Agriculture Services, and Dundas Feed & Seed. Special thanks to Chesterville Fair for being gracious hosts for this event.
Novice Showmanship: 1st: Ethan Velthuis (Mountain, ON); 2nd: Ashton Bryson (Ormstown, QC)
Junior Showmanship: 1st: Emily Smygwaty (Russell, ON); 2nd: Felix Loiselle (St‑Stanislas de Kostka, QC)
Intermediate Showmanship: 1st: Taylor Mathers (Winchester, ON); 2nd : Lydia De Vries (Sydenham, ON)
Senior Showmanship: 1st : Samantha Hildbrand (St. Albert, ON); 2nd : Kate McEwen (Metcalfe, ON)
Champion Showperson: Taylor Mathers; Reserve Champion Showperson: Emily Smygwaty; Honourable Mention Showperson: Felix Loiselle
Spring Calf: 1st: Weeberlac Tennessee Whiskey (Emily Smygwaty); 2nd: Riverdown Alt Thats Time Out (Aubrey Moodie)
Winter Calf: 1st: Winright SL Sidekick Jade (Taylor Mathers); 2nd: Hodglynn Alligator Barbie (Hailey Smygwaty)
Fall Calf: 1st: Beslea Lambda Aberdeen (Joelle De Vries); 2nd: Strathburn Beslea Victorious Esquire ET (Lydia De Vries)
Summer Yearling: 1st: Sunnylodge Diamondback Kinsely (Ryan Smygwaty); 2nd: Rosenhill Brayden Cali Red (Samantha Hildbrand)
Spring Yearling: 1st : Archo Chief Dakota (Keith Quinn); 2nd: Rapid Bay Reviresco Lady Belle (Maeve McIntyre)
Champion Calf: Winright SL Sidekick Jade (Taylor Mathers); Reserve Champion Calf: Hodglynn Alligator Barbie (Hailey Smygwaty); Honourable Mention Calf: Weeberlac Tennessee Whiskey (Emily Smygwaty)