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DBweekly 25 YEARS AGO AT WORLD DAIRY EXPO 1988 By Parker Welch This week we take a journey back in time 25 years to look at the happenings from World Dairy Expo in 1988. The theme that year was “Brigadoon,” and the year marked the end of an era in the Holstein breed. Four- time Supreme Champion and arguably the greatest show cow of all time, Brookview Tony Charity, died earlier in the year, “leaving the competition wide-open,” according to a show report from 1988. Up for the challenge were 237 Holstein cows vying for Grand Champion honors. Coming out on top for owners J. Buckley, G. Wilcom, G. Coughlin, K. Empey and C. Burrier was Cathland Lilac who was 1st and 2nd Best Udder in the 5-Year-Old class. The 1st 4-Year-Old, Du-Ma-Ti-Valiant Boots Jewel, owned by Cher-Own Holsteins and Browndale Farms was named Reserve Grand Champion that year. Lining up the classes was Bert Stewart from Hornby, ON. Serving as his Associate Judge was George Nunes from Merced, CA. 13 Parker Welch | HolsteinWorld pwelch@dairybusiness.com CATHLAND LILAC DU-MA-TI-VALIANT BOOTS JEWEL FRANGIN INSPIRATION VALERIA ALOWAY BLAZE CANDICE 1st 5-Year-Old 1st 4-Year-Old 1st Fall Calf 1st Spring Yearling Grand Champion, WDE 1988 Res. Grand Champion, WDE 1988 Junior Champion, WDE 1988 Res. Junior Champion, WDE 1988 Judge Stewart explained that Lilac, a Spring Farm Incumbent daughter, “fit the pattern I had been looking for, combining angularity, strength and symmetry.” He also added that she was simply, “more cow” than the second place cow, Haigsee Ella Tony Sadie, who was designated Best Udder. The Reserve Grand Champion, Jewel, sired by S-W-D Valiant, was described as a, “handy winner” because of her tall, stylish frame. In the heifer show, the duo sorted through 216 animals before naming Frangin Inspiration Valeria, 1st Fall Calf, and Aloway Blaze Candice, 1st Spring Yearling, Junior and Reserve Junior Champion. Showcase Holsteins, who purchased Inspiration Valeria from owners Robert Morrell and Leroy Plance, PA, owned both of the Junior Champion females. In fact, it was the first time Blaze Candice was defeated for the Junior Champion rosette. Inspiration Valeria was sired by Hanover-Hill Inspiration and the Reserve Junior Champion Candice was a Jaclin W Blaze daughter. Premier Breeder of the show was Hanover Hill Holsteins and Premier Exhibitor was this month’s HolsteinWorld feature, Lylehaven. Hanover Hill Starbuck walked away with Premier Sire, siring four class winners. Looking back at Expo for the past two weeks has provided a strong sense of tradition. There are many familiar faces and names that are still a big part of World Dairy Expo today. Next week we will have a checklist so you can be sure to see all the sights World Dairy Expo has to offer!