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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
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email@example.com CATHLAND LILAC
DU-MA-TI-VALIANT BOOTS JEWEL
FRANGIN INSPIRATION VALERIA
ALOWAY BLAZE CANDICE
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
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
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!