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The lucky winners of our new Raffle Draw were chosen immediately preceding the Cream of the Crop Sale on October 29. Congratulations to Barb Pearce of Warkworth, ON for claiming the top prize of a $2500 voucher to be put toward the purchase of a registered Blonde animal from an Ontario member. Don Dunham of Campbellford, ON was the winner of the second prize, a $1000 voucher, which he and Wendy put to good use at the sale on Lot 44, WSS Petula 29W. Thank you to our dedicated members who sold tickets, and to everyone who supported our Youth and 4-H Member Programs by purchasing tickets. Congratulations again to our big winners!
The 16th Annual Cream of the Crop Sale was held on October 29, 2016 at Hoards Station Sale Barn, Campbellford, ON. An impressive line-up of top quality Blonde cattle drew a large crowd of buyers, bidders, and interested cattle folk alike. Seventeen consignors offered 38 lots, which brought an average of $2723.61. Top selling bull was Crystal Caesar 25C, consigned by Paul and Mary Ellen Ferguson of Crystal Farms and purchased by Richard Levert of Alexandria, ON for $4600. Top selling female was the two-time Ontario Blondes Top Show Female, Franmar Crystal 11C, consigned by Darren Dunham & Family, of Franmar Blonde Farm and fittingly purchased by Paul and Mary Ellen Ferguson of Crystal Farms for $5000. Buyers and bidders, once again, spanned the country from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and all points in between. For the third year, attendees were able to crown a winner of the People’s Choice Award by voting for their favourite consignment. This year Reed Rigney of Willow Springs Stock Farm, Westlock, AB took home the banner sponsored by Acres Farms for his consignment, WSS Charlotte 9C, an eye catching 801X daughter. The purchaser, James Graham of Bull Moose Hill Farm from Belleisle, New Brunswick, also received a banner sponsored by Little Creek Farms. Several new buyers added Blondes to their herds this year and we wish them the best of luck and welcome them to the Association. Brian Down of Brileen Hill Farm graciously donated $50 to the purchasers of the top two selling animals in the sale along with $100 toward our 4-H members and we thank him for the generosity! Thank you, also, to the consignors, buyers, bidders, and all attendees for making this year’s sale another success! Click here for a full sale summary.
Crystal Caesar 25C $4600 Consigned by Crystal Farms, Purchased by Richard Levert, Alexandria, ON
Langstaff Cecil 35C $4200 Consigned by John Langstaff, Purchased by Ferme LaFougere, Compton, QC
Plasbrae Chise 1C $4000 Consigned by Plasbrae Farms, Purchased by Jeff Thrower, Warkworth, ON
Fee Haven Brielle 32B $4200 Consigned by Fee Haven Farms, Purchased by Dusty Acre Blondes, Dawson Creek, BC
Van Bakel Blondes Zanita 12Z $3200 Consigned by Van Bakel Blondes, Purchased by Crystal Farms, Jasper, ON
WSS Petual 29W $3000 Consigned by Bogart Cattle Company, Purchased by Donaleen Blondes, Campbellford, ON
Franmar Crystal 11C $5000 Consigned by Franmar Blonde Farm, Purchased by Crystal Farms, Jasper, ON
WSS Charlotte 9C $3500 Consigned by Willow Springs Stock Farm, Purchased by Bull Moose Hill Farm, Belleisle, NB
Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C $3400 Consigned by Donaleen Blondes, Purchased by Rondakk Acres, Codrington, ON
OTOP Delicious 16D $3100 Consigned by Over the Top Cattle Co. Purchased by Marcel Lachance, Peterborough, ON
Donaleen Donelda 5D $2700 Consigned by Donaleen Blondes, Purchased by John Langstaff, Sombra, ON
Dovecotes Chesley 25C $2700 Consigned by Dovecote Blondes, Purchased by JAE Acres, Rockton, ON
To close out the show season for 2016 a few of our dedicated show buffs made their way to support the Blonde Show at Markham Fair. Donaleen Blondes (Don & Wendy Dunham), Franmar Blonde Farm (Darren Dunham), Bogart Cattle Company (Eric, Chris & Joyce Doran & Show Girls) and Schiestel Blondes (John, Jane, Jasmin & Keisha Schiestel) all made it down to have a great show! There was a total of 14 Blondes for the show. Our judge, Ashley Baker, commented on how much the Blondes have moved forward in our breeding to produce broody females and powerful bulls. Grand Champion Male honours went to Donaleen Danny Boy, Reserve Champion Male to Donaleen Chachi, Grand Champion Female to Franmar Crystal and Reserve Champion Female to OTOP Country Lady. Overall, each exhibitor went home successful. What a great way to end our show season!
The Lindsay Exhibition Blonde Show was held September 25, 2016. An excellent selection of 34 Blondes from nine exhibitors were on hand to compete. Over the Top Cattle Company had an outstanding day taking home a truck load of banners for their impressive show string. Hilltop Orchard Tanya – with her Franmar Weiser sired bull calf Over the Top Deserado at side – was named Grand Champion Female. Franmar Crystal took home Reserve Champion Female. Donaleen Chachi was named Grand Champion Bull. The Champion Bull Calf, Over the Top Driller, was chosen as Reserve Champion Bull. Congratulations to the big winners and all of the exhibitors for providing a great set of cattle.
Thanks to Bogart Cattle Company, Butternut Blondes, Crystal Farms, Donaleen Blondes, Fee Haven Farms, Franmar Blonde Farm, High Rock Farms, One OAK Blondes, and Schiestel Blondes for exhibiting; to the many other breeders who were on hand to support the show; and to our banner sponsors for their support of the breed!