9/15/2012 7:00 AM
By Carolyn N. Moyer Northern Pa. Correspondent
TROY, Pa. — “This is a county fair and I don’t care where you go in the country, I don’t think you’ll find a better lineup than this,” said judge Chris Hill, of Thurmont, Md., as he prepared to select the grand champion Holstein of the Troy Fair Open Dairy show.
The judge then selected Jordan Snyder’s senior 3-year-old, Jor-Col Ross Sophie as the grand champion.
“When this cow came out, I thought the only thing wrong with her is that my name’s not on the paper,” Hill said as he gave his reasons for choosing her from the 145 entries in the Holstein show.
Snyder’s champion went on to compete with breed champions from the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn and Red and White shows, and, at the end of the day, was named the supreme champion of the Troy Fair.
“I knew she was pretty good and that I would like to be in contention for grand, but I didn’t think of supreme,” said Snyder. “I had never done anything like that in the open show.”
For Snyder, the timing of the win couldn’t have been better as he plans a career focus change from cows to horses.
“I was like, finally,” said Snyder. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else but with all the people we’ve been friends with and competing with all these years. They all have watched me come up from the one heifer that I started with 12 years ago.”
Snyder showed Sophie as a calf, but left her home as a winter yearling. After calving, he brought her back to the ring.
“She put herself back together when she calved,” said Snyder. “She’s big and wide and obviously good.”
This past summer, Snyder’s Sophie was also the reserve grand champion at the Northern Tier Championship show and the grand champion of the junior division.
Snyder, his brother, Colton, and mother, Lisa Brown house their animals at his grandparent’s Peck Hill Farm, where they milk 170 cows.
This crowning achievement was one of the best experiences in his life.
“It was one heck of an experience, I was super excited,” said Snyder. “It made my mom cry and everyone else. It was a good time.”
Hill picked the grand champion Jersey, 4-year-old Comericas Black Rose, owned by Chris Schuler, to be the reserve supreme champion.
“The quality of this show is very strong,” said Hill after looking over all the breed champions.
Also standing in the ring were the champion Ayrshire, senior 3-year-old Lane-Elm BBBK Marble, owned by Joann Hoppaugh; the champion Brown Swiss, senior 2-year-old Windmill Ben Treats, owned by Devin Zorn; the champion Milking Shorthorn, 4-year-old Daysland Acres Dana, owned by Matt Thomas; and the champion Red and White, 5-year-old Lawrence-Haven Adore-Red, owned by Duane and Ellen Andrews. The champion Guernsey, WR Meadows Mission Nora — ET, a 4-year-old, owned by Samantha Klinger, did not compete for the supreme champion title.
The two-day show included more than 300 entries. The colored breed show was held earlier in the week and was judged by Gordon DeMay, of Palmyra, N.Y., DeMay also commented on the strength of the show, noting that the quality of the animals shown was exceptional.
Standing in the reserve champion position in the Holstein show was 4-year-old Springcroft Dundee Sally, owned by Duane and Ellen Andrews. The junior champion was Pintail-Point Ester, a fall yearling owned by Promise Haven Farm and the reserve junior champion was Mt-Glen Acme Flo, a spring yearling owned by Katie Jackson.
In the Red and White show, Jon-Lu Cal Fine-Red, a 4-year-old owned by Promise Haven Farm, was named the reserve grand champion. The junior champion was Promise Haven SQVal-Red — ET, a summer yearling owned by Promise Haven Farm. The reserve junior champion was Promise Haven MB Sunny-Red, winter calf owned by Shawnee Comstock.
Daniel Hoppaugh showed the reserve champion, Lone-Elm Modem Lady, a 4-year-old, in the Ayrshire show. Twin -Path Burdette Laura, a spring yearling owned by Kali Terrel, was the junior champion of the show. The reserve junior champion was Daniel Hoppaugh’s summer yearling, Lone-Elm Dozer Mello.
Misty-Crest Leader Lottery, a 4-year-old owned by Jesse Phillips, was named the reserve grand champion Brown Swiss. The junior champion in the Brown Swiss show was Abbie Kuhlman’s winter yearling, A Joy Supreme China. She was followed by the reserve junior champion of the show, Kuhl Kows Bar Parker Bailey, a summer yearling owned by Michala Kuhlman.
Samantha Klinger had all of the champions in the Guernsey show. In addition to her grand champion, Klinger’s junior 2-year-old, WR Meadows Nomas Noorjehan was named the reserve grand champion. The junior champion was her fall calf, WR Meadows Atlantic Nola.
In the Jersey show, Chris Schuler exhibited all four champions. In addition to his grand champion noted earlier, the reserve grand champion was WF Comerica Lippy, a 4-year-old. The junior champion was Nevertell Governor TNT and the reserve junior champion was Intervale Giller Whoppie, both summer yearlings.
Abby Thomas showed the reserve grand champion Milking Shorthorn, senior-2-year-old Tres Colles HTA Luella. The junior champion of the show was Sunshine Perfect Dutchess, a spring calf owned by Gloria Andrews. The reserve junior champion was Pine Villa Kourt Daisy, a spring yearling owned by Matt Thomas.
The 2012 Troy dairy shows were dedicated to dairy cattle show superintendent James “Jim” Jenkins, also known as the “barnyard sheriff.”
Jenkins grew up on a small family farm in Springfield Township and was a member of the Leona Dairy 4-H. His children all exhibited cattle at the Troy Fair.
Today, as Jenkins camps at the fairgrounds, he can still watch his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren exhibit their animals.
The show posted the following results:
Spring calf: Amberleigh Packard
Winter calf: Megan Kovacs
Fall calf: Mark Carter
Summer yearling: Daniel Hoppaugh
Spring yearling: Kali Terrel
Winter yearling: Vince and Debbie Neville
Fall yearling: Megan Terrel
Senior 2-year-old: Vince and Debbie Neville
Junior 3-year-old: Daniel Hoppaugh
Senior 3-year-old: Joann Hoppaugh
Four-year-old: Daniel Hoppaugh
Five-year-old: Daniel Hoppaugh
Lifetime production: Douglas and Miranda Neville
Winter calf: Joelle Urban
Fall calf: Corbin Driscoll
Summer yearling: Chris Schuler
Spring yearling: Sparling Trio
Winter yearling: Abbie Kuhlman
Fall yearling: Sparling Trio
Junior 2-year-old: Michala Kuhlman
Senior 2-year-old: Devin Zurn
Senior 3-year-old: John Tryon
Four-year-old: Jesse Philips
Five-year-old: Connie and Mark Kuhlman
Six years and older: Michala Kuhlman
Spring calf: Samantha Klinger
Fall calf: Samantha Klinger
Dry cow 4 years and younger: Samantha Klinger
Junior 2-year-old: Samantha Klinger
Spring calf: Katie Jackson
Winter calf: Emilie Cole
Fall calf: Katelyn Nolt
Summer yearling: Colton Snyder
Spring yearling: Katie Jackson
Winter yearling: Colton Snyder
Fall yearling: Promise Haven Farm
Dry cow 4 years and younger: Promise Haven Farm
Dry cow 5 years and older: Promise Haven Farm
Junior 2-year-old: Jordan Snyder
Senior 2-year-old: Snowcrest Farm
Junior 3-year-old: Duane and Ellen Andrews
Senior 3-year-old: Jordan Snyder
Four-year-old: Duane and Ellen Andrews
Five-year-old: Duane and Ellen Andrews
Six years and older: Carl Allen
Lifetime production: Randall Shores
Spring calf: Chris Schuler
Winter calf: Willow Voegtlen
Fall calf: Snowdrift Country Farm
Spring yearling: JNB Farm
Winter yearling: Chris Schuler
Fall yearling: Chris Schuler
Dry cow 5 years and older: Willow Voegtlen
Fall yearling in milk: Wesley Noble
Junior 2-year-old: Jessica Nolt
Senior 2-year-old: Snowdrift Country Farm
Junior 3-year-old: Taylor Sherman
Senior 3-year-old: Snowdrift Country Farm
Four-year-old: Chris Schuler
Five-year-old: Snowdrift Country Farm
Six years and older: Travis Kinney
Spring calf: Gloria Andrews
Winter calf: Abby Thomas
Fall calf: Roy Thomas
Spring yearling: Matt Thomas
Winter yearling: Roy Thomas
Senior 2-year-old: Abby Thomas
Four-year-old: Matt Thomas
RED AND WHITE
Spring calf: Grace Andrews
Winter calf: Shawnee Comstock
Fall calf: Kyle Jackson
Summer yearling: Promise Haven Farm
Spring yearling: Patrick Workman
Winter yearling: Katy Jefferson
Junior 2-year-old: Cecilia Morse
Senior 2-year-old: Jodi Calkins
Junior 3-year-old: Braund Valley Farms
Senior 3-year-old: Shawnee Comstock
Four-year-old: Promise Haven Farm
Five-year-old: Duane and Ellen Andrews