9/14/2013 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The All-American Dairy Show celebrated its Premier National Junior Show’s 10th anniversary Monday by selecting its supreme champions.
A Holstein cow and a Red and White heifer topped more than 1,000 animals at the junior show’s Supreme Champion Pageant at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
The supreme champion cow was Savage-Leigh Gold Lona-ET, exhibited by Chase Savage, 9, of Union Bridge, Md. Chase is the son of Chip and Isha Savage of Savage-Leigh Holsteins. He has been showing cows since he was 4 years old.
Chase said that when he heard his name announced, he wanted to say “Yes!” as he led his tall 4-year-old cow to the center of the ring. He said his father picked out this excellent-92 scored cow sired by Braedale Goldwyn for him to show.
This Holstein cow has had a successful show career. In 2012, she was the first-place senior 3-year-old class winner at the Eastern Fall National Show and was part of the nominated All-American group classes senior best three females and produce of dam.
This cow is “quite exceptional, very dairy, very feminine, very clean. Overall a great cow,” said show judge Mark Reuth after the supreme announcement.
Chase took home a $2,000 cash prize and the John L. Morris Memorial Blanket. He says he is not sure what he will do with the money yet.
Other cows in the supreme champion cow drive were: Ayrshire, Mowry’s Poker Precious owned by Jordan Helsley, Roaring Spring, Pa.; Brown Swiss, Snow Valley Legacy Sandy owned by Jesse Hargrave, Heuvelton, N.Y; Gurensey, Knadds Aaron Jade-ET, Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie, Ohio; Jersey, Milo Centurion Sassafrass-ET owned by Patrick Youse, Ridgely, Md.; Milking Shorthorn, Millcreek Frolic Ambrosia owned by Treven Andrews, Mansfield, Pa.; and Red and White, Ridgedale-T Raichu-Red owned by W. Cyrus Conard, Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Completing the supreme champion pair was the supreme champion heifer, L-Maples Hvezda Callie owned by Cooper Galton, 17, of Nunda, N.Y. He is the son of Todd and Meg Galton of Rolling View Farm.
“This heifer is all kinds of good, so long, so tall, so stylish, plenty of openness,” said show judge Jacob Hushon.
Galton received the first Samuel G. Yoder Crystal Star and $500 award, presented to the owner of the supreme champion heifer.
Other heifers competing in the contest were Ayrshire, Palmyra Dreamer R Ginger owned by Kayla Lenhart, Thurmont, Md.; Brown Swiss, Hoodstead Total Promise-ET owned by Nicole Hood, Middletown, Md.; Guernsey, Eternal Flame Moonshine owned by Owen Pieper, Walton, N.Y.; Holstein, Heart & Soul Dundee Rhyme-ET owned by Matt Boop, Millmont, Pa.; Jersey, Say KC Dee Verbatum Lady Bug-ET owned by Patrick Youse, Ridgely, Md.; and Milking Shorthorn, Buckeye Knoll Plum Amazing EXP-ET owned by Sarah Rhoades, Greenville, Ohio.
Agriculture Secretary George Greig said he enjoyed “seeing so many of our youth in the ring. It’s uplifting to the future of agriculture.”
Junior show coordinator Patti Hushon reflected on the growth and success of the show. Many of the previous youth supreme champion award winners attended the anniversary event.
“Harrisburg has come to be the place for youth to be in September,” she said.