I am shocked and dissappointed at the atitude of some judges towards our beloved Dexters. I found out yesterday that Yaminah's second place in her handler class last week was only due to her handling a Dexter! Apparently the judge told her that she would have won if she was handling a bigger heifer!!! Yaminah is 14 years & is a small framed girl who in no way looks "out of place" with a Dexter. (See the photo of her & Esprit in the photo gallery) How do we get judges to take our cattle seriously?! In my opinion if the judge had any sense she would have got Yaminah & the first place getter to swap cattle to test the girls handling ability further. What do you think?.....
Two blogs in one month! I must be starting to get the hang of this....
The Wynyard show went well. The cows behaved themselves, the weather was great & the competition friendly. Yaminah came 2nd in her handler class with some very stiff competition. Sarah came 4th in her class & won herself a halter for the Encouragement award. Elsa (Sarah's heifer) has been very nervous when the show stick touched her but Sarah managed to use it on her for the first time! The breed classes were a little disappointing with the age of the classes set out in such a way that Elsa & Esprit were in the senior cow class up against 2 cows with calves at foot. Nevertheless the judge gave very positive comments. Yaminah was unable to stay for the Saturday classes so I took Esprit & Sarah handled Elsa admirably. I have to keep reminding myself that Sarah is only 9 years because she is just showing so much maturity! Sydney (6 years) lead (with my help) Esprit in the Grand Parade which she was rather proud about (after initially being quite scared - she hasn't done much halter work with the cows).
Better go & get the kids to bed.
Bye for now - you never know I may get a third blog in this month!!!
Autumn is here & calving (officially!) will be starting in about 4 weeks. I have such mixed emotions about calving season. Excitement to see the new babies; anticipation to see if my genetic combinations have given me what I am wanting/expecting; hope for the right bull/heifer "orders"; stress & sleepless nights - this is just the protective mother in me - I'm not completely relaxed until everyone has calved safely. The chances of something going wrong is very small but as Paul says "I'm not happy unless I have something to worry about"!
We have our last show for the season this coming weekend at Wynyard. I am taking just the 2 heifers Elsa & Esprit for my daughter, Sarah, & Yaminah Taylor, a local girl who has handled Esprit this season to show. Wynyard is about an hour & a half away & we have to be there Friday evening for the junior handler classes. I will let you know how we go!
Andrea is Owner and Principal Mangager of Goldshaft Dexter Stud.