The Road to Success is long and not always paved in gold
But the hard work can be greatly rewarding!!
Showing Cattle is a large part of DMR Herefords and David's spare time. At DMR we feel that the show ring is one of the best places to market and promote your cattle to potential buyers and other breeders. David has worked showing cattle for some of the top Hereford herds in Canada at the Royal Winter Fair, & Farm Fair International. David also operates fitting service where he works on Herefords and other cattle breeds and has traveled to many countries to fit cattle for shows and sales. For more information about fitting services and some of the results of this service please view the DMR Fitting page.
The last show season for DMR Herefords was 2007 with Bonanza taking place in the Maritimes being the climax of the show season . Bonanza holds a symbolic place in DMR Herefords as it was the first show ever for DMR Herefords back in 2000. So for Bonanza 2007 to be one of the last shows for a while for DMR Herefords it was very special.
During the 2007 show season DMR Herefords had several wins at the shows. Some of the highlights from the season included Grand Champion at the Maritime Hereford Field Day and Reserve Junior Bull Champion at Bonanza 2007. The show season would not have been possible if it was not for the hard work from the show crew Morgan & Hayley Kemp, Brady Matheson, Lexie Girodat and Brett Francis. Morgan , Hayley, and Brady deserve a huge credit for the successful season as they spent countless hours working with me on the cattle, training hair and walking many miles with them until they walked perfectly. All this work which started in March & April continued until the final show in late August. For two young kids like Morgan and Hayley who at the time were only 9 & 8 years old this dedication was overwhelming. Also the help from the Dixon family was greatly appreciated. Below are some of the photo highlights of the year from on the farm training, showing and celebrating.
Thanks to Pam MacKenzie for the these two great photos taken of the girls at Bonanza
The 2006 show season got off to a great start with a repeat preformance by Grosvenor Henrietta 29F 225P taking home the Grand Champion Female award at PEI Provincial Exhibition. This was her first show out as a two year old with her March heifer calf. We also took home the Reserve Grand Champion Female prize with Gateway Lass 28R. Other winnings we took home were heifer calf 2nd DMR 14L Henrietta Lass 1S, yearling heifers 1st Gateway Lass 28R, and DMR 125M Honey 1R, 2nd Gateway Lass 62S, 3rd Gateway Lass 70R, and two year old 1st Grosvenor Henrietta 29F 225P.
Grosvenor Henrietta 29F 225P with DMR 14L Henrietta Lass 1S & Gateway Lass 28R
DMR 125M Honey 1R
The summer of 2005 was the first time DMR Herefords had been out on the show circuit with a show string of its own. As well David took out a show string for Gateway Herefords owned by Billy Hayden. This was the first time that Billy had his cattle shown in his name in over 40 years. The show season was very successful for both show strings taking home many top honors.
Grand Champion Male Gateway Lad 102P, Champion Female Grosvenor Henrietta 29F 225P, Reserve Champion Female Gateway Lass 42P
Res. Senior Female Grosvenor Honey 1G 125M, Resting after hard day at work, Gateway Herefords winning Breeders Herd after a 40 year retirement from showing!
DMR Herefords did not exhibit any of its own cattle during 2004 due to international travel that year and just worked for other breeders during that show season. However he did travel to the Royal Winter Fair that year with a crossbred heifer to the National Jr Beef Heifer show where they placed 3rd in the class.
David and Red Lady at the Royal
The 2003 show season was a very busy one for David with junior, 4H, and open shows. It was David's last year as a junior and with Quebec hosting Bonanza and David on the CJHA board it was only fitting that he took a full string. Successes for the show team included Champion Male Semen Donation, Jr Champion Showmanship, Int. Reserve Champion Showmanship, two more division finalist in showmanship, and all seven head placed higher then 5th in open classes, five non livestock champions, plus reserve grand aggregate for David.
The rest of 2003 was successful for David in the open shows and 4H. Grosvenor Honey 1G 125M was Reserve Grand Champion Female at Old Home Week and Maritime Hereford Futurity. In 4H David was selected with his Holstein heifer Tween Bays Deenie Igniter to go to the Royal Winter Fair for PEI to compete in the Scotiabank Hays Classic.
DMR Absolut Nuff Said 1M Champion Male Semen Donation, Grosvenor Honey 1G 125M