Donald Dubois, Princeville, Quebec, is judging the Holstein classes and is recognised as being one of Canada’s leading authorities having officiated at a host of top shows within Canada as well as internationally. Mr Dubois judged the 2010 Canadian Royal Winter Fair Red and White Holstein Show having previously judged the RWF National Ayrshire classes in 2007.
Mr Dubois was appointed an official Holstein Canada judge in 1997 and has officiated at major dairy shows in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and the Atlantic Provinces as well as judging at Expomig in Brazil. One of his recent major assignments was officiating at the 2011 Quebec Spring Show.
Donald has a strong industry background and is employed as a District Sales Manager for Alta Genetics. He is also involved in a partnership of 12 elite Holstein animals, based in Canada and the US, and over the years has owned or partnered 15 animals nominated for All-Canadian or All-American honours.
Coloured Breeds & Showmanship Judge
Brad Sayles, Ayr, Ontario, will be judging the Coloured Breeds as well as Showmanship classes and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event. Mr Sayles has had an illustrious career within the cattle breeding world having been employed as a sire analyst at United Breeders. The company amalgamated with Western Ontario Breeders Incorporated (WOBI) to form Gencor and Mr Sayles later held the post of Gencor Marketing Manager.
Mr Sayles also served as Marketing Manager at Holstein Canada and returned to the AI industry in 2007 with The Semex Alliance as Director of International Sales and Business Development for Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, he was appointed to his current post of Semex Alliance Vice President of Global Marketing.
Brad was raised on one of Canada’s most famous dairy farms and the Sayles family have bred numerous top show animals as well as the illustrious Holstein sire, Bridon Astro-Jet. The family also run an elite herd of Jerseys in conjunction with their Holstein enterprise.
Erica Rijneveld will be the official judge for International Dairy Youth Championship “Clipping Competition”. Erica is renowned throughout Europe for her clipping skills and knowledge in preparing animals for the show ring. She was born in the Netherlands and developed her understanding and love for showing cattle at Castelverde Holstein in Italy. Over the years, she has managed several famous show strings and prepared many National Champions on an international basis.
Erica operates her own business, Livestock Show Equipment a company that markets showing and grooming products. The company was formed in 1998 and today offers more than 250 products lines throughout Europe.
As well as being professional cattle fitter, Erica instructs young breeders and show enthusiasts in the art of clipping, presentation and showmanship. She has run several successful schools in Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria.
Erica recently judged the 2011 National Showmanship and Clipping finals in France and has also officiated in Denmark, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany.