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Pinehurst Farms – 10,008 Miles, Success and Memories to Last a Lifetime
Norm Nabholz, IA


1976

When it comes to success on the show circuit it would be hard to duplicate Pinehurst Farms year of 1976. The show year was mapped out with a purpose of promotion. Seldom seen, the end resulted in the sale of just one animal paying for the entire tab of a show year. A year encompassing ten shows, several thousand miles and enough banners, trophies and wall plaques to fill an already overflowing office wall with memories that would last a lifetime for the players involved.Brilliant and calculating was the leader of an assembled group of very young, some untested, but eager caretakers for a show herd that was a blended mixture of homebred and purchased cattle. When being loaded on the semi each animal had a defined purpose from its own individual potential to a member of a group class that meant so much when promoting herd sires that would be exported for several times the dollar amount that a very large show circuit would cost. Amazing that such a plan crafted to last over five months with so many cattle and people involved came off without a hitch. Considering the youth and unique personalities of the group makes the undertaking even more remarkable.

The Scoreboard:
District Show– July 10th, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 70 miles round trip (160 head, Judge Jim Sarbacher) Pinehurst string consisted of 24 head. Twelve firsts, Grand Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Reserve Champion Bull (Pinehurst Titleist), Junior Champion heifer (Pinehurst Fortune), Grand Champion Female, Junior Division (Jan Com Fond Matt Matilda) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.

Wisconsin State Show, Lancaster, Wisconsin – July 27th, Lancaster, Wisconsin, 390 miles round trip (417 head, Judge Richard Keene) Pinehurst exhibited 20 head. Nine firsts, Grand Champion Bull (Pinehurst Titleist), Reserve Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Champion Female (Deppings Royalty Sunset), Reserve Junior Champion Female (Pinehurst Fortune) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.

Wisconsin State Fair, August 20th -West Allis, Wisconsin – 128 Miles round trip (116 head, Judge Bertram Stewart) Junior Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Champion Female ( Deppings Royalty Sunset), Reserve Junior Champion (Pinehurst Fortune), Reserve Grand Champion Female (Pinehurst Winsome Echo) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.

Iowa State Fair, August 27th, Des Moines, Iowa – 400 miles (273 head, Judge Glen Cook) Junior & Grand Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Senior and Reserve Grand Champion Bull (C. Browndale Highcroft Fury), Junior Champion Heifer ( Deppings Royalty Sunset), Reserve Junior Champion (Pinehurst Fortune), Reserve Grand Champion Female (Jan Com Fond Matt Matilda) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.

Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul – Aug 31-245 miles from Des Moines, 321 miles back to Sheboygan Falls, Junior Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Champion Heifer (Deppings Royalty Sunset), Reserve Junior Champion Heifer (Pinehurst Fortune) and Pinehurst won every heifer class.

Eastern National, Harrisburg, PA – Sept. 23-24th -1650 miles round trip back to Madison. Junior Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Champion Heifer (Deppings Royalty Sunset) and Premier Breeder & Exhibitor.

Central National, Madison, Wisconsin. October 1-2 -134 miles round trip. (401 head, Judge Sonny Bartel) Junior Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Champ Heifer (Deppings Royalty Sunset), Senior and Grand Champion Bull (C. Carlspride Vogel Reflection B) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor. Also Grand Champion Ayrshire female, Oak Ridge Kellys Rosid.

North American, Columbus, Ohio (National Ayrshire Show) October 6th -966 miles round trip (111 head, Judge William Etgen) Senior and Grand Champion Female, Oak Ridge Kellys Rosid.

Western National, Fresno, California – October 14-15- 4360 miles round trip (278 head, Judge Jim Lewis) Junior Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair), Junior Heifer (Deppings Royalty Sunset), Senior and Grand Champion Bull (Sir Prestige Reflection Elgin), Reserve Grand Champion Bull (C Browndale Highcroft Fury) and Premier Breeder and Exhibitor.

Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario- 1344 miles round trip. Pinehurst exhibited one animal the Reserve Grand Champion Bull (Pinehurst Debonair) and Deppings Royalty Sunset was Junior champion for her new owner Valentina Farm, The Rossetti’s of Italy.

TOTAL MILES 10,008

Some highlights:
Pinehurst Debonair was as close to perfection as you could ever get. When one analyzes his picture, you must remember there was no “photo shopping” so what you see is what you get, a big, straight, long calf with style to burn and an incredible wide, deep, long and open rib. Debonair was a son of the homebred Pinehurst Copyright from Thorncreek Majesty Sally who was purchased at the Arizona Holiday sale. Sally was the first cow in the barn at Pinehurst and it is from her that Debonair obtained many of his qualities. The undefeated Debonair anchored the undefeated Junior Get as well.

Ecraso Fond Matt Linda EX-94, was also hard to forget. Bred in Ohio Linda was tall, dairy, abit rough with a nice udder especially when full and mean as a junk yard dog. “Linda” hated being milked, being clipped, being brushed, washed or being looked at. In short Linda was not a big fan of people. At the state show where it was a humid, sultry 95 degrees her escort for the day was Nelson Rehder. “Rehder” considered one of the all time great showmen was getting towards the end of his showing career but still a tough customer on the strap. But to say the least, Linda was a handful and big enough to hurt you. The couple made use of every inch of the dance floor and more. And now some 36 years past I can still remember “Rehder’s” quote upon exiting the ring: “Next time you race this horse, get a different jockey”. Throughout the year “Linda” had several jockeys. For real excitement milking Linda on the truck was a pure delight, akin to the now popular PBR. It was probably my imagination but I am quite positive that those long white legs were equipped with eyes. For the record Linda did produce the Reserve All American Miss Linda by Copyright for Pinehurst. Miss Linda was bred at the farm but was owned in partnership with Lloyd Boyd thus no Pinehurst prefix.

Jan Com Fond Matt Matilda EX-97. If you didn’t like Matilda, you didn’t like cows. David Bachmann Jr.’s 4-H cow, Matilda was purchased as an unproved mature cow at World Dairy Expo in 1974. All white and with the most pleasant personality a cow could have, she was loved by everybody and Matilda returned the good feelings. Matilda’s calving that fall just days before heading to the Eastern National would produce the All-American Pinehurst Precious. Also sired by Copyright she was nearly all white and had her momma’s personality. Several times a year when checking out a sale catalog Matilda’s name will appear and memories flood back about this sweet white cow.

Deppings Royalty Sunset was owned in partnership with the Depping family also of Sheboygan County. Sunset was undefeated and probably holds the record for the number of times being clipped during a show season. “Sunset” was David Brown’s pride and joy and hour upon hour was spent by “Brownie” working her beautiful white hair. Sold before the Royal to Italy, “Sunset” financed a good part of the 1976 show expenses.

Pinehurst Winsome Echo EX-95. The Premier Breeder banner was most coveted by Pinehurst and “Winsome” added many points during the year. The epitome of balance and style and always a lady she stood on the end of the cow line at the shows and made a picture perfect greeting for visitors to the

string.

Oak Ridge Kellys Rosid EX-967E, is still considered the standard of perfection in the Ayrshire breed and some say for the ideal dairy cow, regardless of breed. In 1975 Rosid was Supreme Champion at Madison and was classified the highest of any Ayrshire cow of all time. Rosid had a distinct personality best labeled as “leave me alone”. One her quirks was a total distain for having her photograph made which added several white hairs to Danny Weaver’s already silver top. “Rosid” could and would pin her ears back and nothing aside from an atom bomb could cause even a split second flinch of her ears forward.

The culmination of the year (although Debonair and Sunset were exhibited at the Royal) was being awarded the Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners at the Western National show making them the first farm to win both banners at all three shows in the 10 year history of the three National show format. The photo taken after the show was also a history maker as it was the first cover picture of the Holstein World to be of people, no cattle and no scenery.


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