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History: Canada’s 1949 Royal Winter Fair

Abridged from the December 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada’s 1949 Royal
By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta.

Canada’s Royal Winter Fair at Toronto is more truly an all-Canadian Royal than most of us in the West realize unless we have been fortunate enough to have attended the Royal. It’s big, but more than that, it’s a show window of the nation, not only for the best in cattle, but in horses, seeds, poultry, butter and flowers.

Not to overlook the spectacular horse show — and with jumping teams from Ireland, Mexico and Chile, along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their colourful Musical Ride, a show for precision and timing unsurpassed in the world.

The Royal runs for eight days, and they are hectic and busy days for the exhibitors, such as the top Alberta breeders of Here- ford, Shorthorn and Aberdeen-Angus who more than held their own in the judging against the stiff competition that marked every class and every section.

The Royal opened with a smashing triumph for Alberta and the West when Ed Noad of Claresholm who makes a habit of finishing cattle just a little better than anyone else, swung through to capture the award for the Grand Champion Steer. His Shorthorn “Socks of Broadacres” took the Shorthorn Steer Grand Championship in which Alberta had both tops, with the University of Alberta entry winning the Reserve title. “Socks” then was picked by judge J.W. Grant MacEwan as the Grand Champion Steer, beating out the Herefords in which winners were F.W. Reicheld Jarvis, Ontario and Warren Smith of Olds, Alberta, the Aberdeen-Angus won by Lloyd Mack, Rockwood, Ontario and the University of Alberta, and beating as well, Ed Noad’s own two Grand and Reserve Champion Crossbreds.

Crawford-Frost winnings

First double-barrelled Championship for Alberta and the West at the Royal was the Barley and Oat crowns, world championships won by John Eliuk of Hairy Hill, Alberta. And that set the stage for a repeat performance of Alberta’s top Hereford breeder, Arthur Crawford-Frost of Nanton. He swung into the judging of the Herefords and when the smoke cleared had won about every award the Royal had to offer. Repeating his double triumph in 1948, W.A. Crawford-Frost with H.P. Royal Regent 5th won the Senior and Grand Champion Bull and came back the following day to take the Grand Champion Female ribbon with Alisa Standard C47th. In all, Caerleon Ranch of Nanton won nine first-place ribbons in the Herefords.

Others from the West, as the saying goes, were also in there pitching. Richardson Stock Farms of Winnipeg had second for females two years and over and went on to win the Senior and Reserve Championships. Earlscourt Farms of Lytton, British Columbia, duplicated the performance for the Bulls getting the Junior Reserve Championship, and Vic- tor Watson of Airdrie, Alberta had the Reserve Grand Champion A.B. Domino 20th, one of six Championship ribbons for Bulls that failed to go to the West was the Junior Champion, won by Hy-Point Farms of Romeo, Michigan.

Judge of the Herefords was Dr. A.R. Weber, Manhattan, Kansas, and he faced a difficult job with the large entries. It was as bad for James Napier of Northfield, Ohio who faced the Shorthorn classes, some with a score of entries. But he did a fine job, in the opinion of western cattlemen, for he placed the Dafoe, Saskatchewan, animal from William “Bill” Harrison as the Grand Champion Shorthorn. Killearn Norman 8th shown by Mr. Harrison is a fine solid Red Bull, bought by him from the Gallinger herd at Edmonton earlier in the year for $3,700. He won the Summer yearling class, went on to win Junior Championship and won the Grand Championship and Supreme Shorthorn at the Royal, against the Grand Champion female, Naemoor Cinderella 3rd, shown by Grant Campbell of Moffat, Ontario.

Bill Harrison had the only Western Bull in the running but Richardson Stock Farms of Winnipeg did well in the Shorthorn females, winning the Senior Grand Championship, the Junior Reserve ribbon, and the Reserve Grand Champion.

Other Western Shorthorns to place well included Lord Rannock shown by T.G. Hamilton of Innisfail, second in the Junior yearling bulls. In the Summer yearlings, P.W. Stefura, Chipman, Alberta had 6th and E.J.C. Boake, Acme, 8th. Wotherspoon Brothers of Melville, Saskatchewan, won first for Senior calves, T.G. Hamilton was 3rd, and Richardson Farms 5th.

Grant “Shorty” MacEwan was one of the West’s prime attractions at the Royal, giving a sparkling display in judging the beef cattle, steers and junior entries. He made a particular hit with scores of Ontario Juniors in judging their steers for the King’s Guineas class, which started out with more than 2,000 animals and wound up with 120 animals in the finals at the Royal.

They were judged in three breed classes, Herefords, Shorthorns and Aberdeen Angus, and after each Section, Grant gave the junior contestants a review of his judging, his reasons for placing the top animals in their positions, an informative chat on the strong points and weaknesses of the top half a dozen steers and drew a round of applause after each commentary.

For the winner, Duncan Campbell, the King’s Guinea, augmented by the Ontario Department of Agriculture was worth $250 plus the value of the husky steer at the auction sale.

The King’s Guineas, while an all-Ontario junior show, drew the attention of the westerners attending the Royal, for it brought 120 Steers into a single competition, giving the youngsters a chance to display, and most of all to learn their showmanship. It could be seen watching the actions and expressions of the youngsters that they were enjoying every minute of an experience never to be forgotten. Most of all they were finding in their farming and cattle raising a thrill of accomplishment not to be matched in the West, where youngsters have the opportunity to compete only with the other Juniors of their own calf club.

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