Winner - Carol Davdison - Cassidy, BC Canada
2005 the Directors of the ADCA established an
award to be given in honor of long time members
John & Belle Hays. It is called the Talisman
Award in recognition of their herd name. The award
is to be given to a Dexter Family or individual
that has promoted the Dexter breed with tireless
passion and integrity.
this year's recipient of the Talisman Award, I've
been asked to write about those things of which
I am personally most proud, separate from those
things others see in me. In 25 years, I have had
many firsts in the Dexter world, and have received
recognition from many sources, but the issues
where I was a major influence and that stand out
for me are:
* My being able to identify, acquire, extend and
protect the Bedford line of Dexters. My Hiyu animals
in service with other breeders are all reported
to be producing animals of exceptional quality
and consistency. I know that by my actions, those
genetic traits acquired from the English Grinstead
line via the Bedfords will, with good management,
continue to provide quality and consistency in
Dexters in the years to come.
* My work in genetics. Although untrained, I convinced
the real scientists of my genuine interest in
pure research, and received their acceptance and
help. I initiated the DNA work on color, and was
peripherally involved in two of three chondro
projects. From my classification training, I have
been able to provide input for trait selection.
Ongoing, through talks, articles and web posts,
I continue to share with others what I have learned,
disseminating accurate technical information at
layman level in the Dexter community.
* Closer to home, I spent two years immediately
after the split, working from the DE Corporate
Statutes and other Dexter association by laws
to create approximately 200 pages of questions,
suggestions, options, legal references and polished
bylaws, presented to the Board in my appointed
quest to provide the ADCA with a set of professional
bylaws and rules that met DE corporate non-profit
statutes, and met the requirements of the Board
while protecting the rights of the members. I
have the satisfaction of knowing the work was
done, and done well.
* Now, after all these years of active involvement,
I have been honored with the Talisman Plaque.
What an exciting reward! The ultimate honor is
to receive recognition from one's peers.