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The Budgerigar Society Club Show 2009
Best in Show P & D Spruce Best Young Bird in Show - L & P Martin
Best Any Age in Show P & D Spruce Best Opp. Sex Young Bird in Show P & D Spruce
Best Opp. Sex Any Age in Show Freakley & Ainley
Best Junior in Show D Norman
The biggest show that most of us can remember in past years ?? By no means, but certainly this was one of the most encouraging that we have seen since those dreadful years of Reo-virus and threats of other outbreaks which many believed would spell the end of the fancy, as we knew it, forever.
No, we are not yet back to those glory days that some of us lovingly recall, but this was a show of promise -- promise that we may, indeed have reached the end of the Great Decline and can now look forward to some hope of future growth – albeit of a hesitant nature, at first. This was the message which was brought home to many of us by the considerably increased number of folk who attended the show. This confirmed what some of us, in certain areas of the country, have observed in our own local events. At one stage, the hall seemed so packed with folk that it seemed that at some stage the doors would perhaps need to be closed for a while, in view of Fire Regulations !!
Well, perhaps that is a little fanciful - but you get the picture ? A lot of folk, mainly fanciers, came to this show and enjoyed what they saw. And what did they see? More birds, for a start. Only a small increase in entries, perhaps, but to me the important statistic is that we had 7% more actual exhibitors – and this is quite a significant increase after years of reducing numbers.
So, have we found the answer? Well, perhaps not - there are still many factors to consider, including that all-important one about the show date, which remains something of a ‘bone of contention’ for much of the exhibiting fancy. The B.S council will no doubt be looking at this, after the show committee (who act, among other things, on behalf of those good folk who deal with all aspects of the running of the show) has pondered this and other great questions. If YOU have a contribution to make to the debate, please let the society know !
What else was good about the show? Surely, the success of that first great change initiated by Dave Hislop and his team, in making those dramatis changes which allowed exhibitors to keep their show teams at home until the Saturday morning. This not only catered for the increased comfort of our birds ( a first and foremost consideration) but also greatly reduced the time that some exhibitors needed to stay away from home, booking one night’s accommodation instead of two – a great help in these times of recession.
To accommodate this change, and conscious that the society should not be moving towards a one-day show, or even a one and a half days event, the show committee had also brought in substantial changes to the way the judging was organised. Some of these changes were only finally put into place a matter of a few weeks before the event, so came as a surprise to many, including members of the full committee.
The main aspect of this was that the ‘additional’ judges, appointed initially to ‘thin out’ the sections prior to judging, were instead given the full job of deciding the section awards entirely. This, in the event, proved to be a master stroke, and resulted in the show being opened to the public shortly before the appointed time, whereas many had predicted that the scheduled time of 3:30 pm was rather optimistic, if not unachievable.
The other item of time-saving was in making the final awards, and reducing some of the ceremonial aspect of this task, including the individual introduction of the judges ( which was perhaps an embarrassment in the past, to some). This omission did not, in the event, detract from the excitement of the occasion and the atmosphere of ‘the judging arena’ remained unimpaired.
Other items of the show remained firmly in place. There have, this year, been some murmurings as to whether the idea of holding a Seminar on the Saturday morning is ‘ past its sell by date’ . This question was very firmly answered by the fact that an estimated 130 folk attended to witness Harry Hockaday’s return visit, and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, especially as they found that Harry still had much additional advice to give. The event is reported by John Herring elsewhere in this report.
And what else? Much really. When the show first moved to this September date, there was much concern as to whether or not the Specialist and Area Societies would find it well worth to bring their stands so comparatively early in the year. In the event – all were again firmly in place for their members and other visitors, and as usual they did much to add to the colour of the show, as did our Trade Stand folk, who I believe were greater in number this year, and who seemed to receive a goodly number of visitors to inspect their wares over the two days of the show.
The recent awards to those stallholders who add to the colour of the show was continued this year, and our judges , Bob Francis, Bob Travnicek and George Booth made the following awards:-
Area & Specialist Society Stand :- 1st South Midlands BS 2nd Lutino & Albino Societ 3rd Spangles BBA
Trade Stands 1st Re-Sha 2nd Sunrise Aviculture 3rd Cage & Avian Solutions
Takings ‘at the gate’ must have been well up this year, and as ever parting with good money was made that little but more acceptable when the recipient on behalf of the society was our ever-faithful Mary Snell (now happily recovering well from heart surgery) and her team. Thanks, once again !
And the other aspects. There was Norma, June and Jackie again in full vigour with their marvellous Tombola Stall, bigger and better than ever, and many were the smiling faces leaving this attraction after a successful foray. Then of course, Geoff Capes and his ‘lovely assistant’, John Alcock conducting the ever-popular Auction of Promises, aided by Grant Findlay as cashier – a good job for a banker! This was another very successful ( and, more perhaps important, popular) event and hopefully laid to rest all the criticism that has been levied over the last year. Thanks to all who donated the lots and took part in the event.
There are so many helpers that I have not mentioned, but this was comprehensively covered by Dave Hislop in his speech at the Presentation, which was again organised in all its facets by our own Ken Whiting. They also include the good folk who attended to the catering at the show, and especially for those dropping off their birds – what would we do with out these ladies.
Finally, but by no means least, the fanciers and friends who worked so hard at the show, some of them being there throughout to see to both the erection and the dismantling of the staging – what a shift! These are the folk who keep the fancy in such good heart. Long may they continue !
Colour Certificate Results
Light Green Don Havenhand reports:- “Best of Colour was staged by N Beevers. This Light Green cock had good length, a wide head, good rise and a lovely mask, trimmed with six evenly spaced spots. In second place I selected 2nd C P Spruce’s Light Green Cock – a very good bird, but not quite as fit as the winner. However this is one which should do well in the future. Another good bird took third place, staged by Ellis & Matthews. Unfortunately, it showed a split mask. 5th & Best Opp Sex of Colour came a very good hen with very good mask and spots, staged by C & M Snell.
After these placings, I felt that the standard dropped towards the end of the line-up - rather surprising for a Club Show.
Other placings 4th T Wood , 6th S J Roberts, 7th Gary Cameron , 8th R M Hemingway , 9th T & A Wilson ”
Dark or Olive Green Robert McLean judged this colour group and reports that he was impressed with the quality throughout, adding that the winner, Thomas & Wall’s Dark Green Cock, was an outstanding show quality cock, while the Best Opposite Sex bird, which took second place, was a very nice hen in very good condition staged by R & M Miller.
The general quality of the colour section was very good
Other placings 3rd G E Mellor’s Dark Green Cock , 4th E & M Nee , 5th A Joseph , 6th Gary Cameron , 1 7th J W Mears
Skyblue Our President, Bob Francis judged this well supported Colour group, and writes:-“ For Best of Colour I selected L & P Martin’s Skyblue cock. A nicely presented bird this, with good size and strong colour. A worthy winner, although pushed hard by some good birds. 2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to Freakley & Ainley’s Skyblue Hen – a nice hen, but it’s slight flecking stopped it from going any further Another hen took the third place, this one from S J Roberts, whose admirable hen was not quite right on the day.
Other placings 4th B A Wilson, 5th D Norman, 6th Ward & Rogers, 7th T & A Wilson, 8th S Finlay, 9th C T Atkinson.
The standard here was very good and there were some large classes. Unfortunately, though, some were out of condition.”
Cobalt, Mauve or Violet Keith Leedham judged this group and reports:-“Best of Colour came from the Junior ranks, and this Cobalt Cock, staged D Norman was a worthy winner of the Colour certificate; a large bird with substance and presented in good condition, he has a good rich depth of colour, well balanced with a clean face, spots and mask all in proportion 2nd came G & A Moore’s Cobalt Cock, another magnificent Cobalt with a rich depth of colour, broad shoulders but unfortunately with a small spot size which determined its position. 3rd was another Cobalt Cock – P Tiller’s; a bird of substance, but displaying a smaller face. However, benched in very good condition
Best Opp Sex of Colour and fifth in the line-up came R M Simpson’s Cobalt hen of good size and richness of colour, but lacking somewhat in head quality above the eye. ,
Other placings 4th Moule & Edwards, 6th C Wakeman.
The overall quality of the dark Blue Any Age birds was outstanding, although a number of birds in the Champion section had to be penalised as they were showing Opalescence, although large, well balanced, large-faced exhibition birds with a good depth of colour".
Grey Green Judged by Gren Norris, who commented :- “Best of Colour P & D Spruce’s Grey Green Cock, a wonderful,wonderful bird. Width of head, depth of mask, nice spots. A worthy winner. Needed a little time to settle, but was well worth waiting for. A real credit to the art of breeding exhibition budgerigars!
2nd place was taken by Huxley & Marchant’s Grey Green Cock, a really massive bird with great width of head, good mask and spots, some slight head ticking, but still a wonderful bird. Another lively bird which needed to be given time to settle. 3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was staged by P & D Spruce, a wonderful wide browed hen with depth of mask and nice spots. There were great shoulders on this hen a worthy outstanding winner.
Other placings 4th D J Brick, 5th S & B Squires, 6th J Stainforth, 7th Gary Cameron, 8th S Kinninmouth. The Grey Green Any Age classes were a delight to judge, with a number of top class birds at every level. My one criticism would be that there were too many good birds with flight feather problems. A big Thank You from me to my chief Steward and his team, a great bunch of lads who helped to make the day so enjoyable.”
Grey Garry Warren placed these awards and he reports:- “ For Best of Colour, I selected R Tickle’s Grey Cock, a good solid bird of rich Grey colour, good wide hear and deep mask. If in better condition, he would have pushed for higher honours. Second in the class was another good cock, with outstanding head qualities, but down on flights.
2nd in the line-up came D J Brick’s Grey Cock, another good quality cock, excelling in head and face qualities, but not quite of the substance of the winner ,
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour Freakley & Ainley’s Grey Hen is a bird of good width of head, good spots and face. A little unsteady on the perch, however.,
Other placings 4th C P Spruce’s Grey Hen, 5th Newton & Shepherdson, 6th T Price, 7th T Price, 8th The Richardson Partnership, 9th Gary Cameron.
On average, the standard of birds in this colour was good – most birds were of good quality with some very nice birds being exhibited in the lower sections.”
Opaline Green Series (exc. Grey Green) Keith Leedham writes :- Best of Colour was an outstanding Light Green from A Easdon. This was an enormous bird, accentuated by the long feathering making it a worthy winner, especially as it was an extremely good example especially in Opaline characteristics.
In 2nd spot & Best Opp Sex of Colour , I placed Quigley & Watson’s Opaline Light Green Hen, a similar bird to the winner, being also a bird of substance and long feathering. This bird displayed a lack of wing markings, but the overall quality persuaded me to give it second place.
3rd J G Price’s Opaline Light Green Hen, a hen of substance but a little flat headed. However, she had a good width across the shoulders.
Other placings 4th S J Roberts, 5th A E Barrett.
The quality of this colour group was very much improved from previous years. A minimal number of birds displayed flecking but grizzling at the back of the head and back was apparent.”
Opaline Grey Green Roy Aplin recalls :- “Best of Colour - D Curry’s Opaline Grey Green cock – was in good condition and well presented. Enhanced by being quite nicely marked for an Opaline
In second place, A E Barrett’s Opaline Grey Green Cock was both large and well spotted, but could have done with more width of head
3rd P Tiller’s Opaline Grey Green Cock was a bid bird, but a little untidy at this show
4th & Best Opp Sex of Colour R Tonks’s Opaline Greygreen hen was very smart, but showed a little flecking in the cap
Other placings, 5th T Armitt, 6th C L Bowman, 7th T Armitt.
This colour section was little disappointing in overall quality”
Opaline Blue Series (Exc. Grey) Best of Colour “was taken by Opaline Cobalt Cock, a well-presented bird with excellent head qualities, spots and mask, displaying lots of blow. This long, well shouldered bird was a worthy winner for P & D Spruce.
2nd D Jukes’ Opaline Skyblue Cock which is a clean, well balanced bird with good back skull and roundness of head. The main fault with this bird was a lack in width of face.,
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour Cheatley & Alcorn’s Opaline Skyblue Hen which is a good shouldered bird with plenty of size and good variety markings, but lacking in head qualities
Other placings, 4th B E Sweeting , 5th B Blackmore , 6th S Finlay “
Opaline Grey Michael Little comments:- “Best of Colour was K Moorhouse’s Opaline Grey Cock, a good solid bird with nice face, good length, and staged in good condition
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was taken by G P Sutton’s Opaline Grey Hen – a useful hen in good condition
3rd came J Horspool’s Opaline Grey Cock, which was a nice bird but unfortunately lacking in condition , Other placings 4th K Jackson , 5th T Armitt.
The birds in the group were of a good standard. However, they were generally let down by condition.”
Normal Cinnamon Green Roy Aplin writes:- “Best of Colour Rowell & Heighton’s Cinnamon Grey Green Cock came out of a very strong class. This bird shows a very good cap, is a clean, thick-set bird and was a very worthy winner on the day.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour J H Woods’s Cinnamon Grey Green Hen , a very clean, typy hen which was very well presented
3rd place went to B A Wilson’s Cinnamon Green Cock, a bird with very nice features
Other placings 4th A Joseph , 5th J W Mitchell , 6th M Hibbs , 7TH P Tiller , 8th T & A Wilson ,
The standard of the Cinnamon Greens was, in my opinion, good, but some birds were out of condition”
Normal Cinnamon Blue Bob Allen, who judged this group, tells us:- “Whilst the numbers of Cinnamon Blues overall were a little disappointing, there were some quality birds to judge here and one or two large classes, including the first one judged: -
The Any Age Best of Colour was P & D Spruce’s Cinnamon Grey Hen, shown in top condition. This hen excels in width of face, with a good depth of mask and was a real hen visually ,
For 2nd in the line-up and Best Opp Sex of Colour I selected A Easdon’s Cinnamon Skyblue Cock which had good size and with a nice top end. A quality bird although jus a\ shade soft in condition. This was best in a class of ten birds, without a poor bird among them
3rd came J Nevin’s Cinnamon Grey Hen, a long hen with a deep mask.
Other placings 4th C Hickman , 5th R Marston , 6th D McKeown , 7th D Norman , 8th S Finlay .
Opaline Cinnamon Green Series Pat Norris judged this group, and writes:- “ Best of Colour was A & G Adams’s Opaline Cinnamon Green Cock, a good quality bird in excellent condition. Good width of head and a deep mask with evenly placed spots. This bird’s colour was good and even and it was a good example of the variety
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was J Strong’s Opaline Cinnamon Green Hen, which was ticked and not of the same quality as the cock. Unfortunately, there were only two birds in the line-up “,
Opaline Cinnamon Blue Series was judged by Bob Travnicek, who comments:- “Best of Colour was A & G Adams’ Opaline Cinnamon Skyblue Cock, a very stylish bird, long, showy bird, who showed all day long. He was in perfect condition and was a clear winner
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour C T Atkinson’s Opaline Cinnamon Grey Hen was a super bird, but a bit rough and suffered from some ticking which prevented it from achieving a major placing,
3rd G & J Al-Nasser’s Opaline Cinnamon Skyblue Hen, which was topped by an excellent head, which was unfortunately flawed by some flecking which held it back. 4th was D A Turner.
There were only a few birds benched, but the standard of those present was good and showed much promise for the future.
Lutino Eric Evill placed these awards, and states:- “Best of Colour was I Fordham’s Lutino Cock, a bird of reasonable colour but lacking in size. Exhibited in quite good condition
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to N Beevers’ Hen which again was of reasonable colour but lacking a bit in size.
3rd T Price’s Cock was a well coloured bird shown in good condition, but not of the overall quality of the two leading birds.
Other placings 4th K Critchley , 5th J W Mitchell , 6th R Danks , 7th T & J Rivers , 8th G M Turner , 9th Gary Cameron.
The standard, as a whole, in this colour group was not as I expected and certainly could have been better.”
Albino Marlene Ferguson describes her placings :- “Best of Colour was benched by J W Mitchell, and was a very good cock, one of the few Albinos that was white throughout. The bird had a good depth of mask and the frontal displayed a nice width. A very nicely shaped bird in the show cage.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour A M White’s hen of good length and face and with good width that caught the eye. If the condition had been perfect, she would have pushed the cock really hard for the top award. 3rd Swain & Ford’s cock which was a solid looking bird, but unfortunately its condition let it down
Other placings 4th Gary Cameron , 5th Herring Bros , 6th S Wildes , 7th Gary Cameron , 8th Herring Bros , 9th A M White.
I was sorry to find that a number of birds in this section were either not in condition, or showed blue or grey suffusion. This was not helped by the lighting within the show hall.”
Yellow Wing Michael Little adjudicated all the Clearwings , starting with the Yellow-wings, which he describes as follows:- Best of Colour went to Guppy & Barnes’ Yellow-wing Dark Green Cock, a bird which showed good contrast of colour and was a worthy winner, going on to take the Best Clearwing in Show award.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was another bird from Guppy & Barnes’, whose Yellow-wing Dark Green Hen was a very nice bird, of good condition and contrast, but lacking in body weight.
3rd came T & A Wilson’s Yellow-wing Dark Green Cock, which showed well but did not achieve the standard of the first two in the line-up, and the standard fell away from this point.
Other placings 4th R Bray , 5th A M White , 6th A Hoskins .
White Wing Michael Little comments :- “Best of Colour was R Bray’s White-wing Cobalt Cock, benched in good condition and good in colour and wing contrast. A worthy winner.
2nd came R Day’s White-wing Cobalt Cock, which was also strong in contrast of colour but lacked the size displayed by the winner
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour Guppy & Barnes White-wing Cobalt Hen, a bird of good shape and colour but badly let down by the condition of her tail
Other placings 4th A Hoskins , 5th A D M Tait , 6th A M White , 7th A M White , 8th M & D Walker.
The standard of the Any Age group was not as strong as I found in the Young birds”
Crested or Tuft Marlene Ferguson placed these awards and reports:- “ Best of Colour was won by the Junior, D Norman, who staged this half Circular Normal Cobalt cock, which was a very well shouldered bird in excellent condition, and which displayed a good mask and spots
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to C Y Thorne’s Tufted Cinnamon Light Green Hen, a very nice hen, well worthy of its place. Just not quite in top condition
3rd Cheatley & Alcorn’s Circular cock
Other placings 4th A & J Adams , 5th A M White , 6th Findlay & Flavell , 7th D Moss , 8th D Moss , 9th D Moss , 10th Gary Cameron , 11th K Bruce.
I was disappointed in the number of birds in this colour section, and there were only a few birds in condition on the day”
Spangle Green Series Bob Travnicek gave Best of Colour to J G Grubb’s Spangle Light Green Cock and recalls :- “ An excellent, perfectly balanced bird put down in superb condition did not let his owner down, despite a very strong challenge from a buffy Grey Green hen,
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour L & P Martin’s Spangle Grey Green Hen, which was a superb bird as well, and in fact was in first position for some time but in the end the strength and balance of the Light Green cock held its position.
3rd D Jukes, Spangle Grey Green Cock, was a very nice bird, down on condition and spot, as were many of the birds.
Other placings 4th T & L Jukes , 5th S J Roberts , 6th L & S Devaney , 7th N Beevers , 8th 442-3 9th D Jukes , 10th G & A Hill , 12th S Finlay , 13th S Finlay , 14th S Finlay.
I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the committee and especially my Chief Steward, Jeff and all his stewards, who made my job as easy as possible.
Spangled Blue Series Pat Norris writes “Best of Colour was Freakley & Ainley’s Spangle Cinnamon Grey Cock, Colour was not vibrant on this bird, being a Cinnamon, but it made up for this in head quality. A wide head with lateral feather and staged in good condition,
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to Freakley & Ainley’s Spangle Yellowface Grey Hen, a beautiful hen which stood well and displayed , but lacked the width of the winner
3rd came B A Wilson’s Spangle Skyblue Cock , which had a good face and width, but slightly smaller than the two birds in front of it, neither was its condition as good
Other placings 4th R Walker , 5th D Hughes , 6th J Copeland , 7th T Salem , 8th S J Roberts , 9th T Salem , 10th N Johnston , 11th C Wakeman , 12th J Bruce , 13th Gary Cameron.
There was some good quality in the colour group, but condition was poor.”
Dominant Pied or Clearflight Trevor Terheege placed these awards :- “Best of Colour was Freakley & Ainley’s Dominant Pied Grey Green Cock, a well balanced bird with nice width in the face and good capping over the eyes. This cock also had a good mask and spots, and was benched in good condition. 2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came Freakley & Ainley’s Dominant Pied Grey Hen, a very powerful looking hen with good shoulders, mask and spots. She was not quite in condition
3rd place went to N Beevers’ Dominant Pied Grey Cock. This was a smart, well presented bird but lacked in size and spots
Other placings 4th J M & C Huxley , 5th C & M Snell , 6th J W Mitchell , 7th D Norman , 8th S J Roberts , 9th S Wildes , 10th D Jukes , 11th N Johnston , 12th J W Mitchell , 13th , The Richardson Partnership 14th S Finlay , 15th S Finlay.
I felt that overall, the standard was down on previous years with many birds lacking in spots and flights.”
Recessive Pied or Dark Eyed Clear Ray Brown placed these awards, and comments:- “Best of Colour went to C & D Jones’ Dark Green Cock, a beautiful bird, which excelled in side stance and width of skull ,face and mask. This was a truly fine example of the Recessive Pied variety
2nd came T & A Wilson’ Golden Face Cobalt Cock, which was a large bird and very clean throughout,
3rd T & A Wilson’s Dark Green Cock, was yet another very good bird, large in size and clean of head with a good face and mask
Best Opp Sex of Colour & 5th in the line-up was M & M Chapman’s Grey hen which was indeed a nice hen, but not of the overall quality of the cocks.
Other placings 4th S Wildes , 6th Buhler & Pearce , 7th A M White , 8th I & P Fielding , 9th A Hoskins , 10th S Wildes , 11th T & J Rivers , 12th A M White , 13th Gary Cameron”,
Yellow Face Robert McLean comments “Best of Colour went to Huxley & Marchant’s Yellow face Grey Cock, a very good bird particularly strong in head qualities
2nd D Norman’s Golden Faced Dark Blue Cock, which was particularly good in stance, ably displaying its good show quality
3rd T Wood’s Golden faced Sky Cock, a bird whose bib particularly struck me
Other placings 4th S J Roberts , 5th Newton & Shepherdson , 6th & Best Opp Sex of Colour S Wildes , 7th Gary Cameron.
This section was very enjoyable to judge, particularly so as the overall quality of exhibit was very good”
Rare This colour group was assessed by Bob Allen who recalls:- Best of Colour was R Day ‘s Texas Clearbody Grey Cock. This was a good size bird and a nice example of the variety, if a little dark in the flights
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was French & Ratcliffe’s Texas Clearbody Cobalt Hen, a long bird with good depth of mask.
The same partnership took the third place in the line-up with a Texas Clearbody Grey Cock, which has good shoulder and that could have gone further were it not for a missing spot.
Other placings 4th R Day , 5th G & J Al-Nasser , 6th D Norman , 7th C Lord , 8th D A Turner , 9th J Dunnell , 10th G & J Al-Nasser.
As a member of the Rares Society, I was rather disappointed with the quantity and range of varieties shown. Only a couple of Saddlebacks and Slates and few Fallows! I expected more Easley Clearbodies but there were a couple of good examples for those who are not conversant with the variety.
Any Other Colour Ray Brown judged this section and writes:- “ Best of Colour went to A & G Adams’ Greywing Golden Face Cobalt Cock, which was an easy winner, very clean and possessing a deep mask, with good spots. Staged in fine condition.
2nd C & M Snell’s White Violet Cock, is a huge birds but was beaten today of condition. A super bird this, but just a little too much on the soft side.
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came B E Sweeting’s Yellow Hen, which was shown in perfect condition, but not of the overall standard of the first two
Other placings 4th D A Turner , 5th K Strong , 6th A M White , 7th C Y Thorne , 8th J W Mitchell , 9th J G Grubb , 10th Moule & Edwards , 11th T J Rivers , 12th S & R Clarke , 13th J Dunnell , 14th T & J Rivers.
There were some other good birds in the group, but all carried faults.”
Light Green Don Havenhand comments:- “ Best of Colour was taken by P & D Spruce Light Green Hen- an excellent hen displaying good size, head and a deep mask carrying six evenly spaced spots.
2nd was presented by L & P Martin, and was another excellent Green Hen, which was unfortunate not to be in 100% condition on the day 3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came from Newton & Shepherdson- a Green Cock which was perhaps a little young for this show, but a good solid bird. When he is a little older, he should do very well on the show bench
If anything, the standard throughout was a little better than the adults, and the quality did not fall away as much
Other placings, 4th J Donovan , D A Turner 5th D A Turner, 6th D A Turner , 7th T Wood , 8th C P Spruce , 9th S Finlay , 10th Ward & Rogers .”
Dark or Olive Green Robert McLean selected, as his Best of Colour, the Norwood Stud’s –Dark Green Cock, which he describes as an outstanding cock. In second place he selected the Best Opp Sex of Colour in the colour group, staged by C & M Snell – a hen he describes as a very nice hen in very good condition, while P & D Spruce’s Cock, which took third place was another bird of top quality. The general quality of the colour group, he recalls, was very good
Other placings 4th S & B Squires , 5th , K Jackson
Skyblue Bob Francis recalls:- Best of Colour went to L & P Martin’s Skyblue Cock, a nicely presented bird, except that his mask was not quite right. 2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came Newton & Shepherdson’s very nice, large, Skyblue Hen which really pushed for first place in the group, but was let down by slight Opalescence. Third in the line-up was benched by J Moorhouse; another very nice Sky cock, which was a little too soft in condition to allow him to progress further.
Other placings 4th A & D Woman , 5th P & D Spruce , 6th L Hutt , 7th D J Brick , 8th D Norman , 9th S & B Squires , 10th N Matthews.
The standard of this colour section was very high and most birds were staged in good condition. Again there were some good numbers in the classes.
Cobalt, Mauve or Violet Keith Leedham, who placed these awards, writes:- The Best of Colour was a Cobalt cock staged in perfect condition by R & M Miller. This bird possesses many quality features, being a long birds with matching size of face, displaying depth and width of mask which contained six evenly spaced spots and this combination made this bird a worthy winner.
In second place came another young cobalt cock, staged by J McLeman: not as substantial as the winner of the Challenge certificate, but in good condition and proportion.
The third place was taken by a quality bird, D Norman’s Cobalt Cock ,which was well balance and good in facial features but not as powerful in the body as its contenders.,
Best Opp Sex of Colour J G Grubb, was the fifth bird in the line-up, a young hen with a great potential ahead of it, Neatly balanced and staged in complete condition.
4th Main & Jenkins , , 6th D Jukes , 7th S & B Squires.
The standard of the section was high, with quality birds, although some birds were not in the best of condition due to their age and were consequently penalised in their class”
Grey Green Gren Norris made these awards and commented “ Best of Colour was L & P Martin’s really top class Grey Green cock, which has great depth of mask, good width of head and stands well. He was a little nervous when being judged and needed time to settle. No doubt he will be something special next year
2nd place went to P & D Spruce’s fine cock bird, not quite with the power of the winner, but showed good width of head, nice spots and a deep mask – a worthy runner up
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was staged by J McLeman and was a very good hen, a credit to the breeder with nice width of head and depth of mask. Spots were not ideal but she was staged in tip top condition
Other placings 4th P & A Barber , 5th P Tiller , 6th L & S Devaney , 7th A Hickman , 8th T Price , 9th D Scott
Again, the young Grey Greens were a pleasure to judge. Not quite as many quality birds as in the Any Age classes, but still very good ones. The winner of the challenge certificate stood out, if a little nervous. Again, my criticism would be that too many flight problems were evident and also missing feathers around the face.”
Grey This colour group was judged by Garry Warren, who writes:- “Best P & D Spruce’s Grey Cock , a good young Grey cock of very good head qualities – good face. Spots could have been longer. This bird was very steady on the perch for a young bird. Good, deep colour.
2nd came B E Sweeting’s Grey Cock, a good large cock but not the depth of face of the winner. And would have pushed harder for the certificate had it been in better condition.
, 3rd was K Moorhouse’s Grey Cock, another young cock with good head qualities, similar in shape and head qualities to the winner, but missing flights on one wing.
4th & Best Opp Sex of Colour. J G Grubb‘s Grey Hen was a nice type of hen. With good head qualities. She will mature into a good adult.
Other placings 5th D Jukes , 6th Newton & Shepherdson , 7th C A Sutton , 8th S Finlay.
In my opinion, the quality of the rest of the colour group was not as good as the standard of the adult birds”
Opaline Green Series (exc. Grey Green) Keith Leedham comments on this group:- “ I awarded Best of Colour to K Jackson Opaline Light Green Cock, a very clean Opaline, well balanced and in proportion. This bird was of pleasing face and mask, with evenly spaced spots, giving this cock the lead.
2nd was A Easdon’s Opaline Green Cock, a similar bird to the winner, but lacked a little substance above the eye, and this confirmed its second placing.
3rd Newton & Shepherdson’s Opaline Green Cock, another bird of substance, but he displayed a split mask. This fault, however was not sufficient to deprive it of a place in the first three in the line-up.
4th & Best Opp Sex of Colour Main & Jenkins’ Opaline Green Hen. A bird of good size, but lacked a little in head quality. She was, however, wide across the shoulders and a clean Opaline.
Other placings 5th T Salem, 6th P & A Barber , 7th Cheatley & Alcorn , 8th K Jackson , 9th Gary Cameron
This section had a mixture of features, some lacking in condition due to their age . There were some very clean birds, but also some dirty ones. However, generally a good overall quality”
Opaline Grey Green Roy Aplin comments:- “Best of Colour Main & Jenkins’s Opaline Grey Green Hen was a smart bird, well spotted and clean in the cap. Not the biggest, but a worthy winner on the day, 2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came J Horspool’s Opaline Grey Green Cock, a similar bird to the first place winner. A large spotted bird, but showed a split mask
3rd place was taken by C L Bowman’s Opaline Grey Green Cock, which was unfortunately slightly flecked and a little untidy
Other placings 4th Main & Jenkins , 5th J Newall , 6th N Johnston ,
In general, the Opaline Grey Greens were really a poor selection. They have gone back a lot over the last few years.
Opaline Blue Series (Exc. Grey) Trevor Terheege placed these awards, and reports:- “Best of Colour D G Bowley’s Opaline Cobalt Hen. A wide faced, clean bird in good condition with a deep mask and good spots. A very good bird and an obvious winner
2nd T Salem’s Opaline Cobalt Hen, a powerful hen displaying good style, width of face and complemented with a deep mask and good spots, but let down by slight ticking.
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour J G Grubb’s Opaline Skyblue Cock, which had a good mask and spots, but was narrow in face and slightly ticked
Other placings 4th J Newall , 5th S & B Squires , 6th N Johnston , 7th K Austin
In both the Any Age and the Young Bird groups there were some good birds which carries several faults, i.e. flecked, flights and tails missing.”
Opaline Grey Michael Little relates:- “ Best of Colour was M & T Rodgers’ Opaline Grey Cock, a bird of size and length with a lovely face and mask and well marked on the wings. A worthy winner.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was taken by K Humphries’ Opaline Grey Hen, which although a nice bird was lacking in condition
3rd C Lord’s Opaline Grey Cock, which was a nice bird overall , 4th A G Price
The standard of young birds was good”
Normal Cinnamon Green Roy Aplin explains his placings :- “ Best of Colour went to V Willis’s Cinnamon Light Green Hen, which was staged in wonderful condition, stood well off the perch and was a very worthy winner – I thought that it should have gone further.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour P & D Spruce’s Cinnamon Green Cock, benched in very good condition and of good colour and nice feather , 3rd V Willis’s Cinnamon Green, a nice typy bird
Other placings 4th P & D Spruce , 5th K McKeown , 6th N Johnston , 7th T & A Wilson
The standard in the group was very good and I felt that the certificate winner could have pushed for Opposite Sex Young Bird in Show.”
Normal Cinnamon Blue Bob Allen writes:- Best of Colour was Freakley & Ainley’s Cinnamon Grey Cock, a good all round bird excelling in shoulder and feather
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came Ellis & Matthews’ Cinnamon Skyblue Hen, a bird of good size, clean and excellent shoulder.
3rd R & M Miller’s Cinnamon Skyblue Hen, a long bird with a nice face.
Other placings 4th K Moorhouse, 5th , The Richardson Partnership 6th T Wood , 7th C T Atkinson , 8th C Wakeman.”
Opaline Cinnamon Green Series Best of Colour was T & L Jukes’ Opaline Cinnamon Green Hen, a class hen with width good mask, size and spot and unusually clean for this variety. It stood well and was a worthy winner, standing well out from the rest of the group. 2nd Ward & Rogers’s Opaline Cinnamon Green Hen , 3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour D A Turner’s Opaline cinnamon Green Cock, 4th T & A Wilson
Opaline Cinnamon Blue Series Bob Travnicek remarks:- Best of Colour was J Newall’s Opaline Cinnamon Skyblue Cock, an excellent long stylish bird in perfect condition which kept it looking in first place for the entire competition. A real credit to its breeder and exhibitor
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour came J Thompson’s Opaline Cinnamon Grey Hen which was a very solid bird and beautiful hen, but slightly flecked – which held it back. It should do very well in the breeding pen. 3rd S & B Squires’ Opaline Cinnamon Skyblue Hen was a nice hen in super condition but not of the power of the first two.
Other placings, 4th Newton & Shepherdson , 5th Gary Cameron “,
Lutino Eric Evill placed these awards, and writes:- “Best of Colour was I Fordham’s Lutino Hen, a good bird this, of good size and type. Lacking a little in depth of colour
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour was B Shutt’s Lutino Cock, another good young bird benched in good condition but not quite up to the standard of the first bird.
3rd place went to M & D Walker’s Lutino Cock, which was a bird of good colour, but lacked in other qualities compared to the first two
Other placings 4th J Donovan , 5th M & D Walker , 6th T & J Rivers , 7th T & J Rivers , 8th R Danks
The quality of the young birds was superior to those I found in the Any Age section, which was disappointing.”
Albino Marlene Ferguson judges this colour group and writes:- Best of Colour was benched by C M Fuller. This Beginner young bird was a very nice all-round bird with good colour and condition, displaying a good depth of mask
2nd came Herring Bros’ young cock, which presented well with good colour and depth of mask. He pushed the Beginner bird for the top award, but was just lacking in width ofd shoulder ,
3rd T & A Wilson showed a nice bird whose condition needed improving
4th & Best Opp Sex of Colour D G Bowley’s young hen in condition for showing
Other placings, 5th K Austin , 6th A N White , 7th I C Bellamy , 8th K Simpson.
There were some good birds within this colour section, but condition and colour played an important part in the selection of the birds. There was a very good bird in this section which showed such suffusion that it looked almost like a Lacewing”
Yellow Wing Michael Little comments :- “ As Best of Colour I selected Guppy & Barnes’s Yellow-wing Dark Green Hen, which showed good contrast of colour and was very well presented.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to R Day’s Yellow-wing Dark Green Cock. Again, the contrast of colour was very good in this hen.
3rd came A Hoskins Yellow-wing Dark Green Hen, a nice bird overall but not of the quality of the first two Other placings 4th A N White , 5th A Hoskins.
Generally, the condition of the young birds benched was good.
White Wing Judged by Michael Little who writes “ Best of Colour went to R Day’s White-wing Grey Hen, which was benched in good condition and has a very good colour. I enjoyed seeing this bird as one does not see many White wing Greys on the show bench.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour R Day’s White-wing Cobalt Cock, This was a well marked bird. However, it lacked condition, but not enough to prevent it gaining the Best opposite sex place
3rd A Hoskins’ White-wing Blue Cock, which showed good length but unfortunately not in the condition that allowed it to challenge for a higher placing
Other placings 4th A N White , 5th A D N Tait
Apart from the winner of this challenge certificate, the birds in this group lacked in condition. However, overall they were of somewhat better quality than that I found in the Any Age section.
Crested or Tuft Marlene Ferguson comments:- “Best of Colour went to Cheatley & Alcorn’s Full circular Dominant Skyblue, which displayed a superb full circular crest, a good stance, and was well spotted.
2nd was D Moss’s Full circular Opaline Grey Cock, which displayed well and had a full set of spots.
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour Cheatley & Alcorn’s Full circular Cinnamon Sky blue hen, which was not in top condition and showed slight flecking
Other Placings 4th A & G Adams , 5th G & J Al-Nasser , 6th D Moss , 7th G & J Al-Nasser , 8th A N White , 9th D Norman.
Unfortunately, the condition and size of the crest varied throughout the sections. Although there were a few nice crests, I found that the full circular birds stood out well”
Spangle Green Series Bob Travinicek writes :- “Best of Colour was J Stainforth’s Spangle Grey Green Cock, an extremely well balanced, solid bird that never broke stance all day. He is one of those birds that dose his breeder great credit, both on the bench and in the breeding cage. There were a number of birds in the section that could have won on the day had it not been for condition.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour went to P & N Stannard’s Spangle Grey Green Hen. When at first I saw this bird, I thought that we would not only have a Challenge Certificate winner! However, in the end, she would not show, no matter how hard I tried.
3rd D Jukes’s Double Factor Cock, which was a nice bird with a good top end but a little short in body, which held it back
Other placings 4th J Thompson , 5th J Newall , 6th B A Wilson , 7th K Strong , 8th S & B Squires , 9th D Scott , 10th A E Barrett , 12th R Tonks , 13th S Finlay , 14th S Finlay 15th S & B Squires , 16th S Finlay.
The standard in this section was excellent, with many of the birds suffering from untimely loss of flights and spots”
Spangled Blue Series Pat Norris comments:- “ Best of Colour was G & A Moore’s Spangle Cobalt Cock, a bird of good colour and perfect stance, staged in perfect condition. This was by far the best conditioned bird.
2nd place went to B A Wilson’s Spangle Blue Cock, a good faced bird with good colour and stance, but condition let this bird down. Wing feathers were a bit dark. This bird was very young ,
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour A & D Woan’s Spangle Skyblue Hen, staged in good condition, she is very well spotted. Style is first class but she was a little narrower that the ones in front.
Other placings 4th P & N Stannard , 5th J Copeland , 6th D J Brick , 7th T Wood , 8th A G Price , 9th D Scott , 10th T & A Wilson , 11th T Price , 12th J Newall , 13th N Johnston , 14th Gary Cameron.
As with the Any Age group, there were some good birds in this section, but condition was not good.”,
Dominant Pied or Clearflight Trevor Terheege reports on his awards:- “ Best of Colour went to A & B Whattam’s Dominant Pied Skyblue Cock, a big, powerful bird benched in excellent condition and displaying good style and large spots. The bird was, however, a little short in the mask and was down on head quality, to prevent it going further.
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour B Blackmore’s Dominant Pied Skyblue Hen, a bird which was also in excellent condition, with a good backline and posture.. The bird also had a good depth of mask and spots, but lacked in width of face
3rd came D Jukes’ Dominant Pied Grey Green Cock, which would have won the Challenge certificate if it had all its spots. It showed good feather quality, wide face, capping and was of a good size
Other placings 4th R G Ward , 5th D Jukes , 6th R Colley , 7th D Jukes , 8th Newton & Shepherdson , 9th C Hickman , 10th S Kinninmouth , 11th T Salem , 12th D Scott , 13th T & A Wilson , 14th T & A Wilson , 15th R Marston , 16th D Norman “
Recessive Pied or Dark Eyed Clear adjudicated by Ray Brown, who comments “ Best of Colour was staged by Pearce & Pears – not the quality of the Any Age Cock, but a nice clean bird with good wing markings and a good length of body
2nd & Best Opp Sex of Colour C & D Jones’ Dark Green Hen, well spotted and with slightly darker wing markings than the winner, this was a nice bird all round
3rd I & P Fielding’s Skyblue Cock, a clean bird, and of good quality, but a little short on wing markings Other placings 4th C & S Tipton , 5th T & A Wilson , 6th I & P Fielding , 7th N Matthews , 8th I & P Fielding , 9th S Wildes , 10th A Hoskins
The standard of this colour section was quite good.
Yellow Face Robert McLean writes :- “Best of Colour went to J Nevin’s Yellow faced Grey Cock, a bird which showed outstanding head quality, ably carried
2nd S Wildes’ Yellow faced Grey Cock, was an all round quality bird and well deserving of his position
3rd & Best Opp Sex of Colour K Humphries’ Yellow Faced Cinnamon Hen, a nice hen this, well presented and benched in excellent condition
Other placings 4th S & B Squires’, 5th S Wildes , 6th D Norman , 7th R Tonks , 8th C E Prince , 9th R M Hemingway , 10th Gary Cameron
A very good standard throughout was the mark of this colour group”
Rare Bob Allen comments :- “Best of Colour was Norwood Stud’s Texas Clearbody Skyblue Hen, a worthy winner of excellent size and depth of mask
2nd came T Salem’s Texas Clearbody Skyblue Hen ,which was shown in good condition . A typy bird with clear wings, from the Junior section
3rd G & J Al-Nasser’s Slate Hen , a good example possessing good size, but lacking in head quality
Best Opp Sex of Colour & 4th in the line-up came D Curry’s Texas Clearbody Opaline Grey Green Cock, a very clean and clearly marked bird, just a little short in the mask, which also displayed slightly small spots
Other placings 5th D & L Rafis , 6th Findlay & Flavell , 7th A M White , 8th G & J Al-Nasser , 9th R Day , 10th G & J Al-Nasser
Any Other Colour Ray Brown recalls :- Best of Colour went to Quigley & Watson’s Greywing Skyblue Cock, a big bird with a wide head and mask, shown in very good condition
2nd Carson & Walker’s Yellow Cock, was just slightly behind the winner in overall quality. Again, shown in good condition
3rd came C & L Newson’s Yellow Cock, a bird with a slightly thinner body throughout and not quite as big otherwise than the first two
Best Opp Sex of Colour and 5th in the line-up was R Day’s Opaline white Blue hen, which was in good condition and well turned out
Other placings 4th B E Sweeting , , 6th Carson & Walker , 7th N Beevers , 8th A M White , 9th D Curry , 10th A Hoskins , 11th A M White , 12th A Hoskins , 13th G & J Al-Nasser , 14th G & J Al-Nasser .
Some of the other birds were not too bad, but the Slates were rather poor in quality.”
The appointed judges, four in number, completed their allotted task both quickly and efficiently, and the judges made comment on their placings in the same way as did the colour judges:-
Champion Any Age awards were placed by Mick Widdowson, who writes:- “ Best was L & P Martin’s Sky Blue Cock, a super bird, staged in excellent condition and displaying a good head and spots
2nd Best was Huxley & Marchant’s Grey Green Cock of super quality and which pushed the section winner very hard. Unfortunately, he had one or two marks on his head and this confirmed his placing
3rd came Freakley & Ainley’s Spangle Cinnamon Grey Cock, a super bird of strong head and good style. 4th Freakley & Ainley, 5th R Tickle, 6th Huxley & Marchant,7th R Tickle, 8th C & D Jones, 9th I Fordham, 10th Rowell & Heighton
Champion Young Bird Jeff Attwood placed these awards in this section and recalled the experience :- “Best was L & P Martin’s Grey Green Cock This bird was adjudged Best Breeder in show and is described elsewhere ,
2nd Best was D G Bowley’s Opaline Blue Hen, a superb bird all round and shown in excellent condition. Excellent shoulder and backskull. A beautiful face, width of head and depth of mask -- in fact, one of the best birds exhibited
3rd Norwood Stud’s Dark Green Cock, a really good, solid bird, very broad shouldered and deep chested. Good width of head, deep mask and well spotted. A very good bird in an excellent section
Other placings 4th V Wills, 5th L & P Martin, 6th C & M Snell, 7th J Stainforth, 8th I Fordham, 9th T & L Jukes, 10th J Nevin,
This was a very commendable section with quality birds running throughout. Birds down as far as 10th place of superb quality”
Intermediate Any Age was also judged by Jeff Attwood , who writes:- Best in section, and already selected as the Best in Show was P & D Spruce’s Grey Green Cock , a really beautiful Grey Green Cock and a worthy winner. This bird has a tremendous face and exceptional frontal rise, good shoulders and excellent length. A very steady bird with wonderful deportment.
2nd Best was taken by P & D Spruce’s Opaline Blue Cock, a really good opaline cock with tremendous frontal rise, balanced by a deep mask and large well placed spots. Staged in superb condition and very well presented, it was spoiled only by slight flecking.
3rd came the same partnership’s Normal Cinnamon Grey Hen, which was one of my favourites in the show. Superb quality, again with excellent frontal rise and width of head and again with very good shoulders and deportment. It was spoiled only by a suspect spot and feather rosette on the neck
Other placings 4th B A Wilson, 5th P & D Spruce, 6th Ellis & Mathews, 7th B A Wilson, 8th Newton & Shepherdson, 9th G E Mellor,10th B A Wilson
A very good number of excellent birds, but the quality tailed off after the first dozen”
Intermediate Young Bird Mick Widdowson sorted out this section, and comments:- “ Best in the section was P & D Spruce’s Grey Green Cock, a very nice Grey Green displaying good spots and head, but with a few flecks on the crown
2nd went to Best P & D Spruce’s Skyblue Cock, a super bird, again with a good head, but rather untidy in the mask
3rd came the same partnership’s Light Green Hen, another super bird but marred by an untidy mask and with e few feathers missing from above the cere
Other placings 4th P & D Spruce, 5th Ellis & Mathews, 6th Newton & Shepherdson, 7th B A Wilson, 8th S Wildes, 9th P & D Spruce, 10th Newton & Shepherdson”
Novice Any Age Tony Pope, who judged this section, reports:- Best in section was D J Brick’s Grey Cock, a superb bird and a clear winner of the section. This bird had super width of head and was staged in excellent condition. Slightly uneven in the spots, but this was not sufficient to hold it back from the top award
2nd Best was K Moorhouse’s Opaline Grey Cock, which won the section for its colour, but did not have the quality of the leading bird
3rd went to S J Roberts’ Spangle Light Green Cock, which was of good length and stood well off the perch. Excellent depth of colour and good variety content
Other placings 4th D A Turner, 5th S J Roberts, 6th D Hughes, 7th Swain & Ford, 8th T & A Wilson, 9th Cheatley & Alcorn, 10th Best Novice Any Age E & M Nee
Overall, there were some excellent exhibits which were well presented
Novice Young Bird Colin Lamb placed these awards, and recalls:- “Best of section was K Moorhouse’s Skyblue Cock, a really good coloured bird , large with a well balanced top end. A worthy winner
2nd Best was D J Brick’s Opaline Grey Cock, an excellent bird of its variety and on another day would easily have come out first, in better condition. An excellent face and mask really caught the eye.
3rd came J McLeman’s Grey Green Hen, a super bird and again it would been in contention for best in section had it been in condition
Other placings 4th R Tonks, 5th Carson & Walker, 6th J Newall, 7th D A Turner, 8th Carson & Walker, 9th K Moorhouse, 10th T & A Wilson.
Beginner Any Age Colin lamb writes:- Best in section was R Walker’s Spangle Blue Series Cock, a bird of excellent quality that showed itself off well, with good variety markings and sporting a full set of round bulls-eye spots
2nd Best was taken by T Price’s Grey Hen, a real quality hen which was large, clean and well presented. It lacked only a little over the eyes to make it a winner
3rd came J M Huxley’s Dominant Pied Green Series Cock, another bird of good quality, with a wide face and deep mask, but unfortunately not in the best of condition and therefore did not show itself to full advantage
Other placings 4th T Wood, 5th S & B Squires, 6th K Jackson, 7th D Jukes, 8th Moule & Edwards, 9th D Jukes, 10th T Price“
Overall there were a lot of good quality birds in the two sections that I judged – a real credit to their owners”
Beginner Young Bird Tony Pope judged this section and recalls:- “ Best in section was K Jackson’s Opaline Light Green Cock, which also took the colour certificate. A very nice bird, with good depth of mask and size of spot. This bird was surprisingly clean for this variety, but could have done with a little more width of head.
2nd Best was T Wood’s Spangle Blue Series Cock, a very useful bird, displaying good variety content, but spoiled by an untidy mask and spots
3rd place was taken by D Jukes’ Spangle Green Series Cock, a good bird, held back by condition
Other placings 4th Pearce & Pears, 5th S & B Squires, 6th S & B Squires, 7th L Hutt, 8th S & B Squires, 9th S & B Squires,10th L & S Devaney.
The quality of this section generally was no more than fair. There were few good birds, which was a little disappointing”
Junior Any Age Mick Widdowson placed these awards, and writes:- “ Best in the section was D Norman’s Cobalt Cock, a very nice bird and a worthy winner, with good spots
2nd Best came the same fancier’s D Norman’s Skyblue Cock, which pushed the winner hard but was marred by a few pin feathers
3rd went ,again to D Norman, who’s Yellow face Blue Cock was another good bird, but also had a few pin feathers at the crown
There were some very good birds in this section”
Junior Young Bird Jeff Attwood comments:- “Best in section was T Salem’s Opaline Light Green Hen, a really beautiful hen of excellent quality and deportment. A good, deep mask and well spaced good sized spots. This bird came fifth in the colour line up and was a very worthy winner here. Congratulations to the junior who bred this bird.
2nd Best was D Norman’s Cobalt Cock, a nice bird which excelled in depth of mask and was of a good size. Shown in superb condition, this bird failed to make the best of himself while judged.
3rd came T Salem’s Opaline Blue Hen. Another lovely Opaline, this, she was a bird of excellent colour, excellent face and spots on a deep mask. Also with very good shoulders and deportment, spoiled only by light head flecking
There were several really nice birds in a strong section. Looks good for the future ! ”
Best Novice Any Age 411-10 J Brick
Best Novice Young Bird 505-5 K Moorhouse
Best Beginner Any Age 644-6 R Walker
Best Beginner Young Bird 744-4 T Wood
Best Junior Any Age 805-1 D Norman
Best Junior Young Bird 914-1 T Salem
TEAM of FOUR Best R G Ward 2nd G P Sutton 3rd D Norman
TEAM of SIX Best C & M Snell 2nd A & N Michael 3rd S Wildes 4th R Danks
Saturday, 10 October 2009
HARRY HOCKADAY AT THE BS CLUB SHOW -- SEMINAR 2009
Harry returned to the BS Club Show, by popular demand, after four years, Ron Pearce explained.
Taking the floor Harry said that he was bound to cover some of the ground that he dealt with four years ago, and apologised if this became to much of a repeat for previous participants. Most people believed that the best pairing is Best to Best but he had then proposed a different method. and this year’s presentation would relate more to whether or not this had worked.
The first decision relates to whether the breeder wishes to keep a collection or a stud. Going out and buying birds from here, there and everywhere will result in a collection of unrelated birds, some of which will breed a mixture of good, bad and indifferent, even when following a design of pairing best to best, usually - sometimes it works immediately but sometimes those good birds are such which really do not breed to type when they themselves are paired up.
Far better to study show results, and the birds of those successful breeders and decide which one is breeding birds nearer to what you want, then go to him and/or those fanciers who have also built their stud on his bloodlines – the fancier himself may not have birds to spare. By buying such connected stock’ you get a basis of the bloodline of your chosen fancier immediately to hand to become the basis of your stud.
To maintain this pattern, it is then essential pair related stock, ultimately using pairings such as grandfather to grand daughter- he prefers not to get closer – to form line.
He speeds up this process by taking away the cock after the first chick in a nest hatches, thus preventing him from going fully into ‘family mode’, but he warned that it is inadvisable to take him away earlier as the hen may abandon her eggs. Thus removed, the cock may be re-paired to a further hen. In this way a further branch is developed for use. Ideally this same method will be used to form a second line using a similarly good cock. Harry still feels that the cock is the main part of the pairing and it his qualities that he wishes to stamp on the young. The hens should, of course be produced from strong lines, while not necessarily visually outstanding birds in themselves
The use of birds from one bloodline has the added advantage that there are likely to be far fewer of these hidden faults that give such disappointments cropping up randomly --- the other main drawback of using birds from a ‘collection’.
Their initial stock was from Harry Topliss who was highly successful at the time and had the quality and six of their young of birds they were looking for. At this stage, Harry showed slides of two of those original birds. In the initial stages of producing his own stud, he concentrated on developing birds of size, shape and width of head and when Dave Topliss gave up the fancy, he turned to Pilkingtons and to Mannes, whose birds worked in well with the stud.
(In the early stages, as a Beginner, he paired visually Best to Best but certainly would not do so now. He stressed that you must be in full control of your stock at all times by keeping meticulous records, and maintaining the stud as a stud and not letting it, at any time, lapse into a collection.
Harry then showed us a video detailing some of the birds that he had produced last year, and pointed out the improvements that he had made to the quality of the stock- all young birds shown have good width and direction of feather. It also related to some of the slightly older birds, including a well proportioned, but smaller Olive Hen which produced super birds. This happened because he knew what was behind that hen – the genetical make-up.
When pairing up, many people put a cock in a cage then put a hen with it to see if they look visually compatible – in other words, on the visual Best to Best method – but he places much more reliance on what the birds were bred from in deciding whether they are indeed compatible. In other words, as stated, he applies the laws of genetics, which he regrets is nowadays becoming so much something of a bad word, albeit a very useful science.
The hardest thing to put in is directional feathering. It is easier to put in size and spot.
This more or less concluded the presentation, but I have to stress that no verbal description can capture, adequately, the improvements in stock which we who viewed the presentation were able to observe, and which lent much weight to the conclusions that he has reached.
There followed after a short break, a brief Questions and Answers session :-
The first question was, “Do you consider Feather type?”. He replied that he does, but only if there is a perceived problem. He advises that if we do have a feather problem, we should get rid of it. If he feels that his feathering is too Buff, he brings in an outcross to rectify the situation.
“When preparing birds for a show, do you pull tails?” Harry replied “Yes, but only one at a time and the topone first so that the new one will grow first and the underneath one will then grow to support it. He does pull out spots to ensure that the full complement will be in place for the show.
“How do you choose the hens you wish to keep?” He tried to keep 80 cocks and 100 hens. Those hens would not necessarily comprise all the visually most attractive – sometimes the bigger hens would be sold depending on their genetic background.
Then someone spoke about the importance of down feather. Harry agreed that down feather s very important as they allow the surface feather to sit in their most advantageous position
“Is there any reason why you have not specialised in any one particular colour?” Harry prefers to breed with compatible colours, including Spangles, and he uses a variety of colour providing that other features are present. What matters is the quality of the birds being used.
“If you were starting again, how would you start?” Harry confirmed that, with the benefit of hindsight, he would first make sure that he had an aviary of such size as would meet all his hopes and aims for the foreseeable future. The welfare of the birds generally, and both their and his comfort would be paramount. It would be so equipped to meet this initial requirement. He would then look to see which fancier(s) were doing well and and by careful study decide from whom to buy stock. He again stressed that Blood is the Key.
“How many birds would you need to start a new line?” At first, he said three to six pairs, but if you only have two pairs, foster out the first the first young and re-pair the birds in order to gain time.
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