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SPECIALIST & RARE VARIETY OPEN SHOW ~ 2006
reported by Janice Al-Nasser, Publicity Officer

Once again a phenomenal success for the 18th Show of the Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show with a terrific atmosphere and a real buzz to the weekend. The show received an increase in total entry to 1099, which was slightly up from last year's entry (1000) of which a total of 839 birds were benched from 83 exhibitors.

The atmosphere was vibrant on the Sunday, with plenty of time for everyone to socialise as well as appreciate the quality of the exhibits staged at this national event. The sponsorship list once again was great with the usual sponsorship received from Rosettes R Russ, for all the open rosettes for the show; also from Les & Pat Martin who sponsored the cost of all the ceramic awards to the judges and Best of Colours, which are much appreciated and sought after by exhibitors. The B.S. President Dave Cottrell donated a quality bird for the most benched birds in the beginner section, which was won by M.J. Peel. Norman & June Cox sponsored the show with the cost of printing the coloured covers for the schedules and catalogues. Financial sponsorship came from Mick Anzara who donated 50 towards the raffle prices, Neil & Keith Johnson who also donated 50 and Jan Hill who donated 25. Other sponsorship came from Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser, Sue & Rod Clarke and Gren & Pat Norris. The following fanciers were generous with their donation of birds for the raffle; Amos & Thumwood, G. Capes, M & M Chapman, L. Cutler, F, S & K Eatwell, I & P Fielding, W. Gibson, J. Grubb, C & D Jones and C. Thorne.


Best Crested Young Bird C & D Jones

Once again the overseas awards were much in evidence and most sought after, with the Australian judge Warren Wilson, CEO of the Budgerigar Rare & Specialist Exhibitors of Australasia (BRASEA) and Feathered Friends Radio, awarding the top BRASEA patronage to the show with 8 coloured paintings, 50 rosettes and 36 medals together with 3 new trophies from Australia. All the judges and committee members received wooden handled pens and special Australian cuddly toys.

The Show Committee extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the above sponsors as well as the Budgerigar Society, the six specialist societies, the ten area societies and Budgerigar World who all gave splendid support in granting their highest patronage to the show. Gratitude is also extended to all the workers, exhibitors and donors for making this year’s show another great success.

Apart from our regular fanciers from Scotland, Wales and Jersey, who travelled long distances to be with us, we also had the pleasure of our regular overseas visitors from Holland & Germany.

Sunday afternoon was the time for trophy presentation and on this occasion the Guest of Honour was Warren Wilson, President of the B.S. of New South Wales, who presented the 43 trophies together with the paintings donated by BRASEA to the show.

As in previous years at this show, partnerships did well in gaining 15 of the 24 CCs on offer and 21 of the CCs were awarded to the champion section.

Next year's show will be staged on 30th June & 1st July (week 26).

CRESTS OF QUALITY

Our Chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser, judged the 96 Crests (an increase in entry making it 4th highest entered variety) and awarded the adult C.C. and Best Crest in Show to the Jersey partnership of Mark & Hazel Richard’s circular opaline light green cock. The bird was staged in immaculate condition sporting a neat crest on a big bird of quality with good mask and spots. A circular cinnamon light green cock from Cliff & Darren Jones was second, which was as a good bird as the winner but not having that edge in size. Another full circular dominant pied opaline skyblue cock from the new beginner partnership of Cheatley & Alcorn was third. The Cheatley & Alcorn partnership also staged the opposite sex award with a circular dominant pied oplaine cinnamon skyblue hen. The Eatwell partnership won the best tuft any age award.

Cliff & Darren Jones won the young bird section with a circular opaline white blue hen of good substance and size with deep mask and good spots. The Richard’s partnership was second with a stylish grey green cock sporting a strong tuft. Mick Widdowson, president of the CBC, staged a tufted light green cock of quality in third place. Best junior any age & young bird awards went to E. J. Hooper.

Pos Any Age Young Bird
1 M & H Richard C & D Jones
2 C & D Jones M & H Richard
3 Cheatley & Alcorn M Widdowson
4 Cheatley & Alcorn Cheatley & Alcorn
5 C & D Jones M & H Richard
6 F, S & K Eatwell Cheatley & Alcorn
7 C & S Meachin S & R Clarke
8 M Anzara F, S & K Eatwell
9 E J Hooper M Anzara
10 M & H Richard M & H Richard


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