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Seasons Greetings from the County Down Club

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 8:25 PM

                            Seasons Greetings

   to everyone from the 'Boys of the Ole County Down' 

Co Down AGM Coming Soon

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 12:20 PM

      County Down Club 2017 AGM

    Last Tuesday in November 2017

   8pm Mary St Orange Hall N,Ards

       everyone welcome to attend  

New members especially welcomed 

Job Done 598 points must be a record!

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 12:15 PM

ABS Partnership did it again yesterday in Cullybackey


   (hope thats how its spelt) ,in the heart of Co.Antrim

Best Breeder in Show with a Top Class Cinnamon Hen

What a hen - no judge could go past her -Outstanding!

With 598 points that just about wraps it up once again!

  What a season -week after week -North and South

Last points show of the season 598 points WOW!!!!!

              ABS Partnership Top Breeders 2017

End of another season - ABS never missed a show!!!

Congratulations to everyone from every club who took

the trouble to show a bird and support local shows.In a

sense that makes us all winners by contributing to

what can be a great hobby for everyone. LETS NOT

introduce or import anything into our society that will

disrupt the peace of 2017 or cause further division.

We should be celebrating that which unites!

Great End to ABS Season 2017

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 9:40 AM

ABS - Partnership marched on yesterday with a super win at Ballymoney.

Its a true saying "One swallow doesn't make a summer" and this was

proven yet again with ABS quality being the order of the day !

Water eventually finds its on level - quality always wins out !

                           Best in Show - Best Breeder in Show   

Another BEST in SHOW with our own home bred 2017 birds.

Another BEST BREEDER in SHOW with a new kid on the block !

A super quality Young Grey who beat all comers to be crowned the

    Best Bird in Show and Best Breeder in Show at Ballymoney 2017

Thanks to the Judge on the day who did what was right in ensuring that

the Best Bird on the day Won Best in Show and Best Breeder in Show

When this happens integrity within showing is restored and strengthened

and the thing that all exhibitors want most - "Fairness is Preserved"

  556 breeder points             556 breeder points          556 breeder points

     This must be heading for a record - at least Silver Wings Award!


 556 points and we are still counting 


ABS - Pull Off the Double

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:55 PM

   Two Weekend Shows -Two Wins

    ABS win Best Breeder in Show

        at Comber and Londonderry!

What a glorious double bumper win

     Boys were ecstatic once again

Now and again a questionable

outcome throws up a flash in the

pan ,but this was back to what ABS

does best

  Winning with quality young birds !


MEETING 24/10/17

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Meeting of County Down 24 /Oct /17

    Everybody wanted,Every Valued

Every body welcome Co.Down 8pm

Mary St Orange Hall, Newtownards

Don't feel shy -if youve an interest in

Budgies or Foriegn Birds this is the

place for you - to meet with friends

    Come and join us for the craic 


Craigavon Conquered

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Cinnamon Blue Hen -


                            Best Hen in Show!

ABS had another great days success at the Craigavon

Club Open Show winning most of the major breeder

awards and colour awards.

The County Down men ended the day with a Best Opp

Sex in Show award for a beautifully presented 2017

Cinnamon Blue Hen.This hen also won a Best Opp

Sex Breeder in Show award. The ABS also won with

a classy Yellow Face Blue Cock taking Best Any Age

in Show.

What a bird this is - many a fanciers favourite

       A cracking day for ABS Partnership yet again!

      Northern Ireland's top Breeders and Exhibitors 

It is good to see the Craigavon Club holding firm to

sporting principles and ensuring that everyone is

welcome and that every one is free to show.This is the

way it should be - no discrimination ,no inequality and

a welcome for everyone to show their birds !

Big Bengalese Win for Desie Shaw

Desie Shaw pulled off another massive win at the

Craigavon Show to win Best Bengalese in Show

Desie has had a wonderful season already and is the

undesputed King of the Bengalese!

Well Done Desie - from all your colleagues at the best

club in the country the "ole County Down "

ABS - When Irish Eyes are smiling!

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 5:20 AM

ABS - Partneship had an outstanding day of success at

Ireland's Premier Show -The Exhibition Budgerigar

Society of Ireland Open Show in Dublin ROI 2017

The County Down men stormed the breeder classes

with an outstanding team of Quality Young 2017 Birds

What a day it was - the lads won all the Major Awards

for Young Breeder Birds 2017 - what a quality team !

That's  4 shows and 4 Best Breeder in Show Awards

with 4 different birds - ABS now have developed a pre

potent line that produces beautifully shaped breeder

birds in numbers that have the quality to win anywhere

David Boyd said at the show -"We are the only team in

Ireland who can honestly make this claim to fame

        Best Young Bird 2017 - North of the Border

        Best Young Bird 2017 - South of the Border

Great day was had by all - The County Down and I'm

sure the NIB,ZFFBS will be ecstatic celebrating the

tremendous success of their members - the ABS men"

             ABS Partnership 2017

  proud members of the 'Exhibition Budgerigar Society' 

        We wish everyone a successful show season and look forward to meeting you all soon

Hearty congratulations to the Exhibition Budgerigar

Society of Ireland on hosting a 'Great Open Show',

      with a great atmosphere where everyone was

    welcomed and valued as competitors and friends

This is the way it should be done - everyone welcome

,the best birds there to compete and no invitations

required or needed for anyone - everyone welcome!

                  ABS - Partnership - Leading the Way  

breeding top quality show winning birds from a

prepotent line that produces beautifully shaped quality

show birds that are now world renowned !

         Exporting Quality Young Birds - Worldwide


Northern Ireland Premier SHow

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM

   Wow ,what a great show today!

NIB,ZFFBS - credit for a great show!

Congratulations to ABS Partnership for a glorious

display of quality birds in the breeder classes !

ABS dominated the breeder classes both numerically

and in sheer terms of quality young birds on display

In an unbelievable display of breeding prowess ABS

stormed the awards yet again to be crowned with

Best Breeder in Show -Best Opp Sex Breeder in Show

   This was 3 shows in a row - winning 3 Best Breeder in Show Awards

 Best Young Bird North of the Border - Best Young Bird South of Border

Three different birds - Three Best Breeder in Show !!

ABS concentrate on showing breeder birds in an

attempt to promote the hobby and make it thrive

We have 3 seperate show teams ready for action and

like Chelsea have equally good players on the bench

Well done Graham Adams ,David Boyd and new 2017

member John Smallwood - done the Co Down proud!


Congratulation to Desie Shaw on another Great Win

with his team of top quality Bengalese in Show

Congratulations to all our loyal County Down members

      on a wonderful day for the County Down Club

Hearty congratulations to all winners on a great day for

the 'Northern Ireland' and for showing quality birds

Lets build on this success and unity of purpose and

make Northern Ireland a great place to show birds!

      All our shows should now be open to everyone

(Lets show leadership by leading the way and by ensuring  equality and

fairness for all by ensuring that every show is open to everyone and that

the best birds are welcome and on display at every one of our shows )

         Well Done To Everyone 



County Down Premier Show 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM

 County Down Annual Open Show


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 supplies and Garvo Specialist Seed

"We can endorse Robert and Tanya great friends of

our club.Very knowledgeable stockmen and two of the

nicest people you could ever wish to do business with"

Graham Adams Club Chairman - "we are again

indebted to  Robert and Tanya of Maze Pets Supplies

for their kind sponsorship for our 2017 show.We know

by experience that the Garvo Seed they sell is world

class  and second to non.As breeders we have swept

the boards at many shows and put much of our

success down to the fact that we use GARVO SEED"


               A Big Thankyou!:) 



    "County Down Open Show 2017"



         (Awarded NIBZFFBS Patronage - held under NIBZFFBS rules) 



   12th August Mary St Orange Hall


     Mary St,Newtownards Co.Down

Birds accepted from 8.30 -10.15 am


   Everyone welcome to stay all day


    Food ,fun and craic for everyone

No invitation required ,no one turned

  away, we welcome all competition! 

Family fun day for friends and family

Judges Tommy Burke (Dublin )


                                                     Terry Knott      (Dublin)

             David Henry    (Lisburn)


        Awards Presentation 2.30pm

 A warm welcome is extended to all

Once your birds are entered relax

,stay and enjoy good food/company

    Why not take time to visit one of

Northern Ireland Premier BirdShows

Massive Win Today

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    County Down Men Win Dublin!

Our most successful exhibition team

ABS Partnership had a wonderful

win in Dublin today at the largest

Irish Club Show - the BIG ONE !


            Exhibition Budgerigar Society of Ireland 

      Wow what a win for the boys

Best in Show - Young Grey Cock

Best Breeder in Show

Best Opposite Sex in Show

Best Opposite Sex Breeder in Show

and much, much more .....180 birds

on show with anyone able to show

no limitation or invitation - sportingly

this show has no fear of competition


     Representing the NIBZF&FBS

Top Northern Ireland Breeders 2016

Congratulations to ABS Partnership


              SIMPLY THE BEST

We done to the top men in Ireland

Messrs Adams ,Boyd ,Smallwood

   from all the at the County Down



Posted on June 11, 2017 at 10:15 AM

We quite simply had a brilliant day out yesterday!

Thanks to so many from the Ulster and Craigavon

Club for all their support and help on the day of the


Results as follows ;

Exhibition Budgerigars 

Best Budgerigar in Show - ABS Partnership

Best Budgerigar Breeder in Show -ABS Partnership

Exhibition Bengalese

Best Bengalese in Show - Des Shaw

Best Bengalese Breeder in Show -Des Shaw

Exhibition Zebra Finch

Best in Show - Kris Gilmore

Best Zebra Breeder in Show - Kris Gilmore

Congratulations to Conor Wilkinson on winning the

Best Beginner Budgerigar Breeder in Show .....and

Congratulations to Jake McCormick for winning the

Best Junior Exhibit in Show

                                 New Members

It was great to welcome new members to the club!

We had a brilliant day - great food ,great craic !

Everyone always welcome at the County Down Club

Club Meeting TUES 25th April 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 4:05 PM

  Meeting 8pm Mary St Orange Hall

           Tuesday 25th April 2017

      Newtownards County Down


     Contact no PH 07710700804

      No invitation needed, everyone is welcome here!

New Honorary Life Member 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 5:40 PM

   New Honorary Life Member 2017

It was with great pleasure that the members of the County Down

bestowed the honour of 'Life Time Honorary Membership' upon our most

successful member and NI top exhibitor ,Mr David N Boyd Esq.

Without a doubt David Boyd has been Ireland's top breeder and

exhibitor of Exhibition Budgerigars producing the very best of the best!

David has won the 'Northern Ireland Breeder of the Year Award' ,for the

last five consecutive years,winning major colour awards and sections and

was the only Northern Ireland exhibitor to win multiple ,Best in Shows, in

both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in 2014 ,2015 ,2016.

Year after year he has produced stunning quality young birds which have

dominated the young bird classes and enhanced all our shows.

As a mark of respect and a timely token of esteem the members voted to

bestow this honour to a very, very worthy winner.

David has served this club as President and Chairman.He is a man of

integrity and honour whose wisdom and leadership has helped guide the

club into the success is it today!

David is also an NI Panel Judge and a 'very ,very good breeder and

exhibitor' of world class exhibition budgerigars.

As a club we wish him well and continued success for the 2017 season 


Annual Club Dinner 28th March

Posted on March 25, 2017 at 5:05 PM

           Seafood Extravaganza


                 at the Co.Down

All members and guests 28th March

Mary St Orange Hall Newtownards


     Fresh Dressed Portavogie Crab

   Trio of fresh pan fried Portavogie

Monkfish Medallions ,Brill and Hake


      with fresh prawns enrobed in a

delicate lightly creamed curry sauce

                     followed by

Home made Chocolate Pavlova and

Fresh Cream Triple Victoria Sponge

   8pm sharp - please bring a bottle of soft drinks etc

                this event is by Invitation Only !

County Down wishes ABS Partnership continued success

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The very successful ABS Partnership ,winners of the NI

Breeder of the Year Award 2016/17 have announced 

a new line up for the 2017 show season!

Dennis Spruce earlier in the year announced his

retirement from the Exhibition Budgerigar hobby

It gives the County Down Club great pleasure to

confirm that John Smallwood has been appointed as

the new ABS partner!

As a club we wish the ABS Partnership continued

success to fly the flag for everyone at the Co.Down

We also take this opportunity to wish every member of

the Northern Ireland every success for the 2017 

Congratulations to ABS Partnership 2017

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Congratulations to ABS Partnership on winning the

2016/2017 NI Breeder of the Year award

This is a wonderful achievement for the Co.Down !

For the last 5 years a County Down member has won

the Northern Ireland Breeder of the Year Award. 


Posted on September 25, 2016 at 3:35 PM

We had a great great turnout and we thank

everyone who supported the County Down at our all inclusive club show.

There were quality birds on show with two great judges who judged fairly

and professionally - we were overwhelmed with the turnout!

Even our President Willie McChesney sent a postal entry!

The Show of 160 Foreign Birds were stunning and one lady who had never

attended a bird show prior to this one was overwhelmed with show of

foriegn birds on display. The Bengalese entry was the highest entry of

Bengalese at any Northern Ireland show in 2016.

Some outstanding  quality budgerigars were on display!

Altogether we had an entry of 249 exhibits and best of all we had a very

enjoyable day - we are sure some people with be disappointed to read this

but the County Down is jubilant -

We had a very successful show !

Thanks must go Newton and Young for a wonderful contribution and to

Graham Adams our Chief Steward for keeping things rolling!

Thanks to Tanya from Maze Pets our generous sponsors who supplied

some top quality Garvo Seed as prizes!

Best Budgerigar in Show - ABS Partnership

Best Foriegn in Show - Newton and Young

Results to follow  

Big Boyd Does It Again

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Yes its true the 'Star of the County Down' went to Dublin for the Exhibition

Budgerigar Society of Ireland, showed as a Champion and cleaned up in


Best in Show, Best Opposite Sex in Show, Best Breeder in Show, Best

Any Age in Show, Best Unmoulted in Show

He even beat on Saturday the bird that went Best in Show on Sunday at

the Eire Budgerigar Club Show. Boyd's big Grey Green Cock was

unbeatable and his quality Pied Hen just blew them away.

In the breeder classes the WBO Judge Gerd Bleicher described the big

baby Cobalt Cock as exceptional.

What a day it was for the Chestnut Hill Stud - two in a row.

- Best in Show 2013 and Best in Show 2014

- Best Breeder in Show 2013 and Best Breeder in Show 2014

Northern Ireland's most successful showman just added another scalp to his belt.

RTE where there to cover the show and did an interview with David on the day. The program will be screened on this website!

Pictured is David Boyd with Judge Gerd Bleicher and Society President Tom McNulty



Posted on August 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

County Down member and Northern Ireland's top winning showman David Boyd was presented for 

second consecutive year with the prestigious Northern Ireland Exhibitor of the Year Award.This

was a tremendous record of success.David Boyd is a true ,genuine enthusiast who loves the fancy

and this honour was richly deserved in recognition of the contribution David has made to the

showing of budgerigars in Northern Ireland.

David has singlehandedly raised the bar in relation to the quality of birds shown and manner in

which they are presented.

Anyone who knows David ,knows he's a perfectionist in all that he does.His birds are outstanding in

quality and he himself is a man of integrity and honour.

May I as editor of the web site on behalf of the members of the County Down by means of this post

send our congratulations to David and wish him every success in what has already been a

phenomenally successful 2013 show season.