|Posted on June 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM|
The newly revamped County Down Budgerigar and Foreign Bird Club held a very successful show on 28.5.13. It was all change at the County Down with new officers and members in attendance. Members have commissioned a new website and are eagerly waiting for the site to go live sometime in June 13
Well known local breeder and personality Ronnie McAuley judged the Budgerigars whilst NIBF@FBS General Secretary Adrian Sheils judged the foreign entry. With over fifty Budgerigars and twenty foreign birds on display the evening was greatly enjoyed by the club members. There was a high of standard of quality birds on display. Novice breeder and exhibitor, Robert McLaughlin produced a very nice top quality Yellow Faced Blue Cock who did well on the night. This cock was impressive and if he continues to progress will certainly be in the running for major honours this season.
Likewise John Smallwood produced a number of stunning birds namely a Yellow Spangle Cock which was awarded Best Beginner Breeder and a DNB1 Grey Green Cock that went on to win Best Beginner Any Age.
Best in Show
Best in Show went to David Boyd's home bred Cinnamon Grey Cock, last years Young Bird winner at the Northern Ireland Premier Show. The big surprise of the evening was another top quality bird produced by the Chestnut Hill Stud - a young Green and Yellow Spangle Cock which the judge on the evening described as "outstanding". This young Spangle went on to win Best Breeder in Show.
In what many have described as one of the most difficult years ever in relation to breeding it was encouraging to see quality young birds being shown.
Tribute was paid to Ballymoney exhibitor Willie McChesney for his unstinting support of the County Down Club Show over many years.
Willie ended the evening winning Best Champion Breeder and Best Foreign Exhibit in Show.
Thanks was also paid to John Knipe, the only exhibitor from the Republic of Ireland - John was given a very warm welcome on this his first night as a member of the club.
Ronnie McAuley ended the evening with a very helpful talk on his long association with the hobby.Members really appreciated the talk and some who were discouraged by a bad breeding season left the hall greatly encouraged.
Newly elected President Paul Edgar presented the prizes and thanked everyone for making the Club Show such an enjoyable and successful night
John Smallwood, Press Officer, County Down