|Posted on June 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM|
The 2013 Northern Ireland Memorial Show traditionally launches the show season in Northern Ireland and we can report that the 2013 show season got of to a wonderful start.Quality birds and increased entries were the order of the day.The Memorial Show was this year hosted by the County Down Club whose members were commended by NI Chairman for their efforts on staging and hosting a very successful day.
For the spectators there were some top class birds on show and it is clear that the standard of birds being shown in Northern Ireland has most definitely risen over the last three years.
This year Best in Show went to David Boyd's young 2013 top quality Spangle.This bird oozed quality and defeated all comers to clinch this most prestigious accolade.This is the second Best in Show award this young bird has won within the last seven days.David also clinched Best Opposite Sex in Show with a superb Pied Hen which on another day could quite easily take top honours.
Veteran Exhibitor ,Norman Anderson of the Antrim Club ,mounted a very impressive challenge enjoying a very successful day taking Second Best Budgerigar in Show as well as numerous other awards.Norman is a legend in showing circles and has over many decades secured many top awards.
Sammy Adams distinguished exhibitor and panel judge showed a lovely barhead to secure the prize for Best Unmoulted in Show.Sammy ,another County Antrim member is a real gentleman and a great ambassador for the Northern Ireland fancy.
Novice Breeder Robert McLaughlin who is Press Officer for the NIBZF&FBS produced some lovely Any Age birds to clean up the Novice Section in style.The Novice Section looks to be one of the most competitive and we watch with interest as to who the ultimate 2013 winner will be.Paul Edgar current President of the County Down Club is the dark horse of the race with many quality birds and is expected to mount a serious challenge once the show season moves up a gear in August.
The Beginner Section turned out to be a decisive victory for County Down member Big John Smallwood.John produced quality bird after quality bird to sweep the boards taking every award open to the beginner section.A very nice home bred Cinnamon Grey Cock headed up his show team and it was smiles all round when eventually the results were announced.John is passionate about the hobby and the high quality standard of turn out he exhibited is a credit to his commitment.
Well known Ballymoney exhibitors W McChesney and Son enjoyed a reasonably successful day with both Foreign Birds and Budgerigars.This father and son team secured the award for the Best Team of Budgerigars on display.
Our thanks goes to the two Budgerigar Judges Mr Martin McCann and Mr Les Harkin both of whom judged with the utmost integrity.
All in all this was a very 'good humoured' and successful show enjoyed by exhibitors and spectators alike.We trust that this chord of harmony will mark the show season in Northern Ireland and that the impressive start enjoyed today may continue to strengthen and grow.
Lastly a word of thanks to those who undertook the administration of the show namely the Show Secretary Cedric Armstrong and his faithful team of assistants ,not forgetting the Show Managers ,Mr Michael Young and Mr P McCann.