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reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Show Organiser

The 28th Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show was another success with a great, relaxed atmosphere among exhibitors and visitors and an increase of entry by 9%. The total entry was 587 from 45 exhibitors of which 518 birds were benched. There were fewer birds in the sales classes which made both entry and benched birds in the competitive classes higher than last year.

The show had its usual international flavour with our friend Carlos RamŰa from Portugal attending the show as he always does, and of course the Italian judge Dino Pocecco and his friend Marco Barni, secretary of the Italian Budgerigar Society. It was also pleasing to see a Chinese student who is interested in budgerigars accompanying Jerry Donovan.

As always, the show committee extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to the following sponsors; Rosettes of Quality (50% cost of all the open rosettes for the show); Geoff Capes (cost of all the ceramic awards to the judges and Best of Colours); Mick Anzara, Ian Brickwood, Sue & Rod Clarke, Jan Hill, Grant Findlay & Nick Flavell and David & Linda Rafis for their financial sponsorship. Warren Wilson & BRASEA donated major rosettes for all the BOC winners. Jim Mitchell donated a show cage for the raffle. The show also received sponsorship in the form of bags of seed & products from Norman & June Cox, Johnston & Jeff Ltd, Country Wide Seed. Donated birds for the raffle came from Alan & Gina Adams, Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser, John Cosby, Neville & Jenny East, Gren & Pat Norris and Terry Sadler to whom the show committee extends its sincere thanks.

Our Guests of Honour this year to present the 45 trophies were none other than our hard working show committee members Sue & Rod Clarke, past presidents of the CBC, RV&CBS, SBBA and VBC as well as their area society the MBA.

The show was dominated by 3 exhibitors who between them won 16 out of the 24 colour awards namely Gren & Pat Norris (6), Malcolm & Pam Freemantle (5) and Jerry Donovan (5). On a sadder note this was the last show that Jerry Donovan exhibited at as he is giving up the birds due to health problems.


There was a small drop in the crested entry to 29 for Steve Cox to judge. The adult C.C. and Best Crest in Show went to Alan & Gina Adams who benched an outstanding circular yellowface skyblue cock benched in good condition and of good size. The partnership of Mick Widdowson & Brian Wilson was second with a tufted skyblue cock of good crest and size. The novice partnership of Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe was third best with a circular yellowface skyblue cock of good substance. The Adams had a typey circular grey green hen winning the opposite sex award.

The adult C.C. and Best Crest in Show went to Alan & Gina Adams

Mick Anzara won the young bird section for the second year running with a circular cinnamon cobalt hen of good size and width of shoulders, staged in good condition. This was followed by the Widdowson & Wilsonís tufted dark green cock. Shaun Smith from the beginner section was third with a circular yellowface skyblue cock.

Mick Anzara won the young bird section

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