The Spangled Budgerigar Breeders’ Association

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.

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).


Jerry Donovan

Both the Spangle Green & Blue had their own certificates for the first time and B.S. President Dave Cottrell judged the 114 greens, which was the highest entered variety at the show. Jerry Donovan dominated this colour group by winning both certificates. His well known spangle opaline light green cock of outstanding quality and head features was best spangle green and best overall spangle in show. It had good length, depth of mask and width of head but is lacking on marking as an opaline. His double factor yellow cock was second best, again with that desirable head quality and good solid colour. Mick Anzara from the novice section was third with a quality spangle grey green cock of good marking. Alan Minchin had a hen of quality as the best opposite sex any age.

Jerry Donovan came to the fore again in the young bird section winning the first two places as he did in the any age section. His outstanding double factor yellow hen of wide face was first and best double factor yellow in show and best spangle young bird in show followed by his opaline light green cock of good size but not of the desirable wing marking. A dark green cock from Mark Handley (novice) of good spangle marking was third.

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Place   Any Age C.C. Line Up            Young Bird C.C. Line Up

1.          J. Donovan                                  J. Donovan

2.          J. Donovan                                  J. Donovan

3.          M. Anzara                                   M. Handley

4.          M. Anzara                                   M. Anzara

5.          A. Minchin                                  A. Minchin

6.          C & D Jones                               G. Booth

7.          Findlay & Flavell                         M. Peel

8.          G & A Hill                                  J. Crosby

9.          R. Higgerson                               M. Peel

10.        S. Wildes                                   

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Spangle Blues

Donald McCallum judged the 73 spangle blues and awarded the best spangle blue to Gren & Pat Norris’ double factor white cock of outstanding quality with good style, blow and length. Fred, Sheila & Kevin Eatwell staged a long, stylish blue cock in second place followed by Alec & Dave Woan’s blue hen of substance. E. J. Hooper was best junior any age overall with a spangle blue cock.

Warren Wilson judged the young bird section and awarded the Guppy & Barnes partnership skyblue hen of good style and wide mask the best of colour. Jerry Donovan had a quality double factor white cock of good style in second place winning the overall best double factor spangle in show award. The bird was only penalised for the blue coloration in the body. Steve Amos & Ron Thumwood were third with a cobalt cock of nice mask and width. E. J. Hooper had the junior spangle young bird award.

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Place   Any Age C.C. Line Up           Young Bird C.C. Line Up

1.          G & P Norris                              Guppy & Barnes

2.          F, S & K Eatwell                        J. Donovan

3.          A & D Woan                              Amos & Thumwood

4.          G Sutton                                     M. Anzara

5.          B. Cragg                                     A. Stevens

6.          M. Anzara                                   B. Cragg

7.          Cheatley & Alcorn                      E. Hooper

8.          E. Hooper                                   R. Higgerson

9.          A. Stevens                                 

10.       M. Peel                                      

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