reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Show Organiser

The Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show had an increase in entry for its 26th show by avoiding the Silverstone Formula One Racing weekend nearby. This will not be a problem in future for the show as from 2015 onwards the show will always be held during June. This increase in entry was 23% up from last year with a total entry of 592 of which 413 birds were benched from 41 exhibitors.

As always, the show committee extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to the following sponsors; Brown & Hutt (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, Jan Hill, Grant Findlay & Nick Flavell and Dave & Linda Rafis for their financial sponsorship. Warren Wilson & BRASEA donated major rosettes for all the BOC winners and other colour awards. Frank & Vanessa Barnes & Swindon BS donated a Team show cage and Jim Mitchell a single show cage for the raffle. The show also received sponsorship in the form of bags of seed & products from Rod & Sue Clarke, Norman & June Cox, Johnson & Jeff Ltd, Country Wide Seed and Malcolm & Pam Freemantle. Donated birds for the raffle came from Alan & Gina Adams, Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser, Grant Findlay & Nick Flavell, Gren & Pat Norris and Terry Sadler.

Our Guest of Honour this year to present the 45 trophies was Carlos Ram˘a from Portugal who was one of the judges and a friend of the show. Next year's show will be staged on 27th & 28th June 2015 (week 26) at the same venue in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.


With the separation this year of the double factor spangle with its own CC, the total entry in the spangle section was up on last year. The Spangle Greens judged by Chris Snell had an increase in entry to 40 with Arnold Stevens coming on top in the any age section with an opaline dark green cock and awarded the Best Spangle Green in Show. It was an excellent show bird with good stance. Neville & Jenny East were second with a cinnamon grey green hen of good shoulder and spangle spots. Andy Benton was third with a dark green cock.

Arnold Stevens who won Best Spangle Green in Show

Arnold Stevens came on top again in the young bird section with an opaline light green hen of good size and spangle spots. The Widdowson & Wilson partnership came second with a wide headed light green cock which was followed by the Swain & Ford partnership with a typey grey green cock.

Carlos Ram˘a judged the 44 Spangle Blues and awarded the adult CC to Joe Prothero’s skyblue cock of good spangle markings and a nice stance, who also occupied second place with a hen. Swain & Ford were third with a blue cock.

Joe Prothero who won Best Spangle Blue in Show

Joe Prothero also headed the young bird section with a typey opaline cinnamon cobalt hen which was also the overall Best Spangle Young Bird in Show and Best Spangle Blue in Show. Ghalib & Janice’s yellowface skyblue cock was in second place, followed by Frank Barnes third in the line up with a nice cock.

Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser who won Best Double Factor Spangle in Show

Allan Michael judged the new Double Factor Spangle section with an entry of 24. A yellow cock belonging to Ghalib & Janice was the winner and the overall Best Spangle in Show that was in good condition and showed well. Arnold Stevens was second with a white hen of good even colour. Colin Brickell came third with a white cock of good substance but with some grey suffusion.

The young bird section was headed by Arnold Stevens’ yellow cock staged in good condition. Colin Potter was second with a good yellow hen.


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