reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Show Organiser

The 27th Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show was another success with a great, relaxed atmosphere among exhibitors and visitors. The total entry was 526 from 40 exhibitors of which 444 birds were benched. The added attraction this year, apart from the coloured ceramic beakers for all best of colour winners, was the introduction of a class for the Colour Budgerigars of which 21 were entered. This class created quite an interest among some fanciers. It was always a pleasure to see our friend Carlos Ramôa from Portugal attending the show as he always does.

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, Sue & Rod Clarke, 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. Frank & Vanessa Barnes and Swindon BS donated a Team show cage for the raffle. The show also received sponsorship in the form of bags of seed & products from Norman & June Cox, Johnson & Jeff Ltd, Country Wide Seed and Gren & Pat Norris. Donated birds for the raffle came from Alan & Gina Adams, Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser, Geoff Capes, Neville & Jenny East, Arnold Stevens and Trevor & Adrian Terheege to whom the show committee extends its sincere thanks.

Our Guest of Honour this year to present the 45 trophies was none other than The Budgerigar Society President, Beverley Hutt.

To move away from the threat of clashing with the F1 Silverstone Race Championship the show will move to week 25 as from next year on 25th & 26th June at the same venue in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.


The 35 Spangle Greens were judged by Maurice Roberts and the best was the adult quality Grey Green cock of Neville & Jenny East of good spangle spots. They were second with a quality Cinnamon Grey Green hen. Tom Jackson was third with a Grey Green cock.

Jerry Donovan with his Best Spangle Young Bird in show

Jerry Donovan came on top in the young bird section with a good young Dark Green cock staged in good condition winning the Best Spangle Young Bird overall. The Widdowson & Wilson partnership were second with a wide headed Grey Green hen which was followed by Tom Jackson’s Grey Green hen.

Adrian & Emma Terheege with their winning birds

Wayne Bloxham judged the 36 Spangle Blues and awarded the adult CC and Best Spangle in Show to Adrian & Trevor Terheege with a large Cinnamon Grey cock of good frontal rise with good spangle spots and deep mask. Gren & Pat Norris were second with a Cinnamon Skyblue hen of good quality but lacking in spots. The junior Oliver Williams occupied third place with a Goldenface Skyblue cock of good deportment.

Adrian Terheege receiving the trophy & certificate for
Best Spangle in Show from B.S. President Bev Hutt

Jerry Donovan headed the young bird section with a quality Cinnamon Skyblue cock of good frontal rise and good spots. John Cosby was second with a Cinnamon Grey hen of good size but slightly ticked. A Goldenface Skyblue cock of Tim Foddy with good spangle markings was third.

Arnold Stevens with his Best DFS in Show

Ron Pearce judged the 14 Double Factor Spangles and awarded Arnold Steven’s Yellow cock as the best in this variety.  John Cosby was second with a Yellow hen followed by Oliver Williams’ White hen in third place and also winning Best Junior in Show.

Best Spangle Green Young Bird of Jerry Donovan

Best Spangle in Show of Terheege

Best DFS of Arnold Stevens

Cin Sky – Best Spangle Young Bird for Jerry Donovan

The young bird section was headed by Colin Potter’s White cock which was followed by the Terheege partnership with a White hen in second place. Frank Barnes was third with a White hen.


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