It does us all good to reflect on things past. Doing so enables us to make changes to “modernise” “bring things up to date” “correct past inadequacies” and ensure that whatever we are reflecting upon and considering changing is, or will be, “fit for purpose”
One such item is the Gloster Standard Pictorial – not the points allocation but the picture representation.
It is an indisputable fact that the picture representation of the Gloster has changed over the years since first introduction by the breed leader, a Mrs Rogerson of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom in the 1920’s.
This 1920’s image was fit for purpose as a picture representation of the Gloster Fancy Canary until the breed got well and truly established in the canary world.
Time moved on with “breeder development” influencing a change in the type of bird produced.
Advance a further 50 Years and the type of bird being bred and appearing on the show bench does not look remotely like the 1970 Mindjoot representation.
Reflecting upon this situation the question throughout the fancy became “Does the picture representation of the Gloster need to change?”
That question was answered in 2016 when the Gloster Council proceeded to redefine the 1970 pictorial to something more representative of the twenty first century Gloster Fancy Canary.
It is a fact that all Gloster breeders hold personal preferences and opinions on the type of Gloster that is bred. Proven by the variations seen on the show bench. A conclusion could well be that, apart from newcomers to the fancy who take their lead on the visual type of bird that they will produce from the stud that they purchase their birds, breeders today give scant regard for any picture representation of a current Gloster Fancy Canary.
Returning to the opening paragraph statement that reflection enables us to make changes to “modernise” “bring things up to date” and ensure that whatever we are reflecting upon and considering changing is, or will be, “fit for purpose”. As an artist impression the 2016 revision , as was the 1970 version, was an attempt at producing a fair representation of todays Gloster Fancy Canary and is promoted as such by the Gloster canary council.
IGBA General Secretary Committee May 2022