International Gloster Breeders Association

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National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster Breeders Association

Affiliated to

International-Ornithological-Association
National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster
Breeders Association

Post Covid Considerations – IGBA SHOW 2022

Post Covid Considerations – IGBA SHOW 2022

After three years I was able to return to Nuneaton in the UK to participate as a visitor at IGBA 2022, as a breeder it has not yet been possible for me, but I hope that this problem will be resolved soon, to give all continental members the opportunity to participate in future editions.

I am writing these personal considerations after having seen all the Glosters exhibited in the exhibition and I asked myself some questions and arrived at some personal conclusions.

I have always been of the opinion that coming to England to see and participate in the IGBA show is a bit like going to school, where you are confronted and taught how a Gloster should be, where you mature as a breeder, where you learn to recognize defects and merits, evaluating the judgment of the judges also in a critical way, but always transforming it into constructive energy.

This year I didn’t have the same sensations, I saw rewarded Glosters with excessive size and roundness, birds whose tail went two centimeters beyond the perches, with well colored plumage but without that ideal depth of gloss (Polish), not typical , often heavily immobile and without having a balance in all the typical characteristics of the Gloster.

My considerations go beyond the winners (whoever wins is always right) and the judges (they judge the exposed Glosters) but it is purely a technical consideration.

Someone reading these words of mine could dispute the fact that the evolution of the Gloster exists.

This is true but there are many though!!

The Gloster can also evolve but the characteristics must always remain clearly evident … size, plumage, typicality, where the short must not be confused with the small and elegant in the movement … the Gloster is ELEGANCE ” all amalgamated and in full harmony.

My dearest friend Derek Moore …yes, him… he always told me “balance…remember Pino…balance” and this has always been repeated and taught to me by many other friends Austin Middlemiss, Tony Thompsopn, Barrie Alexander, Nick Barrett , Ian and Rob Wright, Mick Salmon, Paul Routland and I could continue to name many other people (the list would be long) and that is what I was told by those who made the history of the Gloster. 

Austin Middlemiss

The thing that I personally consider serious is that a strange rule has now been established in England … 

How a Gloster should be, its standard, is not decided in the UK but elsewhere, and many English breeders adapt, thus losing their autonomy and their history, by importing a new standard and not independently deciding how it should be.

The story … yes … just this … the story is made up of all the breeders I mentioned who taught the whole world about the Gloster, and it is precisely the story that our English friends are forgetting and losing … 

The Standard of Gloster must be defined and decided by the nation that created the race.

I think that one of the problems that influenced my considerations is the IGBA panel of judges.

Today there is no objective criterion to be part of it… it is enough for two partners to propose a name and, like in a fairy tale, with a wave of a magic wand… “you are an IGBA judge” and just for the sake of being one.

The problem is that in addition to deserving breeders, there are breeders in the panel who either don’t win or don’t get much prizes (at home) and who even assume the right to vary the standard … speaking of evolution, and deciding how a Gloster should be based on their vision and making himself strong to be an IGBA judge.

 

 in this case someone could dispute the fact that I too have followed this path to become an IGBA judge, perhaps …… but in the UK they have known me for over 20 years and they also know my Glosters having exhibited on various occasions.

As a member of the IGBA, I launch the idea of being more selective in giving the IGBA judge’s license by creating a criterion that is not subjective and linked to personal relationships. 

But rather objective and projected over time and awarding breeders who have won over the years shows with subjects very close to the ENGLISH standard ….. (sorry I forgot that the standard is unique), and I repeat AWARDING …it must be an honour to be part of the “IGBA panel Judges”.

Also to take into consideration the idea of calling  to judgment breeders who no longer breed but who know the breed very well and how a Gloster should be made, after all they are and have made history…. and we really need to find it again.

Pino Trovato (T914) – Ravenna, Italy – December 2022

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