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

Featured Member – René Alssema

Featured Member – René Alssema

Dear Gloster Lovers – My name is René Alssema

I have been married to Jacqueline for 39 years and we have three sons.

We have been living in the beautiful town of Nijverdal in the Netherlands for 40 years.

I am 66 years old. My profession was teaching. I studied German language and Health Science in Amsterdam. I always teach students from 16 to 19 years old. I retired in February 2022.

My bird hobby.

I got my first canaries on my tenth birthday. A little bit of everything.

In 1970 the first Glosters came and I became a member of a bird club in Hengelo.   

Members of this club went to the National Show in England every year and then bought Glosters for me at the bird market.

Soon I became a youth champion with Glosters at my bird club.  After that, regional and provincial shows with my Glosters were also won.

Because of my many championships, I was asked by the board of the Dutch Bird Association to write an article for their bird magazine “Onze Vogels”.  I then wrote a very extensive article in 1983 with matching photos. 

At the time, the Dutch Bird Association had 55.000 members.  They got to see my article.   I was then asked if I wanted to show my Glosters at the National Show. I had never done that, because I didn’t have a car and this show in Breda was on the other side of the Netherlands.

I then decided to participate for the first time in the Bondsshow that took place in January 1984.

I sent 5 Glosters to that show. One consort with the speciale color; white agate and a stam of green consorts. At that time there were about 1000 Glosters at the Dutch National show and there was only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. 

My stam got gold and the white agate silver. My article was immediately followed with great success and since that time everyone knew my name.

 

From the Belgian Gloster club I was then asked to participate in their board and write articles for them. Of course, I did that and that resulted in good contacts and participation in the Belgian Gloster club.

In order to unite the Gloster breeders in the Netherlands, it was decided together with a few breeders to set up the first Dutch Gloster Show. This show took place in Veenendaal in the early eighties.

So far I have won many awards every year at various shows in the Netherlands and abroad with my Glosters. In 2002 I was one of the first Gloster breeders in the world to publish a website about Glosters on the internet.

Since 2002 I have put my show results on that website every year. A few years later I found it interesting for the readers also to take pictures of my breeding pairs and put them on my site.

I do this every year and I know that the photos of my champions and the breeding pairs can serve as an example for many Gloster breeders from all over the world.

Because I have been taking pictures and keeping track of the results of my birds since 2002, I can only name my show results from the last 21 years although I am showing for 53 years.

In the last 21 years I have participated in 41 Gloster shows in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.  Every year my birds participate in two to three shows.

In total I had 242 class champions. Most class champions were winners of the largest classes, such as TPD and variegated.

From 2001 to 2022, I had “Best in Show” 17 times, “Best opposite” 11  times, and a double winner 7 times, Best and Best opposite.

The best success is when you have both the best corona and the best consort of the show.

Judging:

Because of my successes with the Glosters, I was invited by the Kent Gloster club in 1990 to come to England to judge their show.  I was 34 years old at the time.  This invitation was a great honour for me.

After that I was appointed IGBA judge by English IGBA Gloster club.  As an IGBA judge, I have judged Glosters all over the world.

In addition to countries such as England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal,  Sicily, Italy, Poland, Poland and  Greece, it was special to inspect in South Africa and America.

During these shows I was always treated super well as a judge and you will always make many friends.

A second special feature is that in the seventies I had a distinct color among my young Glosters. That turned out to be agate. I managed to keep this color and also show it successfully.  To this day I still have this color and the first great success with this color was the white agate that won the silver medal at the Dutch national in January 1984.

In addition to the agate color, after purchasing a Gloster cock from Don Overton from England, I got a  young with a special color from this breeding cock.

That was ten years ago. This mutant turned out to be the satinet color.

This was a totally new color for Glosters. I immediately go on to breed this color  and after three years I was able to sell satinets to breeders from other countries. Now, after only 10 years, many breeders from all over the world have this color.

In addition, I am proud of the fact that a number of Gloster books have been created thanks to my articles and the photos of my Glosters.

The most recent book about Glosters is written by an Belgium author, using about 500 of my Gloster photos.

The photos of my own Glosters can always be recognized by the AL on the perch.

I hope to breed beautiful Glosters for many years to come and wish all breeders a very good breeding and show results.

René Alssema – April 2023

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