International Gloster Breeders Association

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

International Gloster Breeders Association

Affiliated to

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

International Gloster
Breeders Association

IGBA2024 – MEET THE JUDGES

IGBA2024 – MEET THE JUDGES

How are judges selected to adjudicate at the members show ?

Judge comments at IGBA23  on why 5 were engaged for less than 1000 exhibits [’22 = 876 – ’23 = 896 ] led the committee to review the situation and agree that until the current restrictions on animals [exhibition birds] entering and exiting UK are revised or UK exhibit levels increase to over 1000  the  number of Judges at the October Exhibition  would be reduced to 4 [Four] including 1 overseas judge.

The overseas judge nominations go before the IGBA committee for validation and once accepted are added to the next vacant overseas judge position.

Eligible UK judges are listed on the Show Entry Form and members are asked to select 3 [Three] names . The selections are tallied and the top 3 names are invited to judge at the next members show

INTRODUCING JUDGES AT IGBA2024.

Individual Profiles  : Robert LaRochelle [Canada] ; Kevin Stoakes [Scunthorpe] ; Brian Skeffington [Swindon ] ; Darren Gill [Reading]

.Originally Mick Rose & Kevin McCarthy were selected and accepted nomination. Unfortunately the partnership has advised the committee that for personal reasons they will be unable to fulfil the engagement.

Next in line nominees declined to judge, wishing to exhibit.

 Brian Skeffington being the next nominee accepted and the committee decided to keep Brian’s partnership together and invited Darren Gill as the fourth judge.

ROBERT LAROCHELLE - CANADA

Louise and I live in the province of Quebec in Canada.  I have been breeding Gloster canaries since 1985.   In 1987 I had the privilege to obtain 10 pairs from Michael Kennedy who had just won the English National the year before.  

36 years later I am still breeding almost exclusively with descendants of those birds.

I started exhibiting in 1989 and I have since won all major awards in North America.  I started judging in 1992 and I have judged all of the major shows as well.

It is an honour to be one of the selected judges for the 2024 IGBA show.  When judging I look for both type and feather quality, short, compact and powerful birds in a « diminutive » package.  

I am looking forward to meet everyone in person and to enjoy seeing some of the best Glosters on the planet.

Robert Larochelle

KEVIN STOAKES - SCUNTHORPE

53 years of keeping and breeding cage birds have flown by! I’ve been breeding Glosters for around 33 years and the challenges don’t get any easier.

 

Gloster Canaries continue to improve in many respects and a lot more people have some very good quality birds, meaning that the shows continue to be more competitive.

It’s an honour to be selected to judge the IGBA show once again.although my main objective is to show there every year.

I have said that I will try to donate a pair of birds for the IGBA auction, so I hope to have some suitable ones ready.

 I shall look forward to judging and will make every effort to select worthy winners. Hope everyone has a good breeding season so that they can enter lots of birds. Good luck.

Kev Stoakes.

 

BRIAN SKEFFINGTON - SWINDON

Firstly I would like to thank the members for inviting me to judge the IGBA. It’s a great privilege to be given this opportunity at one of the best shows in the world. This will be the first time I’ve had the honour of being selected as one of the judges at the IGBA show.

A little bit about myself, I live in Swindon, Wiltshire with my wife Liz. We have 4 grown up.
I have kept Glosters for over 45 years and have had the pleasure of judging many shows in the UK and Europe

My first experience with Glosters was back in the early eighties when a neighbour at the time had a shed housing a small stud of canaries which could be heard singing beautifully throughout the daytime. I quickly got inquisitive and knocked on the door to see if I could see the birds. From that day on, the fancier of the stud, Mike Palmer, not only set me up with a few pairs of Glosters as well as teaching me a lot about the fancy and keeping birds.

Through the hobby we have become lifetime friends and continuity talk weekly about the Gloster fancy over a glass of beer, wherever possible.

I now show in partnership with my good friend Darren Gill, where we have enjoyed good success on the show bench as well as building a stud of quality Gloster canaries.

I look forward to seeing you all at the show.Good luck to you all at the show and for the rest of the season.

Brian Skeffington

DARREN GILL - READING

Hello, my name is Darren Gill.  Below is a brief biography regarding my time with the Gloster Fancy Canary.

I have kept Gloster Canaries since I was 11 years old, I first joined and was an active of  Maidenhead CBS.

I met a man there called Arthur Eaton, Arthur Set me up with my first proper Glosters, Arthurs stud was based on birds from Colin Mason…Around 1986 I visited Colin Mason and purchased some more stock from him

Colin was very successful at this time and was winning his fair share of all Gloster shows and indeed won Best Gloster at the 1987 English National….towards the end of the 80’s I was writing to Nick Barrett, eventually in 1991 I visited Nick & Annalain Barrett, a dream to any Gloster Enthusiast, Nick and Annalain in my opinion during the 1990’s had easily the best stud of Glosters I had the pleasure of seeing.

 

I purchased one pair of birds, an Unflighted Yellow Corona Cock, and A 3/4 Dark Buff Consort Hen, the following breeding season I took 4 rounds of eggs from this pair, they reared 2 rounds, and I fostered out the other 2 rounds….

I finished with 12 young from this pair!! These birds were so good that word got around, and Mick Rose Visited me… We formed our partnership and we decided to sell 90% of our existing birds, keeping just the best hens, we then went back to Nick and Annalain and purchased another 10-12 birds to pair with the birds I had bred myself, this was the foundation of our stud

All the birds I have to this day are related directly to those original foundation birds….In October 1992 we entered our first show as a partnership, The Devon all Gloster, there was an entry of around 450 Glosters, we won 10 classes and Best Gloster!! In 1994 we won 4 all Gloster shows, and our year was complete when we won Best Gloster at the English National, a very special moment and one that I appreciate more now, especially as the English National show no longer exists!

During my 40+ Years keeping Glosters, on my own and in some partnerships, I conservatively estimate, I have been very lucky to win at least 100 Best Gloster titles at specialist all Gloster events.

More recently (in the past 4 years) I have been in partnership with a Gentleman called Brian Skeffington (Skeffington and Gill), we have been very fortunate to win the UK IGBA Champions League, 2 years in a row(2021 & 2022) and runners up in 2023, based on points received from all the UK, all Gloster events.

This will be the 3rd time I have been asked to Judge the IGBA, it is and always will be a great honour and privileged to be selected to do so, I look forward to the Show and to meet many fellow enthusiasts!

Darren Gill

 

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