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IGBA Show Report 2019

The Gloster world gathered again on the weekend of the 19th 20th of October 2019 at the North Warwickshire College of Technology and Arts in Nuneaton for the annual pilgrimage to the IGBA club show.

An increased entry of 1185 saw representation from top fanciers across the UK and Europe with an excellent standard of Gloster Canaries on display. The unexpected absence of one of the judges meant that the four adjudicator’s present had to work extra hard in partnership with the show team to get through the birds benched. Mark de Keyser of Belgium, Dave Hobart from Cumbria, Eddie Loughran of County Armagh and Darren Gill from the South East of England rose to the challenge and had the awards placed in good time.

Starting in the junior section Amy and Ruby Lambert exhibited their nice well cared for Canaries which all possessed lovely bodies. For the prizes Amy won best junior with her Corona whilst Ruby was the winner of best opposite head with her consort.

A larger Novice section than 2018 was notable for a number of extremely high quality specimens on the benches and the winning birds were a credit to their breeders. It is a sign of health in the Gloster fancy when a wide range of novices can put out strong teams of birds that conform to the standard and show off the best of the Gloster Canary.

In the Variegated classes the Best Flighted Variegated Corona was Ciaran McEvoy’s cock bird which had excellent feather and a lovely Crest, Keith Onions was to the fore in the section for Best Unflighted Variegated Corona with the diminutive hen that was blessed with an excellent body. With regard to the TPD’s the Flighted award went to Sean Gardiner for his superbly bodied, Corona cock which was in tip top condition whilst the Unflighted prize was won by a nice hen which again had that fortunate combination of a diminutive body and a full body exhibited by Sam Hill. Albert Hutton had a strong showing with his beautifully coloured Best Novice Grizzle and Best Novice Flighted Corona with his well-balanced Blue which was a fantastic all round bird.

In the Cinnamons Gary Hunter came to the fore for the third year in a row with his nice bodied bird which had top quality feather. The final selection saw Keith Onion’s Unflighted Variegated Corona hen win out for Best Novice Corona, this bird was much admired and a real credit to Keith’s really strong show team. In the Novice Consort’s the overall quality was once again very strong with many admirable birds on display. Ian Morris took Best Flighted Variegated Consort with his superbly put out, well balanced hen whilst the Best Unflighted Variegated Consort was Sam Hill’s small perfectly balanced hen from his consistent team.

Keith Onions starred in the TPD section winning the prize for Best Flighted Consort with his well known hen whilst Best Unflighted TPD Consort went to Jean Stewart with another hen  that was very small and displayed a nice body. The Greens were the strongest in the Novice Consort specials with Best Novice Consort being taken by Keith Onions Flighted hen which has the rare combination of a good body, balanced with an excellent head on a bird with super condition. Jean Stewart’s Unflighted hen ran this bird close and ended up with the Best Novice Unflighted award.

The specials for the colours were well spread out with Stuart McMullen winning Best Novice Light with an Unflighted Corona, Shaun Gardiner taking Best Yellow with a Corona cock of outstanding colour, Gary Hunters hegemony of the Best Novice Cinnamon award continuing when his lovely corona beat his own class winning Consort and Albert Hutton’s Corona adding Best Novice White to the Best Novice Flighted Corona prize. This left Keith Onions competing with himself for the overall Best Novice special where his outstanding TPD Consort edged out his Variegated Corona for the big prize, giving Keith a very well deserved victory.

Over in the champion section the light bird classes were well supported the Best Corona was won by the Goddard and Rands partnership with their Unflighted hen which displayed a top quality crest the Best Consort was an excellent Unflighted cock bird exhibited by Belgium father and son partnership of Jan and Ferre Willems, this lovely bird went on to take the overall special for Best Champion Light Gloster and Best Light Gloster.

Best Champion Flighted  Variegated Corona was George Nicol’s Corona hen which was a complete all round Gloster that was balanced in all respects. The Unflighted Variegated Corona winner was a short, complete cock bird from the stud of popular Italian fancier Pino Trovato. In the Greens the Best Champion Flighted TPD Corona was Kevin McCarthy’s cock bird which displayed a top class body and was in top condition and the Best Champion Unflighted Corona was a hen bird from the Rob and Ian Wright bird rooms which had a nice crest and strong neck.

Overall in the Corona section in the award for Best Champion Flighted Corona George Nicols Cinnamon came out on top and then came up against Pino Trovato’s Variegated cock bird which was Best Champion Unflighted Corona. When these two were compared Pino’s Unflighted bird was selected as Best Champion Corona.

In the Champions consorts Best Champion Flighted Variegated Buff was another winner from Jan and Ferre Willems top quality team with a hen bird that had super type. This partnership was successful yet again with the Best Champion Unflighted Variegated Consort with a perfectly balanced cock bird. A cock bird was also successful for Best Champion Flighted TPD Consort which was awarded to Alan Backhouse, a bird which had a lovely head and a nice body on a well balanced bird. Best Champion Unflighted TPD Consort was another quality bird from the Bert Munneke team, this hen was extremely small and balanced with a good body and super feather. The award for Best Champion Flighted Consort went to Alan Backhouse TPD cock bird which was an example of how good a Flighted Gloster can be when moulted out and prepared for show by a skilled fancier. However this cock was pipped for the overall award for Best Champion Consort by Bert Munneke’s Unflighted TPD hen which was certainly a lovely example of a diminutive Gloster Consort.

In the colours, Best Champion Yellow was another prize for Jan and Ferre Willems with their beautiful clear body dark crest corona cock that also had an excellent body. The Best Cinnamon prize went to another bird from George Nicol’s large team with a Corona hen possessing immaculate colour and feather, Best Champion White was a Dutch bird from Bert Munneke which was top quality with excellent body matching a lovely round head whilst Best Grizzle was again won by a nice balanced exhibit from Kevin Stokes.

The decision for Best Champion Gloster was a comparison of Pinot Trovato’s Corona cock and Bert Munneke’s  Consort hen both Unflighted birds, the judges opted for the Corona which excelled in balance and neck. The overall prizes were then  decided and Best Yellow in Show went to Jan and Ferre Willems Corona cock, Best Cinnamon to George Nicol’s Flighted Corona; Bert Munneke’s lovely Consort hen was Best White and Best Grizzle was the champion bird of Kevin Stoakes. Bert Munneke took another major prize when his TPD hen  was selected as Best Opposite Head in Show, while the overall award for Best in Show was won by Pino Trovato’s excellent Corona cock.

It has to be said that this will be one of the most popular victors ever at the IGBA show, Pino is well known and loved throughout the Gloster fraternity and as well as being a great ambassador for our breed in Italy is also well represented here in Britain for his dedication in driving to Nuneaton every year to bring his top class birds to show at the IGBA. All members were really pleased that his hard work and skill paid off in 2019 with the top prize.

The 2020 IGBA club show will take place on the 17th and 18th of October and we look forward to seeing all friends and knew in Nuneaton for another friendly Gloster weekend.

Reporter Ian Wright

IGBA Show Report 2019

The Gloster world gathered again on the weekend of the 19th 20th of October 2019 at the North Warwickshire College of Technology and Arts in Nuneaton for the annual pilgrimage to the IGBA club show.

An increased entry of 1185 saw representation from top fanciers across the UK and Europe with an excellent standard of Gloster Canaries on display. The unexpected absence of one of the judges meant that the four adjudicator’s present had to work extra hard in partnership with the show team to get through the birds benched. Mark de Keyser of Belgium, Dave Hobart from Cumbria, Eddie Loughran of County Armagh and Darren Gill from the South East of England rose to the challenge and had the awards placed in good time.

Starting in the junior section Amy and Ruby Lambert exhibited their nice well cared for Canaries which all possessed lovely bodies. For the prizes Amy won best junior with her Corona whilst Ruby was the winner of best opposite head with her consort.

A larger Novice section than 2018 was notable for a number of extremely high quality specimens on the benches and the winning birds were a credit to their breeders. It is a sign of health in the Gloster fancy when a wide range of novices can put out strong teams of birds that conform to the standard and show off the best of the Gloster Canary.

In the Variegated classes the Best Flighted Variegated Corona was Ciaran McEvoy’s cock bird which had excellent feather and a lovely Crest, Keith Onions was to the fore in the section for Best Unflighted Variegated Corona with the diminutive hen that was blessed with an excellent body. With regard to the TPD’s the Flighted award went to Sean Gardiner for his superbly bodied, Corona cock which was in tip top condition whilst the Unflighted prize was won by a nice hen which again had that fortunate combination of a diminutive body and a full body exhibited by Sam Hill. Albert Hutton had a strong showing with his beautifully coloured Best Novice Grizzle and Best Novice Flighted Corona with his well-balanced Blue which was a fantastic all round bird.

In the Cinnamons Gary Hunter came to the fore for the third year in a row with his nice bodied bird which had top quality feather. The final selection saw Keith Onion’s Unflighted Variegated Corona hen win out for Best Novice Corona, this bird was much admired and a real credit to Keith’s really strong show team. In the Novice Consort’s the overall quality was once again very strong with many admirable birds on display. Ian Morris took Best Flighted Variegated Consort with his superbly put out, well balanced hen whilst the Best Unflighted Variegated Consort was Sam Hill’s small perfectly balanced hen from his consistent team.

Keith Onions starred in the TPD section winning the prize for Best Flighted Consort with his well known hen whilst Best Unflighted TPD Consort went to Jean Stewart with another hen  that was very small and displayed a nice body. The Greens were the strongest in the Novice Consort specials with Best Novice Consort being taken by Keith Onions Flighted hen which has the rare combination of a good body, balanced with an excellent head on a bird with super condition. Jean Stewart’s Unflighted hen ran this bird close and ended up with the Best Novice Unflighted award.

The specials for the colours were well spread out with Stuart McMullen winning Best Novice Light with an Unflighted Corona, Shaun Gardiner taking Best Yellow with a Corona cock of outstanding colour, Gary Hunters hegemony of the Best Novice Cinnamon award continuing when his lovely corona beat his own class winning Consort and Albert Hutton’s Corona adding Best Novice White to the Best Novice Flighted Corona prize. This left Keith Onions competing with himself for the overall Best Novice special where his outstanding TPD Consort edged out his Variegated Corona for the big prize, giving Keith a very well deserved victory.

Over in the champion section the light bird classes were well supported the Best Corona was won by the Goddard and Rands partnership with their Unflighted hen which displayed a top quality crest the Best Consort was an excellent Unflighted cock bird exhibited by Belgium father and son partnership of Jan and Ferre Willems, this lovely bird went on to take the overall special for Best Champion Light Gloster and Best Light Gloster.

Best Champion Flighted  Variegated Corona was George Nicol’s Corona hen which was a complete all round Gloster that was balanced in all respects. The Unflighted Variegated Corona winner was a short, complete cock bird from the stud of popular Italian fancier Pino Trovato. In the Greens the Best Champion Flighted TPD Corona was Kevin McCarthy’s cock bird which displayed a top class body and was in top condition and the Best Champion Unflighted Corona was a hen bird from the Rob and Ian Wright bird rooms which had a nice crest and strong neck.

Overall in the Corona section in the award for Best Champion Flighted Corona George Nicols Cinnamon came out on top and then came up against Pino Trovato’s Variegated cock bird which was Best Champion Unflighted Corona. When these two were compared Pino’s Unflighted bird was selected as Best Champion Corona.

In the Champions consorts Best Champion Flighted Variegated Buff was another winner from Jan and Ferre Willems top quality team with a hen bird that had super type. This partnership was successful yet again with the Best Champion Unflighted Variegated Consort with a perfectly balanced cock bird. A cock bird was also successful for Best Champion Flighted TPD Consort which was awarded to Alan Backhouse, a bird which had a lovely head and a nice body on a well balanced bird. Best Champion Unflighted TPD Consort was another quality bird from the Bert Munneke team, this hen was extremely small and balanced with a good body and super feather. The award for Best Champion Flighted Consort went to Alan Backhouse TPD cock bird which was an example of how good a Flighted Gloster can be when moulted out and prepared for show by a skilled fancier. However this cock was pipped for the overall award for Best Champion Consort by Bert Munneke’s Unflighted TPD hen which was certainly a lovely example of a diminutive Gloster Consort.

In the colours, Best Champion Yellow was another prize for Jan and Ferre Willems with their beautiful clear body dark crest corona cock that also had an excellent body. The Best Cinnamon prize went to another bird from George Nicol’s large team with a Corona hen possessing immaculate colour and feather, Best Champion White was a Dutch bird from Bert Munneke which was top quality with excellent body matching a lovely round head whilst Best Grizzle was again won by a nice balanced exhibit from Kevin Stokes.

The decision for Best Champion Gloster was a comparison of Pinot Trovato’s Corona cock and Bert Munneke’s  Consort hen both Unflighted birds, the judges opted for the Corona which excelled in balance and neck. The overall prizes were then  decided and Best Yellow in Show went to Jan and Ferre Willems Corona cock, Best Cinnamon to George Nicol’s Flighted Corona; Bert Munneke’s lovely Consort hen was Best White and Best Grizzle was the champion bird of Kevin Stoakes. Bert Munneke took another major prize when his TPD hen  was selected as Best Opposite Head in Show, while the overall award for Best in Show was won by Pino Trovato’s excellent Corona cock.

It has to be said that this will be one of the most popular victors ever at the IGBA show, Pino is well known and loved throughout the Gloster fraternity and as well as being a great ambassador for our breed in Italy is also well represented here in Britain for his dedication in driving to Nuneaton every year to bring his top class birds to show at the IGBA. All members were really pleased that his hard work and skill paid off in 2019 with the top prize.

The 2020 IGBA club show will take place on the 17th and 18th of October and we look forward to seeing all friends and knew in Nuneaton for another friendly Gloster weekend.

Reporter Ian Wright

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