Thousands on display at national show

NATIONAL BIRD SHOW: Kym Mardon is pictured with his award.
NATIONAL BIRD SHOW: Kym Mardon is pictured with his award.

Thousands of pigeons which came from just about every breed known to man were on display at the National Show in Adelaide, and fanciers came from as far as USA to judge the varieties, and dozens of men and women were there to participate plus look at what's available in Australia to buy.

The venue was still at Wayville Showgrounds but due to another event at the same time we were moved into another pavilion which still seemed the size of Westlands. Thanks to the Darling family, and absolutely everyone who had a hand in making this show so successful, and we look forward now to the Whyalla Show in a few weeks and then all eyes will be on the next national which will be in Queensland in 2020. Whyalla had three entries, Kym Mardon (magpies), Darren Sheppard (modenas) and Graeme Marsland (show-pen homers) with all of them doing well.

Results: K.Mardon, 36 entries, 7x1sts,12 x 2nds and 9 x 3rds which also included the Magpie National Champion - a black old cock. Darren Sheppard won everything there was to win in the Blue Schiettes, and Blue Gazzis, best old and young in Magnanis, best old and young in tri-gazzis, and best young cock and hen in tri-schiettes - all from just 24 entries! Modenas had the largest amount of entries with 298 and had famed American judge in Scott Brown over for duties. Graeme Marsland entered just 9 birds and had a 2nd and 4x 3rds awarded by American judge Owen Halter (there were around 200 showpens) in a hard to win competition. Jamie Ramsey (Orange) was National Modena Champion with an outstanding black, with Port Lincoln man Simon Drewitt awarded Best Opposite Sex. Australia's Champion Showpen Homer breeder in Dennis Murphy (Wagga Wagga) won Champion Homer with a magnificent blue bar pied young cock, Best Opposite Sex went to another master breeder in Queensland's Roy Gurdler with a beautiful young red checker hen. Adelaide's Ray Gutsche won Best Young Hen (mealie),and Queensland's Greg Kelleher won Best Old Hen (mealie).