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The Scottish National Show – Harley & Steve Dace, winners of Best Waterfowl with a Sebastopol goose

Harley & Steve Dace, winners of Best Waterfowl with a Sebastopol goose
It was the middle of January. It was Scotland. Snow was expected, and we weren’t to be disappointed. And most, if not all, exhibitors were aware of the weather forecast before setting off. The usual ‘only essential journeys’ warnings were being broadcast by the media, but that didn’t stop the hardcore Fanciers from heading for Lanark; I don’t think I saw an empty pen! I travelled up on the Friday with Steve and Harley Dace, and some passengers in the form of large Laced Wyandottes and Sebastopol geese. We arrived at about 4pm, greeted a few Fanciers, and by the time we got the
birds settled, the snow had really begun to come down. I knew at that point there wouldn’t be many visitors to the show – because of the weather – but we still took a good number of renewals and a surprising number of new subs on the Fancy Fowl stand, where my helper, Harley, was invaluable!
The atmosphere was great. Many conversations centred around breeding plans and pens for the upcoming season. For many people it is their last show of the winter season before putting the breeding birds together.

We stayed at a Premier Inn a few miles out, but joined the many Fanciers in the New Lanark Mill hotel nearby on the Saturday
night, for the Dinner Dance organised by Susan Broahurst. This is an absolute credit to Susan, who has organised the ‘Social’ for many years, and it was good to see the majority of Fanciers dressing up smart and enjoying themselves with a few drinks. The food was exquisite! The show team of Robert Macdonald and his helpers donning their red coats did the show proud. The only potential hitch came in the form of a complaint made to Defra about where the Waterfowl pens were situated, but after a representative carried out an inspection, all was deemed safe and well with no issues. The overall winner was unsurprising to many – Richard Bett, who had 3 show contenders on championship row. And as we know, that takes some doing and it was a deserved win for the Lincolnshire breeder, who we managed to interview this month. The reserve champion was a very fit Gold Dutch male belonging to Simon Patel. A very enjoyable weekend and I would urge you to visit next year.

Scottish National Show Results

Show Champion: Buff Cochin Male, R. Bett
Reserve Show Champion: Gold Dutch Male, S. Patel
Best Opposite Sex: Gold Pencilled Hamburgh Female, H. Dickson
Champion Large Soft Feather Light: Black Minorca Female, R. Walker
Champion Soft Feather Heavy Bantam: Blue German Langshan Male, B&C Ward
Champion Large Hard Feather: Grey Carlisle OEG Female, J&N Adams
Champion Bantam Hard Feather: Black OEG Bantam Female, A&R Shaw
Champion Waterfowl Sebastopol Goose, S. Dace
Champion Rare Breed: Black Sumatra Bantam Female, G.Hodge
Champion Trio: Black Red Modern Game Bantams, R. Leitch
Champion Juvenile: Black Watermael Male, Harry Walton
Champion Eggs: B. Oldcorn
Champion Ladies: Black Tailed White Japanese Male, J. Lyons
Best Opposite Size Waterfowl: Mallard Call Female, P. Hamill
Best Orloff: Spangled Bantam Male, J. Gillam
Best Auracana: Large Black Rumpless Female, C. Booth
Best Brahma: Dark Bantam Male, R. Bett
Best Leghorn: Black Bantam Female, R. Currie
Best Blue Orpington Bantam Male: G. Hodge

Source: 26 – Fancy Fowl Magazine, May 2015
REPORT By: Grant Brereton Date: 17 & 18 January 2015

Steve Dace & family had once again taken the Best Goose/Gander award with a Sebastopol

TheDomestic WaterfowlClub’s CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2014
Our annual show was once again held at the Brookfield Riding Centre just off Junction 11 of the M6 on Saturday 8th November. Our entries were down a bit as we had a number of exhibitors missing for various reasons, four of whom were out in USA visiting their top show with over 1,000 Call Ducks. Our weather was a real mixture. It stayed fine while exhibitors were bring their birds in and then poured with rain most of the day, clearing in time for our exhibitors to load up and return home. Our Judges who came up from Cornwall travelled up on the day and returned that afternoon. Tom Davis who did Heavy ducks and Juniors travelled up from London and Richard Sadler had the easiest journey coming down from Cheshire to judge Light ducks. Once our Show Secretary, Jackie Stanley, had started the judges on, exhibitors went down the café on site to swap stories on breeding and shows so far. Rupert Stephenson arrived with Blanche to take photos and we made sure they had a lunch before starting as once he gets going he will not stop. Jackie was ably assisted by Jean Stubbs in her prize card writing and Marcus Walker took on the duty of Trophy Steward. This has been done by June Wilson of Danetre School for a few years but they do not exhibit their birds any more which is a shame as we always enjoyed their enthusiasm. John Richards finished his stint on Geese and moved to Bantam ducks, while Danny Reed went through the Calls and Keith May the Runners. Tony Axon having done the Eggs started on Championship Row as the Best of Breeds, similar to the Poultry Club National, came along. Exhibitors soon trekked back to see the placings and who had the Best of Breed rosette. With all the Championship pens filled we watched as Tony examined each bird carefully. We soon learned Steve Dace and family had once again taken the Best Goose/Gander award with a Sebastopol. Heavy duck went to John Halley with a Pekin and he also won Best Call with a white. Best Light went to Crissy Cookson with a Welsh Harlequin. Best Runner went to Malcolm Hicks with a Mallard, Whites no longer reign supreme. Best Bantam went to Gloria Evans and Franco Fontanini with a Miniature Silver Appleyard, Best Junior went to Lewis Holtom and finally Best Egg exhibit went to Clare Lovegrove. This just left the top two awards where Tony finally chose the Miniature Appleyard as Best with the Sebastopol Reserve. The judges had their lunch and the West Country group headed with a good journey taking them back to Tony’s home in Exeter by 4.30 p.m. Marcus Walker having organised the trophies and Jackie Stanley having done the paperwork, Marcus presented the trophies to a group of happy exhibitors with some new names on the list. Our plans are to return to Brookfields next year. I was told by one of our local exhibitors of geese, Mr. Naismith, that the centre used to be owned by show-jumper Stephen Hadley. Source: Fancy Fowl Magazine, February 2015

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show 2011 in Stoneleigh.
– The Federation Championship Show (2012 & 2011) in Stafford.

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stafford.
– Northen Show 2010 in Yorkshire.

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Including results from:
– Domestic Waterfowl Club National Championship Show 2013.
– The National Championship Show (2013, 2012 & 2011) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2013, 2012 & 2011) in Stafford.
– Britsh Waterfowl Association 2012.

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stafford.
– Norther Show 2011 in Halifax.
– Northen Show 2010 in Yorkshire.
– Cheshire Show 2010.

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show (2011 & 2010) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2011 & 2010) in Stafford.

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stafford.
– Northern Show 2010 in Halifax.

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Including results from:
– The National Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stoneleigh.
– Federation Championship Show (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009) in Stafford.
– Norther Show 2011 in Halifax.
– Northen Show 2010 in Yorkshire.
– Cheshire Show 2010.

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