The Fabulous Fed
Grant Brereton reports from the second big national poultry show of the year, The Federation Championship Show at Stafford
Report from the Federation Championship Show
The 2017 Federation Show was approached with a certain degree of trepidation – understandably because the discovery of bird flu in Norfolk on the eve of the 2016 show made for a very nervy event, overshadowed by the presence of DEFRA officials. Although the show went ahead, a new prevention zone measure was enforced immediately, which meant that all birds had to be kept sheltered or indoors until further notice, and this meant that all shows were cancelled until May of 2017. When shows were given the green light to go ahead, a new set of measures was required to be adhered to by all show committees. One of these measures was the inspection of all entries for signs of ill health on arrival at the show, and this was carried out with great efficiency at the 2017 event at Stafford.
The Supreme Champion award went to 23-year-old Game breeder Nicholas Pendleton-McGrath for his large Orange-Red Oxford male; he was delighted with his
achievement. The Reserve Champion went to that pair – Maynard & Creighton – who are past winners with one of their large Silver Spangled Hamburgh males. Best Juvenile was young Emma Hancock from Derbyshire with her large Welsummer male. Best Trio went to father-and-daughter team I &W Simpson with their Black Australorps. Best Large Trio went to Richard Bett with a beautiful threesome of Buff Cochins. Best True Bantam went to Simon Patel with a Yellow Dutch male. Best Soft Feather Heavy Bantam went to Tom Newbould with a Buff Rock male. Best Soft Feather Light Breed Bantam went to Paul Lutkin with a White Crested Black Poland female. Best Waterfowl went to Laura Ewan with a Black East Indian Duck. Best Soft Feather Large went to Richard Bett with a Gold Brahma male. Best Rare went to N.R. Taylor with a Sumatra female. Best Asian Game went to Zade Shakeshaft with her O Shamo male. Best Old English Game went to Scott Irwin with a Wheaten female. Best Turkey went to M&R Neill with a Pied, and Best Eggs went to C&K Brown with six light brown bantam eggs.
Some other awards of note included Geoff Parker from the Wirral and his 35th Breed Club Champion with a Partridge Wyandotte bantam hen. Geoff is President of the Partridge and Pencilled Wyandotte Club and is its most successful member. White Wyandotte legend Allan Procter lost his wife Dinah earlier in 2017, but managed to find the will to continue and went on to win Breed Club Champion in the White Wyandotte Club with a bantam pullet. These gents are true giants of the hobby and their records aren’t likely to ever be beaten.
LEFT AND ABOVE: The Supreme Champion: an Oxford Game shown by Nick Pendleton-McGrath RIGHT: Robin Creighton and Terry Maynard with their Reserve Champion Hamburgh BELOW: David Gore’s Rumpless Game bird was Reserve Best Rare Bird
TOP LEFT: Abigail Firkin with one of her prize Araucanas ABOVE RIGHT: Abbie Higginson’s Poland Frizzle LEFT: Edward Boothman judging Russian Orloffs BELOW: Best Juvenile Booted Bantam from Amelia Nelson