The 14th Western Premier Specialist & Rare Variety Budgerigar Show by Malcolm Freemantle

One of the most popular events in the budgerigar show calendar was held at Claverton Down, Bath  and the event attracted 500 entries with a benched figure of 446 birds.

Judges eating the cakes. G Bowley R Carr J Lees

The organisers praise seed merchants Johnson & Jeff for their sponsorship and continued confidence in the event, which helped to bring in another 100 entries over last year. The inclusion of separate classes for double factor spangles and for the clearbody variety plus 7 team cages filled the hall to capacity.

BOC Lutino- Dave Guppy

Needless to say, with such a large entry there were some outstanding budgerigars benched in most of the varieties. To the fore were the big classes of lutino’s, spangles and double factor spangles.

Stewards and judges were served a delicious lunch of cottage pie followed by apple tart and cream specially cooked by a members wife and served piping hot. Refreshments were available all day and the judges, of some who had a 3 hour journey back home, were still in the hall at 4 pm enjoying the home made cakes.

BOC Yellow Face, Bryan Hindon admiring his Golden Face cock

Show manager Dave Guppy had an excellent day with his show team annexing awards for BOC lutino, best any age and best young lutino. Steve Rich took the opposite sex any age award. In his other strong variety clearwings, Dave took BOC whitewing with a bold cobalt hen and young bird with a whitewing skyblue cock. Ray Cozens stopped the clean sweep by winning the opposite sex young bird award with a useful whitewing skyblue hen.

The yellow-wing section had its usual big entry with Colin Brickell taking the honours for BOC and best young bird with a good example of the variety a yellow-wing dark green hen in great condition. Dave Guppy took the any age award followed by Pam & Malcolm Freemantle taking both opposite sex spoils with clearwings that were a fine example of the variety.

BOC Double factor Spangle cock-Roy Watkins

Terry Sadler captured the BOC albino with a big feathery young cock followed by Tom Lewis and Steve Rich taking the opposite sex laurels. In the crest classes Mick Anzara took most of the honours winning BOC with a cobalt cock that had size and type also best young crest.  Martin Ealey won opposite sex any age.

Spangles were outstanding and Alex Whitman from the novice section annexed the BOC spangle with an adult cinnamon green, a big bird with a full face showing a lot of directional feather, a real showman. Margaret & Peter Dark won best young bird with a delightful green hen and Ray Cozens and his grandson Tom Jackson took the opposite sex awards, any age and young bird respectively.

BOC Rare Lacewing Cock – Aubrey Punter

 

BOC spangle blue series went to Barry & Lyn Mc Donald benching a smart any age cobalt cock with good width of head following up taking the opposite sex any age with a big sky hen. Alex Whitman captured the young bird award showing a well built spangle hen a worthy winner.

The new double factor spangle class BOC was won by Roy Watkins with his huge buff white cock that had many admirers. John Bishop took the young double factor honours with another white showing plenty of promise also opposite sex any age. Barry & Lyn Mc Donald captured the opposite sex young bird award.

BOC Spangle Green cock-Alex Whitman

Taking the dominant pied BOC was an any age dark green cock showing a good head and plenty of swank to walk away with the honours for Roy Watkins. Clifton Wixon won the young bird benching an excellent cobalt hen just showing some flecking on the cap. Steve Hale took opposite sex any age and Steve Rich the young opposite sex.

Peter Waugh showed a good variegated recessive pied light green cock to take BOC and best young bird with Terry Sadler taking opposite any age and Mick Anzara following up with opposite sex young bird to complete the honours.

A strong BOC line-up of yellow faces saw a golden face cobalt young cock with both size and style scoop the top prize for Bryan Hindon. The Welsh partnership of Thomas & Wall won the best any age with a well presented hen and Clifton Wixon the opposite sex any age with Terry Sadler the young bird opposite sex.

BOC winners

BOC clearbody went to the Tom Lewis any age light green cock showing good spots and even body colour, Tom also won best young bird. Terry Sadler took the honours for opposite sex young bird. Rare BOC went to Aubrey Punter with his lacewing cock. Judge Roger Carr said it certainly stood out from the rest with great deportment, size and condition. The section had many different varieties including rainbows, slate, fallows and lacewing benched. Terry Sadler took both opposite sex prizes.

Best AOC went to a yellow any age cock from the Dave Guppy stud with the young bird an opaline violet cock shown by Gary Warren. Ray Cozens won both opposite sex awards. Best split on show was a cobalt cock showing good colour and spots from Malcolm & Pam Freemantle.

The judges Geoff Bowley, John Lees, Roger Carr and Bob McCabe did a fine job and their comments on the winning birds were appreciated.

 

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Terry Tuxford About the Author:

Terry Tuxford first began breeding budgerigars in 1979 and joined the BS in 1980. He was elevated to Champion in 1985 when he went into partnership with Brian Poole. This partnership is probably one of the longest existing partnerships in the UK hobby today having lasted some 27 years so far and is still going strong. Terry and Brian are also partnered by Yvonne Tuxford who joined the BS in 1990.


Terry demonstrated his penmanship early in his budgerigar career and wrote in the second edition of Budgerigar World. Little did he realise then that in just over 8 year’s time he would become editor following a 20 month apprenticeship with founding editor, Gerald Binks. Terry went on to edit a total of 245 editions up to May 2011.


In 1993 Terry took his Budgerigar Society Judges final examination and was awarded Subsidiary Judge of the Year and has gone on to judge the Budgerigar Society World Show on three occasions as well as many top shows at home and abroad. He is also an accomplished speaker and has been a guest at societies throughout the UK as well as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and many other European countries.

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