Robert Scott shows them how it's done!
For only the second time in the history of the club a bantam has been awarded the Supreme Australorp of Show at the Dubbo Showgrounds in NSW. The exciting little black cockerel was owned and bred by well regarded breeder Robert Scott (Wellington NSW).
Victorian judge, Mr Michael Holmes (Wangaratta Vic) had no hesitation in selecting Robert's cockerel as he was outstanding. His reserve bantam was another terrific example well shown by Wendy & Ross Summerell (Tamborine Qld).
Champion Large was an exceptional black pullet from Peter Ubrihien (Bega NSW) while Reserve Large came from the same pullet class shown by Fred Brown (Hudson & Brown - Singleton NSW).
On the day 240 fowls were benched in the three recognised and standardised colours of Black, Blue and White.
Competitors travelled from three states of Australia with the longest distance traveller, David Morley (Pomona Qld), picking up Champion Blue and AOC awards with a beautifully even laced Large Blue pullet.
Judge Michael went along checking his birds quite confidently and had a daunting task with the biggest classes being 46 Large Black Cockerels, 34 of each Pullets in Large and Bantam and 26 Bantam cockerels. Surprisingly there were 10 assorted trios, made up from 7 Large and 4 Bantam groups and these 33 fowls helped to make up the large numbers for the show.
The eventual champion trio was awarded to Black Bantams belonging to Wendy & Ross Summerell.
Junior exhibitors were well represented with Maddie Cooper winning Champion White Bantam and Rory Shepherd winning the Junior Encouragement Award. A further Novice Encouragement Award was granted to Steve Glenday, who picked up several places at his first major show. These awards were in the form of a hand-made card from Wendy Summerell and booklets, “Judging Exhibition Poultry” written by poultry journalist, Ross Summerell.
Overall the show could be classed as highly successful with two nights of laughter and fellowship at the Sporties Club where the “all-you-can-eat” buffet was well tested out and enjoyed.
President Peter D’Arcy was pleased with the entries, but it was generally accepted that if more NSW exhibitors had been in attendance perhaps that target figure of 300 benched fowls may have been a reality.
Supreme Australorp of Show: Robert Scott (Wellington NSW) - Black Bantam Cockerel
Reserve Australorp of Show: Peter Ubrihien (Bega NSW) - Black Large Pullet
Champion Large: Peter Ubrihien (Bega NSW) - Black Large Pullet
Reserve Champion Large: Hudson & Brown - Black Large Pullet
Champion Bantam: Robert Scott (Wellington NSW) - Black Bantam Cockerel
Reserve Champion Bantam: Wendy & Ross Summerell (Tamborine Qld) - Black Bantam Pullet
Champion Blue and AOC: David Morley (Pomona Qld) - Large Blue Pullet
Supreme Australorp of Show
Australorp Bantam Cockerel
Champion Large Black Pullet
Champion Blue Pullet
Champion White Cock Bird
More pictures of the fowls will be added
when they arrive in our office.
Mr. Michael Holmes - Wangaratta, Vic.
It is always a privilege to judge an Australian Breed show
and I thank the Australorp Club and their breeders and exhibitors for benching
their 240 birds before me.
To be faced with 90 large and 80 bantam black across their eight
classes was a sight to behold and the quality and depth was phenomenal. In the
end some white tips, a black mark on a foot, or a couple of broken feathers
separated first and tenth or twelfth in each of these classes.
In the large black cockerels there were a number of males
that showed type but they also had a number of broken feathers. Their tails had
a lot of wax still on the base of their tail feathers meaning that their flow
of backline was not complete but will be in a month's time. The 46 pullets were
as strong a class that I have judged. I had an initial walk through, marking at least 20 pens on type and condition.
I then had to reduce this number, so after handling the birds I still had ten
with two marks on their cages. I eventually moved 3 to the specials pens and
they were so alike that it was the very smallest of detail that ranked them in
their order. Congratulations to the three exhibitors in Peter Ubrihien, Fred
Brown and George Norman for presenting these three pullets to me. The first and
second placed pullets taking out champion and reserve champion large, very
closely followed by the third pullet and the winning cockerel.
I then judged the coloured birds and the large Blue pullet, owned
by David Morley, stood out, winning the champion AOC. She was well laced and very strong in type. A
lovely white bantam cock winning champion coloured bantam and reserve in the "Other
than black" classification.
I moved onto judging the black bantams and again found a nice
winning cock and hen, then coming onto 26 cockerels! Again a number of cages
were marked and I came back, handled all birds and there were still ten in the
hunt but eventually I found 5 that were exceptional. Congratulations to Rob
Scott, Rory Shepherd, Matthew Bell and George Norman for presenting these birds
and making it so hard to decide on the winning cockerel. To finish off there
were 34 pullets and freshness was the
key, as again so many had correct type with
a broad backline. Ross Summerell came out in front here. My Champion bantam was
the cockerel and was closely followed by the pullet, then second placed
The seven top birds mentioned, four large and three bantam
were in superior condition, were fantastic
examples of the breed and, presented to perfection and all could have won
champion bird of show. Eventually the bantam cockerel of Rob Scott's won
Champion bird and was so closely followed by Peter Ubrihien's large pullet.
The breeding pairs and female exhibition pair finished off a
hard and long day with two bantam pairs taking out champion and reserve
champion trio due to their overall consistency of the three birds. I was then stewarded
around 15 junior entrants who had competed against the seniors with a number of
these birds taking home cards in a strong senior field. Rory Shepherd's black
bantam cockerel won champion junior and the white cock of Maddie Cooper won
reserve junior closely followed by Rory's winning bantam black cock bird.
Congratulations to both these exhibitors as taking cards off the seniors is a
I again thank the club for this experience, Peter D'Arcy for
his hospitality and Peter and Margaret Blake, who organised and ran a fantastic
with 2014 Judge,
Mr. Michael Holmes
and Maddie's Champion.