Above: exhibits at the 2018 Gouden Ring Show.  The UK team took home 22 medals


A GROUP OF fanciers from the UK who sent birds to the 2018 Gouden Ring Show are celebrating following a raft of medals and one canary scoring the highest number of points possible. 

Of the 100 birds taken to the Gouden Ring show on December 2, 2018, in Roeselare, Belgium, by the International Ornithological Association (IOA), 22 won medals: 13 gold, two silver and seven bronze.

Experienced canary man Ken Rix entered four of his crested canaries, following encouragement from IOA president Richard Lumley who was in charge of transporting the birds and organising the UK show team.

Three of Mr Rix’s birds came home with a gold medal, one of which was awarded 94 points – the highest score possible.

Mr Rix said: “I have kept canaries for more than 50 years. Winning three gold medals was the same great feeling as winning the old English National. Friends persuaded me to exhibit at the Gouden Ring Show and also knowing that Richard Lumley would look after the birds.”

In addition, Mel Knaggs won three gold medals for his Arricciato Gigante Italiano (AGI) frill canaries and there was a strong debut from newcomers Adam and Sharon Kendall, who entered four Fifes and took home three bronze medals.

The partnership said: “We would like to thank Ken Rix, as without him transporting our birds to Richard Lumley, they would not have been at the show. Our birds all took 90 points and to achieve three bronze medals from the team sent was extremely pleasing. 

“We are very happy to be flying the flag for UK Fifes in European shows and hope more Fife fanciers will take on the challenge. A big thank you to the IOA and Richard for the hard work that goes unnoticed.”

● For more information on the Gouden Ring Show, visit www.goudenring.be or see Donald Skinner-Reid’s article (January 9 issue, page 14).

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