Above, Grimmer & Hornby partnership: runners-up in the Fife Fancy Federation Novice Fancier of the Year award. Left: Jimmy Roberts winning best novice at the National Exhibition in 2018. He also won FFF Novice Fancier of the Year

 

THE FIFE FANCY Federation (FFF) has announced the winners of its first-ever Fancier of the Year competition, which ran throughout 2018.

The points-based competition was run across all FFF clubs and was introduced to encourage fanciers to exhibit at shows across the Federation and to add an extra dimension to the show season.

There were two separate awards to cover both champions and novices. While the points were run across all FFF shows, only each fancier’s or stud’s best six results counted towards their final score.

Over the course of last year there was a total of 1,780 points awarded, 44 different champion special winners and 42 different novice special winners, with 12,247 Fifes canaries exhibited.

Novice Fancier of the Year was won by Jimmy Roberts and the runner-up was the Grimmer & Hornby partnership. Mr Roberts said: “It’s one of my greatest achievements to date. I like the point system, as it does make you stand out as an exhibitor. I’m happy to win the first-ever Novice of the Year award on top of my success over the past three years.”

The Champion Fancier of the Year award came down to a three-way shoot- out at the very last show of the year in East Anglia, between Gerald Spencer, the Kendall stud and the Clarke & Gillott partnership. Mr Spencer won best in show and with it the title of FFF Champion Fancier of the Year. He also achieved the most colour special wins in 2018.

Adam & Sharon Kendall, who ended the year with three best-in-shows, four second best champions and 29 specials, were placed as runners-up. Mr Kendall said: “Fancier of the Year has been greatly sought after, even in its first year of creation.  We had a great season and were beaten to the award by a deserving winner.”

The awards will be presented at the 2019 National Exhibition in October.

Paul Larkin, general secretary of the FFF, said: “We are pleased to report that entries across the majority of Federation shows have increased with the introduction of Fancier of the Year competition.”