Above: Winner David Zahra (Malta). Videos had to show the bird from the side and above to give the judges, Paul Larkin and Matt Eld, a view of the birds from as many angles as possible
See page 18 of the March 17 issue for the full show report and results
FOLLOWING WEEKS OF categorising more than 300 Fife videos into the correct classes, all winning-entry videos in the North Wales FFCC late 2020 virtual show are now live on its Facebook page.
Club officials say the overwhelming response to its first international online show during lockdown – 315 videos from 14 champions and 12 novices – delayed the publishing of results until January, while the uploading of class-winning videos has only recently been completed.
“Nobody from the club could have predicted the number of fanciers who wanted to get involved,” explained Cain Thomas, club secretary. “We expected a small number of entries from a few exhibitors who regularly post videos online, but that wasn’t the case! The time and effort that the exhibitors had put into entering the show was very humbling.
“It took a long time to categorise all the videos into their correct class, and so we are grateful to the exhibitors for their patience.”
Paul Larkin, one of two judges engaged for the online show, said: “It was fantastic to be involved in such a progressive idea, in what has been unprecedented times for the hobby.”
Best Fife in show went to champion exhibitor David Zahra from Malta with a green yellow hen, “just edging out Henry Cooper’s clear yellow cock who took the runner-up award,” said Mr Thomas.
In the novice section, Emmett McAteer’s clear buff hen came out on top. Commenting on the success of the competition, Mr McAteer said: “This is what the fancy can aspire to be: fanciers pulling together for the greater good. Well done to the North Wales FFCC on its endeavour to put on a new innovation.”
First-time novice exhibitor Matt Dando, who took six class wins, said: “2020 was going to be my first proper year showing. I’m over the moon with my results. There’s still plenty of room for improvements, but it shows I’m on the right path.”
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