Above: The event welcomed 450 entries with A&S Kendall (Sharon Kendall pictured) taking best Fife and best champion. Sharon Kendall is photographed with her father Kevin. The 2017 best novice exhibit

HISTORY HAS BEEN made in Staffordshire after Fife breeder Jimmy Roberts secured North Staffs & South Cheshire Fife FCC’s first ever hat-trick win.

Mr Roberts, 37, from North Wales, took his third best novice title at the recent event, held in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which marked the first time a fancier has won the same award in three consecutive years – a feat that will be hard to duplicate, says officials.

Club secretary Simon Mahon explained: “Jimmy Roberts won best novice at the December 2017 show with a variegated blue hen. In 2016, he took best novice with a heavily variegated buff green cock and in 2015 he was awarded the title with a clear yellow cock.

“This is a remarkable achievement considering current Fife Federation rules permit only five years as a novice before moving up to champion.”

Mr Roberts has achieved consistent success on the show bench from as early as his second season at novice status. In 2016, he was awarded best Fife in show at the National Exhibition with a heavily variegated yellow hen: the sister to the clear yellow cock which won best novice at the 2015 North Staffs & South Cheshire Fife FCC show.

Mr Roberts said: “My line is quite closely related. For instance, the mother of the 2016 heavily variegated buff green cock is related to the hen that won the National. And the 2017-winning variegated blue hen is the sister to the 2016 heavily variegated buff green cock.”

He continued: “Winning at the North Staffs & South Cheshire show felt a big achievement. I will strive to win again at the National, but winning three consecutive Fife shows as a novice is something I won’t achieve again as I move up to champion status for the 2019 season.”

In the past two years, Mr Roberts has won four of the seven shows he has exhibited at, and three best novice titles. He added: “I am confident to compete at champion status when I move up in 2019.”

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