With more than 427 entries at Dromore Soft Feather Show, which incorporated a number of regional shows, this event was expertly judged by two English judges, Rob Bristow and John Halley.
The Belgium Area Show was well represented with over 60 entries. The eventual winner was Peter Hamill with a Black d’anver cock, with Reserve going to George McCaul with another lovely Black d’anver female. Best dewatermael went to Judith Lyons’ black male and Best Rumpless went to Marc Ruymbeke with a Black de Grubbe.
The Regional Show for the Polands had an entry of 23 with the eventual winner being James Weatherup with Antony Welshman winning Best Frizzle, David Fullerton taking Best Self and George McCaul securing Best Self Black.
The Orpington Regional Show was won by Geoff Weir’s large female, which went on to win overall Champion of the Show. Ryan Liggett’s bantam pullet was Best Bantam Orpington.
Other notable sizes of classes included the Dutch with 25 entries, Padraic Sweeney winning the with his bird going on to take Best True and Overall Reserve Show Champion.
Sebrights had an entry of 25, Langshans 25 with Gordon Walker winning Best Langshan and also winning Best Bantam Heavy at the show.
Rosecombs had 16 entries with M&R Neill getting Best Rosecomb. It was great to see some of the traditional breeds back out at the show in force and it was also nice to see the McGribbon family out with six different colours of Booted bantams.
Pauline Gibson, as secretary, not only works tirelessly during the day, but also has time to provide soup for the judges and the exhibitors, a great way to finish off the soft feather shows in Dromore for another season.
Pauline reminded everyone of the AGM on February 11 in the tea rooms Dromore opens to all members, and also the dinner to be held in Boyles restaurant, Dromore, on Saturday, March 28, at 7.30pm. Please contact Pauline if interested or let any of the committee know.
Overall Show Champion: Geoff Weir, Black Orpington.
Reserve Show Champion: Padraic and Ciara Sweeney, Dutch.
Champion Large Fowl Heavy: Geoff Weir, Black Orpington.
Champion Bantam Heavy: Gordon Walker, Langshan.
Champion Large Light: James Weatherup, Hamburg.
Champion Bantam Light: James Weatherup, Poland.
Champion True Bantam: Padraic and Ciara Sweeney, Dutch.
Champion Rare: Peter Hamill, Thuringian.
Champion Juvenile: J Hawthorne, D’anver male.