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On the 30th of July the INFPA held its first Official National Young Bird Show.
As this was a bank holiday weekend numbers were a little disappointing with some members pulling out at the last minute but we still raised 670.00 euro and a great weekend was had by all. It was also nice to catch up with our members at the AGM.
Firstly I would like to thank a couple of people for helping run a successful show. Darrin Ring who kindly donated his time and also paid for the rosettes. John Fitzgerald also sponsored the magnificent Best In Show perpetual Irish Crystal Cup and the Perpetual Sliver Salver for Best Limerick Tumbler in Show which I had the pleasure of winning and will be very reluctant to hand it over next year John!.
Also I would like to thank Owen Fitzgerald from out junior club who took all the photos on the day and Mr & Mrs Brendan Tobin as they looked after the show pens and setting up the Prize Table.
Our Judges on the day were Bruce Pullen form England who really did a fabulous job especially with the huge AOV class. I also had the pleasure of Bruce's company for breakfast on Sunday morning and he was very complimentary about the quality of Irish young birds exhibited. Richard Bunn and Dom Byrne took care of the Irish Flying Tumbler classes and these two very experienced fanciers gave me a huge insight to judging this breed and judging in general while I was stewarding for them. And lastly a thank you to all our sponsors who donated some really nice prizes for the best of breeds and Tara Slevin Group who put up 100.00Euro cash for Best in Show.
As I previously mentioned the AOV class was very large I would like to thank all the exhibitors as I know that it's extremely difficult as there was some exceptional birds which went home without any awards, however Best in show and judges special both emerged from this class. Some of the breeds that were in great show condition given the time of year were the (Show Racers, Lahore's, American Flying flights, Felegyhazers, ELFCL'S and the Capuchines).
The Indian Fantails were also looking great especially when the sunshine came out and Darrin Rings whole team took all the honours and from speaking with Darrin from time to time the amount of effort he puts into his show team really does pay off and I have included some Photos for your enjoyment of his Indian Fantails. Thank you to all our members and we are already looking forward to next year.