25th Specialist and Rare Variety Silver Jubilee Show
report by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Show Organiser

A clash of dates with nearby Silverstone Formula One Racing resulted in a 26% fall in entries due to concerns about volumes of traffic on local roads. However, those who turned up with their birds were unaffected. The show had a total entry of 480 birds of which 333 were benched from 38 exhibitors.

The judges (l to r) Gavin Carter (subsidiary), Bev Hutt, Geoff capes,
Bruce Greenway, Dave Woan & Richard Miller (subsidiary)

The show committee extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to all sponsors and to our Guest of Honour Bob Allen, the Spangled BBA President who presented the 45 trophies.

The Trophies

The Show Hall


Bev Hutt with her team of stewards

There were 41 Lutinos for Bev Hutt to judge and as last year Gren and Pat Norris dominated this section winning all the major specials including Best Lutino in Show with their any age Lutino cock with good width and in great condition. They also occupied second place with a good sized hen with strong colour but not in the condition of the winner. Robert Brokenshire benched a nice steady and good coloured cock in third place.

The Norris stud won the young bird and best Redeye young bird award as well with a good sized cock which was down on colour. Bob McCabe followed with a quality hen of good size and colour. Jordan Butcher from the junior section was third with a smart hen. Best Junior Young Bird was Jordan Butcher with a Lutino hen.

Pat Norris with their winning for Best Lutino & Albino

Geoff Capes judged the 17 Albinos and gave the Best Albino and Best Redeye in Show to Gren and Pat Norris’ cock of substance, width and good colour. The partnership of Cy Thorne and Belinda Finlayson was second with a hen of good quality.

The winner of the young bird section was a cock of good style shown in good condition from Terry Sadler. This was followed by a hen of fair size benched by Jerry Donovan.


Bruce Greenway with his team of stewards

Bruce Greenway judged both varieties with 29 Yellow-wings and 21 Whitewings. Colin Brickell from the novice section won Best Yellow-wing and Clearwing in Show with a Dark Green cock of good size and colour contrast. Margaret and Bill Walker were second with a Dark Green cock which was followed by Malcolm and Pam Freemantle’s Dark Green hen of good contrast. The Freemantle partnership won the young bird certificate with a Dark Green hen of good size and condition. They were followed in second place by a Dark Green cock with good contrast benched by Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser. Colin Brickell was third with a well balanced Dark Green cock.

The Best Whitewing in Show came from the Freemantle stud with a Skyblue cock of good head quality and wing clarity. They were second with a good sized Skyblue hen but with heavy wing marking. Mick Anzara was third with a well marked but smaller Cobalt cock.

Malcolm Freemantle who won Best Whitewing

The Al-Nasser partnership won the challenge certificate with a young Skyblue cock of good wing marking followed by Colin Brickell’s Skyblue hen with good wing clarity. Mick Anzara was third with a Cobalt cock of good contrast.


There were 36 exhibits for Bev Hutt to judge. The adult C.C. and eventually the Best Crest in Show went to Robert Brokenshire with a Circular Cobalt cock of good size and condition sporting a good strong crest. Mick Widdowson occupied second place with a Circular Opaline Light Green cock of good size and shape and staged in good condition but not as powerful as the winner. Mick Anzara was third with a Tufted Opaline Grey cock displaying a good strong tuft. Robert Brokenshire’s Tufted Cobalt hen was best any age opposite sex.

Robert Brokenshire who won Best Crest

Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser won the young bird section with a good length and steady Circular Spangle Cobalt cock staged in good condition and were third with a Circular Spangle Opaline Grey hen of good condition. Keith Mitchell was second with a Tufted Cobalt hen staged in good condition.

Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser who won Best Whitewing & Crest Young Bird


An entry of 37 Spangles Greens for Bev Hutt to judge and she awarded the adult CC to Jerry Donovan’s well known Spangle Light Green cock of good length and staged in good condition. Colin Brickell was second with a well marked Grey Green hen which was followed by Jim Mitchell’s well balanced Double Factor Yellow cock.

Jerry Donovan who won Best Spangle Green Any Age

A lovely Grey Green hen of quality that stood well captured the young bird certificate for Mick Widdowson and won Best Spangle overall in Show. Roger Hill was second with a steady lovely shaped Light Green cock. This was followed by Colin Potter with a nice Double Factor Yellow hen.

Mick Widdowson who won Best Spangle in Show

Bill Hough judged the 51 Spangle Blues and awarded the Best Spangle Blue and adult CC to John and Jamie Naylor’s Double Factor White cock of good size, width and style. Fred, Sheila and Kevin Eatwell were second with a Skyblue cock of good style and depth of face. Michael and Margaret Chapman occupied third place with a Skyblue hen of good marking and condition.

John & Jamie Naylor who won Best Spangle Blue in Show

Colin Potter headed the young bird section with a stylish Cinnamon Grey hen of good width of shoulder and blow and his Grey cock, also of good width of shoulder, was third. Arnold Stevens came second with a deep faced Grey cock of good width.


Bruce Greenway judged the 34 Dominant Pieds and awarded the Best Dominant Pied in Show to Gren and Pat Norris’ quality Grey cock of good width of head and shoulders and good colour. Tim Foddy was second with a large Grey Green cock of good width. An Opaline Cobalt cock benched by Arnold Stevens was third. Ian and Pat Fielding benched a Light Green cock to win the Clearflight Any Age award and best overall.

Gren and Pat Norris won the young bird award as well with a nice clean marked Yellowface Grey cock. This was followed by Mick Widdowson’s Cinnamon Skyblue hen but lacked in head quality. Mike Peel was third with a Grey Green cock. Best Clearflight Young Bird went to the Fielding partnership with a Dark Green cock.


Geoff Capes with his team of stewards

Geoff Capes judged the 53 Recessive Pieds and the award for Best Recessive Pied in Show and overall Best Pied in Show went to Jim Mitchell’s well balanced Skyblue cock of good head quality and good marking. Joe Prothero was second with a Light Green cock of good proportion followed by Robert Brokenshire with Light Green cock. Best Dark Eyed Clear Any Age went to Mick Anzara with a White hen.

Jim Mitchell who won Best Recessive Pied

The Chapman partnership won the young bird certificate with a Dark Green hen of super quality and fully spotted and were also second with a well marked Cobalt cock. Joe Prothero was third with a Dark Green cock staged in good condition. Best Dark Eyed Clear Young Bird was won by the Fielding partnership with a Yellow cock.


Dave Woan with his team of stewards

Dave Woan judged the 25 Yellowfaces and awarded the Best Yellowface in Show to Terry Sadler’s Goldenface Cobalt cock of good size and condition. Another Goldenface Skyblue hen of substance was in second place for Terry.

Terry Sadler won the young bird challenge certificate with a typey Goldenface Skyblue hen staged in good condition. The partnership of Don Rowell and Linda Heighton were in second place with a good sized Cinnamon Grey cock.


There was 29 Rares for Geoff Capes to judge and he awarded the adult certificate to the well known Anthracite of Gren and Pat Norris of good colour and size. A good coloured and balanced Slate hen of Mick Anzara was second followed by Bob Allen’s Opaline Slate hen in third place.

Terry Sadler who won Best Yellowface and Best Rare in show

Terry Sadler headed the young bird section with a quality Opaline Slate hen of good size and colour making her the overall best rare in show. Mick Anzara filled in the next two places with a good coloured Rainbow cock followed by a Slate cock.

Best Anthracite, G and P Norris; Best English Fallow, G and J Al-Nasser; Best German Fallow, Mrs. J. Hill; Best Rainbow, M. Anzara; Best Slate, T. Sadler; Best Saddleback, G and J Al-Nasser.

Judging the 61 OAC entries, Dave Woan awarded the Violet cock of good colour, blow and width from Michael and Margaret Chapman’s stud as the overall winner of this section. A smart and long Lacewing White cock from Terry Sadler was second staged in good condition. Gren and Pat Norris were third with a large Easley Clearbody Grey Green cock which was heavy in colour.

Michael Chapman who won Best AOC & Recessive Pied Young Bird

Bob McCabe headed the young bird section for the second year running with a quality Suffused Yellow hen of good width and colour. Bob Allen was second with a Lacewing Yellow hen which was staged in condition. This was followed by John and Jamie Naylor’s Texas Clearbody Cinnamon Cobalt hen of good colour.

Bob McCabe who won Best AOC Young Bird

Best Olive, J. Farnham; Best Mauve, J. Prothero; Best Violet, M and M Chapman; Best Texas Clearbody, M and M Chapman; Best Easley Clearbody, G and P Norris; Best Lacewing, T. Sadler; Best Greywing, G and J Al-Nasser; Best Yellow, R. McCabe; Best White, M and P Freemantle; Best AOV Clearwing etc, J. Cosby.


There were 3 teams benched and Brian Whitlock won with a team of 4 Lutino cocks followed by a team of 4 Recessive Pied Cinnamon Grey hens from Joe Prothero and 4 Crested Opaline Cinnamon Grey hens from Dave and Linda Rafis.





Any Age



Young Bird




G & P  Norris*


G & P  Norris




G & P Norris*


T Sadler




C Brickell*


M & P Freemantle




M & P Freemantle*


G & J Al-Nasser




R Brokenshire*


G & J Al-Nasser




J Donavan


M Widdowson*




J & J Taylor*


C Potter




G & P  Norris*


G & P  Norris




J Mitchell*


M & M Chapman




T Sadler*


T Sadler




G & P  Norris


T Sadler*




M & M Chapman*


R McCabe




J Butcher

Exhibitors 38




B Whitlock

Birds Benched 333

*  Best of Variety Overall