BHW SHOW OF THE YEAR: BLACKPOOL: 2021
Following my note in July, I can confirm that Ian Evans and I have held another virtual meetings with both The Winter Gardens and Visit Blackpool to further discuss the possibilities of holding The BHW Show of The Year in January 2021. We have also consulted the Show Committee and all stakeholders of the event. I can now advise that, with regret, the committee have come to the decision not to hold a Show in 2021 due to the uncertainties and risks in holding such a public event. We have considered reducing the size of the event and all possible means and formats to achieving a physical Show, but feel that to do so would dilute and devalue what has become an annual pigeon extravaganza. The Government have advised that they will make an announcement regarding the staging of similar events to the show at the earliest in October, such a time scale we feel would not allow us adequate time to effectively organise the event, and if we went ahead and they did place any restrictions on the manner it could be held this would cause disappointment to all involved. In addition we have to consider the welfare of all those involved in the show’s organisation during the event, stewards, judges, trade stand holders and the rest, and the possibilities that by holding the show we could be putting them at risk and become party to increasing the spread of Covid19. Taking all this into account and even considering a reformatted show we believe it is the responsible decision not to hold the show in 2021, and by making this decision early we believe we are being fair to everyone involved, saving them from making any potentially unnecessary arrangements, and financial outlay. We look forward to returning in 2022. Our 50th year, with renewed vitality and enthusiasm, to put on an event worthy of such an achievement, an achievement of which every fancier in the U K should be proud! See you in 2022! David Trippett Chair – BHW Show of the year Committee Ian Evans CEO.
Stop Press: The INFC Charity Show set for Lisburn in December has also been cancelled, its going to be a very quiet winter.
Fermoy in Co. Cork was the venue for the fifth young bird race of the season. The birds were liberated at 11:00am on Sunday 6th September in a light north wind. Man of the moment Ronnie Williamson continues to make the news topping the NIPA from Fermoy with a big number of the early arrivals timed in Newry City. It might have been the lofts first overall winner in the young birds but added to the on-going total is 6 x 1st Open NIPA in the old birds from Tullamore, Gowran Park, Corrin, Skibbereen, Talbenny and Bude. Ron has set a lot of records in his time, this 2020 season beats the lot, never ever been anything like it and well done.
NIPA Open Fermoy (1) 427/12,162 –
1-1G Ron Williamson Newry & Dist 1398, 2-2G Ron Williamson 1390, 3-1D N Edgar & Son Dromara 1390, 4-2D J Greenaway Hills & Maze 1384, 5-3D J Greenaway 1384, 6-4D J Greenaway 1383, 7-5D J Greenaway 1382, 8-3G E McAlinden & Sons Banbridge 1381, 9-4G Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1375, 10-5G Ron Williamson 1378, 11-1E D Mawhinney & Son Beechpark Soc 1376, 12-6G Sands & Rice 1375, 13-7G Sands & Rice 1375, 14-8 Sands & Rice 1374, 15-9G Owen Markey Ballyholland 1374, 16-6D R Keegan & Son Hills & Maze 1373, 17-10G G Murphy Ballyholland 1373, 18-7D R Topping & Son Lisburn & Dist 1371, 19-11G Sands & Rice 1371, 20-12G Ron Williamson 1371.
David Mawhinney from Beechpark Social, 1st in the NIPA Section E.
Best in each NIPA Section:
Section A 28/692 – Sean Hughes Coalisland 1284, Sean Hughes 1277, Kenny Morton & Sons Cookstown 1253.
Section B 72/1663 – Sefton Thompson Crumlin 1292, Danny Dixon Ballymoney 1291, Danny Dixon 1291.
Danny Dixon clocks dual winners in both Ballymoney & MAC.
Section C 80/2101 – G & M Atcheson Ligoniel 1364, G & M Atcheson 1364, M/M G Robinson Carrick Social 1356.
Section D 48/1544 – N Edgar & Son Dromara 1390, Jeff Greenaway Hikllsborough & Maze 1384, Jeff Greenaway 1384.
Section E 110/3677 – D Mawhinney & Son Beechpark Social 1376, J Douglas & Son Lurgan Social 1353, Joe Brown Wilton Cross 1353.
Section F 21/342 – McComb Bros Killyleagh Central 1338, R Shaw Corrigs 1321, T Smyth Killyleagh Central 1314.
Section G 51/2014 – Ron Williamson Newry & Dist 1398, Ron Williamson 1390, E McAlinden & Sons Banbridge 1381.
Section H 17/129 – Steve Eglington Cookstown 1198, 1139, 1130.
Fermoy (1) Sunday 6th September 2020 – Lib 11.00am in a Lt NW wind
NIPA Sect A Clubs
Coalisland & District 11/309 – Sean Hughes 1284, 1277, E Grew 1257, T Kelly 1252, Sean Hughes 1251, E Grew 1243. Great result Seanie Hughes wins 1st & 2nd Section A. The RPRA Result Service is some job.
Sean Hughes from Coalisland & District, 1st & 2nd in Section A.
Coleraine Premier HPS 6/175 – T & J McDonald 1268, A McDonnell 1230, T & J McDonald 1205, J L Madden 1205, L Hanson & Son 1196, 1195. Well done Trevor and Jennifer taking the Red Card from Fermoy, winner timed at 4.03pm flying 219 miles.
Coleraine & County Derry – Mrs Bridget McCrudden 1227, Terence McCrudden 1191, Terence McCrudden 1191.
Cookstown Social – Kenny Morton & Sons 1253, G & S Smith 1252, 1241, Kenny Morton & Sons 1239, G & S Smith 1233, 1219.
Dungannon – K Shannon 1249, Eamon Bleeks 1203, K Shannon 1200.
Windsor Social 4/109 – Kenny Glass 1226, 1215, 1206, 1206, T Scott & Son 1205, Kenny Glass 1204. Well done Kenny Glass top four places from Fermoy, winner timed at 4.15pm flying 219 miles.
NIPA Sect H Clubs
Amelia Earhart 3/28 – J Quigley & Son 1046, 961, Ray McMonagle 960, 897, 890, 883. Congratulations to Jimmy Quigley on winning for the second week on the trot with the same pigeon. Jimmy also lifts the pools and Section H pools. Well done Jimmy Quigley on winning the pools for the second week running with same bird £100, he sent five birds and got all five.
Derry & District 6/46 – A McCrudden 945, R Gallagher 935, J & G Ramsey 890, D Canning 842, A McCrudden 840, R Gallagher 798.
Maiden City 3/26 – S Bradley 992, P McLaughlin 869, 805, 799. Very well done to Seamus Bradley, chalking up his first win of the season on a very tough day in to the North West.
Strabane & District 3/20 – Jay Walsh 1026, 1005, 851, 786. Well done Jay taking all positions.
NIPA Sect B Clubs
Ahoghill Flying Club 7/245 – Young McManus & Sons 1224, 1217, A Shields 1198, J Smyth & Son 1183, 1178, 1178. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – Young McManus & Sons 1224, Young McManus & Sons 1217. Well done Paddy and William, 1st & 2nd Club and 1st & 2nd 2 Bird Club.
Ballymena & District HPS 7/150 – J Eagleson & Sons 1253, 1253, Blair & Rankin 1231, R Service & Son 1229, 1229, Blair & Rankin 1227. Johnston Eagleson & Sons timed two birds together at 15.42pm to take 1st & 2nd club. The winning blue chequer cock was 2nd club last week behind the Service partnership. Breeding is Leo Hereman x Van den Bulk. The second blue pied hen is Van den Bulk off a granddaughter of the famous Kittle
Johnston Eagleson had dual winners in Ballymena & District HPS from Fermoy.
Ballymoney HPS 6/145 – D Dixon 1291, 1291, D & H Stuart 1185, 1181, Young & Gibson 1153, Brown & Stewart 1149. Danny Dixon had joint winners of the Mid Antrim Combine and also Ballymoney HPS. His blue hen is out of the lofts good Mealey Stickers Dunker cock reared by Gary Gibson, when paired to a granddaughter of “Wonder Boy” lent to Danny from clubmate Robert McCooke. The dark cheq is sister of his 1st Combine winner last week, they are out Heartbreaker when he was paired to the daughter of Superke
Dervock RPS 1/12 – D & H Stuart 1185, 1181.
Broughshane & District HPS – Robert Wylie 1190, 1149, 1138.
Cullybackey HPS - J & J Greer 1208, J McNaghten & Son 1197, G Gibson 1196, J McNaghten & Son 1195, C & R McIntyre 1182, G Gibson 1175. Today’s Cullybackey HPS winners are the partnership of J & J Greer. Clocking their blue cock at 3.51pm to record a velocity of 1208.164 to win 1st Club. The sire of this pigeon was kindly gifted from Kenneth Kernohan off the best of the Veermeerburgen lines, a big thank you to Keith. Well done to all in the result.
J & J Greer had the winner in Cullybackey HPS.
Crumlin & District HPS 5/127 – S Thompson 1292, Fleming Bros 1289, 1273, S Thompson 1257, 1254, Fleming Bros 1253.
Sefton Thompson of Crumlin & District, winner of 1st NIPA Section B.
Harryville HPS 7/142 – K & K Kernohan 1290, R H Clements 1276, K & K Kernohan 1262, 1253, R H Clements 1243, 1237. Well done K & K Kernohan winner was a Vermerburgen, timed at 3.34pm flying 201 miles to the lofts at Ballykeel. Three wins on the trot for the loft in form.
Kells & District HPS 7/186 – C & D Jackson 1291, S Crawford 1270, C & D Jackson 1262, S Crawford 1257, C & D Jackson 1250, S Crawford 1241. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Gregg Bros 1230, C & D Jackson 1124, McFarlane & Agnew 1069. The winner was bred by Derek Parr, C Lambrechts best.
Davy Jackson enjoying a very successful season in Kells & Dist, just pipped in the MAC from Fermoy.
Muckamore HPS – S & J Bones & T Yates 1320, 1322, D J Thompson 1284, S & N Maginty 1251, 1251. Well done Jason and Trevor, another super card from Fermoy with the winner timed at 3.14pm flying 192 miles.
Randalstown HPS 5/133 – F & G & J Dickey 1247, 1230, 1224, J Millar 1187, W & W Gilbert 1167, Stewart Bros 1154. Three wins on the trot well done Frank, and in the MAC Young Bird Knock-out final as well.
Wee hamper man Frank Dickey 3 in a row and takes first 3 from 133 birds from Fermoy, also into the final of the Mid Antrim Combine Young Bird Knock-out. This week’s winner is off “Buster” the winner of 1st Open Mullingar.
Rasharkin & District – T Whyte.1221, F Barkley 1214, W McFetridge 1213, W & J McLean 1200, T Whyte 1199, J & M Milliken 1176. Danny Dixon – 1291, 1291, 1272, 1245, 1245.
Trevor Whyte timed the winner in Rasharkin & District HPS.
NIPA Sect E Clubs
Annaghmore – G Buckley & Son 1332, 1331, 1319, R D Calvin 1318, T McClean 1318, R Buckley 1318. Well done G Buckley & Son 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Armagh HPS – E & M Curran 1345, P Campbell & Son 1315, D C & P McArdle 1305, E & M Curran 1303, D C & P McArdle 1302, E & M Curran 1290.
Beechpark Social – D Mawhinney & Son 1376, C Reynolds 1345, D Mawhinney & Son 1322. The Blue Cheq hen which won 1st Section "E" at the weekend is of a Blue Cheq Cock which was bought at Kevin Downey's Clearance Sale last year and a super hen which is a full sister to "Pink Eyes" which Davy got from his mate Jack Walker ,although she was bred by Astbury & Horton. She is flown on the jealous system
Blackwatertown HPS – R G & G Donaldson 1319, Collins & Douglas 1316, Mullen Bros 1315, RGG Donaldson 1314, J Brown 1305, 1296. Delighted To Take The Win Today. Sire is Louis Thijs x Luc Culeman and is a son of Hagan & Rowney’s 'Champion 24'. Dam was a hen obtained from Jason Whitten, and is a sister to 12 x 1st Prize Winners.
The Donaldson team win Blackwatertown from Fermoy.
Bondhill Social – David Calvin 1334, 1327, 1316, Capper Bros 1308, David Calvin 1305, 1304.
Edgarstown HPS 9/286 – D Love 1325, S & E Buckley 1319, J Trotter 1317, S & E Buckley 1311, G & C Simmons 1302, R Bell & Sons 1288. Pools 1st D Love, 2nd A & R Neill. A big well done to Davy taking the top spot this week and winning the pools. Well done to all in the result.
David Love was the winner in Edgarstown HPS (Portadown).
Gilford & District – Moody Bros 1340, Rafferty & Toman 1339, 1330, A Feeney & Son 1318, Rafferty & Toman 1317, C & H Beattie 1313. Well done Moody Bros winners from Fermoy.
Laurelvale – Alan Craig 1321, 1290, 1283, C Duke & Sons 1282, Alan Craig 1282, C Duke & Sons 1281. Another one on the nose. Good preparation for Talbenny perhaps. Well done Alan Craig and all in the result.
Loughgall – Nelson Weir 1306, 1296, Stanley West 1283, Nelson Weir 1274, 1265, 1259.
Lurgan Social – J Douglas & Son 1353, 1339, 11320.
Markethill – Richard McCracken 1339, 1337, 1331, 1330, J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1320, Richard McCracken 1318. Well done Richard, 8 x 1sts so far in Markethill HPS.
Richard McCracken winner of 8 x 1sts in Markethill HPS, for a best ever season. .
Monaghan - Patrick McFadden 1300, Richard Mulligan 1269, Patrick McFadden 1262.
Portadown & Drumcree – J Whitten & Son 1335, 1325, A McDonald 1321, Larkin Bros 1319, 1311, 1307. 2 Bird Club - 1. Larkin Bros, 2. Larkin Bros. Nomination Larkin Bros. Jay and my-self are delighted to win the club today making that 8 wins this season! We would like to thank Cyril H Beattie for all his help and support on getting the birds back on track. Also well done to all the members in the Top 10.
J Whitten & Son back with 1st & 2nd in Portadown & Drumcree.
Wilton Cross – Joe Brown 1353, Alan Larkin 1316, Geoff Douglas 1298, 1297, 1294, Alan Larkin 1294. Well done big Joe, well out in front in a tough one from Fermoy.
Joe Brown had the clear winner in the Wilton Cross (Lurgan).
Fed & Combine Update –
Fermoy in Co. Cork was the venue for the fifth young bird race of the season. The birds were liberated at 11.00am on Sunday 6th September in a light north wind. Rasharkin fancier Danny Dixon who at present is having a fantastic young bird season again has the best two birds in the Mid Antrim Combine. Danny timed his winners at 15.43pm for the 208 miles fly to Dunloy. The first bird a blue hen is off his good Sticker Dunker cock when pair to a granddaughter of Wonder Boy on loan from Robert McCook of Ballymoney. His second bird a blue chequer cock is full brother to last week’s 1st Combine from Gowran Park. That’s 5 x 1st Mid Antrim Combine winners for the Dixon loft this season. Davy Jackson of Kells & Dist is next best in the Combine and just half a yard behind Danny's winner. Davy winning for the fourth race on the trot timed another direct Derek Parr pigeon this time a grandson of Red Barron and Kingpin. The consistent Roy Clements is fourth combine and Danny Dixon is in again at fifth. Mervyn Eagleson PO.
Mid Antrim Combine Fermoy (1) 42/1008 - D Dixon Rasharkin 1291.9, D Dixon 1291.9, C & D Jackson Kells 1291.5, R H Clements Associate 1276, D Dixon 1272, S Crawford Kells 1270, C & D Jackson 1262, S Crawford 1257, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1253, J Eagleson & Sons 1253, C & D Jackson 1250, F & G & J Dickey Randalstown 1247, D Dixon 1245, D Dixon 1245, R H Clements 1243, S Crawford 1241, R H Clements 1237, A Barkley & Son Kells 1237, Surgenor Bros Kells 1236, A Barkley & Son 1236, S Crawford 1233, C & D Jackson 1232, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1231, Gregg Bros Kells 1230, F & G & J Dickey 1230, R Service & Son Ballymena 1229, R Service & Son 1229, Surgenor Bros 1228, Blair & Rankin 1227, J Eagleson & Sons 1227, J Eagleson & Sons 1226, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1225, Young & McManus Ahoghill 1224, J Rock Associate 1222, T Whyte Rasharkin 1221
Mid Antrim YB Points Top 5 (Week 5) - D Dixon Rasharkin 248, C & D Jackson Kells 66, R H Clements Associate 35, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 32, Sam Crawford Kells 30. Young Bird Knock-out - From Fermoy at the weekend the semi-finals were D Dixon 1291 v J Smyth & Son 1183 and F & J & G Dickey 1243 v R Service & Son 1229, with final at Talbenny on 12th September Danny Dixon v F & J & G Dickey. With Fermoy such a hard race it was interesting to see both Danny Dixon and J Eagleson & Sons time two birds each on the same second and each loft having joint winners. Johnston Eagleson had two winners in Ballymena while Danny went one better with joint winners in both Ballymoney and Mid Antrim Combine. In the old days that would have been two birds timed in the one shuttle, don’t happen often on the ETS.
Coleraine Triangle Fermoy (1) – T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1268, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1230, B McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1227, K Glass Windsor Soc 1226, K Glass 1215, 1206, 1206, T & J McDonald 1205, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1205, T Scott & Son Windsor Soc 1205, K Glass 1204, L Hanson & Son Coleraine Prem 1196, T Scott & Son 1196, L Hanson & Son 1195, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1191, A McDonnell 1191, T McCrudden 1191, D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1186, T Scott & Son 1184, A & M Boyle Windsor Soc 1168.
Foyle Valley Combined Fermoy (1) – J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1046, Jay Walsh Strabane 1026, Jay Walsh 1005, Seamus Bradley Maiden City 992, J Quigley & Son 961, R McMonagle Amelia Earhart 960, A McCrudden Derry & Dist 945, R Gallagher Derry & Dist 935, R McMonagle 897, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 890,
R McMonagle 890, R McMonagle 883, P McLaughlin Maiden City 869, Jay Walsh 851, D Canning Derry & Dist 842, A McCrudden 840, P McLaughlin 805, P McLaughlin 799, R Gallagher 798, Jay Walsh 786.
City of Derry Federation Fermoy (1) – J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1046, Seamus Bradley Maiden City 992, J Quigley & Son 961, R McMonagle Amelia Earhart 960, A McCrudden Derry & Dist 945, R Gallagher Derry & Dist 935, R McMonagle 897, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 890, R McMonagle 890, R McMonagle 883, P McLaughlin Maiden City 869, D Canning Derry & Dist 842, A McCrudden 840, P McLaughlin 805, P McLaughlin 799, R Gallagher 798, D Canning 785, D Canning 784, R Gallagher 781, A McCrudden 777, J & G Ramsey 755.
NI Channel Federation Fermoy (1) - R Keegan & Son 1352 (£126.40), Moody Bros 1340 (£79.20), Matthew Russell 1338 (£46.30), R Keegan & Son 1335 (£10.60), Rafferty & Toman 1330 (£8.48), R D Calvin 1318 (£7.42), R McCracken 1318 (£6.36), R D Calvin 1315 (£4.24), Gregory O’Dowd 1312, Sammy Ogle 1305, A Feeney & Son 1303, T McKinstry 1302, J Brown 1296, Sammy Ogle 1286, D Love 1280, H T & J Larkin 1279, Collins & Douglas 1272, H T & J Larkin 1267, G Douglas 1264, J Brush 1261. Well done to everyone in the result for the newly formed NI Channel Fed. Fantastic support for the opening weekend. Congratulations to all the prize winners especially R Keegan & Son who win 1st Fed as well as finishing 6th Sect & 16th Open NIPA.
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