“The Original” Around The Up North Combine
The British Show Racer Federation (Northern Region) By Keith Simpson
The British Show Racer Federation (Northern Region) was held at Snainton Village Hall, Scarborough on Sunday 17th November 2019 with the Show being organised by the North East Counties Show Racer Society on behalf of the British Show Race Federation. The entries were down a little on previous years, but on saying that the organisers still attracted support from exhibitors from all over the North of England and Scotland. The Standard of birds was very high, and the competition was top-drawer, with both the Best In Show and the Best Opposite Sex winners having had previous Best In Shows at Classic Shows in 2018, namely at Kingdom Open Show and the North Of England Homing Union Show Of The Year.
The organisers would like to thank all the exhibitors for their support and a special thanks to Class Judges Tom Newton, Peter Brookshaw & Keith Story and the Specials Judge Robert Parnaby who gave up their time to come along and do a very difficult job. Thanks also go out to Ann & Zoe for selling the raffle tickets, and Lucy for doing the kitchen with a little assistance from her Dad Steve. And not forgetting all the members who helped in both setting up the pens and taking them down at the end of the Show and tidying up afterwards.
The very highly successful Scottish partnership of John & Alice Bell took first blood by winning a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class 1, Old Cock 2017 or Earlier, Red, Mealy, Blue, Dark Chequer. R Logan potted the yellow card while JK & JD Lynn of Darlington took 5th spot.
Class 2, Old Hen 2017 or Earlier, Red, Mealy, Blue, Dark Chequer saw JK & JD Lynn win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 3rd. With the partnership of Dixon & Dodgson who are never far away in the prizes pocketing 4th and 5th positions.
The Darlington duo JK & JD Lynn racked up their second win on the bounce by winning Class 3, Cock 2018 Red, Mealy, Blue, Dark Chequer. John & Alice Bell came back into the frame to lift the blue card while R Logan nets his second prize card to take 3rd. Dixon & Dodgson are in 4th spot while K Hardaker notches up 5th place.
John & Alice Bell returned to the winners' enclosure to record their second win after winning 1st Class 4, Hen 2018 with a Dark Chequer that went onto to win a most impressive Best In Show. S Ferguson is in the points after lifting 2nd while I Holah who is also scoring for the first time taking 3rd position. Not to miss out A Ferguson became the third fancier to be scoring for the first time of the day taking 4th while K Hardaker claims 5th position.
John & Alice Bell with the British Show Racer Federation Secretary Struan Ferguson.
Moving onto Class 5, Cock 2019 Red, Mealy, Blue, Dark Chequer where Dixon & Dodgson came good to win 1st and 3rd with S Ferguson taking 2nd, while K Hardaker cops his third card in a row to lift 4th spot with A Ferguson picking up 5th position.
Keith Hardaker who had being hovering the minor prize cards the previous three Classes put his foot on the gas to hit winning form in Class 6, Hen 2019 Red, Mealy, Blue, Dark Chequer after chalking up two positions to win 1st and 4th. Both A Ferguson and S Ferguson netted for the third Class running with A Ferguson taking 2nd and S Ferguson hard behind in 3rd spot. The final prize card was spotted by Dixon & Dodgson.
Things started to hot up for John & Alice Bell in Class 7, Old Cock 2018 or Earlier when they scored three times to win a cracking 1st, 3rd and 4th to record their third Class win of the day. The very competitive John & Alice had really had their birds in tip top condition for their red card winning Mosaic cock went onto win Best Opposite Sex to add to the Best In Show they won with their Class 4 winning Dark Chequer hen. JK & JD Lynn are back in the frame in 2nd position while K Hardaker chalks up 5th place.
John & Alice Bell's Dark Chequer Yearling Hen winner of Class 4 and Best in Show.
More success came John & Alice Bell's way when they chalked up three prizes in Class 8, Old Hen 2018 or Earlier Any Other Colour to win a very nice 1st, 3rd and 5th. With JK & JD Lynn netting the blue card and the partnership of Dixon & Dodgson pocketing 4th spot.
There was a new Class winner in Class 9, Cock 2019 Any Other Colour when A Ferguson came good to win a brilliant 1st and 2nd. K Hardaker also took a couple of tickets lifting a notable 3rd and 5th while Dixon & Dodgson nipped one in to take 4th place for the second Class running.
The never say die partnership of Dixon & Dodgson were back in pole position in Class 10, Hen 2019 Any Other Colour with their Silver Bar winning hen going onto win Best In Show Young Bird which they will have being well pleased with. K Hardaker racks up another couple of prizes by taking the blue and yellow cards, with the Class 9 winning A Ferguson netting the green card and S Ferguson notching up 5th position.
Mosaic Cock winner of Class 7 and Best Opposite Sex for J & A Bell.
A Ferguson comes up trumps after recording his second win of the day after winning Class 11, Through Wire Cock Any Age, Any Colour, with the Dark Chequer cock also winning Best Wire Bird. I Holah pitches in by chalking up both the blue and greens cards while JK & JD Lynn lifts 4th and 5th positions.
The final Class of the day was Class 12, Through Wire Hen Any Age, Any Colour, with the loft of Dixon & Dodgson achieving their third win by winning a top-notch 1st and 2nd. While K Hardaker rounded off his day by netting the green with JK & JD Lynn potting the yellow card and S Ferguson taking 5th place.