Edremit, Turkey, another triumph for the Yorkshire canary ( 2019 )
Once again the Edremit Yorkshire canary club (EYCC) staged the biggest show of the year for Yorkshire Canaries anywhere in the world, when in October 1,850 birds were staged for this years event.
This entry was 150 down on the previous years world record of 2003 exhibits which was explained by the birds having a later than usual moult this year.
The club officials seemed actually ‘pleased’ with a slight drop and had in fact reduced the adult classes back to two from the four that were included the previous year with the result of ‘too many’ adult birds being shown !.
For this years event I was joined by four other judges, Bob Pepper and Steve Edmond from England, George McCracken from Northern Ireland and Leon Lebrun from Belgium.
When five judges were requested it was considered that the entry based on previous years increases could climb close to 2,500, but that was not to be for this year, anyway.
Because of this we each only judges 3 or 4 classes which was fine because most of these had around 180 in each class so we was able to easily give them the time that each exhibit deserves at such an important show.
Many exhibitors travel by car hundreds of miles to attend this event so need to see that their birds are given every opportunity to impress.
It should also be considered that all of the birds in the main classes are unflighted and that for many this would be the first time out on the show bench.
There are no novice classes so new comers to the breed will need a degree of patience to be able to in time build a team to compete at this highest level.
But with exhibitors at this years show gaining birds in the best seven places and only being in their second and fourth years in the Yorkshire fancy it shows what can be achieved if they can breed the right quality of bird.
As a team we were seeking the obvious qualities required in a Yorkshire canary of a long body, correct ‘Golding’ type shape with as correct possible leg position. Features that this club strongly promote.
Despite our experience the club still give a reminder prior to judging that the ‘EYCC’ strongly promote birds of the Golding standard and as such are looking for birds of that stature to complete the best seven line up. Fortunately all of the judges were like minded
to that approach so all worked together to achieve this.
Bob, Leon and myself, having judged the show before, were of the opinion that the overall quality had dropped a little on past years. Perhaps this was largely due to the slower, late moult that we had been advised about but there were certainly more birds lacking head quality and length of body than we recall.
There were also quite a number of birds that despite, in some occasions having good body shape. possessed the straight legged fault that is alien to the breed.
Despite this we were as usual faced with large classes with several good birds in them. I guess you could say that it was a case of having to find them a little more than usual, but they were there.
Our classes took around six hours thirty minutes to complete and our method from there was to place the best seven class winners in order and then consider second or third placed birds in rotation from the first bird backwards through the seven.
As is usual in these situations a select few birds were at first grouped together for comparison and again under many watchful eyes the birds were steadied and carefully assessed.
Our system at this show is to achieve the best seven before giving confirmation of the best bird and so on.
This is to give us an opportunity to ensure that we are all happy with the line up and that we have achieved a high degree off consistency with the seven birds.
On this occasion we were not entirely happy with our seventh placed bird so sought a suitable replacement until we were all happy.
This takes some additional time but again is very important at such a large and important event.
The award for best in show was given to a green marked yellow cock benched by Mehmet Coskun.
The bird had truly headed a strong class and possessed a well rounded body with a balanced shoulder and chest, it stood proud and had the good characteristic of showing itself at the right time. It also possessed a very good feather and position. It occasionally had to compose itself but when it did it was a step ahead on the remaining birds.
The runner up was a non colour fed self green yellow hen shown by Tolay Ecova. This hen was of good length and stood proud giving itself every chance of success.
Omer Arsian won the third best in show with a much admired cinnamon buff hen which possessed perfect feather quality, had a great shape and good position.
A green yellow hen shown by Ahsen Cakit was the fourth best in show. A pleasing outline and good temperament aided this bird to a good position in the line up.
The fifth best in show was a non colour fed green yellow cock of good length and position. This bird looked well for its owner Saban Sabanoglu.
The sixth and seventh places were taken with birds from the team of Huseyin Tarhan. In sixth was his green buff hen, which had a lovely rounded shoulder and looked really well in the line up.
In seventh place and completing the best bird awards was his green marked yellow cock second in the class to the best in show bird. Another bird of good length and a bird that worked hard to be in the final line up.
The show is only open for a short while on the Saturday after judging, as this had been completed well into the evening.
On the Sunday of the show it is always good to see how many exhibitors tend to engage the judges in discussions regarding their exhibits. They are all looking to improve their stock and seek knowledge on how to do so.
They tend to have a respectful manner to the judges and are happy to receive opinion on their birds.
It was also pleasing for us to witness several families and small children visiting the show and indeed involved in the show. This can only be good for the future of the breed at this show.
The continued support of the Mayor’s office is a great help to the club in staging such a large show.
For the judges it is certainly a tiring weekend but well rewarded by the enthusiasm that the officials and the exhibitors show towards the Yorkshire canary and to the success of this event.