Edrimet Yorskhire Canary Club Their first show 2016
Having been invited to judge the inaugural show of the Edrimet Yorkshire canary club Bob Pepper and myself set off on the midnight flight from Stanstead truly not knowing what lay before us.
We knew that the Yorkshire canary fancy was buoyant in Turkey and that the shows in Istanbul and Izmir were of great success with entries of well over 1000 birds. So a new club holding its first show was an unknown although throughout the planning process club official Yidrim Erdogan constantly reassured us that the show would be a great success with around 1000 to 1300 birds expected. A lot of birds for two judges but nothing that fazed us and we looked forward to learning of the quality of birds that would be benched before us.
On arrival in Istanbul we were greeted by Yidrim along with Ufuk Gules who went on the assist us over the four day stay. They were enthused by the knowledge of at least 1300 birds being entered and with two days still to go there was the chance of this number increasing. The internal flight was quite short and we soon arrived in Edrimet which proved to be a beautiful setting.
The show hall itself was on the Aegean Sea and offered a superb venue for the show as well as additional trade stand areas within the complex and outside.
Prior to the show day Bob and myself on behalf of the club and with the translating skills of Yidrim and the presence of club President Kamil Ekici headed a seminar intended to help the Yorkshire canary breeders to further improve their birds and explain the finer points of the standard. We stated that we wanted everyone to be breeding good quality Yorkshires not just the few and that it was important that the best breeders helped those looking to make progress.
We had been told that this would be held in the local municipal hall which turned out to be a modern lecture room full of keen Yorkshire breeders. The evening was filmed for intended future release.
On the day before the show we were invited to inspect the hall and staging. We considered that the judging benches were just a little high. This resulted in a local joiner removing them from the hall and returning them later adjusted to our specification. The staging was of course brand new and was manufactured from high quality timbers.
The club had purchased 1000 new show cages with members being asked to make up any additional amount required. These are of plastic collapsible design to aid travel space.
On the morning of the show entries were still arriving and before too long it was announced that the total show entry had exceeded 1700 birds which was of course amazing and a world record for the Yorkshire canary.
We sat outside under the shade discussing the time required to complete the judging and I came up with an estimated twelve hours including making the special awards. When we explained this to the officials they stated that meals for the exhibitors and ourselves had been booked for 8.30pm and that we could continue the judging the following morning. We suggested that we would prefer to complete the judging within the day so as to make it fair for all of the exhibitors and were prepared to continue until completion. They agreed that this could be done.
As it happened the judging took eleven hours to complete, made possible by having excellent stewards who remained totally focused and attentive throughout. No way would this have been possible to achieve this without them. During this process I encountered the largest class by far I have ever been asked to judge, 228 green marked buff hens. This class alone took around two and a half hours to complete and was divided into eight sub classes before bringing the best seven from each group together.
Another astounding fact was that when the call came that the meals were to be served in the nearby restaurant the exhibitors chose to remain and watch the final three hours of judging !
With all of the classes being well in excess of one hundred birds all of the classes took time to complete.
One feature that differs to our shows in that there is no novice section. All of the breeders compete together, yet fanciers with only a couple of years of experience were amongst the class winners, proving what is possible when breeding with the correct birds.
We arrived at the specials and decided to select the best seven initially from all of the class winners before considering any second or lower placed birds.
We both had in mind a certain group of class winners and duly placed them within their provisional places.
Throughout this process we both soon became happy with our leading bird which was a beautiful long well positioned self green cock which had headed a very strong class. With one or two birds behind it not showing the same character the second bird from the same class was brought forward. I had mentioned to Bob that there were at least a couple of cracking birds in this class and when the second placed bird hit the judging bench we both agreed this was the runner up. As it happened both of these birds belonged to Tarhan Kardesler and were very close in qualities. The third bird in the class was also duly brought forward and instantly secured the third best in show award for Kamil Ekici. These were in our opinion three superb yellow cocks and both of us were delighted with them as the leading Yorkshires in the hall even if they were all from the same class. Fourth place was a lovely rounded clear yellow hen shown by Ergun Yagizoglu. This hen was a strong contender for the previous awards and just lacked the showmanship required but even so was a lovely bird. In fifth place was a very steady heavy variegated green buff hen which was another winner for Kamil Ekici. This was another Yorkshire of great shape. Kamil also took the sixth place award with a clear buff hen possessing great feather quality. Completing the best sevens was another clear yellow hen of great roundness providing yet another winner for Tarhan Kardesier.
Both myself and Bob felt that there were some really high quality birds on show and hopefully we showed to the breeders that position, length, taper and shape is the way forward. We considered the green classes to be the strongest but it should be mentioned that there were some very good cinnamons benched.
There were many Yorkshires with good body shape although we commented some breeders needed to improve head qualities and body length and position.
The Sunday of the show was spent with exhibitors discussing their birds and viewing the many trade stands that accompanied the show. Here there were many Yorkshires and other canary breeds for sale together with several seed and accessory suppliers. In fact almost everything for the breeders was on sale.
The awards were made to the exhibitors prior to lifting which proceeded in a calm a relaxed manner despite the large entry.
It was also interesting to see the amount of younger fanciers showing which we are sadly lacking within the Yorkshire canary in the UK.
When we asked fanciers how the Yorkshire canary has become so popular in Turkey they found it difficult to explain. It seemed that it had escalated by word and mouth aided by the fact that suitable breeding stock is freely available due to the amount of breeders who have surplus stock. Many have visited the UK and other European countries to enhance their breeding stock and the surplus birds then of course become available for others to start with.
After the show we visited the bird rooms of club president Kamil Ekici which were in fact converted shops. Kamil runs two rooms one for his breeding team and one for his how team. It was interesting to see his management systems and to also view the birds related to his show team members.
We would both like to thank all the officials of the club, the stewards, exhibitors and trade stand owners for their hospitality and friendship which helped to make the visit a wonderful experience and we both look forward to next year’s return visit.