‘All of my exhibition birds have all been bred in my own room’
The pictorial Golding model along with the written description of ‘the ideal’ is our guide as to the type of bird required to win on the show bench. A top class exhibition Yorkshire canary in my opinion excels in proportion, it is to be perfectly drawn with taper and possess immaculate feather quality. Its shape should exude quality showing perfectly proportioned roundness to the chest and shoulder with its leg position gaining the correct ‘five and twenty to one’ position when compared to the hands of a clock.
Very few birds display all of the required features which makes the breeding and exhibiting of the breed a great challenge.
Our specialist club shows provide the strongest competition where a win at any of these events provides the exhibitor a worthwhile achievement.
Yorkshire canaries are classified by ‘technical marks’ which is a very simple method to understand and a full written description if given on the Yorkshire Canary website.
The Fife Fancy classification is totally different but is simple to understand and follow. The main difference is that with the Fife it is the unflighted birds who generally grace the show bench and take the leading awards.
'Breed and prepare your birds to the best of your ability and show to win, but dont expect to win'
The challenge of breeding high quality exhibition canaries that can compete on the show bench is what drives most of us on each year. The competition eleiment to our hobby is an important one as shows help to bring people together for the good of the fancy and for the individual.
We are all trying to breed our birds to the respective ideal model of our chosen breed(s) which should be firmly placed within our mind eye. My aim is as it has always been, to exhibit and present my birds to the best of my ability.
I have always only shown birds that I have bred myself.
Judging opinions will differ over a show season although you would expect that a top quality exhibit would prove to be consistant over several shows.
A true fancier will appreciate quality birds shown by fellow exhibitors and also will accept the judges opinion without question. On the occasions that you dont agree with the results of the day you will still be taking your birds home to breed with the following year and hopefully if your birds showed well other exhibibitors and visitors to the show will have enjoyed viewing them on the show bench.
Show to win, but never expect to win.