28 October 2021 - Flipbook - Page 46
OCTOBER 28 2021
By Guy Richardson
ABOVE: Gregory Eaton’s champion
Goose, a Buff Toulouse.
ABOVE: Ryan Liggett’s best of breed
A WONDERFUL TURNOUT FOR
DROMORE CLUB WATERFOWL SHOW
AST Saturday saw the return
of the Dromore Poultry
Waterfowl show at the new
premises kindly provided
by James Hammond at his home in
This was the ﬁrst of ﬁve shows
planned to be held by the club this
The show on Saturday also
incorporated the British Call Duck
Club regional show and what a
turnout of Call ducks with over 300
Call ducks on display, making it
the biggest regional show outside
the annual November Club show.
Most colours of Call ducks were on
display with some that have hardly
been seen in shows here before.
Besides the amazing display of
Call ducks all the classes of heavy,
light and miniature breeds of ducks
were well represented and in the
adjoining building there was a
great display of geese in a number
of different breeds across the
three section categories of heavy,
medium and light breeds.
Overall there were over 450 ducks
and geese on display. What a great
display for the ﬁrst waterfowl show
Historically domestic waterfowl
were ﬁrst introduced to the
Dromore Poultry Club in the 1990s
when classes for Call ducks and
miniature ducks were added into
the soft feather section and with
the expansion of the club both in
size of the premises and larger
show cages, a waterfowl–only show
was established which has been a
popular addition to the club ever
The judges for this event were
Kevin Williamson, originally from
Shetland, Scotland, and now living
in England and Ryan McLaren
from County Tyrone and between
them they had a massive task, but
meticulously judged the birds and
before we knew it championship
row started to ﬁll up with the
The British Call duck regional
show results were as follows:
This is the ﬁrst of the three
Northern Ireland regional shows.
Best Self Variety – Jimmy Ryan,
Best Mallard – Jimmy Ryan, adult
Best Dilute Variety – Lucy
Hammond, adult Apricot male.
Best marked mallard variety –
Lucy Hammond, adult pied drake.
Best Silver variety – Lucy
Hammond, Apricot Silver Adult
Best Marked Silver Variety –
Lucy Hammond, Silver Appleyard
Best marked variety – Lucy
Hammond, adult black magpie
Champion Non standard – Lucy
Hammond, adult dark blue Silver
Champion Call – Lucy Hammond,
adult Pied male.
Reserve champion call – Jimmy
Ryan, adult mallard female.
The result of the best of breeds:
Aylesbury – Ryan Liggett
Rouen – Ryan Liggett.
Saxony – Andrew Moorhead.
German Pekin – Guy Richardson.
Cayuga – Darren Warnick.
Indian Runner – Gregory Eaton.
Magpie – Francis Murtagh.
Buff Orpington – Francis
Abacot Ranger – Francis
Campbell – McKibbin Family
Bali – David Neill
The top awards were as follows:
Champion Goose – Gregory
Eaton’s Buff Toulouse.
Champion Heavy Breed – Ryan
Liggett’s Rouen Duck.
Champion Light Breed – Gregory
Eaton’s Fawn Indian Runner duck
Champion Miniature Breed – Roy
Davidson’s Black East Indian duck.
Champion Call duck – Lucy
Hammond’s Pied Call drake.
Champion junior entry – Ryan
boys’ white Call.
Overall show champion was Lucy
Hammond’s Call Drake.
Reserve show champion was
Jimmy Ryan’s Mallard Call duck.
This was a wonderful show and
a great return to autumn/winter
shows here in Northern Ireland.
I would like to thank James
Hammond for setting up the
Dromore Poultry Association’s
show hall at his home. The lighting
and layout was superb and the
effort that went into this event
by Pauline Gibson, Judith Lyons,
Ryan Liggett, Robert and Joanne
McKibben and other club members
was just incredible. A special
thanks to judges Kevin Williamson
and Ryan McLaren for giving up
their valuable time to judge this
This was a great day out for all
who have an interest in domestic
waterfowl and helps to preserve
these wonderful breeds.
n Next Saturday, October 30,
there is the ﬁrst Dromore hard
feather show of the season at
Loughbrickland and also on the
same day is the Banbridge poultry
fair at the Belmont House Hotel,
ABOVE: Lucy Hammond’s best marked
silver variety call
ABOVE: Roy Davidson’s best of breed
Black East Indian Duck was also
champion miniature breed.
with her lovely
a white Call
ABOVE: Judges Kevin Williamson and Ryan
McLaren congratulating Lucy Hammond and
her Dad James Hammond on winning the
Show championship award.