Ballymoney Ornitholoical Association held their 78th Annual Open Show on Saturday, 8 November.
Once again this proved to be a huge success with exhibitors coming from across Northern Ireland and also many from various parts of the Republic of Ireland. The exhibits were judged by a panel of judges from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England. In total 1,206 birds were on exhibition.
The main awards in each section are as follows:-
NORWICH CANARY AWARDS
Best Champion Norwich in Show - Dr R Wilson, Templepatrick
Best Novice Norwich in Show - Mr D Hanna, Ballymoney
GLOSTER CANARY AWARDS
Best Champion Gloster in Show - J & C Hill, Ballymoney
Best Novice Gloster in Show - Mr W Lyttle, Ballymena
YORKSHIRE CANARY AWARDS
Best Champion Yorkshire in Show - Mr S Nicholl, Armoy
Best Novice Yorkshire in show - Mr A McFarland, Ballyclare
BORDER CANARY AWARDS
Best Champion Border in Show - Mr G Qua, Templepatrick
Best Novice Border in Show - Mr I Ellis, Ballymena
BEST PET BIRD
Miss Amy Lewis, Cullybackey.
BRITISH BIRD SECTION
Best Champion British Bird - Mr J Doohan, Donegal
Best Champion Mule/Hybrid - Wright & Hanna, Ballymoney
Best Novice British Bird - Mr K Moore, Ballymena
Best Novice Mule/Hybrid - Mr K Moore, Ballymena
Best Champion Budgerigar in Show - Mr D Murray, Dunmurry
Best Novice Budgerigar in Show - Mr K Ramsey, Donegal
FOREIGN BIRD SECTION
Best Foreign Bird - Mr I Mercer, Lisburn
Best Large Foreign Bird - W McChesney & Son, Cullybackey
Best Small Foreign Bird - Mr I Mercer
AUSTRALIAN FINCH SECTION
Best Australian Finch - Mr I Mercer, Lisburn
ZEBRA FINCH SECTION
Best Champion Zebra Finch in Show - Mr L Mills, Eglinton
Best Novice Zebra Finch in Show - Mr J McGillian, Londonderry
Best Champion Bengalese in Show - Mr I Mercer, Lisburn
COLOUR CANARY SECTION
Best Champion Colour Canary in Show - David Ramsey & Son, Donegal
Best Novice Colour Canary in Show - Doyle & O’Kane, Magherafelt
IRISH FANCY SECTION
Best Champion Irish Fancy in Show - Mr G Brown, Londonderry
Best Novice Irish Fancy in Show in Show - Mr N McDaid, Strabane
FIFE FANCY SECTION
Best Champion Fife Fancy in Show - Mr S Barkley, Ballymoney
Best Novice Fife Fancy in Show - Mr M Townsend, Ballyclare
SCOTCH FANCY SECTION
Best Scotch Fancy in Show - Mr D Hanna, Ballymoney
Awards were presented by Mrs I Barkley wife of Club President Mr S Barkley. Miss Katie Donnelly presented Mrs Barkley with a gift in appreciation of her work for the Association.
The Association wishes to thank Ballymoney Borough Council for their generous grant, St. James’s Presbyterian Church for the use of the Church Hall and to anyone who made donations. Also a big thank you to the exhibitors and judges, many of whom travelled long distances to be there.
Mr J Hill, Secretary would like to thank the committee for all their hard work in preparation for the Show and also on the day of the Show, to Jackie and Julie-Anne for ensuring that all the exhibitors received a welcome cup of tea on the Friday night and a hearty lunch on Saturday and to the stewards and various individuals who assisted with the administrative duties. Your help is very much appreciated.