The Poultry Club regulates and administers the poultry show structure and status system. Poultry exhibitions are allocated status according to prestige, size, excellence of organisation etc. A show may apply to Council for upgrading and any show found not to be meeting required standards is liable to lose its status. The National Championship Show is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of all poultry shows, underneath this are the Royal and Championship Shows, followed by Regional Championship, and lastly, Voucher Shows. There are also Show Rules for exhibitors.
Covered in depth elsewhere, at the top of the hierarchy, this event represents the pinnacle of the breeding season. Held in November at Telford International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, the National is the event every fancier wants to win and attracts over 6000 entries with every conceivable breed and colour of poultry exhibited. The Specialist Breed Clubs usually hold their Club Shows at this event and attendance is highly recommended.
These shows are held at the prestigious agricultural events that are fortunate to enjoy Royal patronage. There are currently nine Royal shows:-
Royal Ulster (Balmoral Show), Royal Bath & West, Royal Berkshire, Royal Cheshire, Royal Cornwall, Royal Highland, Royal Norfolk, Royal Three Counties & Royal Welsh.
Shows designated as Championship shows are regarded by the Poultry Club Council as main shows with entries in excess of 500 birds. In awarding this status the Council take into account the entries averages over a three year period with certain criteria to be met as regards classes scheduled.
Embossed cards are awarded to Best in Show, Reserve and the main section winners. Poultry Club members who win five cards in the same section qualify for special Poultry Club Trophies.
Cards bearing the plumes of HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Poultry Club, are awarded to winners of the Bronze award for Best "Utility breed".
January: Selston, The Northern Poultry Show, Ballymena, Dyfed (Welsh National), The Scottish National at Lanark
February: Ulster Federation, High Peak Poultry Club, North of England, Devon Fanciers, Peebles and District, Reading
March: Northumberland Poultry Society
May: Lichfield & District Poultry Club
June: North Yorkshire County
July: Great Yorkshire, Nantwich, Stithians Agricultural Society
August: Bakewell Agricultural Show, Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society
September: Nidderdale Agricultural Society
October: Bugle, Eden Valley, Gorran, St Ewe & Sticker Fanciers, Hants & Berks, Oswestry & District Poultry Society, Welsh Federation
November: Egremont, Southport & Ormskirk Bantam Society
December: Holme & District Poultry Fanciers, Ribble Valley Poultry Society
At Championship shows the following conditions have to be met:
1. The club or show to be affiliated to the Poultry Club.
2. The show is held under Poultry Club Rules.
3. The majority of the judges making the awards are recognised as Poultry Club Judges.
4. To award the section cards the minimum number of classes and entries for each section are:
|a) Large Hard Feather||4|
|b) Large Soft Feather||6|
|c) True Bantams||8|
NB Separate Cards for Goose, Heavy Duck, Light Duck and Bantam Duck are awarded when there are 4 classes.
|g) Bantam Hard Feather||10|
|h) Bantam SF Heavy||10|
|i) Bantam SF Light||8|
|k) Rare Breeds||4|
Utility here means pure breeds. It is possible for shows to put on a class for Hybrids if requested.
5. The bronze awards are given to the best exhibit in sections a.-k. One exhibit cannot win two awards, it qualifies only for the award of the section in which it is entered.
6. Juvenile Classes for Bronze Awards are open to juniors aged from 5 to 16 years of age on the day of the show
7. Junior Handlers can compete in special classes in front of a judge when their knowledge of the breed, handling and show preparation are assessed in addition to the quality of the exhibit. Junior Handler classes are open to juniors aged from 5 to 16 years of age on the day of the show, and different age classes may be scheduled.
Regional Poultry Shows were the brainchild of our past President, Will Burdett. They were introduced in 1977 to mark the Club’s centenary year. The aim was to provide regions with a major show which was supported by way of specials from the Poultry Club. Over the years the rules have been modified and are presently the same as those given under Championship Shows.
The Regionals offer prestige cards embossed in gold and these are much sought after. Five cards of a kind qualify the exhibitor for Poultry Club Special Trophies.
Winners of two section awards qualify for the Regional Roll of Honour that is published in the Yearbook.
It is important that the Show Secretaries send the results to Ian Allonby, so all exhibitors who have won more than two awards can be recorded.
|Scotland||Leslie, Peebles Agricultural, North of Scotland, Moray & Nairn, WigtownScotland|
|Northern Ireland||County Antrim Agric Show|
|Ireland||Irish Society of Poultry Fanciers|
|Wales||Penclawydd, Anglesey, Denbighshire & Flint Agricultural, Gwynedd, Oswestry & District Poultry Society (Spring Show), Usk, Poultry Club of Wales|
|North East||Northumberland and Durham Bantam, Northumberland County Show, Stokesley|
|North West||Todmorden, Ireby, Southport & Ormskirk, Gargrave|
|Yorkshire||Barnsley, Halifax, Nidderdale, Egton, Wharfedale (Otley), Driffield|
|East Anglia||Norfolk Poultry Club, West Essex|
|South East||Surrey County, Kent Poultry Club, Billington, Colchester|
|South West||Cornish Bantam, Taw & Torridge, Taunton, Liskeard, Kingsbridge, Pool, Hayle & District, Dorset & Wiltshire, Ashburton|
Any affiliated show or Breed Club is entitled to offer PCGB rosettes and Voucher Cards for Show Champion, Reserve Show Champion, Best Eggs and Best Junior. These cards entitle the winner of five Show Champion or Reserve Show Champion cards to an award.
Eight Best Egg Voucher cards qualify for an award. These cards must be awarded under Poultry Club Rules so eggs in produce sections of Agricultural Shows do not qualify unless judged by a Poultry Club Judge. Five Best Junior Voucher Cards entitle the winner to an award.
It is emphasised that these cards must be signed by the judge or show secretary and dated, without this they are invalid.
To obtain your awards send a Schedule to Ian Allonby, Blackthorn, Crosby Garrett, Kirby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4PR or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voucher Shows are the 'grass roots' of the fancy and serve the needs of local fanciers. They provide the novice with a chance to show and gain experience. Usually having between 200-400 exhibits they require two or three judges who are encouraged to discuss the qualities of the birds with their owners after judging.
Regional or Voucher Shows that wish to be upgraded should inform the Poultry Club Secretary at least six months before the show date providing details of the last three years entries.
‘Regional Status show’ if entries are in the excess of 200 plates of eggs.
‘Championship Status Show’ entries are to be in excess of 400 plates of eggs averaged over a 3 year period. Royal Championship Show award cards are now awarded for Championship Shows at Royal Shows with excess of 400 plates of eggs.
Applications for ‘Regional Status Show’ or up-grade to ‘Championship Status Show’ are made at least six months before the show date in order that the application can be approved by PCGB Council. When approved the annual renewal date will then be the first day of October each year.
Cards awarded are as follows:
Gold Star - Best in Show
Silver Star - Reserve in Show
Bronze stars for following:
|Best plate of large fowl eggs||Best single turkey egg|
|Best single large egg||Best contents|
|Best plate bantam eggs||Best Juvenile|
|Best plate waterfowl eggs||Best decorated or display eggs.|
|Best single waterfowl egg|
|Best plate turkey eggs|
|Royal Championship Egg Shows||Championship Egg Shows||Regional Egg Shows|
|Royal Cornwall||Scottish National||Devon Fanciers|
|Royal Bath and West||Southport and Ormskirk||Duke of York|
|Royal Cheshire||Wessex Egg Show||Kent Fanciers|
|Craven Fanciers Guineas||Stalybridge|
|Summer Wine Egg Show||Bolton and District|
|Preston and District egg Show|
* All results must be sent to Edward Boothman after the show.