Show King Hobby Shook-up with Passing of One Our Most Beloved Members
Vince Mazzarisi, AKC's latest Show King master breeder, 100-Year Anniversary National judge and three-time National champion, passed away Monday, June 8 in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois from a sudden brain aneurysm. He was only 49.
This comes as a tremendous shock to all Show King breeders and those who knew him. He was one of the most likeable pigeon breeders who had a tremendous passion for Show Kings. There were few younger members who could match his competitive spirit and level of support he gave the club.
He was known as the "Pizzaman" for his two restaurants in the Illinois area called Maria's Pizza. He often brought his family to the shows, including two sons, and his lovely wife Tory. He recently had a baby daughter as well. He will be deeply missed.
Vince with his wife Tory and baby girl at the AKC Show Hospitality Suite, Ontario, CA January 2015
Remembering Vince Mazzarisi, who loved Show Kings and his friends. Pictured here left to right: Juan Gomez, Tom and Juan Menos, Paulo DiCandia, Vince and Larry Foos, Ontario, CA
The Champions of the Grand National Show in Ontario
The AKC celebrated its 100th anniversary at the 2014 National King Show in Ontario, Calif. Jan. 29-31, 2015 with lots of memories and a great turn out! Nearly 400 Show Kings were exhibited from all over the country by numerous exhibitors, ranging from new breeders to master breeders. Many King breeders came from other countries as well to help celebrate the 100 Anniversary and to find an increased level of quality Kings across the board in all colors.
Paolo Di Candia of Oakland, Calif. won grand champion with an outstanding AOC Young Cock (pictured here)! Congratulations Paolo! It's his second National champion, the first dating back to 1987. Vince Mazzarisi, Dixon, Ill., provided the expert judging!
Top Four Show Kings at the National 1. Champion: #1304 AOC Young Cock - Paolo Di Candia 2. Res. Champ: #17 AOC Yrlg. Hen - Austin-Jenner Lofts 3. 2nd Res. Champ: #900 White Young Cock - Jim Torrao 4. 3rd Res. Champ: #2294 Grizzle Old Hen - Dennis Rogers
California Newspaper Releases Article from the National Read this Press Enterprise newspaper article (Riverside newspaper) by a reporter who stayed in the Show King section to interview and promote the Show King hobby while we were judging.
National Champion #1304 AOC YC - owner Paolo Di Candia
100th Anniversary Commemorative Flashlight and Patches Available You can still purchase the 6" oval patch with the 100th AKC Anniversary embroidery for $8 each while supplies last. We also have the annodized blue and red commemorative LED flashlights with three lines of engraving available for just $3 each (includes batteries and gift box). See a picture on the JOIN AKC page and use the order form on that page to order both items.
Parade of Champions - Ontario National Jan. 30, 2015
Judge Vince Mazzarisi (left) congratulating Paolo Di Candia for the championship win
Join the AKC! Membership Benefits:
New 100-Year Anniversary Member Booklet
Access to Pedigreed NPA/AKC bands
Support from Master Breeders
Annual District Shows and National Show
Go to the Join AKC page to enroll using the membership form
Check out Facebook's Show King Group page. Use it to provide short news updates and photos of your Show King hobby.
Judge Vince Mazzarisi reviewing a King class at Ontario
Young Check Hen #2062
AOC YOUNG HEN #2606
Yrlg White Hen #2655
2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION
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LAKELAND, FLORIDA GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2012
2012 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY VINCE MAZZARISI DIXON, ILLINOIS VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2013
2013 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY VINCE MAZZARISI DIXON, ILLINOIS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2014
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