Our membership is starting to see an increase of new breeders all over the U.S. both among experienced pigeon breeders trying out Kings and younger members getting the support of parents. Our March 2014 bulletin is evident of that with the writing and reports of some of these new members.
We are also on the cusp of finalizing our American Show King Standard of Perfection, which hasn't been done since 1989. The beautiful model of the American King has been such a challenge to breed that it took that many years to even consider changing, and the changes are not dramatic! It mostly lies in the tail angle, the position of the beak and the subtle curve of the top of the head. Our lead standard committee chair, Stu Austin, unveiled a drawing of the updated standard at the National meeting in Oklahoma City last January. It will get some adjustments from an artist rendering and prepared for final membership approval by January 2015.
The AKC will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015! Few clubs can say they've existed for so long. As directed by President Joe Nethercot, we have formed a membership committee to produce a new membership booklet to coincide with the anniversary at the National in Ontario in January 2015. We are also working on producing several large advertisements to promote the anniversary and the King as a type of membership drive, including in the Purebred Pigeon magazine. For more information on that, contact any of the committee members including Charles Bacon, Dennis Rogers and Larry Foos.
Standard Committee Chair Stu Austin shows an early draft of the King standard, Oklahoma City, January 2014
The 2014 AKC National show will be held at at the beautiful Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California (L.A. area) Jan. 29-31, 2015. It will be a tremendous King show. The Judge will be Vince Mazzarisi. Go to the NPA website for more info.
AKC Members Filling Their Lofts with Young Kings This Breeding Season
Shown here are four to six-week old squeaker Show Kings. Many breeders report King hatchings in the June 2014 bulletin with many continue breeding through the summer. (Photo courtesy of Larry Foos)
Top Four Show Kings of 2013 Oklahoma City National, January 16-18, 2014 #1 Champion: #2655 Yrlg White Hen owned by Vince Mazzarisi
#2 Reserve Champion: #529 Young White Hen owned by Bill Harrison
#3 2nd Reserve Champion: #1210 Young White Cock owned by Bill Cunningham
#4 3rd Reserve & Champion Check: #730 Young Red Check Cock owned by Larry Foos
Vince Mazzarisi holding his champion white and is congratulated by Jim Murphy (judge) at Oklahoma City National
Exhibitors and members of the American King Club watch Jim Murphy judge the parade of champions at Oklahoma City National, January 17, 2014
Join the AKC! Membership benefits:
New Members Packet
Access to pedigreed NPA/AKC bands
Great hospitality and master breeder support
Five district shows annually
New members welcomed!
Go to the JoinAKC page to complete a member enrollment form.
Poland's National Pigeon Exhibition Features Show Kings AKC Member and Polish resident Andrzej Rozek is featured in an article with photos of Show Kings he bought from California AKC breeders. Click here
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Yrlg White Hen #2655 - National Champion Oklahoma City
AOC YOUNG COCK #1774
AOC YOUNG HEN #2606
YOUNG CHECK HEN #1062
2010 NATIONAL CHAMPION
BRED AND EXHIBITED BY
SAN DIEGO GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2011
2012 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY VINCE MAZZARISI DIXON, ILLINOIS VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2013
2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY VINCE MAZZARISI DIXON, ILLINOIS
LAKELAND, FLORIDA GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2012
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