(November 16) The combined 2nd/3rd District Show in Highland, Illinois has completed with a great showing of AKC members, King breeders and family members. Approximately 230 Kings were shown and George O'Hara of Pennsylvania provided the judging. Scott Groff from the First District area owned both the champion and reserve champion winners!
Other AKC District shows conclude in the month of November, including the 5th District held Nov. 19-21 in Ontario, Calif., and the 1st District show held Nov. 21 in Quincy, Penn. The 4th District has finished. These shows are the place to not only see how our Kings do competing against each other as they're judging to the standard of perfection, but also to meet and learn from other King breeders. King breeders enjoy helping new fanciers who are interested in raising Kings as well. It's always exciting to see all those terrific Show Kings lined up in the judging pens 30 or 40 feet across! There's still the National King Show in Springfield, Mass.!
National King Show in Springfield, MA The AKC will hold its 2015 National King Show in conjunction with the NPA Grand National in Springfield, Mass. Jan. 21-23, 2016. Master breeder Bill Harrison of Escondido, Calif. will be the judge. For AKC members traveling from the West, note the airport in Hartford, Conn. nearest Springfield (Bradley airport) has air cargo service through United Pet Safe on Wed. Jan. 20, but are closed Sun. Jan. 24. However, the Boston's airport (Logan) has United air cargo all day. We will be renting a shuttle to travel the 1 1/2 hour trip from Springfield to Boston in plenty of time to fly out. Contact Larry Foos if you're interested in this. Flights for yourself should be to Hartford Jan. 20 and depart Boston Jan. 24 (tickets are reasonable now as of Aug. 2015).
For more national news, including lodging, go to the NPA GN website at www.grandnationalpigeonshow.com/
Scott Groff (left) and Jim Murphy observe George O'Hara judging at the 2nd/3rd District Show in Highland, Ill.
Scott Adams (center) presents Scott Groff with the Vince Mazzarisi Memorial Award for the champion win at 2nd/3rd District Nov. 14. Show Judge George O'Hara (left) participates.
Show Judge George O'Hara congratulates Scott Groff after winning the 2nd/3rd District Show Nov. 14, while Scott holds his prized champion Show King.
2nd/3rd District Show Champion: Young White Cock bred/raised by Scott Groff, Conestoga, Penn.
Left to right: Bill Harrison, Bobby Corrales, Dennis Rogers and Larry Foos at Larry's lofts during the Young King Show Oct. 10
Left to right: King breeders Charlie Hall, Dennis Rogers with Drew Lobenstein (Jacobins) and Bill Harrison relaxing and enjoying a potluck at the Young King Show Oct. 10.
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.
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
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