|Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM|
NATIONAL SHOW FOR 2013 By Peter James
Each year the Federation of Zebra Finch Societies Australia holds a national show. This year it was Queensland’s turn to host the event. The South East Qld Zebra Finch Society (SEQZFS), chose the Ramada Hotel Marcoola Beach (Near Noosa) on the Sunshine Coast. It was a complete pack-age where delegates stayed and dined at the resort. The National Zebra Finch Show was held in the Spinnaker Room.
How does it work? 6 clubs competed in the show. There were 24 classes and each club entered 2 birds in each class. Therefore each class had 12 entries. When judged the birds are ranked from 1st to 12th. They are then allotted points – 1st receiving 12 points down to 12th which receives 1 point. The points are added up and at the end of the show tallied – the club with the most points wins.
All the birds are closed rung and only those bred in 2011, 2012 and 2013 can enter. The owners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class receive medals. Breeding that show bird and winning a medal is what each breeder strives for.
The event started on Friday when SEQZFS members assembled the staging and catching cages. By lunch time all was complete and the sorting out of the birds commenced. This is a mammoth task with 288 birds being placed in show cages and arranged on the staging. Each club competing select their two best birds from the three birds chosen on selection day two weeks prior.
By Friday night all staging was complete and all the delegates, exhibitors and their partners converged on a Chinese restaurant across the road from the Ra-mada Hotel. Over 70 guests crammed into the restaurant. They knew we were coming however I don’t know how they managed to serve us all. It’s only once a year that everyone gets together so the evening saw friends catching up with each other.
Saturday morning saw the show in full swing. Any last changes in birds were made and the judging commenced. Judging was in pairs and after the selections were made one judge spoke to the audience explaining their decisions. The 24 classes were judged and tallies made of the scores. The results were;
Zebra Finch Soc of Australia (NSW) 381 points
Northern Zebra Finch Soc (NSW) 331 points
Western Australia Zebra Finch Soc (WA) 328 points
Lake Macquarie Zebra Finch Soc (NSW) 301 points
South East QLD Zebra Finch Soc (QLD) 265 points
Victorian Zebra Finch Soc (VIC) 151 points
After the show the National Accredited Judges convened for a meeting to dis-cuss the birds entered and any points that needed to be addressed in the “Zebra Finch Standard”. Of course there was some controversy which makes for lively discussion.
Saturday evening nearly 100 people attended a dinner at the Ramada. It was a special event as each winner of 1st, 2nd and 3rd of each class was presented with their medals and trophies .