Saturday 5th November 2022 was our official Derby Day, and doubled as our break-up day for 2022. The environ around Brian and Pat’s place was ideal for a relaxing day, and though the judge turned up late, no one was put out by it. There were three donation birds up for grabs from the Henry George stud; one for each category. That, on it’s own, was enough to draw members from as far as Texas, Roma, Warwick and Nanango.
The day started with the Derby Day judging. The Junior category was taken out by Oscar Dillman. Oscar would ultimately taken home with him a Henry George bird too. The Novice category was taken out by Kurt Dillman. Obviously there is some pretty good stock in that Dillman stud. We are hopeful of seeing some of the better birds at the Futures Show next year. Then, the Intermediate category was taken out by Jason Hockey. This made the long trip from Texas worthwhile. Finally, the Open category was taken out by Bevan Mouritz, along with the overall Derby Bird for 2022, and the Tom Smith Trophy. There is a rumour that Bevan is taking all his winnings and defecting to the coast. There were only two other trophies up for grabs. The Jim Hobdell Trophy and the John Blanck Trophy for best recessive variety. Both went to Rohan Shaw for a magnificent crest which had recovered very well from it’s trip to the Nationals back in June. With all the work that Rohan puts into the club, no one will begrudge his taking out two trophies…. and one of the donation birds as well. The third donation bird was won by Open Breeder Tammy Beutel.
Then came the hot barbecue lunch, the cold drinks, and the warm friendly chats. To date; there have been no reports of any disorderly drunkedness.
Here’s to a Happy New (breeding) Year for 2023.