Up and down the Country zebra finch fanciers are busy with pre-season activity selecting their first choice and reserve teams, getting them in prime condition, bathing, feeding and generally showering them with attention as the conditioning countdown begins for the 2014 show season.
The South Western Zebra Finch Club show will take place at Clyst St Mary Village Hall, near EXETER on Sunday 7th September, contact the Show Secretary Peter Cannan on 01752 26888701752 268887 for full details or visit the ZFS website on www.zebrafinchsociety.co.uk where you will find a downloadable show schedule and entry form, (click on SHOWS 2014 above). Two top show judges are engaged for this show, Dave Edwards and Peter Harrison.
But who will be this year's best and who will break into the top rankings? It is anyone's guess, but we are looking forward to seeing the experienced top flight champion breeders pushed to the spoils by a growing wave of newly promoted champion contenders and novices alike.
If the increased ZFS membership is any indicator, we may also see a welcome boost to the actual number of exhibitors showing this year. Indeed if you are a budding novice breeder, looking to the show bench in the future, then an area ZFS show is the perfect place to meet the exhibitors, see the standards, ask for experienced advice and even dabble in the transfer market.
At the South Western event there will be a sales class for breeders to bring their exchanges and trade with other breeders. This is the ideal place to find stock from some of the best breeders, and for breeders to relieve their crowded birdrooms.
So make a date for the South Zebra Finch Club show this year, and also join the ZFS area club events up and down the Country in the following couple of months.