Welcome to the official web-site of the National Modena Club of Great Britain
the principal objective of which is the promotion and
development of the Modena pigeon and the interests of Modena fanciers.
The Club was founded in 1910 as the ‘Modena Club’ and held its first Championship Show soon afterwards the first recorded winner being W.F. Holmes.
Later following the absorption of the Northern and Scottish Modena Clubs the name was changed to the present style reflecting as it does the wider representation.

The most important initial task of the founders of the Club was to
establish a Standard of Excellence for the Modena Pigeon because this
enabled the enthusiastic members to concentrate their breeding
programmes on ideal specimens of the Breed and thus eliminate the
imperfections. The Club was greatly assisted in this regard by having
among its members some of the most outstanding breeders of pigeons at
the time such as W.F. Holmes and W. Watmough both of whom contributed
publications on pigeon keeping which remain keenly sought after to
this day. The result was the production of high quality stock
illustrating what became known as the ‘bird of curves’ which was much
in demand among the fancy pigeon fraternity.

Although the Modena pigeon originated in Italy and was common in the town of Modena from which it took its name and was exported from there
to Germany England France and later to America and beyond it is the so
called ‘English Modena’ conforming to the Standard of Excellence of
this Club which has been adopted by fanciers worldwide.

The National Modena Club became the ‘Premier’ fancy pigeon club in
Great Britain because it’s members have always been prepared to
release good stock to newcomers to the breed and assist them by
offering advice on colour breeding. The development of the Modena
guided by the Club gathered pace so that in time it became the most
popular of all exhibition pigeons and has remained so. This is because
it has the greatest variety of colours and markings which now number
seventy-five officially approved. There are now two separate types of
Modena – the Gazzi, or pied, and the Schietti, or self coloured.
The National Modena Club of Great Britain continues to promote and
enhance the quality of the Breed

By holding annual shows for all classes of Modena both adult and young
and supporting classes for modenas at most of the pigeon shows
throughout the United Kingdom. The Club also maintains contacts with
other Modena clubs worldwide so that the members can be kept abreast
of developments and benefit from shared experience and there are
particularly close links with European breeders of the English Modena.

The Club through the Management Committee and the various office
holders continues to represent the interests of the Modena in the
vigorous application of the rules ensures that the integrity of the
Modena Pigeon is maintained.

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Pickering December 2014

Best Modena Blue Schietti Adult Cock
David Barraclough
Photo courtesy David Iddon

Upcoming Modena shows

28th December 2014
Modena Judge D Richardson

Pickering 6th 7th December 2014
78 Modenas entered
Best Modena Blue Schietti Adult Cock
D Baraclough
Best Young Schietti Red Chequer Hen
D Barraclough
Best Gazzi Russet Tri Adult Cock
D Barraclough
Best Young Gazzi Blue Cock
D Iddon
Modena Judge P Graham

Newcastle 29th November 2014
Best Modena Red Chequer Schietti Adult
Mathew Taylor
Best Gazzi Black
John Lennox
Modena Judge Phil Cox

22nd November 2014
Suffex Championship Show
Best Modena Blue Young Schietti
Steve Morley
Best Gazzi Dun Motttle Adult Hen
Martin Coyle

15th November 2014
London & Essex Championship Show
97 Modenas entered
Best Modena Red Chequer Schietti Cock
Roy Nicholson
Best Gazzi Yellow Chequer Adult hen
Jamie Vaughan
Best Argent
Ralph Sargeant
Best Young Modena Mealy Schietti Cock
Roy Nicholson
Judge Bill Rogers

15th November 2014
Lancashire Championship Show
Best Modena Yellow Chequer Schietti
Tom Crane
Best Gazzi Red Chequer Hen
D Holdsworth
Best Young Modena Red Chequer Schietti
D Holdsworth
Judge Colin Ronald

8th November 2014
Airdrie & Coatbridge
Best Modena Grizzle
Malcolm Moy
Best Gazzi Blue
Judge Craig Gatford

1st November 2014 National Young Bird Show Nottingham
Best Young Modena Bronze Schietti Young Hen
Clay Rogers
Best Young Gazzi Modena Bronze Tri Young Cock
Clay Rogers
Judge Mike Rowlands

25th October 2014 Modena Club Show
Supreme Modena
Yellow Self Adult Hen
Roy Nicholson
Best Young Schietti
Bronze Hen
Clay Rogers

25th October 2014
Graham Giddings has been elected as new Club President with John Lennox elected to serve on the committee
Donald Holdsworth was elected to the Club Judges list

25th October 2014 Egremont Show
Best Modena and Best Young in Show all Breeds Blue Schietti
Steve Morley

19th October 2014 South Coast
Best Modena Blue Gazzi Adult Hen
Clay Rogers
Best Schietti Red Chequer Young Cock
Clay Rogers
Judge Colin Ronald

12th October 2014 East Of England
Best Modena Blue Gazzi Adult
David Iddon
Best Schietti Bronze Young Hen
Clay Rogers
Judge Graham Giddings

October 2014 Newcastle Columbarian Society members Show 2014.
Best Modena in Show Dave Maguire Bronze Tri Cock
Best Junior Magnani
Luke Taylor

Late Summer agricultural show results
13/14 September 2014
Stanhope Show
Best Junior Fancy
Modena Blue Schietti
Luke Taylor
6th 7th September 2014
Woolsingham Agricultural Show
Best Junior Fancy
Modena Black Schietti Cock
Luke Taylor
Sedgefield Show
Bronze Tri Adult hen
Dave Maquire
Egton Show
Bronze Tri Adult Cock
Ray Richardson
Newton Aycliffe
Red Adult Hen
Dave Maquire
26th July 2014
Cleveland Show
Best Modena
Silver Cream Gazzi Cock
Ray Richardson

July 2014
Royal Welsh Show
Best Modena and Reserve Best in Show
Yellow Chequer Schietti
Jamie Vaughan

11th July 2014
Great Yorkshire Show
Best Modena
Young Silver Dun Gazzi
John Sharpe
Best Schietti
Bronze Tri
John Herron

17th May 2014
Otley Agricultural Show
Best Modena Blue Gazzi Adult Cock
John Sharpe


London & Essex Nov 2014

Best Gazzi Yellow Chequer Adult Hen
Jamie Vaughan
photo courtesy John Ross

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London & Essex Nov 2014

Best Modena Red Chequer Adult Cock
Roy Nicholson
photo courtesy John Ross

Summer European Modena Visitors

The Modena Club had some visitors from Europe...

Below Dr Krisztian Berta from Hungary visits Martin Coyle who was in full breeding season .
Krisztian is not only a avian vet but also a specialist pigeon vet in his own country.He is already booked to travel back to England to visit the Modena Club show on the 25th October 2014


Our next European visitor is very well known to U K members and in fact is a member of our club. Patrick Laval of France ( pictured centre photograph ) .
Patrick visted Dennis and Michael Thornton whilst on business with his son in the north east of England
Patrick has made a tradition of drawing a modena Christmas card you may have seen each feative season on this site. The Fanciers exchanged gifts in appreciation of the visit
Patrick also visited his long time friend David Iddon who is a fluent French Speaker.


Modena Club Show 25th October 2014

Supreme Modena Yellow Schiett Adult Hen
Roy Nicholson
photo courtesy Jan Heldal Norway


London & Essex Nov 2014

Best Young Modena
Mealy Cock
Roy Nicholson
photo courtesy John Ross