National Modena Club
of Great Britain
I was very honoured to be asked to become the President of our great Club. I have been a member since 1992 and qualified as a Modena NPA judge in 2000, in those days under the rules of the time, you had to judge on your own at the Modena Club young bird show held at Newark and your results were scrutinised by the committee before qualifying then you may have had to wait 2 years to formally be allowed to award NPA certificates as the list was only updated by the NPA every 2 years. This was before the internet and computers were commonly being used. I have since judged Modenas in Scotland. England. Wales and abroad in Norway and Denmark.
I have seen the English Modena change quite a lot in my time. We used to see 450 to 500 Modenas at the club show with Argents, Recessive Red, Magnani and Lavenders always on show, they are rarely seen now, although Martin Smith, Dennis Thornton and Junior Nieve Benson are flying the flag with Argents.
I think the overall colour of the birds was much better then than today but if less colours are being kept hence the gene pool becomes smaller. The birds are larger than they were when I first started and at one point became too large in my opinion but think we have mostly got the size about right now. Looking along victory row at last years 2019 club show the birds were very uniform in size.
Although there are less pigeon fanciers at championship shows, with few younger people joining the hobby, In the 2019 /20 show season we had Modena entries of 124 at Reading, 103 at BPSS Barnsley, 88 at East of England. 84 at Lancashire, with other shows such as Swansea and Suffex in the 60’s this bodes well for our club. Other breed clubs would love these numbers and competition is still there for our chosen breed.
I always like to take photos of the winning birds at the shows and have help from David Iddon and Sharon Feeney who also take photos for me to use as club webmaster, something I have enjoyed doing for many years and still do. The web site enables fanciers, home and abroad, to keep up to date with our winners .
My aim as Modena Club President is to ENCOURAGE and PROMOTE the English Modena at every opportunity, as I have always done since becoming a member of the club and to bring all our members together in harmony.
Best regards, John Ross
Jan Heldal Norway (Left) and John Ross at Modena Club Show