Articoli

JUDGING THE MODERN DAY GLOSTER
BY PIETRO TELLAROLI ©2014 Pietro Tellaroli


Another show season is about to begin and to me, I find that this is the one season over any other that causes confusion among the many Gloster breeders all over the world. In my opinion, the Gloster is one of the most popular of all the Canaries of Posture, if not the most popular breed by far over any other breed! And with good reason, they are indeed so beautiful!

I start this article with the bold statement that it is "the season of confusion"! Why do I write this statement, you might wonder?

First let's review the current written description of the Standard of the Gloster Corona & Gloster Consort as is stated in the parent I.G.B.A. in the United Kingdom. Let's not get into the illustrated standard the I.G.B.A. has to accompany the written scale of points which in no way reflects the modern day Glosters being selected to win in many parts of the world.

Though many Gloster Judges and Judges of other Canaries of Posture Judge by the Comparison method and are not using Score Sheets listing the points allotted for each characteristic, The Gloster is no different than any other breed of canary, tropical dish, animal or plant for that matter, for they all will have a scale of points giving a value that is associated with particular characteristics of the breed. The way to show a value is to associate a number of points to it. Having said that, we need to have an idea of the kind of Gloster we will be selecting from the exhibits brought before us at an event and based on our understanding of that standard of the perfect show Gloster and then judge accordingly.

The I.G.B.A. parent organization in the UK has a description of the Gloster and gives a given number of points for various parts of the perfect Gloster to total 100.

For example, there are 20 points for the Corona or the Consort head itself. It also allows a maximum of 20 points for the body and 5 points for the tail. There are then 15 points given to the quality of the feathers or plumage and 10 points for the carriage. The legs & feet are given 5 points and 15 points are given for the size and lastly, 10 points for the health and condition for a grand total of 100 points for that perfect Gloster.

When judging by the comparison method of judging, we use the pointed system to orient our minds as to what a perfect show Gloster should look like. We are at a show judging for that perfect Gloster show specimen and not choosing the perfect stud Glosters to use in a bird room. We need to use a proper visual guide in our mind in order to complete our task for which we are invited.

Now we know there is no such thing as perfection for once that model of perfection is achieved the powers that be must vote for a new illustrated standard and number or scale of points with appropriate description reflecting that new and revised standard. We cannot just go by what people who have the ability to write a book to set the rules for the whole of the fancy. Also, judges must unite and be in agreement as to what should be the ideal Gloster Corona and ideal Gloster Consort.

Let's for a moment go over the description of some of the important aspects for which the highest points are awarded in each category of that perfect Gloster, but first let's get the obvious categories out of the way by writing about those lowest pointed features.

The categories of which I speak are as follows; the tail which if closely folded, feathers all together and carried well, gives a Gloster 5 points in total. Another 5 points are given if the legs and feet are of medium length and have no blemishes or missing or partial toes.

Now we have 10 points given if the Gloster before us is of good health and exhibits an air of cleanliness about it. I repeat here are a maximum of 10 points given for carriage. What is carriage in a Gloster? A perfect Gloster must be alert, quick and have lively movement as it freely travels from perch to perch in the show cage appropriate for the breed. If the Gloster exhibits these aspects to perfection, it is given 10 points.

Moving along, we have a total of 15 points given for the Gloster which exhibits close, firm feather giving an appearance of good quality and natural color. An additional 15 points are given for the Gloster that exhibits the correct size which does not really state what that size should be other than mention that it should have a "tendency to the diminutive". Now any dictionary states that the definition of the word, "diminutive" means, "small, little, tiny'. Now having quoted the definition of diminutive this does not mean a thin-bodied or poor-bodied Gloster but rather, just the opposite! Roundness is welcome and desired ! The balance between body and head is very important. We cannot have Glosters that resemble the penguin with a small head on a big body nor can we have one that looks like a male lion: in one word... "balance" !!

The highest point values of either the Corona Gloster or the Consort Gloster are 20 points for the body and an additional 20 points for the head. Why is that? Because these two criteria are what separates the Gloster from any other breed of Canary of Posture when combined with the other perfect features which together equal 60 points for a grand total of 100 points given to that perfect Gloster! The perfect Corona must be neat, regular, unbroken without splits in a round shape with a definite center with the eye discernable. What does "discernable" mean? The dictionary defines the word, "discernable" as "capable of being perceived clearly". In other words, the judge must be able to see the Gloster Corona's eye! Regarding the Gloster's Consort, the head should be broad and round at every point with a good rise over the center of the skull with an eyebrow that is heavy showing brow.

As for the body of either the Corona or the Consort, the back should be well filled in and the wings must be lying close to the body with a full neck and a chest that is nicely-rounded without prominence. The Gloster with both a perfect head in all aspects and a perfect body combined is awarded a total of 40 points!! The Gloster exhibiting all these characteristics to perfection is given that grand total of 100 points and can truly be called a Supreme Exhibit!

Now I'll bet you're wondering where the confusion comes in when those points given for the ideal/perfect Gloster are shown in Gloster standards all over the world?

The confusion comes in when we see people selecting poorly-feathered, bulky, giant, oversized Glosters with tails hanging well over the second perch and that sit like a 'frog on a log'! They can have the perfect corona on its head or the perfect with and showing brow over the eye on the head of a consort, but when the eyes can no longer been seen because the feathers of the corona are way too long so too will the feathers on the back, wings, tail and chest be so long, the Gloster becomes a huge specimen that needs to be penalized heavily as it contradicts almost all other aspects of that I.G.B.A. standard! This is not to say that the huge, heavily-feathered Gloster is not a valuable Gloster as they are very needed to develop that balanced show Gloster so indeed, they are absolutely valuable as stud birds in a proper Gloster bird room. Sometimes some coronas in the bird room are too short or too thin so we need the balance to compensate for the shortcomings.

We, as judges must take note that an assignment is not a Giorgio Armani or Gianni Versace fashion event with models walking down the runway in the latest, out-of-the-ordinary fashion trends for shock and awe but rather, a show in which we are trying to find the most prefect Glosters according to an adopted and accepted written standard of perfection for the breed!

We, all together, must be unified in our selection process when we are asked to judge an event where breeders pick out the Glosters they plan on exhibiting in order to set an example for breeders to follow as they go on to develop a stud of consistent show-winning Glosters.

The current trend is for someone to put up large, oversized Glosters that look like a Norwich in that they just sit on the perch and crouch down in a resting position.



As you can see, these two Glosters show plenty of Corona and Brow but that length in feather on the head also carries through to the rest of the body and back feathers in that you can see many back feathers hanging down over the wings.

As you continue to view the drawings, I hope you also noticed the dropped secondary feathers on the wings of the Gloster Corona. This is a sure indicator of lumps (feather cysts) cropping up in the wing butts and elsewhere on the body down the road if one is not careful with what opposite sex they pair it with. There must be balance in my opinion.

One more item of interest, now tell me, can you "discern" an eye anywhere in the example of the Gloster Corona? That Coronas' crest is way too long for a show specimen if we follow what written . Nobody says that a large long crest doesn't catch the eye but in a show contest is not what the standard calls for. Finally, study the way these heavily-feathered Glosters hug the perch by sitting all slouched over with absolutely no intention of moving unless the judge uses a long stick to prod or poke it onto the opposite perch! They sit like 'frogs on a log'!

Now there are many other faults one should avoid when selecting their show team and which I shall be looking for when I evaluate each Gloster brought before me at an exhibition. Allow me to mention just a few; Starting with the head, points will be deducted for shield-shaped or tufted or overhanging Coronas or pinched narrow entrances or blocked, flat heads on the Consorts. Glosters lacking backskull or full necks will fall in favor as well.

The body and the overall Gloster must be well-rounded with clean, glossy rich-colored feathers without muddiness or dull in color. The wing feathers must not cross or show dropped secondaries or dropped wings. Fished tails and narrow shoulders are not to be tolerated. The tail must be closed and short balancing the Gloster perfectly on the perch on short legs showing a glossy polished finish.

Lastly, the Gloster must be lively and alert showing a continual eagerness to move from perch to perch in a way that tells the judge, "Hey Judge, please look at me, don't I look great?" I hope I have given you an idea of what I like in exhibition Glosters and have not caused anyone any great alarm for these are just some of the challenges that face all Gloster breeders and exhibitors! Best of luck in the shows and remember; prepare your birds so that they look their best for the judge and all the other exhibitors and spectators!

Consigli Utili

Come si tiene

Il gloster vive bene in gabbie o volierette il più possibile spaziose, ( minimo cm. 55/60 di lunghezza) nelle quali mangiatoie e posatoi vanno collocati in maniera razionale, distanziandole in maniera di lasciare lo spazio vitale ai soggetti. Il fondo dovrebbe essere sempre dotato di una griglia in modo da evitare che il canarino venga in contatto con gli escrementi e le muffe che talvolta si possono formare.
Cosa mangia

L'alimentazione comprende, oltre al misto di semi per canarini comunemente reperibile in commercio,sali minerali ed osso diseppia. Naturalmente l'acqua pulita va somministrata ogni giorno. Il pastoncino all'uovo è assai gradito ma, essendo il
gloster un canarino che tende facilmente ad ingrassare , non va dato in quantità eccessiva. E' comunque essenziale offrirlo a volontà durante la stagione riproduttiva e nel periodo invernale se i canarini sono mantenuti all'aperto o comunque in un ambiente freddo. Durante la muta è consigliabile offrire ai pennuti (2 volte alla settimana) un modesto quantitativo di semi condizionati.

I consigli del veterinario

Pur essendo provvisto di un piumaggio assai fitto ed abbondante, il gloster non va mai esposto a sbalzi di temperatura. E' un canarino che sopporta molto bene le basse temperature ma, come tutti gli uccelli, si può ammalare se passa repentinamente dal caldo al freddo, quindi evitate sempre di spostarlo dentro e fuori casa. Non effettuare mai cure pre-cova "alla cieca", nel tentativo di premunirsi da eventuali malattie, molto spesso così facendo si creano altri problemi ai nostri amici
minando il loro sistema immunitario.

Riproduzione

Come per gli altri canarini, la stagione delle cove inizia verso la fine dell'inverno, generalmente nel mese di marzo. Nell'assortire la coppia è assai importante che solo uno dei due canarini sia ciuffato, perché il gene del ciuffo è di tipo letale e se portato da entrambi i genitori non consente la nascita di soggetti vitali. L'accoppiamento giusto è quindi "corona" x "consort". Alla coppia va fornito un normale nido per canarini con l'adatto materiale per foderarlo; la canarina depone in media quattro uova che cova per circa 14 giorni. Di norma i gloster sono ottimi genitori e imbeccano i novelli fino al loro completo svezzamento, che avviene verso i 25-30 giorni di età.
E' consigliabile non permettere più di tre covate consecutive all'anno per non debilitare troppo i riproduttori.


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