BHW/INFC 2018 Single Bird Challenge
The single bird challenge was first ran back in 2002 when I invited 16 people to enter a single bird to compete in that year’s King’s Cup, unbelievably two of the 16 birds, Joe Doheny’s and Alan Darragh’s, finished first and second Open. In 2003 we opened the entry to any member of the INFC, the deadline date being the 17th of March. Joe Doheny kindly donated a fantastic trophy for the winner and Wesley Sawyers, through his company Sawyers &Co Estate agents, sponsored framed diplomas for first, second and third and nothing has changed since. The full winner list is 2003 McCracken Bros with “Lucy” who finished 3rd Open, 2004 H. Gilligan “Kim” 24th Open, 2005 M. Maguire & Son “Moonlight Lass” 19th Open, 2006 G. Benson “Jean’s Girl” 12th Open, 2007 and 2008 no race, 2009 J. Robinson 9th Open, 2010 P. Dunlop “The Big Hen” 13th Open, 2011 A. Morgan “Katie’s Lad” 3rd Open,2012 W.G. Neill “Ivy” 2nd Open, 2013 W. McCall “Greystone Dawn” 19th Open, 2014 W. Scott ”Heather’s Delight” 4th Open, 2015 J. Downing “Kennedy” 9th Open,2016 E. Murtagh “Mammy’s Girl” 10th Open, and last year we had the first ever open single bird challenge bird win the King’s Cup L. McCall “Chloe” 1st Open. This year’s prizemoney was 1st £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, 4th £100, 5th £80, 6th to 10th £50 each.
The 2018 winner of the BHW single bird challenge is Fintan Moran, Malahide and District club with a 5 year old red hen named “Aoife M” after Fintan’s daughter. The hen was 9th in the 2017 BHW single bird challenge and her sire was 6th in the 2014 challenge.
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