Running a show is team work and at all times you, as the show manager, will need to establish a good working relationship with other officials of the show team. Other officers who may join you on this team are the show secretary, patronage secretary, treasurer, staging manager, publicity officer, fund raising officer, bio-security officer, sales officer, trophy officer (if any) and others depending on the size of the show.
Before the morning of the show, certain duties will have been carried out in the months prior to the show; but it is still your duty to ensure that they have been acted upon. Teamwork and a good line of communication are of paramount importance in running any event.
Before the show (for some tasks many months before) you will need to ensure that:
Of course other officers will have carried out some of the above tasks, but you will need to ensure that they have been carried out and all the results are available on the day.
Remember that, on the day, the show falls on your shoulders and you need to run the event efficiently.
On the morning of the show:
When all the judges have completed judging the colours you will now be in the position to judge for the major specials.
Ensure that your stewards have placed all the same colour dot birds on separate judging stands then invite your judges (including your subsidiary judges) to judge for the major specials.
At Bronze and Silver Championship Patronage Shows there are 5 major specials that must be judged in the following order:
At Gold and Area Championship Patronage Shows there are 5 major specials that must be judged in the following order:
For BIS you must have at least 50% of the vote of the judges and not just a simple majority. Have in your mind a system to implement in the event of a tie when judges cannot reach a decision.
When there is an overall Best Opposite Sex in Show award then the selection will be from the best opposite sex adult and young bird that are opposite sex to the BIS. For example: if the BIS is a cock then you need to judge between the best adult hen and best young hen for such an award.
Familiarise yourself with Guidelines 26 – 30 on page 39 of the new Colour Standards 2009 booklet.
Having completed this task of judging for the major specials then instruct your stewards to take all the colour dot birds back to the holding area to be placed in their individual sections.
For Specialist & Rare Variety shows there is no judging for BIS or sections.
Commence judging for the section awards ensuring that all the necessary paper work is available.
When all the judging is complete then ensure that your chief stewards collect all the necessary paper work, birds and bio security material for ring checking by the judges in the allocated area.
After completion of this task your judges will be ready for lunch and a well deserved rest.
Ensure that you give them a catalogue and result sheet when ready.
At all times be sure to treat your subsidiary judges with the same respect that you treat your main judges and provide them with all that you provide your main judges apart from expenses.
At the allocated opening time to the public ensure that you have the necessary staff, catalogues/result sheets, float and bio security available.
Ensure that all birds are back on the staging, all the rosettes and CCs are up and raffles on display and the various officers are in position.
In a one day show there is only a maximum of 3 hours between opening and closing time and you, like all other officers will be doing your best to complete all the necessary tasks of running a show. Try to keep cool, friendly and pleasant but firm in your directives. Remember that all are working for the love of the hobby.
At closing time, ensure that you have sufficient staff to carry out the checking out process at the designated areas as well as stewards ready to dismantle and store away the staging.
Ensure that the hall has been left clean and tidy before you hand over to the caretaker.
After all this you are ready to drive home and earn a well deserved rest!