Family and Friends Mourn the Loss of Master Breeder Ron Zottneck
The American King Club and Show King hobby has received another blow. Master Show King Breeder Ron Zottneck of Upland, Calif. passed away at his home Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 after he lost a long battle with cancer. His wife, Sue, and daughter were by his side. He was 78.
Ron enjoyed the hobby right up to his last days with us. So many rejoiced with him when he won the coveted 5th District Show last November. He raised many quality Kings and won many champion color classes.
Ron's contribution to the AKC and the King Show is vast and deep, and leaves a tremendous hole in the 5th District. He started raising Kings in 1973 and became an active member of the then very large Southern California King Club. He helped organized many shows and made sure they all ran smoothly. He acted as secretary of shows right up to last year, and has held the office of Western Vice President and 5th District Director for the AKC 20 + years. He also hosted the SCKC Young King Show with his wife Sue at their home many years.
He is greatly missed and irreplaceable. Close friends and neighbors Dennis Rogers and Bill Harrison helped managed many of his birds, which have already been distributed.
Ron Zottneck at the 2016 SCKC Young King Show Oct. 8, 2016, Spring Valley, CA
Ron Zottneck (right) next to Juan Gomez and Charlie Hall at the 2015 5th District, Ontario, CA.
Ron Zottneck with his son at the 5th District Show 2015, Ontario, CA.
Polish King Club Completes their Fifth Annual Show; Sends Greetings
Feb. 26, 2017 - The officers and members of the young Polish King Club sends their greetings to the American King Club after completing their fifth annual show. View a letter from their president and see his full story and photos of the show on the Articlespage. The photo shown here are the exhibitors and guests of that show.
Group picture of the exhibitors and participants at the 5th Polish King Club Show Nov. 19-20, 2016
Results of 2016 National King Show in Vancouver, Wash.
January 18, 2017 - The American King Club National King Show in Vancouver, Wash. held Jan. 12-14 is now complete and the results are in! Champion of the show went to an AOC young hen #9 owned by Larry Foos of San Diego, Calif., and reserve champion went to a white young cock #823 owned by Bill Harrison of Escondido, Calif. The honorable Kim Miller of Boiling Springs, Penn. judged the Kings on a Thursday and Friday with about 33 first-place Kings in the parade of champion. See the top four Kings and photos further down this page.
Due to the Northwestern location, weather conditions and restricted airlines, we had the smallest national king show with 140 Kings shown by senior members. But it doesn’t take away from the quality of these birds exhibited by long-time California King exhibitors. The show also featured a junior show with four Kings entered by new King breeder and Washington resident Bradey Stouffer, totaling 144. More national show news and meeting discussions will be provided in the March 2017 AKC bulletin. Congratulations to the winners!
The 2017 National King show will be in conjunction of the NPA Grand National show in Amarillo, Texas on Jan. 18-20, 2018. This show is expected to be much larger and many are already planning to attend!
2016 National King Show
Top Four Winners
Vancouver, Wash. Jan. 12-14, 2017
CHAMPION #9 AOC young hen owned by Larry Foos, Spring Valley, Calif.
RESERVE CHAMPION #823 white young cock owned by Bill Harrison, Escondido, Calif.
2nd RESERVE CHAMPION #2244 AOC young cock owned by Ron Zottneck, Upland, Calif.
3rd RESERVE CHAMPION #907 white old hen owned by Jim Torrao, San Pablo, Calif.
2016 National King Show Champion #9 AOC Young Hen owned by Larry Foos, Spring Valley, Calif. in conjunciton with the Vancouver, Wash. Grand National Show Jan. 12-14, 2017
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Kim Miller of Boiling Springs, Penn. judges a large class of white Kings with his steward and several King exhibitors watching during the 2016 Naitonal King Show at Vancouver, Wash. Jan. 12-14, 2017.
2nd/3rd/7th District Show Photos, Highland, Ill. Nov. 12, 2016
2nd Reserve Champion, #1010 Check Young Hen owned by Scott Groff, Conestoga, Penn. The reserve champion was a young white cock owned by Joe Nethorcot, Spring, Texas (not pictured).
2nd/3rd/7th District Show Champion: #637 Yearling White Cock owned by Scott Adams
Scott Adams of Litchfield, Neb. is congratulated by District Show Judge Larry Foos for winning champion of the show.
Michael Warneke of Highland, Ill. acts as show secretary as Joe Nethercot (behind, center) and Jimmy Stewart bring Kings for judging at the 2nd/3rd/7th District Show Nov. 12, 2016.
Favorite and Long-time Show King Breeder of 50+ Years Passes Away
Fellow King Breeders and Friends: It’s with a sad heart we announce the death of a long-time American King Club member and breeder, Roy Breneman of Saxton, Penn. Roy suddenly passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22 due to a brain aneurysm. He leaves behind his wife, Linda, and four children.
Roy is one of the more popular and friendliest pigeon breeders of the AKC, and also well known for his red and yellow recessive Show Kings; he had the best in the country. Roy was a key member of the AKC’s First District and was a faithful supporter for many years. Fellow King breeder George O’Hara remembers he started raising Kings around 1962 and built the red and yellow line of Kings from utility to quality show style. He was at several shows this past year, including at Louisville Young Bird Show in October and the 2nd/3rd District Show in Highland, Ill. George and good friend Scott Groff says he will be missed in the First District.
“He is one I can always depend on to help at the show,” said George.
Scott is managing Roy's remaining Kings and is being careful how they are distributed to keep the rare colors that Roy produced still alive in the U.S. He has received many inquiries and is not taking any more until further notice.
Roy Breneman at the 2016 Springfield National King Show
Roy (center) talking with Andrew Price at the Louisville Young King Show Oct. 29, 2016.
Pigeon Disease Outbreak Undiagnosed
January 18, 2017 - There are reports about an outbreak of an undiagnosed and deadly disease killing pigeons in breeders' lofts all over the country, with its origins coming from the Eastern states. Most King breeders reporting so far say they have not been impacted and the disease may be dying off, but breeders need to take great caution moving and buying pigeons. Quarantine is absolutely necessary for any birds suspected of illness. This disease could be a form of paratyphoid or paramyxo, and is uncurable once obtained. Veterinarians and the NPA have pooled together a research committee. Updates and current statement with suggestions are found on theNPA website.
100th Anniversary Commemorative Flashlight and Patches Available You can still purchase the 6" oval patch with the 100th AKC Anniversary embroidery for $8 each while supplies last. We also have the annodized blue and red commemorative LED flashlights with three lines of engraving available for just $3 each (includes batteries and gift box). See a picture on the JOIN AKC page and use the order form on that page to order both items.
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