American King Club Alive and Well at 102 Years Old
As we celebrate and appreciate our Show King pigeons, which originally was an American experiment back in the 1890's as a squabing breed, the American King Club still stands as one of the most prestigious and organized pigeon clubs in the U.S. At 102 years old this year, we still carry members throughout the United States and around the world, with quarterly bulletins, district shows and committees looking at ways to improve our favorite pigeon breed!
We have put together a committee to look at our standard photo as we made changes in 2015 (primarily in the tail angle and position of beak). The current drawing needs adjustments. These are the type of important changes and benefits AKC members get first hand.
As Show King breeders, we are all trying to breed the very challenging perfect Show King at the showroom. The AKC is also mindful to protect and preserve the Show King as a increasingly hard to find utility pigeon (larger bodied, market birds). Of course most of us don't use them for market anymore, but love the feel and size of a 35-37 ounce King. The AKC is important part of protecting the breed and keeping the breeders meeting and working together to enjoy and share in the hobby. If you are thinking about raising Show Kings, be sure to contact one of the AKC officers for help.
Check out the Show Schedule page to see the latest details of the King shows this fall. Many of us are organizing trucks and trailers to haul our Kings to the Texas National, and expect one of the better King shows in recent years.
Hanna Faulstich holds one of Larry Foos' Show Kings at the San Diego (Del Mar) Fair June, 2017. Hanna is a junior member of the San Diego club and is thinking about raising Kings.
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
Join the AKC! Membership Benefits:
New 100-Year Anniversary Member Booklet
Access to Pedigreed NPA/AKC bands
Support from Master Breeders
Annual District Shows and National Show
Go to the Join AKC page to enroll using the membership form
Check out Facebook's Show King Group page. Use it to provide short news updates and photos of your Show King hobby.
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.
Ron Zottneck (right) next to Juan Gomez and Charlie Hall at the 2015 5th District, Ontario, CA. Ron passed away last February.
Ron Zottneck with his son at the 5th District Show 2015, Ontario, CA.
Roy (center) talking with Andrew Price at the Louisville Young King Show Oct. 29, 2016.
Roy Breneman at a King Show. He passed away January 2017. He raised Kings for more than 50 years.
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.
AOC Young Cock #1304
Yrlg White Hen #2655
2014 NATIONAL CHAMPION
BRED AND EXHIBITED BY
ONTARIO, CA GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2015
2015 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY LARRY FOOS SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA SPRINGFIELD, MASS. GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2016
2013 NATIONAL CHAMPION BRED AND EXHIBITED BY VINCE MAZZARISI DIXON, ILLINOIS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA GRAND NATIONAL JANUARY 2014
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