Our Judges

BHW Show of the Year

Judges for 2021

We are proud to announce the listed judges for the BHW Show of the year for 2021. 

Once again, we have been able to attract some of the best-known pigeon experts from not only the UK but also Europe to judge this year’s classes. 

This year is set to be one of the biggest fields due to the show being online and we are pleased that we have been able to engage with such a wide range of fanciers across both the racing and show pigeon world. 

We would like to thank all of the judges for supporting the online show for 2021.

Bill Harris

Bill Harris

Bill Harris of Elton in Gloucestershire has been involved with pigeon racing for over 60 years. His first club was the Portchester "Boys" Club (Hampshire) in the early 1960's and has held many positions within various clubs culminating in becoming the President of The National Flying Club.

Terry Haley

Terry Haley

Terry Haley 72 year old retired fence erector, who has had pigeons for over 60 years. I have been fortunate in my racing career to have won in national, Federations, opens, sections and Combine races, flying small teams to a standard back garden loft. I have also won at all the major shows in the past, including the "Show of the Year" at Blackpool and the "Old Comrades Show" with these same "race" birds winning the Best Bird in the British team in 3 separate Pigeon Olympiads. It was also a great honour to be selected To judge at the recent pigeon Olympiad in Poznan, Poland.

Colin Carter

Colin Carter

Winner of Best in Show 3 times at Blackpool and breeding the late Ron McCarthy,s Best in Show Blackpool winner in 2009. Have exhibited at shows from Cornwall to Scotland and judged at most major shows including Blackpool on numerous occasions.

Keith Mott

Keith Mott

Keith Mott was born in Feltham, near Heathrow airport in 1950 and has kept pigeon all his life. In the early days he raced in partnership with his brother, Phil, but since moving into his present house in Claygate in 1980, he has raced in partnership with his wife, Betty. He says he has been very luck and has owned many outstanding racing pigeons in that time, with the best probably being, Champion ‘Kenny’, the wonderful natural grizzle cock and winner of 37 prizes in the first six, including 13 times 1st club and 3rd, 5th, 9th, 11th, 24th Federation. Keith is a keen pigeon fancier 12 months of the year and loves racing and showing his pigeons. He was a convoyer for two Classic clubs for nine seasons and enjoyed visiting all the race points in France, including Pau six times and Tarbes twice. He is mostly noted these days for writing his regular page in the British Homing World, photography and his film making. He has one of the biggest YouTube film channels in the sport, which hosts over 460 pigeon films and has attracted 15,000 subscribers and over six million views globally. He says he will be celebrating his 50th year writing for the British Homing World in January 2022 and has enjoyed every minute of it. He has judged countless National and Society pigeon shows over the years, including the BHW Blackpool Show five times. He judged ‘Best in Show’ at the BHW Blackpool Show in 2014 and says that night was a great thrill, and was the highlight of his time as a pigeon show judge. Back in the 1960’s Keith was a drummer in a top rock band and now jokingly says, he is the only man in the world to have played at two sold out shows at the London Palladium, recorded at the fantastic Morgan recording studios and judged ‘Best in Show’ at the wonderful BHW Blackpool Show!

Michael Mahr

Michael Mahr

I am married, have two children and three grandchildren.

I started with the pigeon sport in 1966; at that time as chairman of the association - later as chairman of the government - from 1988 to 1998 member of the German executive committee. I have been a judge for 36 years. In terms of sport, I am primarily at home in the long distance area.

A special honour for me is that I have been able to help choose the Surpreme Pigeon in Blackpool many times.

Geoff and Catherine Cooper

Geoff and Catherine Cooper

Geoff and Catherine Cooper have been a partnership for many years. After winning the Tarbes Grand National their main aim was taking on the best in Europe in the International races, to date they have won 4x 1st International and are working hard on securing a 5th.

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett has photographed racing pigeons and showracers for most of his life, 50 years to be precise. He has travelled the world over and been selected as the official photographer to many events including the BHW Show in Blackpool for the last 28 years.

Peter is now 74 years old and in the twilight of his career and still prides himself on being one of the few photographers able to bring true and natural results to his photographs which makes him well suited to judging pigeons virtually from online photographs.

David Brown

David Brown

I started the pigeon sport in the early 1960s, I joined the local racing pigeon club and started my racing career there .Later on I joined the Lanarkshire Social Circle,The Scottish National Flying Club and the English National Flying Club as well and competed in them for a while .Later on I took on the post as club secretary for a period and later on while a committee member of the EICPS I took on the secretary post for a number of years. I started trying showing my racers with some success and later received invitations to judge at the local shows and the Show Racer Club shows and then I received invitations to judge at the bigger shows up and down the land and have judged at many of them several times. I have enjoyed the job for a long time but I also enjoyed my time racing and showing my birds with a fare amount of success.Owing to us moving house in the early 2000s and with little space I gave up the pigeons but still had an interest and continued with judging anytime that I was asked.

Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon

Chris is one of the most well know names in the UK with 11 x 1 st Section E in races with the British Barcelona Club; 5 x 1st Section and 11 x 2nd Section K in the National Flying Club; 3 rd Best Average in 2002 for the NFC's much-coveted Langstone Gold Cup, awarded for the Best Average from Nantes, Pau and the Young Bird National; holder of the record for the furthest flying bird ever recorded on the day of toss in any race staged by the BBC - over 600 miles out of Bordeaux to Old Snydale in Yorkshire. Chris also is responsible fo breeding some of the best pigeons in the UK and his blood lines flow through many long distance birds in the country.

Ronald Lacey

Ronald Lacey

Ronald Lacey has been a pigeon fancier since 1946, racing in every season that's followed. Whilst his race career began on the north road, his role as a show judge has seen him officiate at over one hundred shows across the country, including Blackpool where he has judged Specials and Best in Show. His tenure as RPRA President of the Southern Region spanned 14 years from 1986 - 2001, and he remains club President for High Wycombe Columbarian Society to this day, and Life Vice-President of the Southern Region. He'll be 90 next year, with a loft still full of pigeons and no sign of slowing down.

Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton

I have been a pigeon fancier for over 30 years and had many successes in the sprint to middle distance races. For the last 10 years I have been lucky enough to work full time with racing pigeons, photographing champion birds and writing articles on many of the top lofts in the country for the National Flying Club and other large organisations. I recently took over as Secretary for the East Midland region of the RPRA and nothing gives me greater pleasure than assisting the next generation to come into our great sport.

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