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The club needs and desires several official meets each year throughout the U.S. and Canada. It will always take good key people, district directors and individual members in the area to participate and organize these events to make them not only successful, but a credit to our organization. A measure of success in these meets will determine the number of members who support each meet, and in the long run, the number of members we get in the future, and especially determines the success of our idea of preserving. Any club who desires to sponsor a Rare Breeds meet must agree to the following criteria:


1.    A sponsoring club who desires an official rare breeds meet must contact the RBPC Secretary for approval.


2.    In attempting to arrange for an official club meet, the sponsoring club should ascertain the number of birds to be shown, at least 50 birds should be the rock bottom to have a RBPC meet.


3.    All rare breeds so designated to be rare breeds by the RBPC are to be classified and shown as such. This condition is to prevail whenever a sponsoring club agrees to an authorized rare breeds meet. All rare breeds are to be shown in a designated area.


4.    The RBPC must receive rebates when an official meet is held where the local club as a rule gives them to specialty clubs holding meets. Trophies and awards will be supplied by the RBPC only when a rebate is given.


5.    The Individual Merit System of Judging will be used exclusively in judging rare breeds at rare breeds meets.


6.    Any club sponsoring a rare breeds meet, when selecting judges, should first attempt to ascertain if the judge selected is capable of judging the rare and exotic birds. The RBPC Secretary and the District Director should be contacted prior to the final selection of a judge. Every effort should be made to notify the judge several days in advance of the types of birds to be shown in order that he/she may consult the standards if necessary.


7.    Rare breeds are to be treated in every manner the same as the fancy, flying and utility divisions already recognized in respect to awards, trophies and ribbons donated by the sponsoring club, and should in all classes compete with classes of the general show (fancy, flying, utility).


8.    Rare Breeds are not to be placed on the marked list in the same manner as the more common breeds, but are to be placed according to the Individual Merit System of Judging designating the letters R, HS, S, G, I.


9.    The sponsoring club must be capable of offering some suitable awards, or must encourage its members or exhibitors to do so.  The awards must follow a few set patterns, but after this is met any awards are encouraged.



Required awards at a RBPC meet where a rebate is given:


    1.    Champion Rare

    2.    Reserve Champion Rare

    3.    Highly Superior Certificates


Awards given only when applicable. See meet award rules:


    1.    Best Color Pigeon

    2.    Best Flying Pigeon

    3.    Best Utility Pigeon

    4.    Best AOV (Any Other Variety)


Individuals or the host club must give any awards other than those mentioned above.





The following rules and regulations have been voted on and approved by the RBPC membership, with the hope of better governing the spending of club funds. These rules must be strictly adhered to, and any violation of these rules will be dealt with in a disciplinary fashion, namely, denial of future meets. With the cooperation of all those involved, we should begin to see our meets pay for themselves, and actually make money for the club. The Rare Breeds Pigeon Club will under no circumstances give money out of the club Treasury to pay for awards, so know your meet rules before purchasing awards.




1.    The most that can be spent on awards at any meet is $ 75. 00 and that 's only if all conditions are met. Any rebate money over the allotted amount for awards must be returned to the RBPC Secretary-Treasurer, where it will be included in our Treasury and used for bulletin expenses, etc.


2.    A hosting club must offer at least a $.50 per bird rebate for the RBPC to be responsible for any awards other than H.S. Certificates. H.S. Certificates will be provided for RBPC members.


3.  If a host club chooses to supply the RBPC with awards rather than a rebate, they may do so provided they follow the guidelines set forth later in this section.


4.    The RBPC recognizes the following classes for possible awards: Champion Rare, Reserve Champion Rare, Best Rare Color Pigeon, Best Rare Flying Pigeon, Best Rare Utility Pigeon and Best Rare AOV. Individual members and not the RBPC must donate any awards other than those just mentioned.  The RBPC Breeds List is broken down into the classes (Color, Flying, Utility and AOV) for easy reference.


5.    All meets receiving a $.50 or better rebate will be allowed awards for Champion and Reserve Champion Rare, as well as H.S. Certificates.


6.    Classes (Color, Flying, Utility and AOV) will only be allowed awards if 30 or more birds are exhibited in that class. For example, a meet with 35 Color Pigeons, 45 Flying, 10 Utility and 26 AOVs would be allowed class awards for Best Rare Color and Flying Pigeon.


7.    Clubs co-sponsoring a Rare Breed have three options (approved 2002)


       *    Holding their own meet and pay the expenses of the meet from their own treasury.

      *   Holding a Joint Meet with the RBPC. the new club manages their own meet and then brings their winning bird

           up to compete for the appropriate category (AOV, Color, Flying, or Utility) and for champion and reserve 

           Champion. The new club will get the rebate for the number of their breed that are entered in the show. From

           that rebate a contribution will be made to the RBPC for the trophies that apply to that breed.

      *   Depend on the RBPC to sponsor the breed at any meets where the new club does not have enough numbers

           to put on a separate meet. The RBPC gets the rebate and covers the expense of the judge and the trophies.





1.    Let's look at a typical NYBS with a 200-bird entry and a $1.00 per bird rebate. With 55 Color Pigeons, 74 Fliers, 32 Utility and 39 AOVS, we would need 6 awards with a total cost of no more than $75.00. Awards would be given for Champion and Reserve Rare, as well as all classes. Our income for the show would be $200.00, our expenses for awards $75.00. leaving us a net profit of $125.00.


2.    Now let's look at a smaller local show, with a 110 birds entry paying $.50 a bird rebate.  With 40 Color Pigeon, 26 Fliers, 20 Utility and 24 AOVS, we would need 3 awards with a total cost of no more than $35.00. Awards would be given for Champion and Reserve Rare, as well as Best Rare Color Pigeon. Our income for the show would be $55.00; our award expenses $35.00, leaving us a net profit of $20.00.





1.    Selection a Judge  Every effort should be made to select a judge familiar with as many of the rare breeds as possible to be shown. A sponsoring club will contact the RBPC Secretary in selecting a judge.


2.    The Individual Merit System of Judging  The judge must be profoundly familiar with the Individual Merit System of Judging, the definition of the terms and how to apply them.


3.    Notifying Judge of Breeds to be shown  Sponsoring club should notify the judge 3 to 4 days in advance of the type of rare breeds that will be exhibited.  This notice will allow the judge to review, if necessary, standards of those breeds prior to his arrival at the showroom. (Remember, the judge is choosing birds against the standard, not just the best ones being shown.) This should be an absolute must in order to be fair to both the judge and the exhibitor.


4.    Cooping and Coop Cards  All rare breeds should he cooped in one general area. Prior to the judging, the coop cards will be reversed so that the name of the exhibitor and the band number are not visible to the judge. It is not necessary to move each bird to a judging area.  The bird should be judged in it's own coop. Remember, each bird is being judged according to the standard, and not it's neighbor.


5.    Selecting a Steward  The judge or club official should select a steward to aid the judge with written remarks on the reverse side of the coop card.


6.    Judging  The judge should handle each bird in the normal accepted routine manner of judging, grading the birds according to the standard, as he proceeds from cage to cage. He should direct the steward to write on each reversed coop card reasons why the bird received the grade awarded (HS, S, G, I).


7.    Choosing the Royal Birds  After the judge has graded all birds, the steward will then collect all Highly Superior birds and place them in a competitive judging area. The judge will then view these birds again and choose the Royal birds from this group, The Royal birds being the ones most near letter-perfect according to the individual standard. The judge may choose up to 4 percent of all rare breeds shown at the meet, as royal birds or he may choose none at all, depending on the quality of the birds entered. Any birds selected as a Royal must be of excellent quality in top show condition


8.    Reporting Results  The steward or sponsoring club official should annotate the judging book on the results of the judge’s decisions, A copy of the results should be forwarded to the RBPC Secretary enclosure in the next club bulletin.


9.    Meaning of the Grades of the Individual Merit System of Judging See “ The individual Merit System of Judging" elsewhere in this handbook for more details.


10.  Spectators - Judging Area Closed Spectators should not be allowed in the judging area nor talk to the judge during his/her official procedures. The rare breeds should be cooped in a square type arrangement, with coops the square area and the area should be blocked to prevent spectators from entering during judging.


11.    Choosing Champions, Best of Breed, Best of Type, etc. After the judge had gone through and graded each bird according to the standard and after he/she has picked the Royal birds, then he/she may then pick a Champion Rare from the Royals, if the trophies are so designated. Choosing best of type, best of breed follow ordinary procedures, the highest grades competing.


12.    Fairness to All   The Individual Merit System of Judging simply judges your bird according to available not with its neighbor.  The judge will attempt, as he/she interprets the standard, to award the grade as benefits that bird. If your bird was awarded a "Good" (third place), it should mean that the bird is only a stock bird, or in poor condition (according to our judging system).  If the bird is indeed a stock bird, in theory, it should never get higher than "Good" no matter how many of it's kind are exhibited at the same time.  The idea behind this system is to advise you  where your bird stands in the eyes of the judge, according to the standards, so that you may desire to change your breeding schedules to perhaps upgrade the offspring of the parent birds.





1.    Award costs at meets giving less than $1.00 per bird rebate, and/or less than 100 birds.


                A.     Champion Rare - $15.00 including engraving

                B.     Reserve Champion Rare-$10,00 including engraving

                C.     Class awards-Si0.00 including engraving (Classes eligible only with 30 birds or more.)


2.      Award costs at meets giving more than a $1.00 rebate per bird and having 100 or more birds.


                A.     Champion Rare - $20.00 including engraving

                B.     Reserve Champion Rare - $15.00 including engraving

                C.     Class awards - $10.00 including engraving (Classes eligible only with 30 birds or more.)


3.      Please note that the above allotments are only guidelines. If one chooses to spend $30.00 on a Champion award and only $5.00 on a Class award, they may do so as long as the total allotment is not exceeded.

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