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THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS!
The Photos above are of the 1984 & 1985 NATIONAL CAGE BIRD SHOW CHAMPION GLOSTER
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The journey of a lifetime does indeed continue in The House after the 1984 and 1985 victories with Glosters in Chicago, Illinois & San Antonio, Texas!
In January of 1986 having already judged major events throughout North America and beyond and having taken the necessary exams to qualify myself, I was presented with the title of a C. O. M. O. M. J. Judge of the Canaries of Posture (Section D - Type Canaries).
Sadly though, our journey was not what one would have expected it to be in 1986 with a disaster that would devastate The House of Crests and take its' toll on all the canaries! There was a flood beyond all proportions in the northern suburbs of Chicago. A flood of the likes that has never occurred before in this region! When it was all said and done, with the help of many friends, a canoe was used to remove the birdcages from the birdroom, as you will see from the photos below!
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The photos above are of the House of Crests prior to the flood during the 1986 breeding season and a Fall photo of The House of Crests in Park Ridge, Illinois.
"Easy Rider" on his bike.
In September of 1986 this first flood ruined home, belongings, birdroom and life as one can imagine!
My good friend, Bill Reichert was there to help during the flood as were many friends from the bird fancy and others who brought in vans to haul our birds to safety. The birds lived as gypsies in a poorly-lit basement in a friend's home but they survived the ordeal! Needless to say, 1986 was not the show season of choice for our birds! Much of the rest of the year and part of 1987 was spent rehabbing our home and birdroom.
Nine months after this disaster and after all the renovations were completed, on a Friday, the day prior to putting in the carpeting, yet another great flood ruined everything all over again!!! Thank God this time I had flood insurance!
As they say though, the show must go on! And it did!
In November of 1987, the National Cage Bird Exhibition was held in Columbus, Ohio. We took a team of Glosters to exhibit under British Judge, Nev Thomas, who sadly has since passed on.
The House of Crests Glosters reigned victorious once again!
Not only was this fantastic individual raised in The House awarded Best Gloster in Show & Best Unflighted (Young) Gloster in Show but it went on to win Best Canary in Show as well as the ultimate award which was The Best Exhibit in Show!!
After the event, Nev was invited to The House of Crests to visit and stay the week. We also visited all the sights Chicago had to offer. Sadly, I never saw Nev again as years after he had passed away. He was one of the finest Gloster breeders in the United Kingdom if not the world, and was part of the famous and respocted, Thomas & Wolfendale Champion Gloster Team and THE major part and influence on the House of Crests line that helped me to achieve my "SUCCESS TO RAISE THE BEST"!! A line which continues to this day in my House and the birdrooms of many others worldwide who have purchased Glosters from me!!
These are some photos of Nev and I holding the Scannell Trophy awarded to the Best Exhibit or Best Bird at the 1987 National as well as an excerpt from a follow-up issue of American Cage Bird Magazine mentioning the winners at that event and finally the trophies we took home from Columbus, Ohio. What an honor it was to have this humble man at our dinner table and sleeping in our home! It was one of the major highlights of my life!
Kellogg Seed Company ran an advertisement that appeared in all the bird publications the following year using my winning Champion Gloster as a testimonial to the success of a well-bred bird from great lineage that was raised on a diet of the best seed of its time, Kellogg seed!
As you can see, The House Of Crests had continued in its' "quest of producing the best" once again!!
Needless to say, once The House had achieved that ultimate 1987 success in America with the Gloster Fancy Canary, the thrill of victory to me had lost its sparkle and so for the most part, I stepped out of the exhibition arena. In the words of a song by the great B. B. King: "the thrill is gone" and it pretty much was.
This was not to be the end of the journey of The House of Crests for even though I prefer not to show for various reasons, I still wanted to continue the line.
The loss of my beautiful wife, Claudia (Her photo above) suffered as a result of a car accident in 1989 until she finally died from complications to her quadriplegic body made the thrill of winning die for me, but there is another reason why I prefer not to show my canaries and that is politics, coinciding with inferior, bent & inconsistent judging and judges!!
The sooner we get honest judges who know the breeds and have won at major events consistently with those breeds in order to judge them, the sooner the fancy will grow to what it once was. To have people become judges because of favors for their political agendas instead of true qualifications, is the cause of a continued decline in this fancy for fanciers have no clue what to breed toward. To have members of boards of directors of major bird clubs select a judge for political leanings or as a return for past favors is asking for trouble in this fragile fancy. I personally will have no part in such nonsense and as such have asked to be removed from such sanctioned judges panels in America.
As you review the endless photos on this entire site, you will notice that the quality of the line in the years that have followed and on to this day, you shall see that the line certainly does continue to reign victorious by those who are obtaining birds from my line and are winning under qualified judges!
The line continues producing winning Glosters not only here in the Chicagoland area but in places from Florida to Texas to Washington and all the way to the North Pole in Whitehorse, Yukon, Alaska as well as in the birdrooms and homes around the world!! That, my friends gives me the greatest of pleasures, for you see, that brings continued pride to The House of Crests!!
Among the very latest in a continuing list of successful fanciers working with my line of Glosters are two gentlemen known as the Rojas Brothers named, Miguel & Jorge Rojas who as rookie exhibitors, at the 2006 National Cage Bird Show, won awards for exhibiting the Second Best Gloster Consort and Sixth Best Gloster in Show with a youngster they produced out of a pair they purchased from me earlier that same year!
Study the latest photos on my Home Page to see what my Glosters look like today and notice how they've progressed and you be the judge as to the quality!!
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ERNIE COBB - MASTER CAGE-BUILDER
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART ONE!
YOUR MASTER PLAN - PART TWO!
THE 2005 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART ONE
THE 2004 STABLE OF STARS - CONSORT STUDY! PART TWO
THE 2002 KOREAN TANGO & CANARY BIRD EXHIBITION
THE 2002 HOUSE OF CRESTS STABLE OF STARS!
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode One
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Two
THE WINNER'S CIRCLE OF STARS! - Episode Three
THE GALLERY OF STARS
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Two
THE GALLERY OF STARS - Page Three
THE GALLERY OF FLORAL STARS
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART ONE
HOW TO BUILD A BREEDING CAGE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page One "ENVIRONMENT"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Two "KNOWLEDGE OF THE IDEAL"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Three "DIET PLAN - 2015"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Four "UNDERSTANDING FEATHER"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Five "CINNAMON & FAWN PAIRING"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Six "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART ONE"
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Seven "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART TWO
THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Eight "HERE COME THE JUDGE!"
THE "NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS" ARTICLE!
THE GALLERY OF BANNERS & AWARDS
THE GALLERY OF LINKS
Top Left & Right Images: AZTEC WARRIOR by Jesus Helguera (1910-1971)
n/d, oil on canvas 52"x44" Collection Galas de Mexico, S.A.
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