Saddle Homers USA – Show Standard

Amended 6/12/06

STANCE AND GENERAL APPEARANCE:

Alert and stands well, obviously healthy and clean; primary feathers carried above tail with tips 3/4″ or less from end of tail; bird appears as a complete unit with all parts blending smoothly together, medium size, short bell neck preferred. Stance should be approx. 45 degrees from the ground.

KEEL:

Medium depth; strong; thick; free from waves, nicks and bumps; straight; slope gradually upwards to rear.

MUSCLE (Along Keel):

Well rounded, not too hard or soft. Firm to the touch.

EYES:

A bull eye is preferred. Eyes should be of the same color. Cracked eyes to be considered a major fault.

HEAD:

Alert; nicely rounded from tip of beak through wattles to back of head; eye cere fine, narrow, and light; wattles shall be fine in texture, neat, chalky white in color, and free from lumps; no hook on end of beak. The head defines the Saddle Show Racing Homer from the flying homer. The head should show considerably more width and back skull than the flying homer, and should exhibit a length of 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ from the tip of the beak to the center of the eye. This measurement calls for a beak of medium length. Beak should be light in color with no staining or visible color.

NECK:
Another defining feature of the Saddle Show Homer. The neck should be smoothly feathered and in proportion to the rest of the body. The neck should broaden from the head down to the body giving the pigeon a bully look of power and elegance. There shall be no frills or creases.

FEATHER: Silky feathers; abundant; smooth like velvet, clean and tight.

VENT BONES:

Strong to touch; close together and to end of keel; space for about 1/4″ between vent bones and keel in cocks, more in hens.

LEGS AND FEET:

Medium length; strong clean; no feathers on feet; toe nails intact and all toe nails shall be white.

WING:

Primaries -strong, flexible, wide to medium wide, free from fret marks and pin holes, quill strong.

BACK AND TAIL:

Back strong, flat and broad with a gradual taper to tip of tail; ample feather cushion; tail to appear as one feather. Tail shall be 3/4″ off floor. Any colored tail feathers shall be considered a fault.

SADDLE MARKING: 

Ideally each wing shall have 10 white primary flights. All secondary flights shall be of appropriate saddle color, any deviation from these numbers shall be a fault. It shall be the goal to produce a bird with an even number of white flights. Example: 9 and 9 is preferred over 10 and 8 etc. More than 13 and less than 6 white flights is a major fault. Missing flights is considered a fault.

FAULTS:

Wings that do not contain the correct number of white and colored flights
Beak and toe nails that are not light / white
Colored tail feathers
Missing Flights
Feathers on feet.
Crest or frill.
Broken or odd eyes.
Broken, faulty or infected feathers.
Lice.
Any deformity.
Poor condition from dirt or disease.
Bishop winged (major patches of white on shoulder and or wing) is a major fault
Mismarked flights and or tail feathers are considered a major fault
Head & body color ticking will be considered a midrange fault, fault degree based on amount of mismarked color
Stained or colored beak, Midrange fault

SHOW CLASSES:

YH, YC, OH, OC
Class; Ash Red Family – To include: Red bars, Red checks, Red T- Pattern (solid shield)
Class; Blue Family – To include; Blue bars, Blue checks, Black (Blue T- Pattern)
Class; Dilutes – To include: the dilute of any color, examples; Silver bar, Silver Ck, Silver t pattern, Yellow check, Yellow bar, Yellow t pattern, Khaki in any pattern
Class; NCC Class I – (An attempt has been made to group Dominant Genes in NCC Class)  To include; Dominant Opal, Indigo, Andalusion, Almond, Qualmond, Faded, Grizzle
Class; NCC Class II – (An attempt has been made to group recessive genes in NCC Class II)  To include; Barless in any Color, Recessive Opal, Milky, Toy Stencil, Frill Stencil, Ice, Bronze, Brown in any pattern
Any Color not listed above shall be placed in class by Show Superintendent.

SHOW STANDARD POINTS:

Condition…. 20 points
Saddle ……. 20 pts
Color & markings…20 pts
Head, neck, eye… 20 pts
Station………… 10 pts
Shape of Body… 10 pts

Total 100 points