Lara Hoskin won a number of prizes at the Pioneer Valley Show, including best male bird exhibited by a junior, for her Ancona, Barry.
Lara Hoskin won a number of prizes at the Pioneer Valley Show, including best male bird exhibited by a junior, for her Ancona, Barry. Marty Strecker

Why chooks replace sport for this little girl

LARA Hoskin's mother said without sport, the family really had no choice but to become chook fanatics.

Netherdale resident Marissa Sherrington said her family began raising chickens 12 months ago after her daughter was diagnosed with a significant medical condition.

"One of Lara's kidneys doesn't work. So instead of sports we raise chooks,” Ms Sherrington said.

Over the past year, Lara said she had helped raise her chickens' fragile eggs to the hefty birds she presented at the Pioneer Valley Show on Sunday.

A prize winning Malay Game rooster at the Pioneer Valley Show.
A prize winning Malay Game rooster at the Pioneer Valley Show. Marty Strecker

Standing in the poultry room, Lara's arms sank into the plush feathers of her prize-winning chicken a hefty Ancona hen. She was one of 24 birds Lara entered into this year's show.

Lara says her little flock is a big responsibility. To get them all show ready she said she washed and fed her birds, as well as checking them for lice and infections like bumble foot.

Despite being new to the world of competitive poultry, Lara managed to win three prizes at the agricultural show including champion light standard, champion female bird exhibited by a junior, and champion female bird exhibited by a junior.

Like most pets, Lara and her mother say the chickens have big personalities.

Ms Sherrington pointed to a rooster named Barry and said "this guy here, he's a cuddle-bum”.

Dashing around the poultry room at the Pioneer Valley Show, Lara listed off the names for her feathered friends. One black and white speckled chicken was named Oreo. While the other was known as Chocolate.

Fellow poultry owner Jack Wilson, 20, took out the big prize of the show, the Grand Champion Fowl of Show.

After a lifetime of showing chooks, he said raising a winning chicken was simple.

"You feed it,” he said.

Pioneer Valley Show Poultry Results

Grand Champion Fowl Of Show - Mrs N Griggs Memorial

J. Wilson

Reserve Champion Fowl of Show

R & S Perry

Champion Heavy Standard

B & L Barnett

Reserve Champion Heavy Standard

R. Fredrickson

Champion Light Standard

L. Hoskin

Reserve Champion Light Standard

M. Cutting

Champion Standard

B & L Barnett

Reserve Champion Standard

R. Fredrickson

Champion Light Sussex - Large

B & L Barnett

Champion Large Softfeather

B & L Barnett

Reserve Champion Large Softfeather

R. Fredrickson

Champion Large O.E.G.

Curtis Family

Champion Pit Game

Curtis Family

Champion A.O.V. Large Hardfeather

C. Kuit

Champion Large Hardfeather

Curtis Family

Reserve Champion Large Hardfeather

C. Kuit

Case Kuit with his prize winning Malay game rooster at the Pioneer Valley Show.
Case Kuit with his prize-winning Malay game rooster at the Pioneer Valley Show. Marty Strecker

Champion Large Fowl

Curtis Family

Champion Indian Game Bantam

J. Meek

Champion O.E.G. Bantam

J Wilson

Champion Pit Game Bantam

A & K Perry

Champion Modern Game Bantam

Turner Kids

Champion A.O.V. Game Bantam

L. Brown

Champion Hardfeather Bantam

J. Wilson

Reserve Champion Hardfeather Bantam

Curtis Family

Champion Langshan Bantam

L. Brown

Champion Pekin Bantam

K. Winn

Champion Leghorn Bantam

L. Fredrickson

Champion Softfeather Bantam

R & S Perry

Reserve Champion Softfeather Bantam

K. Winn

Champion Bantam

J. Wilson

Reserve Champion Bantam

R & S Perry

Champion Large Softfeather Breeding Pair

B & L Barnett

Champion Large Fowl Breeding Pair

B & L Barnett

Champion Softfeather Bantam Breeding Pair

K. Winn

Champion Hardfeather Bantam Breeding Pair

L. Brown

Champion Bantam Breeding Pair

K. Winn

GRAND CHAMPION Breeding Pair

K. Winn

Reserve Champion Breeding Pair

L. Brown

Champion Bird Exhibited by a Lady

Curtis Family

Champion Male Bird Exhibited by a Junior

L. Hoskin

Champion Female Bird Exhibited by a Junior

L. Hoskin

Champion Turkey

J. Lewer

Reserve Champion Turkey

J. Lewer

GRAND CHAMPION Waterfowl

L. Coulson

Reserve Champion Waterfowl

M. Cutting

Champion Heavy Breed

C. Kuit

Reserve Champion Heavy Breed

C. Kuit

Champion Light Breed

B & L Barnett

Reserve Champion Light Breed

L. Brown

Champion Bantam Breed

M. Cutting

Reserve Champion Bantam Breed

R & S Perry

Champion Goose or Gander

L. Coulson

Reserve Champion Goose or Gander

L. Coulson

Champion Waterfowl Breeding Pair

B & L Barnett

GRAND CHAMPION Pigeon

J. Manzelman

Reserve Champion Pigeon

J. Manzelman

Champion Aust. Show Pen Homer Cock

J. Manzelman

Champion Aust. Show Homer Hen

J. Manzelman

Champion Aust. Show Pen Homer

J. Manzelman

Reserve Champion Aust. Show Pen Homer

J. Manzelman

Champion British Show Racer Cock

B. Curtis

Champion British Show Racer Hen

B. Curtis

Champion British Show Racer

B. Curtis

Reserve Champion British Show Racer

B. Curtis

Champion Fancy Cock

J. Bates

Champion Fancy Hen

J. Bates

Champion Fancy

J. Bates

Reserve Champion Fancy

J. Bates

Champion Utility Cock

J. Bates

Champion Utility Hen

J. Bates

Champion Utility

J. Bates

Reserve Champion Utility

J. Bates

Champion Mated Pair

B. Curtis

Reserve Champion Mated Pair

J. Manzelman