My name is Gary Marsden and I live in the county of Lancashire in the UK. My interest in pigeons first came about at the age of 9 when I was given a pair of blue racing pigeons. At the age of eleven I was fascinated when I spotted a very round, bronze and white pied marked pigeon roosting up high on a ledge at Preston Town Hall. At dusk I later returned to climb the side of the building and scoop her from the nest she was sitting on. I mated her to a mealy racing pigeon as I was unable to locate any bird of similar shape or markings. From this first mating I produced silver mealy cocks which I mated back to her to achieve a similar typed pigeon but I was never able to produce the gazzi markings. Several years later I discovered the bird I had acquired was a bronze-tri gazzi Modena.
Many years later while visiting a local farmer to acquire a pet rabbit for my daughter I was surprised to see an aviary containing two black gazzi Modenas. I was hooked again. We came home with a rabbit and the Modenas. The farmer advised me that locally there were a couple of top Modena breeders called Bob and David Iddon. After a phone call, very interesting conversation and a visit to Bob Iddon I joined the Modena Club of Great Britain.
Currently I am a serving member of the Modena Club Committee and since 1995 I have been a Modena Club appointed judge. In 2009 I was honored to be asked along with five other Modena Club judges to judge at the Danish Modena Club Show.
Best in Judge Gary Marsden Section
at the Danish National Show January 2009
went on to be Best Modena In Show 540 Birds
Photo Courtesy J Ross
Lancashire Championship Show November 2012 Best Gazzi And Best Modena Gary Marsden
Lancashire Championship Show November 2012
BELOW BEST ADULT GAZZI COCK AT THE UK MODENA CLUB SHOW 2013
BEST MODENA AND RESERVE BEST IN SHOW LANCASHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 GARY MARSDEN
WINNER OF BEST YOUNG BLUE GAZZI
UK MODENA CLUB SHOW 2014
WINNER OF THE BEST MODENA
2300 MODENAS ENTERED
Young Grizzle Hen Bred by Edwin Houpst (Denmark)
young blue hen