President's Welcome
Welcome to the web page of the United Show Roller Club of America. The USRCA drew up its by-laws in 1942. Our records show our first set of officers served from July, 1935 to July, 1936. Our club is the oldest national roller club in the United States, and no doubt, all of North America.
In the beginning most of the members bred the various strains of English Birmingham Rollers. These fanciers flew and showed their birds, as showing was part of the hobby from the beginning of the club. These birds that would fly and roll and could be shown were called by many "dual purpose birds", they were not just show birds, nor were they just flying performing rollers.
The culture of the dual purpose rollers lasted from the thirties until the late seventies or the early eighties. Somewhere along the way many fanciers started to breed their birds just for the show room. Slowly the flying of show birds gave way to not flying the show birds at all. This did not happen in all parts of the country at the same time and not all fanciers engaged in this practice. It is safe to say that by the early eighties, and maybe as soon as the late seventies, the winning birds at our national shows were pure show birds. These champions looked very similar to the dual purpose birds.
Over the years as we bred more for the show pen, our ideas of what a show bird should look and feel like began to change. Through selective breeding our birds began to slowly move in the direction that our show birds are at this time. Are show rollers in their final form? I think not, as we Americans always want to breed something better than the competition. It is our nature as Americans. It is the constant creation that is the driving force in our hobby.
Many of us in the USRCA don't know just what to call these show rollers. Should we call them Show Birmingham Rollers? There is an English show roller developed by the English fanciers and it is different than our American show rollers. Some in our club have begun to call our birds American Show Rollers. I happen to like this name, as what we are showing is not the true Birmingham roller. We Americans have created a new breed. It is a challenge to breed birds good enough to win in the show room. None of us would have it any other way. The competition is very keen, but the fellowship of the fanciers is very strong.
I hope you will enjoy our new web site.
William Koenig
President: United Show Roller Club of America