National Swiss Mondaine Club
Master Breeder &
Hall of Fame Award Recipients
John Wayne - Ellendale, MN
|Frank Ritchie - Schertz, TX|
|Jason Ritchie - New Braunfels, TX|
|Don Scalf - Allen, TX|
Hall of Fame Award
D. Monroe Green
National Swiss Mondaine Club Master Breeder & Hall of Fame Recipients:
The First man to receive the N.S.M.C. Master Breeder Award is named John Wayne
of Ellendale, Minnesota. He was born on September 30, 1915 and has been raisingthe Swiss Mondaines since 1965 through 2001 (36 years). John first began raising Swiss Mondaines after purchasing D. Monroe Green's last eight pairs and continued to raise them through the years.
Photo at left is of John Wayne receiving N.S.M.C. Master Breeder Award presented by Bob Coulter.
The second N.S.M.C. Master Breeder Award recipient is Frank Ritchie of Schertz, Texas born 09-18-1953. Frank started raising pigeons in approximately 1965 and continued off and on through the years. The first Swiss Mondaines that Frank raised were a pair of pure whites that was received by rail in 1966. (These birds were thought to be Utility Kings, but Frank believe the birds were actually Swiss Mondaine not Utility King).
Frank was the originator of the National Swiss Mondaine Club that began in Oct 2000; he revised the Swiss Mondaine Standard by adding the color classes and presented it for approval to the membership. Frank also wrote the by-laws for the club and had a big part in the new Drawing Standard for the Swiss Mondaine.
Frank is also one of the breeders that has spent many years developing color Swiss Mondaines. Also has bred and owned the Grand Champion Swiss Mondaines that has taken the highest placing at NSMC meets from 2000, 2001,2002 & 2003 four years straight.
3rd person to receive the N.S.M.C. Master Breeder award is
Jason Ritchie born April 16th 1980.
4th person to receive the N.S.M.C. Master Breeder award is Don
has raised the Utility Breeds for many years. Mainly the Giant Runt &
the Show Carneau breeds. After Don saw the Swiss at the N.P.A. National in
Oklahoma City in 2000, he has been raising them ever since.
is an approved and Certified N.P.A. Judge, and has judged many Swiss
Mondaine meets, besides winning with high placements at the N.S.M.C. shows
among some of the most stiff competition of Swiss Mondaine Breeders, but
still being awarded the Grand Champion on more than one occasion.
has contributed greatly to the N.S.M.C. by continuing to buy the club
bands, writing many messages being placed in the N.S.M.C. Bulletins.
held the post of President of the National Swiss Mondaine Club and is
continuing to support the club.
has received the Master breeder award for accomplishing what a Master
Breeder should do, and that is not only winning Master Breeder points, but
by being knowledgeable of the Swiss Mondaine Standard of Perfection,
breeding from top quality breeders, medicating, cleaning, clipping &
training the Swiss for show, plus showing only the Swiss he bread &
raised having his NSMC club bands on them. Anyone at an N.S.M.C. meet can
see the work Don has spent on the Swiss Mondaine Show Birds when they are
up for viewing by the judge. A deserving N.S.M.C. Master Breeder.
Don will receive his plaque at the Annual Meet on November 22, 2008 in Denton, Texas.
The first man to receive the N.S.M.C. Hall of Fame Award is named H.A. Parkhurst. This gentleman was one of the first breeders of the Swiss Mondaine after the birds were first brought to the United States by Harry M. Samson and shown to Mr. Parkhust by Mr. Samson in 1891. After Mr. Parkhurst seen and handled the Swiss Mondaines, Mr. Parkhurst made a trip to Switzerland and imported 30 more Swiss Mondaines himself.
Mr. Parkhurst and Mr. Samson were the first breeders that exhibited the Swiss Mondaines at the Empire Poultry Show in the Grand Central Palace in New York City.
H.A. Parkhurst was also the first President of the first club sponsoring the Swiss Mondaines formed in 1917, 26 years after the Swiss were brought to this country. The club was named America’s Mondaine Club. The reason I submit H.A. Parkhurst is due to the fact that he raised the Swiss Mondaines as long as he did and he also promoted the club that sponserd the Swiss as well as the breed themselves which will always promote the breed more so than just raising the birds. (Bred Swiss from 1891 through 1920 +)
The second man to obtain the 2nd to receive the N.S.M.C. Hall of Fame Award is named Everett Milstead from Dayton, Ohio. (Raised Swiss from 1930 through 1946 +) Passed away in 1984.
By reading many of the older APJ magazines a person will find numerous articles written by Everett Milstead promoting the Swiss Mondaine pigeon unlike none before or after. Not only was this man a Swiss Mondaine Breeder and promoter, but Everett Milstead along with Fred Rouse and Robert Haag were the first Swiss Mondaine breeders that spent many years shortening the Swiss Mondaines to 12" in length and tightened the feathers more so. Everett Milstead also organized and started a club in 1938 representing the Swiss Mondaine pigeon named the "Swiss Mondaine Boosters". Everett was also the man that generated the Jewel Mondaine that originated from the Swiss Mondaine. He was also a member of the Swiss Mondaine Breeders of America in the 1960s. A true Swiss Mondaine breeder.
The third man to obtain the 3rd to receive the N.S.M.C. Hall of Fame Award is named D. Monroe Green. (Bred Swiss From 1955 +/- through 1965)
Mr. Green helped some of the earlier Swiss Mondaine clubs and judged some of the shows. He was also the first president of the Swiss Mondaine Breeders of America started in 1956 and later took the position of the Sec./ Treasurer. D. Monroe Green also wrote many articles promoting the Swiss Mondaines. His loft was known as the Imperial Loft which followed his Swiss Mondaines when they were sold, named the Imperial Swiss Mondaines.
It was in the year 1918 that
Monroe Green started raising Pigeons .In 1920 the NPA was organized in Indianapolis, Ind. Monroe Green was a charter
member. He wrote the original Constitution and By-Laws for NPA, he served as
He developed a strain of White Modenas, as a founder of the National Modena Club, and was President and promoter of the California Modena Club. Green was born in Cherry Valley, New York on April 29, 1883 and died December 30th, 1970.
Master Breeder Award &
Hall of Fame Award Committee
Jason Ritchie - chairman