The Voorburg Cropper is a fairly new breed by pigeon standards, being "created"
in 1935 by Theodore Van Gink of the Netherlands. This blue bar is shield
marked, much like the Indian Fantail on slide 7. With fantails, though, this
marking is called saddle rather than shield. The one thing all croppers and pouters have in
common is the rather enlarged "neck" All pigeons have the ability to inflate
their crops and do so when cooing. You can think of it as the pigeon's bagpipes.
Voorburgs are known for being especially tame and playful.
Henry Ebbelaar, a friend of mine from Outlook, Washington, bred this very friendly pigeon. Just goes to prove that you can breed great pigeons in the most out of the way places.
There is more information about Pouters/Croppers in the Cote's Highlight page.
Judging at the shows here in the States is done differently than in Europe. In European shows, the birds are judged before the owners or the public are permitted in the show hall. Here, the judging is performed during the exhibition itself. It can be as much fun to watch the breeders during judging as it is to watch the birds themselves.