October 12 John Luke.Bob Anderson.John Wetherall.Les and Andrew Stuckey.Barry Dyson ;Andrew Siverwood.Tommy Gratton and Alby Stockwell headed to Hull for the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge;
Our first loft visit was to Louis Lonneville from Sijsele near Brugge;Louis is into his eighties and has a small farm where his lofts are.he has had the same family of birds for the past two decades and has good performances at the middle distance;Les Stuckey has done well with these birds this year into Yorkshire from the channel as young birds.
We drove to Hamme for a visit to Luc De Meyer,he put on a buffett lunch and we sat and talked about pigeons for a couple of hours .He is pigeon daft,only had pigeons five years and raced for four years,he is in his thirties and his previous job did not give him time for pigeons.His passion is distance racing had has invested heavily in purchasing pigeons from Etienne Meirlaen and birds from ace distance pigeons ,he could a loft to watch in the future.
On Saturday morning we went to Hugo Vlaeminck of Rupelmonde in East Flanders his pigeons are based mainly around Leo Hermans and Jos Soojtens his year he has won 20 first prizes and only races 24 widowhood cocks.2016 1st National Champion Middle Distance old birds KBDB and 1st General Champion East Flanders ,in 2013 he was 1st National Chateauroux yearlings,he star bird ,now at stock is Ronaldo who has won 3 times 1st provincial ,1st zone B1,2nd national Bourges 2nd ace pigeon KBDB,plus other top provincial prizes.
Saturday afternoon we went to Robin Van Leuven from Berlaar,he only races young birds ,he says after six weeks the old birds are finished in his club and everyone concentrates on young birds.He has the best of Stefan Lambrechts and Van der Buicks and has many prizes and ace pigeons this year,he feeds the matador corn and races his ybs on the sliding door,like most Belgian lofts he pairs up early December and his ybs are darkened from March to the end of May.He has many orders for pigeons with a lot going to Kuwait.
Sundat we went to Harry Smolders of Pulle are real small set up ,he competed in the Tienverbond and only races Noyon and Quievrain,he sends no more than 10 to each race and is always in the top prizes ,again he had pigeons ready to go to Kuwait.Harry does not put ybs on darkness ,I asked him how long he leaves the cocks with the hens after the race,he says depends what time he gets back from the bar ,no rush.
Our last call was to Reedijk-Jongekrijkfrom Puttershoeck in South Holland ,he has the orginal Janseen pigeons crossed with Bas Verkerk up to middle distance and Jan Theelen for the distance .
We stayed at the Hotel Florent in Lier which is 200yards from the grote market with plenty bars and restuarents
1ST UNC MAIDSTONE 11,055 BIRDS RACED BY THOMPSON&SON OF WINGATE
GARY AND PAUL THOMPSON WITH PAM GRANGE
TERRY MARSHALL 4TH UNC MAIDSTONE YB NAT
1ST UNC BURBURE 341 MILES VEL 2165.80 ,10689 BIRDS ,BRED AND RACED BY DUNN BROS
LOFT OF RAY BOWERS BEST SINGLE BIRD UNC AVERAGE WINNER FROM ROYE,BOURGES,REIMS
LOFT OF BOB DONALSON 1ST UNC RIVENHALL
LOFT OF TAIT BROS 1ST UNC BOURGES
1ST NECC 1ST UNC REIMS 426 MILES 4193 BIRDS VEL 1177.77 2017
41 UNC REIMS 3794 BIRDS 2016 PLUS OTHER POSITIONS BRED AND RACED BY 1&E PURVER SKINNINGROVE
DON&AUDREY STEWART WINNERS OF 1ST SEC 1 6TH UNC REIMS ,ALSO WINNERS OF BEST OPPOSITE SEX TO COMBINE WINNER ,492 MILES ,BRED BY KEITH THOMPSON FORM MALLABURN BROS STOCK,
THE LOFT HAD FLOWN ROUNDABOUT EARLIER BUT PAIRED UP TO ALLOW ROOM FROM GIFT BIRDS FROM MALCOLM STRAUGHAN.
THE COCK WAS SITTING 14 DAY EGGS AND ITS MATE WAS 49TH UNC
CHRIS LEECH BEST 2B AVERAGE REIMS 4TH AND 7TH UNC AVERAGE VEL OF1172.02
GATLEY,SON,HARROD BLUE COCK.4TH UNC BURBURE
MARR BROS EASINGTON COLL ,SED FED 1ST SEC 6 REIMS WITH A VANDENABBELLE COCK
21 UNC REIMS
1ST CLUB,FED,SECTION 3RD UNC REIMS
ANDERSON&SON WINGATE CH 15ST3272 1SEC 5 10 UNC REIMS 1170.19
PREMIER STUD GASTON VAN DER WOUWER 4.193 BIRDS
1ST CLUB,FED,SEC ,UNC,NEHU OPEN BOURGES 2008,596 MILES.3283 BIRDS VEL 1586
THE 36 HEN RACED BY DONALDSON&SON CHEVINGTON DRIFT
1ST CLUB,FED,SEC.UNC FOLKESTONE 2009.311 MILES,25,466 BIRDS VEL 1737
THE 19 COCK
1ST CLUB.1ST FED.1ST SEC,1ST UNS RIVENHALL 255 BIRDS,12356 BIRDS VEL. 1303.3
RACED BY DONALDSON &SON CHEVINGTON DRIFT
HATRICK 16SS1948,WON 20UNC 11967 AS YB.THIS YEAR 1ST CLUB,1ST FED 6TH SEC P,BORO.1ST CLUB,3RD FED 13 SEC OAKHAM.1ST CLUB.1ST SEC 2ND UNC R/HALL 12,356 BIRDS .AS OF INTEREST HIS HEN IN PICTURE HASWON 2ND CLUB,4TH FED 40 SEC OAKHAM.1ST CLUB,1ST FED,1ST SEC H,DON.5TH CLUB BEATEN BY 4 LOFT MAYES 6TH FED 34 SEC OAKHAM,1ST CLUB,1ST FED 12 SEC OAKHAM,4TH CLUB,6TH FED 28 SEC P,BORO,2ND CLUB,2ND FED 11 UNC R,HALL .THEY ARE PAIRED TOGETHER AND ARE NEST MATES
1ST CLUB,FED,SEC UNC&NEHU OPEN 2000BIRDS BOURGES 583 ML VEL 818.95
BRED AND RACED BY TATE BROS BLYTH
1ST CLUB,2ND FED,2ND SEC,2ND UNC,2ND NEHU OPEN BOURGES 585 MLS,VEL 810.61,BRED AND RACED BY RAY BOWEY BEDLINGTON
J FOR JOHN
1ST CLUB,2ND FED,2ND SEC 10TH UNC BOURGES 13TH NEHU OPEN BOURGES 544 MLS VEL 749.15 2015
1ST CLUB,1ST FED,1ST SEC 11 UNC ,13 NEHU OPEN BOURGES 544 MLS VEL 751.41
1ST CLUB,3RD FED,19TH UNC,19TH NEHU OPEN BOURGES VEL 547.49
WINNER OF UNC FRENCH DIPLOMA
BRED BY ERIC SHEPHERD AND JOHN WEATCROFT,RACED BY MR,MRS HARDING THORNABY
1ST CLUB,SEC.7TH UNC 7TH NEHU OPEN BOURGES VEL 733,540 MLS
SIRE IS A SON OF BIG SMITHY 1ST UNC 1ST NEHU BOURGES 2014 PAIRED TO TOP STAR PRINCESS SISTER OF THE MOTHER OF NEW BLIKSEM OF GABY VANDELEBELE
DAM IS A DTR OF MUKIN FAGIC 1ST UNC,NEHU OPEN BOURGES 2012 WHEN PAIRED TO BLUWE LAUREATE FROM A SON OF NEW LAUREATE 1ST INTERNATIONAL BARCELONA,BRED BY JPS LOFTS RACED BY STAFFORD &WILSON SKINNINGROVE
IAN STALLEY 1ST TEES VALLEY FED BOURGES
TERRY DAVISION ,HORDEN 1ST SECTION 6
RONNIE EVANS X MARTIN ALI IT HAS MANY TOP PRIZES UP TP REIMS
UNC PRESDENT PAUL SHERGOLD 3,4,UNC ROYE WITH JOHN BELL 1ST UNC ROYE
1ST CLUB 1ST FED 2ND SEC 2 UNC 3RD NEHU ROYE 402 MIS 1574.04
PLUS MANY OTHER POSITIONS
BRED AND RACED BY WOODROFFE BROS
1ST CLUB,1SR FED ,1ST SEC 3RD UNC 18,257 BIRDS 3RD OPEN 26,042 BIRDS EASTBOURNE 297 MLS VEL 1507
1ST CLUB,1ST SEC,1ST UNC 7146 BIRDS 2ND OPEN NEHU 9605 BIRDS ROYE 401MLS VEL 1574.34
3RD CLUB 9TH FED OAKHAM 2016
2ND CLUB 10THFED OAKHAM,2ND CLUB 5TH FED P,BORO,7TH CLUB 19TH R/HALL.1ST CLUB 6TH FED BUBWITH
BRED BY TERRY GRAGGS RACED BY BELL&WORMLEIGHTON
J SIMPSON&SON CHEVINGTON DRIFT WITH A YEARLING CHEQ HEN FLOWN ON ROUNDABOUT,THE LOFTS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASONWINNING 15UNC AND 1ST SECTION 1 ROYE VEL1562.5
BRYAN CARLSON TYNE NORTH FED WINNER FROM ROYE SHE WAS BOUGHT AT AN AUCTION OF YBS AT WHITLEY BAY PRESENTATION EVENINGFROM SANDBERG AND SON AND IS A VANDENABEELE X BUSSCHEART
SECTION 2 FIRST 4 TO ELLIOT AND WATSON,ONE IS A DAUGHTER OF 2014 QUEENS CUP WINNER PAIRED TO A PIGEON OFF BILLY WALLACE FROM EIRE,WHICH WAS YOUNG BIRD OF THE YEAR IN THE FED.NUMBER 2 WAS A DAUGHTER OF D DAY LADY 1ST UNC,WHEN PAIRED TO A SON OFF THE NUMBER 1 STOCK PAIR,NUMBER 3 IS A DAUGHTER FROM DEANO AND PARKSIDE LILLIAN,NUMBER 4 THE SIRE FROM THE NUMBER 1 STOCK PAIR AND A HEN FROM BILLY WALLACE
The first channel race of 2017 was held on May 27 ,16,744 birds sent from the NEHU competing from Burbure and liberated at 5.30.Winning 1st UNC and !st nehu open was to Stuart Stephenson from Horden HS and is a Ponderosa lines hen bred from Herman-Cuesters and Janseen stock bought from them.She flew the yb programme ,nothing of note ,but no mistakes.This season she had,not been paired as Stuart did,not have any other cocksfor her after the others were paired ,as other hens also did,not have any mates.So she was sent spare ,so to speak,but it did,not stop her from doing the 333ml908yds at a vel of 1907.4 ypm,and to make it better he had another yearling doing 1833.7 which won him The Joe Hunter Memorial Trophy for the best 2B average with a vel of 1870.6.Having visited Stuart along with young Steve Wheatley I was surprised to be told she was aimed to go to Roye next week.so good luck Stuart
Marsay,Taylor,Robinson 1st UNC and !st NEHU open 26,042 birds Eastbourne,the loft was also 49yh open
STEWY STEPHENSON WITH A YEARLING CHEQ HEN THAT WON 1ST UNC 13,268 birds AND 1ST NEHU OPEN BURBURE ,IT IS A HERMAN CEUSTER X JANSEEN,also winning the best 2bird performance with a 34unc average velocity of 1870.61.
The loft was also 17th unc and 17th nehu Eastbourne 26,042 open birds