BICC AGEN / BORDEAUX INTERNATIONAL.
The 21,651 Agen International pigeons being
race on the International race programme took place on Saturday 30th
June, when the 736 British birds entered by 116 fanciers were liberated at Agen
at 6 am, along with 21,651 pigeons from all over Continental Europe. Weather
conditions throughout France
were forecast to be excellent with a slight helping south westerly breeze and
broken cloud and sunshine throughout the route home from south west France. Hopes
were therefore high that there would be day birds clocked into the UK and so it
turned out with 20 birds clocked by nightfall on the first day. Well actually
there were 21 birds clocked on the day as the winning fancier, Charlie Simmons
of Basildon in Essex, returned home from the
marking station to find the second of his two entries on the loft. It was
quickly clocked but as it was after close of race on the first day this pigeon
counted as a second day bird.
Charlie Simmons 1st Open BICC Agen International
Mark Gilbert 2nd Open BICC Argen
John Haynes 2nd sect 3rd Open BICC Argen
Lee & Kevin Buddle 2nd section 4th Open BICC Agen
Geoff & Catherine Cooper 1st & 3rd section BICC Pau International
1st section 5th Open BICC Agen
3rd North Sect Agen for Robert Rome
Russell Bradford 2nd North sect BICC Agen
Simmons is no stranger to success at the top level as he has topped the BICC
results at Gellainville in 2002, Falaise in 2009 and now 1st Open
BICC Agen International 2012.
in the clock is a 5 year old blue pied widowhood cock of Soontjen origin
containing Mr & Mrs Clayburn’s Black Ring pair and Mardon’s Geschifte
bloodlines. He has been a consistent racer and has a number of previous wins to
his credit. Mated in mid February he was allowed to rear a single young bird
before being placed on widowhood. At the start of the season the widowers are
allowed free exercise once daily but as the season progresses they go out twice
a day and are allowed to do as they please with no forcing. Charlie does not
use a breakdown mixture but prefers to feed the cocks Versele Laga Super
widowhood mix after each exercise period. The second bird found on the loft on
the day is in fact a full brother to the winning pigeon and is also a five year
old. You can’t get much better than that – sent two clocked two - both on the
day and both brothers!! Well done Charlie on achieving your hattrick of
National wins with the BICC. You also win the House of Aarden Sponsored Young
Bird . I should mention that ALL International race winners will be allowed to
select a young bird from the Stud’s principle stock cocks valued at between
£250 - £450. On behalf of all the members of the BICC I would once again like
to thank Steve and Lesley Wright for their extremely generous sponsorship and
support of the club. Many thanks.
In the runner up position is one of the UK’s top fanciers – Mark Gilbert of Winkfield,
Mark’s birds are in red hot form at the present time as he clocked five on the
result in last week’s Pau International with the BICC including 2nd
& 3rd section [ beaten by his Dad Geoff] and in this race he had
another field day clocking a number of birds to win 1st , 3rd
, 5th & 7th Centre section 2nd , 6th
13th & 19th Open. I spoke to Mark on the second day
of the race and to say he was excited would be an understatement as he was in
the process of clocking his birds on their return from the NFC Tarbes race. He
was so excited that he forgot to send me details of his Agen International
birds!!!! Perhaps another time?
Mark’s section winner – beaten by a whisker is a two year old widowhood cock to former BICC Pau winner John
Haynes of Fifield. This two year old late bred was beaten by a decimal for 1st
section and is a previous winner of 10th Open NFC Saintes in 2011 as
a yearling. This season he has had three channel races with the NFC plus
Carentan with the BICC in preparation for the Pau International. He has not sat
eggs or raised youngsters thus far this season but has been raced on a semi
celibate system only seeing his hen on return from a race. His breeding shows
the very best of John’s old reliable Deweerdt family with a cross of birds from
partnership of Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover
are rarely far from the top of any BICC International race result and so it is
this time as they follow up their near miss of 2nd Open BICC Pau
International of a week earlier by clocking another good pigeon in the Argen race to win 2nd East
section 4th Open. Lee and Kevin’s timer is
a 4 yr old widowhood cock named "Spitfire". He is a g-son of the
mother of the Buddle loft
Spitfire has always been a very consistent pigeon having flown NFC
Tarbes in 2011 being the partners’ single bird nom. He has also previously won
3rd Open EECC Pithiviers in 2009. In preparation for Bordeaux/Agen he
has flown EECC Canappeville 136 miles, Le
Mans 220 mile where he won
3rd Club, 17th Fed. Then on to BICC Tours 260 miles where he was 188th Open and
then into BICC Bordeaux/Agen. Kevin and Lee had three from four by mid
afternoon on the second day.
Over in the
west section the pigeons had quite a task to deal with the strong westerly wind
and intermittent heavy showers. The eventual section winner taking 5th
Open was clocked at the Peasedown St John loft of 2011 Argen/Bordeaux
International winners Geoff and Catherine Cooper. The Coopers clocked a chequer
widowhood cock named “Scotty” that was in very condition when he landed,
despite all the rain and gale force west winds he had to encounter on the way
home. He has already had several good
prizes to his name, including 12th National Fougeres, 1st
West section National Falaise and 303rd Saintes National. He is named “Scotty” after Scott Stevens, a
young fancier from Midsomer Norton.
Previous to going to Agen “Scotty” had raced three channel
races with the NFC, the last one two weeks ago at Messac.
His sire is “Georgeson” a son of “George” 1st
Grand National Tarbes and sire and grandsire to many top pigeons including
grandsire to “Farmer George” 1st International Bordeaux, 2nd
International Yearling Bordeaux for Mark Gilbert. “Georgeson” is a full brother to the dam of
The dam of “Scotty” is a daughter of “Southfield Supreme” 1st
International Dax for Mark Gilbert.
Geoff and Catherine also clocked three more pigeons to win 6th,
7th and 8th WS.
Once again, all arrivals were in excellent condition..
of Orpington in Kent
clocked two day birds to take 3rd & 5th East section
7th & 11th Open. Both Alan’s timers were raced on the
natural system and exercised once daily when Alan’s work commitments allow. The
first on the clock is a 3 year old Jan Aarden bought as a part of a bargain
basement lot from Louella Lofts. He has had three BICC races in preparation for
the Agen International and these have obviously got him in trim for this 500
mile race. Sent sitting 14 day eggs he returned in excellent condition.
Traian Farentz of Romford comes in next at 4th
East section 8th Open. This one is a yearling cock who was racing to
his nest box as his hen had been lost in an earlier race. He is bred from a Van
De Pol sire when mated to a hen obtained from another BICC stalwart Paul Delea.
The winner of the North section also taking 9th Open is a two year
old widowhood cock raced by Peter Mallett of Bury St Edmunds. This is a full
brother to Peter’s timer in the Pau International race of a week earlier which
was placed at 3rd North section BICC.
of 2nd West section 10th Open and the furthest west on
the day was clocked in Wales at the
Abertillery loft of Mark Sparey. This 3 year old widowhood cock had to put in a
full 15 hour shift to regain his home loft on the day - a terrific performance
given the conditions of a strong westerly wind and heavy rain showers. As with
all Mark’s widowers the cock was mated in early February, allowed to rear a
pair of young birds before being placed on widowhood. His first race of the
season was from 100 miles followed by BICC Alencon at 260 miles, NFC Messac and
then into Argen/ Bordeaux. He is bred from a son of Edwards Brothers Nantes
National winner whose full sister bred Mark’s 2011 Eastbourne YB National
winner. The dam is a combination of JT Barnett Laeremans x Bert Hession DeBaere
and this hen is responsible for many top National performers for the Sparey
loft. Mark’s mentor is the triple International winner Mark Gilbert and the widowhood
team are prepared on the Gilbert/Cooper system with no hens shown prior to
Next on the
clock in the West section taking 3rd is a real battler clocked after 15 hours and
44 minutes on the wing to none other than Dennis Ford of Blaenavon at the top
of the Gwent Valleys. I have exhausted my supply of
superlatives when describing the performances of this truly great Welsh
fancier. Dennis has won at least TWELVE Nationals including 1st Open
BICC Perpignan. His name is rarely out of the top ten in any National race and
yet for the past few seasons he has battled with a crippling illness that
leaves him immobile on many days. However, he is able to call on the help of
his lovely wife Ann who now helps with the day to day management of the birds.
In this race Dennis clocked a two year old hen raced on the round about system.
It was so dark when the hen came that Dennis had already put the loft lights on.
However, she still was unable to see the loft doors and as a result hit the
front of the loft before flying off for a couple of extra circuits before eventually entering the loft and being
clocked much to Dennis’s relief!! Her last race in preparation for Agen was the
BICC Tours race on 9th June. She is bred from a pair of birds
obtained from Ponderosa UK
at Weymouth and
is of predominantly Wim Muller Jan Aarden bloodlines with some Janssen and Van
Wanroy thrown in for good measure.
As mentioned earlier Peter Mallet wins 1st
North section and in the R/U spot is the Farnditch partnership of Mr & Mrs
Russell Bradford. Russell is the Treasurer of the BICC and here he clocked a
five year old cock which was flown widowhood for the couple of Inland races
flown earlier in the year. He was re-paired around fifteen days ago, to be
sitting just over a week when basketed for Agen. This was only his seventh
Channel race having never been beyond
Fougeres (273) before, and clearly to be clocked at ten to six in the morning
could not have been that far away from making the 563 miles on the day. Russell
goes on to say – “I would like to thank some of the dedicated people who make
the BICC happen, to include all the people who help run the marking stations
but especially Carol Francis, who churns out the results week in week out. I
had a 200 mile round trip to Ash marking station, on a day when the motorways
were almost at a standstill, so that nightmare journey alone has prompted me to
confirm I will run a marking station again in Northamptonshire in 2013, which
will hopefully increase the membership of the BICC in the Midlands next year.”
Rome of Cheltenham comes in at 3rd
North section. When racing into his native Scotland Robert won four SNFC races
along with 13 x 1sts section prizes. In the Agen race Robert clocked a two year
old blue hen which was, bred in the lofts of the father and son partnership of
RSR & RJ Rome, Annan, Scotland
from two direct Patrick & Dimitri Houfflijn pigeons.
record prior to Agen is as follows:-
2010 - Late
youngster - trained only.
2011 - Flew
the inland programme (on hens widowhood) with the Severn Valley Fed - very
consistently just out of the prizes.
Again on hens widowhood - had 3 channel races (CSFC Carentan and Messac plus
one with NFC up to 330 miles). She homed
on the night each time but just out of prizes.
Thought she might need a longer distance to shine so was prepared for
BICC Agen, 547 miles.
breeding shows that her SIRE: Bred by
Patrick & Dimitri Houfflijn, Belgium direct from their famous
"Geschulpten As" - 1st Ace Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB and 5th
National Ace Pigeon KBDB long distance.
He in turn is a son of “De Witteslag” – 3rd Nat Montauban
5,495 birds and 5th Provincial Ace Pigeon K.B.D.B. East Flanders and
a g-son of 871/1996 “De Limoges” 1st Prov. 2,336 birds 7th
Nat Limoges 7,776 birds and 7th Prov. Poitiers 3,104 birds. “Geschulpten As” became the number one Willequet breeding cock in the Houfflijn
lofts. Children include “As 410”
– 18th and 39th National; “Mika” – 39th and
162nd National; “Witpen As” – 63rd, 67th and
141st National; 049/2008 – 53rd Nat Cahors 8,622 birds
2010 and 73rd Nat Brive 16,815 birds 2010; Grandchildren include
“Hubert” – 3rd Nat Brive 16,007 birds 2007, 9th Interprov
5,712 birds; “Kleine As” - 11th Nat 9,545 birds, 23rd Nat
6,475 birds, 21st Nat(Z) 2,101 birds, 14th Nat 5,438
birds, 21st Nat 3,625 birds; “Zoon Mika” - 8th Nat Cahors
7,347 birds 2009, 64th Nat 17,478 birds; “Broekpen” – 42nd
Nat 7,364 birds, 59th Nat 15,507 birds, 68th Nat 6,257
birds, 71st Internat 18,354 birds, 86th Internat 15,857
birds and 147th Nat 5,051 birds.
DAM: Bred by Patrick
& Dimitri Houfflijn direct from their super racer “Kleine As” - 11th
Nat 9,545 birds, 23rd Nat 6,475 birds, 21st Nat(Z) 2,101
birds, 14th Nat 5,438 birds and 21st Nat 3,625 birds all
at the long distance when paired with a daughter of "Geschulpten As".
enjoyed a good season at National level in the run up to the Agen International
with the following results:-
5th, 8th, 12th, 15th Section NFC Fougeres 250 miles
Section NFC Cholet 330 miles
4th Section NFC Messac 283 miles.
So the section results look like this:-
C Simmons vel 1257.
L & K Buddle vel 1162.
Alan Dimes vel 1097.
Traian Farentz vel 1084.
Alan Dimes vel 1068.
M Gilbert vel 1196.5.
John Haynes vel 1196.4.
M Gilbert vel 1100.
M Gilbert vel 999.
M Gilbert vel 967.
1st Peter Mallett vel 1078.
Mr & Mrs Russell Bradford vel 925.
3rd Robert .J. Rome vel 848.
Mr & Mrs Anderson vel 737.
Philip Harrod vel 717.
GG & C Cooper vel 1109.
Mark Sparey vel 1075.
Dennis Ford vel 1029.
J P Halstead vel 970.
5th Mr & Mrs J Hooper vel 926.
second of the International races over for another year- next up Barcelona – the supreme
test. There will be another top bred pigeon up for competition presented to the races winner by Steve and Lesley Wright
of The House of Aarden. Good luck to all who send.