UK FANCIERS TRIUMPH AND
International race of the season for members of the BICC took place
in the foothills of
the Pyrennes on schedule on Friday 14th June. The table reproduced
that 92 members entered 313 pigeons to compete against each other for
UK pigeon home in
prestigious race and 8,527 other pigeons entered by the best fanciers
throughout mainland Europe. The
forecasts throughout the week predicted good weather at the race point
with a light north easterly breeze cooling the birds as they raced
the length of the country. As it transpired, the wind in south west
time of liberation i.e. 5.45 am[BST] was reported as light northerly
to east north east around the Bordeaux area and south, south east at
with a southerly breeze helping the birds on once they reached the
coast. The BBC shipping forecast gave south westerly force 4/5 in the
early in the day turning to southerly force 5/6 later on. The race was
with the hope that the British contingent would have a better than
of success given the easterly influence in the wind direction in the
of the race.
S.OCKENDON 7 16
STOWMARKET 8 11
BELGIQUE - BELGIUM
ALLEMAGNE - GERMANY
- DEUTSCHLAND 1038
NEDERLAND - PAYS-BAS - NETHERLANDS
- HOLLAND 3124
FRANCE - FRANCE
G.H. LUXEMBURG - LUXEMBURG
ANGLETERRE - ENGLAND
- ENGLAND 345
TOTAL - TOTAL - INSGESAMT
The race turned out to be an absolute triumph
for the small British contingent as not only was the overall
winner clocked in the UK but British pigeons took the following
the Open result:-
3rd, 4th, 8th,16th, 24th,34th,63rd & 68th. A truly remarkable set
performances put up by the seven fanciers concerned. Congratulations to
and all - you have made the British fancy extremely proud.
the clock and taking 1st,8th & 15th Open International was the West
partnership, and now double International winners, Geoff and Catherine
of Peasedown St John, a small village situated near the historic city
Geoff and Catherine
had a marvellous weekend also winning 1st ,5th,6th,47th & 65th Open
BICC. as mentioned above, this is the
International win for the Coopers as they also won 1st International
(Agen) in 2011.
have developed a team of pigeons that will fly in all winds and weather
2013 Pau International was a good example of racing in all winds. The birds were liberated in a north east
headwind, turning east on route, a side wind, then southerly, a tail
finally in the UK
south westerly. Their chequer white flight hen, called Wollongong,
landed a few minutes before
Geoff's expected arrival time and they knew then they had a good bird. They
clocked two more hens, Georgia Jean and Carla Page to be
5th & 6th Open BICC and 8th and 16th Open International. Last year Georgia Jean was 1st Section 27th
National BICC Pau International.
basketing for the Pau International, Wollongong and the other hens had
consecutive channel races then two weekends off before going to Pau.
Wollongong, is a 2010 hen bred from
half sister to George, the 1st Grand National winner and sire/g.Sire to
top birds, when paired to a grandson of Euro Diamond and Marseille King
Clive Lister. She has been an excellent
racer, winning 4th High Littleton Open Tours as a young bird, not raced
yearling then raced through to Pau International as a two year old
won 3rd section, 35th
BICC Pau International.
at the Cooper loft are raced on widowhood.
The hens are raced exactly the same as the cocks, paired up in
spring, some reared, some only sat eggs,
then exercised twice a day when racing starts.
They all see the cocks before basketing and
they always have their cocks waiting for them when they get home. The racing hens are paired to cocks bred from
the stock loft or retired racers. The
widowhood cocks are raced the same, always seeing their hen before they
the race and always their hen waiting for their return.They started
with about 55 cocks and 27 hens in the race team.
family is based on the Deweerdts of Kortemark Belgium. Geoff and Catherine visited in the 80's and
90's and purchased from Deweerdt's best.
These were the foundation of their present day family, with a
number of top winning pigeons introduced over the last 30 years. This family has bred a record number of
winning pigeons for other fanciers as well as for themselves.
1st Grand National winner has bred three different children which have
International Bordeaux Old Birds, 2nd International Bordeaux Yearlings
Gilbert, and Scotty 3 x 1st National Section plus many other top
Catherine's two other hens clocked on
the day were ,as mentioned above, a three year old hen called Georgia
which wins 2nd WS 5th National and provisionally 8th International. In
year's Pau International race Georgia Jean was 1st West Section. She
widowhood, not roundabout, coming back to the cocks just as widowhood
She is very
well bred, her sire is Blue Legend, a son of Legend 1st International
for Brian Sheppard and her dam is a daughter of George, winner of 1st
National Tarbes and g/sire to Farmer George 1st International Bordeaux. She is
called Georgia Jean in
memory of Brian's wife Jean who was a good friend of Geoff and
pigeon clocked was a two year old hen called Carla Page who won 3rd
Section, 6th National and provisionally 16th International. She is
Page because she was bred by Alan and Carla Hudson, before Carla and
married, hence Carla Page, and given to Geoff and Catherine to race.
also raced widowhood.
was a son of Mistral an exceptional racer for HP Brockamp when paired
to a hen
Carla and Alan bought from Geoff called Miss Magnus, who is a daughter
Magnus, a top International racer for Deweerdt.
Geoff and Catherine would like to congratulate all those other British
who timed well up in the race. A fuller report on the birds and methods
at the Cooper loft can be seen on the BICC web site.
Open BICC and also 2nd Open in the International result is D & D
This partnership is no stranger to success at the highest level as the
McFadden can be seen regularly on the result sheets of all the classic
National organisations. Darren's timer wins 1st Centre section. Darren
Firstly can I congratulate Geoff and Catherine Cooper on winning yet
International, they make it look so easy. Also to Mark Gilbert for
being at the
very top of the result yet again as is the case in most races. I have
friends with these 3 over the past few years and they have been a great
with all our winter chats over feeding etc, so to be in the middle of
at the top of the international result is far beyond what I ever
would achieve and I don't think it has really sunk in yet.
As a point
of interest this year I changed all my pent roof sheds to one long
tiled loft and quite a few people told me stories of how the birds are
happy racing to a new loft and that it can takes years for them to
and win again! Well I think the birds are now telling me they like
home. much to my relief!
the details of my timers last night!
arrival is a blue cheq hen of Van Berkel x Van Bruaene bloodlines and
on pure widowhood. She has always been a consistent hen but this year
seemed to raise her game a bit. I sent her to the BBC Carentan race and
first for 11th sect G, then followed that with the NFC Carentan where
5th Section A. She then had the BICC Alencon being my 8th arrival and 2
weekends ago was sent to the NFC Cholet race and was my 2nd arrival in
previous best form has been 2010 32nd Open LSECC Bergerac, 2011 287th
Tarbes NFC 3290b and last year was 80th Open BBC Messac and 153rd Open
parents of this hen were clocked from the Tarbes NFC Races in their
have bred me some good birds, this one
being the best! Her brother "Millie's Blue boy" is a London
and southeast classic club Merit award winner from Tarbes.
I timed a 5
year old grizzle cock an hour later and he looks like being 5th
Open BICC and like the hen before him has been a consistent pigeon
racing career! His mother is another London
and Southeast Classic club Merit award winner and his father is a
gifted to me in 2002 by Mick Tuck of Witley from his very successful
Cannon bloodlines. Both of these birds were clocked on the day from Tarbes!
Grizzle is also a half brother to last years 4th Open NFC Tarbes cock
a good line of pigeons.
flown on widowhood and previous to this race he had a Fougeres and
the South coast and Solent fed and
to the NFC Cholet race! Previous form for this pigeon from the distance 340th Tarbes 2011 and 129th BICC Agen
International winner Mark Gilbert maintains his unbelievable success
clocking to take 2nd section 3rd Open BICC and 3rd Open in the
result. Mark's other timers come in at 8th,12th,36th & 69th Open
second in the clock takes 34th Open International provisionally. I
these two round about hens a couple of days after the race and they
the worse for wear and will in all probability get another tilt at the
in an International race later in the season. The first in the clock is
to medium sized shallow keeled blue hen who won 72nd Open NFC Tarbes
in 2012. Her sire is a son of Smaragd11the Barcelona International
from21,176 birds when Smaragd 11 was mated to his own daughter. The dam
top breeder at Southfield
being a full sister to Emiel Deweerdt's Champion Iban .
home is a dark chequer of similar build to the 3rd Open winner and she
a top racer for Mark having won on previous occasions.
the hens in a section where the floor is covered to a depth of a foot
plastic balls. These serve to keep the hens off the floor and so
mating. They are exercised twice a day which is forced if necessary and
much as they like in a hopper.
Draper of Yalding comes in next with a four year old round about cock
1st East Section 4th Open BICC and 4th Open International. Colin's
timer is a
dark chequer cock of basically Kirkpatrick bloodlines . Mated in mid
he was allowed to rear two babies in his first nest before being
placed on the round about system. As with the others in the race team
had 5 or 6 tosses before the start of the season plus a couple of club
before being sent to Alencon
with the BICC in preparation for the Pau International. Colin does not
hens to the cocks before basketting but simply allows them access to
pans and then its "off to the races". The race team are fed Gerry
Plus at the beginning of the week changing to a stronger super
mixture as race day approaches.
of Maidenhead takes 7th Open BICC and
24th Open International with a two year old latebred which was gifted
by John Prentice of Flackwell Heath when Derek came over to the UK from his native Ireland.
This one has Ken Hine's
long distance family on the sire's side of the pedigree with the old
the dam's side. Raced on the natural system and sent to Pau sitting 7
day old eggs. The cock had been
entered in a couple of club races with the addition of two BICC channel
from Falaise and Alencon in preparation for the Pau International which
Derek's first attempt at International racing.
In 2nd East
section 9th Open position plus 63rd Open International is a real
trooper of a
pigeon to the Hockley Essex loft of David Hales. David is yet another
winner of 1st Open BICC as the half brother to this year’s 9th
International pigeon won 1st Open BICC Perpignan a few years back.
clocked a 4 year old widowhood cock of Alan Parker bloodlines. The same
notched up 6th Open BICC Pau and 3rd Open BICC Marseille International
The Hales team of widowers is exercised once daily and are fed
communally in a
hopper. David does not show the hens on basketting and likes to keep
as simple and time saving as possible with no frills. He understands
may result in the cocks taking longer to “cotton on” to the
widowhood system but
it seems to pay dividends in the long term.
Welsh pigeon to appear on the result at 4th section 10th Open BICC and
Open International was clocked at the Portskewett loft of Terry and
Gardner. The partners' timer is a two year old chequer w/f cock sent
day old eggs after being re mated following a period of separation. The Pau
cock's sire won 1st National for Terry and Carol and was bred by Jack
from his great hen Lady Jane 6 times Palamos and always in the prizes.
National winner also contains Jan Aarden bloodlines via Louella. The
dam of the
10th Open Pau cock was purchased direct from Louella
specifically to pair to the National winner
and contains Invincible Spirit, De Joop and De Barcelona bloodlines.
prior to basketting for Pau International was
8 tosses at 10 miles followed by BICC Falaise where he finished
west section BICC and then into Pau. The Gardner team enjoy an open
whenever possible and only compete in National and International races
and Carol have just one club the 50 member strong Gwent Greater
which is affiliated to the BICC.
section was won on the second morning by a bird racing to the
of Richard and Sheila Mayes. The partners clocked a four year old
of Jim Biss [ via the late Brian Long] and Vandevelde bloodlines
day old eggs.
class Bury St Edmunds fancier Peter Mallett comes in with a four year
widowhood cock of William Geerts x Robert Venus bloodlines to add to
impressive haul of section prizes with the BICC.
the North section is a bird flying up to Great Yarmouth to the loft of
Debbage who clocked the furthest flying pigeon on the result. Gavin clocked a four year old chequer white
flight hen flying 647miles, and this was Gavin's first attempt at an
International, the hen being his single entry. He would like to thank
the local fanciers who phoned up to congratulate him on his hen's
of Tyler's Hill near Canterbury
takes 3rd East section completing the top three in this section timing
year old cock that has been thoroughly tried and tested having previously flown Agen and Marseilles. This cock, flown on the
system, has flown the channel 17 times in total prior to
This season he has had two EECC races from 140 miles and 225miles and
eggs 3 days overdue. He is a Kirkpatrick and his sire flew the channel
including 3 times Barcelona
taking first and 4th GDSBNFC. His dam also crossed the channel 21 times
including twice Barcelona.
so you could say he was bred for the job!!
results look like this:-
& 3rd Geoff & Catherine Cooper.
2nd David Hales.
& WH Knox.
& Sheila Mayes.
Pau International race will go down in history as one of the most
British pigeon racing. It demonstrated to the world, that British
British fanciers are up there with the very best. Given the weather
on the day of the race the small British contingent which made up just
the entry, enjoyed the very slightest of nudges from a light east north
breeze at the start of the race and then had to break for home from the
entry and still had the final hurdle of the English Channel to contend
before reaching mainland Britain. Absolutely marvellous and one which I
sure our Continental friends and rivals will
appreciate and heap with praise.
Finally, I should point out that Geoff and
Catherine along with all the other fanciers fortunate enough to win 1st
BICC in an International race during the season will receive a
one of the principal stud cocks at the House of Aarden generously
our sponsors Steve and Lesley Wright.
the standard has been set - lets see if we can emulate the 2011 season
three of our membership won 1st in an International race. Good luck and
racing to you all.
GG & C Cooper's Willagong 1st International Pau
The loft of double International winners Geoff & Catherine Cooper
Mark Gilbert 2nd sect 3rd Open BICC3rd Open International Pau
CarlaPage 6th Open BICC Pau International
41_Colin Draper 1st East section 4th Open BICC & 4th Open Pau International
Colin Draper's winner of 1st section 4th Open BICC 4th Open International Pau.
Darren Mc Fadden with his 2nd Open Pau International winner
Darren Mc Fadden's 2nd Open International Pau hen
David Hales 2nd east section 9th Open BICC Pau International
Derek Doyle 7th Open BICC Pau International 24th Open International
Gavin Debbage with his 3rd North section BICC Pau International
GeorgiaJean 5th Open BICC Pau International for Geoff & Catherine Cooper
Grizzle cock 11th Open BICC Pau International for Darren McFadden
Richard & Sheila Mayes 1st North section Pau InternationalIMAG0104
S R & W H Knox Loft Bill was 3rd east sect Pau International
41_Terry Gardner 4thsect 10th Open BICC 68th Open International Pau