Perpignan situated in the far
south east of France
Though settlement in the area goes back to Roman
times, the medieval town of Perpignan
seems to have been founded around the beginning of the 10th century
mentioned in a document as villa
Perpiniarum in 927). Soon Perpignan
became the capital of the counts of Roussillon.
In 1172 Count Girard II bequeathed his lands to
the Counts of Barcelona. Perpignan
acquired the institutions of a
partly self-governing commune in 1197. French feudal
over Roussillon were given up by Louis IX in the Treaty of Corbeil (1258).
former capital of the Kings of Majorca and the Counts of Roussillon, Perpignan changed hands repeatedly during the
period until finally becoming French territory with the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659. Always too far from the coast
a port, the town developed into a cloth-making centre by the early
In more recent times, Perpignan became
countless “pieds noirs” or French citizens who fled the
uprisings of the 50s
and 60s in North Africa. The town is
home to sizeable communities of people from Morocco
and Algeria who
moved to France
escape repression in their home countries.
Right, that's the cultural bit over with. Now lets get on
to the race.
Seventy two UK
fanciers entered 252 pigeons which were liberated along with 15,094
pigeons from all over Europe at 6.15 am on Friday 2nd August. The convoy was greatly helped by a strong following wind
estimates of a very fast race were well in order. This proved to be so
first bird was clocked at Rollot in north west
a little after 3 pm BST [4 pm French time]. This bird was quickly
the result by a bird racing into Belgium timed at 4.53 pm
flying 894 kms. Hopes were therefore high that some birds would get
channel into the UK
However, this was
not to be and the eventual
winner was clocked at 6.06 am on the second morning, at the Wickford, Essex loft of R. Pearmain & son velocity1094
This one wins 1st East section and of course 1st Open.
Pearmains have quickly acquired a reputation of clocking good pigeons
Internationals with the BICC and in 2012 I remember they were clocking
"teams" of pigeons from the International distance races as easy as
shelling peas. This year's winner of the Perpignan
race was 2nd Open Perpignan in 2012. In the recent Marseille race they
to take 5th Open so that performance following on from their 14th Open
Vincent International gave clear indication that this was a loft coming
form at the end of the International programme. This is what Steve
to say about the partners' Perpignan
are well pleased with our win yesterday from Perpignan.
hen "Mary from Donegal" was born in County
Donegal and brought over to Essex as a squeaker in 2009. She was not raced as a Y/B but well schooled to the
began her racing as a 2 year old and has
since won the following positions:-
2011 13th Open Pau vel 873
26th Open Agen vel 489
34th Open Pau vel 1183 on the day
18th Open St Vincent vel 1209 on the day
2nd Open Perpignan vel 919
21st Open Pau vel 1164 on the day
1st Open Perpignan vel
you can see she has been 3 times on the day at 575 + miles but also
twice very early
the next morning. After being 2nd twice last year we thought our chance
winning a big one might have gone.
bloodlines are pure Dutch long distance, and the Grandmother
on both sides of her pedigree has
multiple performances at 600 miles +."
truly Champion pigeon Steve and Dickie. Congratulations to you both.
Donegal also wins the House of Aarden sponsored young bird generously
by Steve and Lesley Wright. I'm sure you'll be able to select a young
suitably well bred to pair to her Dickie and Steve.
in the Centre section also takes 2nd Open and it's that man again -
Gilbert of Winkfield, near Windsor.
Mark's first bird recorded a velocity of 1080 ypm .Further pigeons were
clocked to take 11th,16th,23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 32nd,
first pigeon was a two year roundabout cock, that was 49th Open NFC
year. His father is a son of Brockamp's Perpignan
06, which was 2nd International Perpignan and bred 1st International
in 2009. His mother is a daughter of Southfield Supreme 1st Dax
when he was paired a daughter of Brockamps George the father of Euro
second pigeon clocked was a two year old widowhood cock which also flew
this year, his
father is a son of Brockamp's Euro Dimaond, when he was paired to a
daughter of Deweerdts Magnus and Ted.
the birds clocked were having their
second long distance race this year as
they had all either been to Tarbes,
Barcelona or St
earlier this year.
Barcelona winner and a regular near the
top of the BICC
results in long and difficult races is John Lane of Whitstable in Kent
one takes 2nd East section vel 966 ypm 3rd Open. John clocked. a second
for 27th open as well. John clocked the same dark chequer pied cock
3rd sect 14th Open BICC Agen International earlier this year in only
ever race!! Perpignan
being the cock's third race of his life. In the weeks between Agen and Perpignan he was
little pipe opener of a trainer from accross the channel at Lillers.
sitting 12 day eggs he returned to find two little squabs in the nest.
Sham's Boy, as he is now known, impressive race record.
BICC 500mls [First ever race] 3rd Sect. 14th Open.
500 mile club. 2013.
BICC 600mls.[Second race of his life] 2nd Sect. 3rd Open.
club. 2013 . Pity help us when the bird gets a bit of age and
his wings!!!!! Well done yet again John- superb long distance pigeon
top class partnership and twice winners of BICC International races,
Clayton Preece of Dover
come in with a five year old German rung
pigeon to take 3rd East section 4th Open vel 960 ypm. Geoff and Clayton
a further four pigeons for
46th,59th,64th & 77th Open as well to finish off a fine team
The partners timed in their outstanding chequer white
flight cock ‘Jack Jones’ to win 4th Open BICC
National Perpignan -
Jones’ has flown in races across the sea on 36 occasions from
located on the western side of France (the Atlantic) and the eastern
Mediterranean) including 9 International races. This pigeon has won
positions including 1st Open BICC National Perpignan in
that race he became the first ever recorded Perpignan
day bird in the UK;
crossed the sea from France
late in the evening. To date his winnings are approximately £3000.
bred by Stoffel-Gr.Ophoff of Dorsten,
number and was purchased as a 4 week old baby. He is a very honest
always gives of his best from this small loft.
Europa Cup winners F. Knowles & son of Wingham in Kent
their good form on the International stage with a bird to take 4th east
5th Open vel 942 ypm. Simon
clocked a five
year old chequer hen whose preparation was 2 Bedhamptons with the
Flying Club and 2 Pithiviers with the East Of England.
was first bird home from Argen International earlier in the season
then had 3 mid-week trainers at 60miles and an Eastbourne
with the Wingham Flying Club.
year she had 92nd Open Argen International with the B.I.C.C. and 11th
Dam has been very consistent with the
following positions including 12th Open
Pau B.I.C.C. 2010, 65th Open Pau B.I.C.C. 2009, 110th Open Bergerac
2006 and 81st Open Dax B.I.C.C. 2005. So a good pigeon bred from a very
pigeon at the distance to maintain the Knowles record of successes in
Chipperfield of Herne Bay in Kent comes in next with one
ypm to take 5th East section 6th Open. John is a double winner of the
recent years and at Perpignan
he clocked a three year old black chequer hen of Southwell bloodlines.
was flown on the roundabout system and
has always been a consistent racer having flown Falais and Pau
earlier in the season. John feeds Ovator corn, and as mentioned earlier
won two BICC races on the International scene with this German feed.
East section 7th Open position is Adam Turrell of Maidstone.
Adam clocked a 3 year old hen on 906 ypm. Adam is a
previous winner of
the BICC from Falaise in 2010 and here is what he had to say about his
"My pigeon is a
2010 Van Der Wegan cross Jan Polder
Hen purchased as part of a kit of 6 youngsters from Steve Wright at the
of Arden. She’s an experienced
having flown the channel 9 times with her most notable performance
on the day after 14.5 hours on the wing from Bergerac into a head wind
yearling. In 2011 she performed steadily and in 2012 her main race was
International where she returned just out of race time. In preparation
for Perpignan this year she’s
flown BICC Alencon then Le Mans and Tours
with the Kent Invicta South Road Combine. I’m a relatively
International racing but have entered 4 races this year being 19th
(timed on the day) & 103rd Open Pau; 17th, 41st
& 76th Open Agen; 55th Open St Vincent and
7th Open Perpignan. My thanks go to my Father who cleans out
birds during the week while I’m at work, Allan Cecil for
regularly setting the
BICC clocks as well as being a tireless worker for the sport and
finally to all
fanciers who use the Chestfield BICC marking station. "
Harris & daughter Paula clocked all three
of their entries to take 8th,12th
&23rd Open the first bird doing 903 ypm into Dagenham.
Pigeon GB10H20383 a Chequer cock
as been 66th Open Bordeaux on the day 2012 and 71st Open Agen this
year. He is
bred out of
a cock that I bought from the BBC
Stud which has the blood of 3 Spanish
diplomas winners in his make up. The Dam is from J Shepherd Southwell
second Pigeon GB09H21984 is a Half sister
to 2nd Open Perpignan 68th
Open Tarbes,81st Open Bergerac & 105th Open Tours.
Sire was bred by
J Siebum in Holland
full of distance blood
Dam is J Biss &J Shepherd Southwell
My third Pigeon GB09H21987 is out of the J
Biss crossed with the Jan Aardens she was 9oth Open Agen 513 miles
raced unpaired , no fancy products
given unless needed, which is very rarely. I believe the best thing
which is fresh air! I had a good race as I
only sent 3 and clocked
all three on the winning day. My philosophy is enjoy it when you have a
one and its not the end the world if you have a bad one.
I feed Versele-Laga Super widowhood and
Well said that
Oxted, Surrey partnership of R &
N Steptoe come in next with
a bird on 901 ypm to take 8th East section 9th Open. They timed a two
old dark chequer pied cock of Van Reet x
Janssen X Soontjen bloodlines that had been flown on widowhood for most
season and then re mated and sent to Perpignan sitting 14 day old eggs.
one has some previous as he was 71st Open NFC Messac earlier this year
finished at 4th Open Wessex Combine from Carentan as a young bird. He
a number of other club prizes. Preparation for Perpignan
was two inland races followed by Messac and Tours
and then off to the south of France.
the top ten and taking 9th East section is another three year old
racing to its
home loft in Dover
for Don Harvey velocity 885 ypm....
second in the clock also takes 36th Open making it two home from two
Don's first in the clock is a three year old widowhood cock called
Taffy as he
was lost in an inland race and reported in Wales. He was subsequently
with a Welsh convoy in an inland race and returned under his own steam
loft. Due to family illnesses and bereavements Don hasn't had a lot of
the birds this season and the 10th Open winner has had just three
EECC channel race followed by the NFC Tarbes where the cock was 345th
He is bred down from a Mick Spencer cock and a Dutch hen. The second in
clock, also a widowhood cock is a combination of Mick Spencer and Keith
Nethercott bloodlines. The widowers are fed individually in their boxes
combination of Beyers YB & Widowhood
Mixtures supplemented by Versele Laga High Protein Mix.
daily for an hour on each occasion, the cocks are not shown their hens
but have access to their nest bowls for an hour beforehand.
in the west section clocked at 1.53 pm Saturday is a 4 year old
to Abertillery fancier Mark Sparey. Mark
is a disciple of the Winkfield Wizard aka Mark Gilbert and this
hasn't done him any harm, as in the past few seasons alone Mark S has
Welsh Nationals and is another fancier who is fast gaining a reputation
regularly clocking good pigeons in National and International races.
timer is bred
direct from one of the loft's top stock cocks - "The £30 Cock" so
named because he was bought for just £30 at the bereavement sale
of the late
Peter Owtrim. There was no paperwork with the bird and Mark bought him
because he liked the look of him. The cock has since repaid the
£30 outlay handsomely
as a brother to the Perpignan
cock was 3rd National Bergerac on the day when Mark finished at 1st
timer is bred from a daughter of a full sister to Mark Gilbert's Dax
International winner Southfield Supreme, when the sister was mated to a
Vandenabeele cock of James Bond bloodlines.
before Perpignan was Carentan, Cholet and Agen
International where he
finished at 3rd west section. Raced on widowhood throughout the season,
given his hen at 2 pm the day before early morning basketting for Perpignan.
section is the Caerleon husband and wife partnership of Gordon and June
The partners clocked a two year old dark chequer Braakhuis cock that
had flown Alencon, Tours
earlier in the
season. Raced on the natural system where the birds are hopper fed and
open loft from dawn to dusk the cock was basketted for Perpignan
sitting due to hatch.
section is the Somerset
father and son partnership of John and David Staddon. The Staddons have
another successful season of channel racing with the BICC as they were
Tours a few weeks back. At Perpignan
they clocked Shapway Unbreakable. A champion cock
who lives up to his name in every race he enters. Unbreakable
has previously been 4th BICC Carentan, 75th BICC Falaise, 79th
Carentan 102nd NFC Saintes, 157th NFC Tarbes, 173rd NFC Fougeres , 30th BICC Tours 2013, 65th Open NFC
Tarbes 2013 , 19th C.S. Classic Bergerac 2013, 3rd Section 73rd BICC
Staddons may well be 4th section as well with Shapway Star who arrived
hour 15 mins behind Unbreakable. Previously he has won:- 3rd Section C
Open NFC Alencon, 6th West Section 37th Tarbes/Agen BICC, 19th Section
Tarbes NFC, 37th Section G 260th Tarbes NFC, 93rd West Section 100th
Carentan & 2nd West
Section 7th BICC Barcelona 2013.These two birds
were re paired and sitting their first eggs
of 2013 after being raced on a modified widowhood system earlier in the
in the North section was clocked at Great Yarmouth by the Barber and
partnership. My thanks to Tony Batterbee for providing me with the
John Barber and his section winner as well as details of his breeding
section winner is a seven year old dark chequer cock which was bred from S G Biss stock, the Sire is a
son of Emboli when paired to a daughter of Engage. The dam is a
daughter of Pacer
when paired to a daughter of Salve. GB06N76749 was a latebred in 2006
not put into a race basket until 2008. He has been a consistent
John and has flown NFC Tarbes for the last three seasons and this is
time at over 650 miles. Preparation for this years NFC Tarbes was a
inland races with the local Federation and Canappeville with the East
England Continental Club. The bird regained his form so quickly after Tarbes that it was an easy decision for John to
John was full of praise to those responsible for the excellent
condition of his
single entry upon its return. At the time of writing, this is the only
recorded in the North section.
race seemed to
be successful as a number of fanciers I spoke to had 100% returns .
Harris & Dtr 3 from 3 on the winning day. Mark Sparey 1 from 1
west section. Geoff and Clayton Preece five pigeons on the result. Lee
Kevin Buddle of Dover
4 from 5 sent on the result and so I could go on. An excellent race it
seem to finish off the International season.
2013, the British fanciers have excelled with a 1-2-3-4 Open
Pau and another superb performance from Barcelona where
Mannor Lofts pigeon scored an incredible 57th Open International
field of more than 25,000 pigeons. It just goes to prove the point that
pigeons and the fanciers in the UK
are of the right calibre and when conditions are conducive they come to
just like cream. Congratulations all of you who dipped your toes into
International stream this year. Let's hope there will be many more
Dickie-Pearmain-&-Son-Wickford 1st Open BICC Perpignan
1st Open BICC PerpignanGB09T34840-Pearmain
Don & Elaine Harvey with Playboy 7th Open BICC Perpignan.Don was 9th east section 10th Open Perpignan 2013
Geoff and Clayton Preece with two of their long distance winners including 3rd section 4th Open BICC Perpignan 2013
Jackie Harris and daughter Paula
John Barber 1st North sect BICC Perpignan
John Chipperfield & son Joe with 1st Open BICC Pau International2012 John is 6th Open BICC Perpignan 2013
John Lane with Sham's Boy 2nd sect 3rd Open BICC Perpignan
Mark Gilbert with Cardiff fancier Phil Sendell on a recent visit. Mark was 1st centre section 2nd Open BICC Perpignan
Mark Sparey 1st west section BICC Perpignan with trophies won in 2011
R & N Steptoe 8th east section 9th Open BICC Perpignan
Simon Knowles with his 4th Open BICC Marseille .Simon was also 4th section 5th Open Perpignan in 2013