BRITISH INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB
BICC GUERNSEY YOUNG BIRDS / OLD HENS|
The first of the Guernsey Young Bird and Old Hens races took place
after a one day. holdover on Sunday 25th August when 1,458.young
birds and 720 Old Hens were liberated at 11.30 am. Weather conditions
at the race point were excellent and with a steadying light north
westerly wind in the channel and good weather forecast to come in ahead
of the pigeons on the mainland everything looked good for a good steady
race. The convoy included 25 birds from the Emerald Isle made up
of 17 old hens and 8 young birds. These were delivered to Russell
Bradford's home in Northamptonshire at 6 am on basketting day by G
& R Couriers. Russell was telling me that the courier service was
first class with regular updates as to the whereabouts of the
consignment of birds and estimated time of delivery. On arrival all the
birds were seen to be in pristine condition and were a credit to their
Joe Maghery, John and Willy Smollen, Gary Doyle, Danny O'Neill, John
and Mick Murphy, John Murphy, Robert Fox, Billy Brooks, Jason Byrne and
Sheldon Leonard & son.
As a matter of interest to the Irish participants, both Gary Tomlinson
and Sheldon Leonard have put up a £50 prize for the first bird to
be clocked into Ireland.
This is race advisor John Tyerman's report on the preparations for
"After several weeks of reasonably good weather the weekend for
our first Guernsey YB and Old Hens National proved to be a difficult
one for pigeon racing. On Thursday I had spoken
with Steve Appleby our Weather Advisor and even at that point it
was fairly obvious that a race on the Saturday was unlikely due
to the heavy rain forecast for many parts of the
UK. Marking went ahead as planned and Chief
Convoyer Trevor Cracknell, later reported a safe arrival at
Guernsey on Friday afternoon. Both the CSCFC and LSECC
birds were also on site for their yb races.
I spoke with Steve
Appleby on Friday evening and he again confirmed the
unfavourable weather conditions for Saturday - this information
was relayed to our Convoyers on site at Guernsey. A
further weather discussion took place early on Saturday morning
and as there was no change it was decided to 'hold over'
The weather for Sunday was forecast to be better and again this
information was relayed to our Convoyers at Guernsey.
Sunday dawned very chilly
with drizzle and poor light here on the Solent, (Sussex area) and
this belt of bad weather extended across most of South East
England. Steve confirmed that this weather front would
clear by mid to late morning and advised we would have to wait for this
clearance, before we could liberate. The weather on
Guernsey was good with mainly blue skies and eventually at
11-30am the birds were liberated into a north west wind shown as
around 17mph in the Channel. This wind later freshened and
here on the Solent area it turned ENE force 5 by mid afternoon, which
made it a much harder fly for the birds, as the velocities show.
Ideally it would have been better to have had an earlier liberation and
holding till Monday was considered, but with strengthening
north east winds forecast for that day, it was felt Sunday was the best
option taking into account all the overall weather conditions
which are clearly outlined in Steve Appleby's detailed weather
report. Later on the Sunday afternoon I spoke with our
Chief Convoyer and he reported that some time after the
various liberations a batch or around 200 birds had
returned to the Island and had landed on the CSCFC
transporter. At his stage we are not able to
say which organisation they were from but they could of course have
been BICC pigeons that would not face the wind. Hopefully many of
these birds will be repatriated in due
course. Thanks again
to Steve Appleby and Convoyers Trevor and Steve who as
usual did a good job in looking after the birds welfare.'
Here is weatherman Steve Appleby's weather report.
"At first light heavy rain was identified over the Channel Isles moving
away in a southwards direction towards northern France. Rain was also
affecting south eastern England and the east side of the Channel only.
Central and western areas of the Channel were clear. The forecast for
this rain to dissipate proved correct as by 10:00 hours conditions had
vastly improved clearing the flight path from Guernsey across the
Channel to the English mainland. I informed John Tyerman of these
developments with the weather conditions. The view over the Channel
Isles was mainly of blue skies and some broken cloud with visibility
reported as far as the eye could see. Over the Channel winds in the
morning were north, north westerly moderate to fresh but veered to
northerly by midday. By the afternoon they changed again to north
easterly. Although the weather conditions were good, without doubt the
northerly element in wind made this race a very testing one with many
pigeons having difficulties facing the wind. "
The Young Bird race.
I should point out right at the outset that all [positions quoted below
are based on first bird verifications. The final result may well differ
In first Centre section and first Open position vel 1081 ypm, was
one to Roger Lowe of Reading. Roger has enjoyed another good season's
racing with the BICC as he featured near the top of a number of the old
bird race results. This is what Roger has to say about his latest of
many classic race wins:-
,"My young bird, now named THE 02 ,is a full sister to a pigeon i call
SMALL DELIGHT which is a winner of1 st sec 1 st Open Central Southern
Classic [o/h] Carentan and 2nd sec 2nd Open National FC [o/h]
Fougeres plus 4th sec 33rd Open national BBC Fougeres [o/h]
.Both being double grand children of MY LITTLE DIAMOND, winner of 1 st
Open y/b national NFC in her only ever race. She has since gone on to
be the best breeding hen I have ever owned in my 40 years in the sport.
She is dam to last season's NFC young bird National winner
NEMESIS and also dam to MAIN MAN winner of 2nd and 3rd Open
NFC Saintes in 2011/12 and dam and grand dam to 1st Fed 1st Open BBC.
THE 02 was having her fourth race of the season being raced on the A-Z
In second centre section and Second Open is that man again Mark Gilbert
of Winkfield recording 1076 ypm. Mark had three birds drop together and
they were in order-,
The first on the clock was from a son of Mark's 2nd open NFC Saintes in
2011 when he was paired to a daughter of his 1st Open NFC Saintes in
The second on the clock was from a son of Golden Gaby when he was
paired to a daughter of Vanderbeele,s "Loverboy"
The third was from a son Southfield Supreme when he was paired to
direct Van Elsaker hen
Coming in next at 3rd centre section 3rd Open is one to the top long
distance loft of Mr & Mrs Ken Hine vel 1074ypm. As most will no
doubt know, Ken sadly passed away a couple of years ago but the loft is
still active on the racing scene and is now managed by Mark Currivan
and Gary Woodward, Ken's grandson and son in law,with Jeff Byles as
loft manager. The Charville timer is a chequer hen now named Charville
Beckie. The Sire of Beckie is blue cock which is currently on
loan from Peter Sabba and was bought from Premeir Stud's Herman
Dam: Blue Chequer late bred, on loan from Garry Inkley, bred by Garry
Inkley out of his own racers.
Charville Beckie is a darkness baby and was sent sitting eggs 16
days at basketting. As with all the youngsters at Charville Lofts she
is Fed Gerry Plus for the morning meal with Versele Laga young bird mix
as the afternoon meal.
She has been well trained from all points of the compass as well
as several tosses off the south coast and has had 5 club races to 130
miles before going to Guernsey and has always been consist.
Fourth Open and 4th centre section goes to a youngster racing to
the Portsmouth loft of Jason Ross. Jason clocked young Vandenabeele hen
on 1051 ypm.
This is what Jason had to tell me about his race:-
"Can I start by congatulating Roger for winning the race. When my bird
came I think she thought she had won it as she nearly went straight
through the shed when trapping. She is a Vandenabeele bred down from my
original birds purchased from Tony Carter's clearance sale. My young
birds are raced on roundabout but also trained to Bournemouth 2-3 times
a week weather permitting. They are fed on Gem corn from Brian &
Viv Wall and treated whenever necessary depending on test results from
Pigeon health/De Weerdt. This year the young birds have been fantastic
so far, taking 22 out of a possible 30 club cards up for grabs and
always being well up in the Federation. I was also 5th open CSCFC this
week and 2nd Solent Federation. This year has been a good year in the
Nationals being 2nd open NFC Cholet and going one better and
winning the NFC Saintes race. I would like to say a big thank you to my
partner Kala as these results would not be possible without all of her
help. Finally I would like to thank the BICC team for looking after the
birds so well."
The Reading husband and wife partnership of Dave and Louisa Lee come in
next on 1049 ypm to take fifth centre section fifth Open. The partners
clocked a Janssen Koopman chequer cock flown on the darkness
system and bred by Brian Murray of Cheshire. The Lees have enjoyed
great success racing pigeons bred by Brian as they have won every young
bird race in their club thus far this season. The brother to this
Guernsey timer, also bred by Brian Murray is a winner of 1st Fed
so the Murray connection is certainly paying off for Dave and Louisa.
Topping the East section,vel1035 ypm and winning sixth Open, is
one to Basildon fancier Dean Childs. Dean clocked a chequer hen a grand
daughter of Mark Gilbert's NFC Saintes winner. When Dean restarted in
the sport a few years back he went straight to the Fountainhead so to
speak and sourced his stock birds from Mark Gilbert. Dean's section
winner was bred in January and she has been flown on the darkness
system and was at Guernsey in an Open race two weeks earlier. In the
intervening two weeks she has been tossed at 50 miles three times to
keep her on the boil. All Dean's young birds are fed Versele Laga
Superstar Plus to appetite.
We move back to the centre section for the winner of seventh Open to
Portsmouth fancier A J Hounsell. Unfortunately, after several attempts
to contact Mr Hounsell I was unsuccessful so there are no details of
Wearn Brothers and Neil come in next at 7th centre section 8th Open
vel1026 ypm. Yet again I was unsuccessful in making contact with the
Wearn brothers, so there is unfortunately, no details on their pigeon.
Dr Steven Plummer of Upper Beeding, West Sussex takes 8th centre
section and 9th Open with a blue chequer Lefebre Dhaenens x
Janssen hen doing 1,014.796 ypm. Hatched mid-April and flying
natural to the perch with five flights to throw on each wing . She is
bred down from a long line of north road federation winners on both
sides of her pedigree, and her dam was 13th Section A, 234th Open with
the NFC from Fougeres. Steve is a Principal Lecturer in Manufacture at
the University of Brighton and has kept pigeons since he was ten years
old and when I contacted him on Monday 26th August, I found out that
Steve and his wife, Lorraine, were celebrating their 35th wedding
anniversary, so it was a good weekend for them it all round with five
of his nine BICC young birds home on the day. Steve has recently
returned to the sport since he had his lofts smashed up and his pigeons
stolen in 2006.
The final place in the top ten of the Open result goes to the
Portsmouth partnership of Ken and son Lee Cleife who clocked a German
rung youngster. This one was one of a batch of five babies bought at a
show in Belgium earlier this year. Raced on the darkness system, he has
had two inland races plus numerous training tosses from all points of
the compass in the lead up to Guernsey. The youngsters are trained
daily from around 30 miles and on their return they are fed in to their
one daily meal of Gerry plus with the addition of some sweet seeds.
This amounts to one and a half or one and a quarter ounces per bird per
The North section was won by a bird racing to the Wootton lofts
of Phil Lane and son Kevin on 1004 ypm and this was good enough to
finish at 12th Open. The partners clocked a blue hen of Leo Van Rhijn
bloodlines bred from a pair of direct Van Rhijns. She was bred in late
February and hd been to every club race supplemented with plenty of
private training. All birds when racing are fed a good widowhood
mixture from Versele Laga. The partners were previously keen on north
road racing but switched to the south road two years ago and have
continued their winning ways in both directions.
In second spot is one to Lutterworth fancier Peter Oliver. Peter
clocked an April reared chequer pied cock from his old reliable family
of Logans. The cock was having his first race having been previously
well trained out to 60 miles. The sire has flown Tarbes into
Leicestershire on three occasions whilst the dam has won 1st section
BICC Pau International a couple of years back.
Michel and Rene Houpe come in for third north section with a very
latebred chequer pied hen of Van Hee bloodlines, bred and gifted to the
Houpes by their good friend Dave Lyden of milton Keynes. Guernsey was
the young hen's third race of the season
The west section winner was clocked at the Devizes loft of Robert
Brown. Robert is another fancier who has enjoyed an excellent season's
racing with the BICC, as with old birds he finished with a 1st section
and 3rd Open Alencon plus 3rd section Le Mans. The Guernsey section
winner, a hen, has had five inland races with the West of England
Combine being very consistent , in fact in her last two races she has
been Robert's second bird to the loft. The hen had been sitting
on dummy eggs for 16 days so Robert decided to slip a day old
chick under her so by the time she went to the race she had been
sitting on it for 5 days.
Bloodlines are a combination of Reg Venner lines through Morgan and
West of Abergavenny which were introduced in 2012.
Dax International winner and one of the UK's finest fanciers, none
other than Brian Sheppard of Trowbridge, comes in next at 2nd section
with one of his two entries. This one is a dark grizzle cock raced on
the darkness system and bred from two NFC section winners. Both parents
containing all the old west country bloodlines of R & M Venner and
Trueman Dicken ,with a bit of Welsh influence to add to the mix. The
cock had been to every race in the young bird programme leading up to
Guernsey. Brian had his second bird home later in the day to record
At third west section is a young blue pied hen recording a velocity of
785 ypm to the Evesham loft of Mr I Carenza. Bloodlines are Cattrysse x
Staf Van Reet and the hen was being driven to nest on basketting and in
fact layed her first egg promptly on return.
The winner in the East section is one to Dean Childs, as stated above.
Taking second east section and 13th Open is one to Gladwin,Jarvis &
Family. John Gladwin gives the following information about their timer:-
"I had 2 y/bs come together they were both having there 2nd race of
their life being privately trained and sent last week with the Thames,
the first one on the clock is a Formula 1 lofts bred Frans Zwols the
sire is The Pomeroy cock he was raced by Frans Zwols and brought by
Formula 1 lofts, racing he won 1st 983 birds, 9th 3,114 birds,
23rd 11,424 birds, 37th 10,937 birds, 68th 16,281 birds. Not only is
The Pomeroy cock a great racer he is also the only son in the UK direct
from Dutch Prince and De Diamant, the parents of the 3 Musketiers who
are responsible for at least 75 x 1st including first against massive
birdage of up to 19,476 birds the pomeroy cock is also turning into a
very good breeder being sire and g.sire to winners and good birds out
to 9,706 birds.
The dam of our first bird is the wonder breeding Frans Zwols hen 052
Direct from Argon a winner of 1st 6,158 birds, 3rd 1,924 birds, 5th
19,913 birds, 7th 11,716 birds, 9th 6,172 birds what a pigeon. The dam
of 052 is Truke (inbred to Boy & Queen) Truke is dam and g.dam to
at least 10x1sts plus 1st 10,944 birds, 1st 2,405 birds, 2nd 2,504
birds, 3rd 3,078 birds, 4th 12,036 birds, 7th 11,075 birds, 9th 11,427
birds. also 12x1sts in England including 1st WOESRC 4,010 birds, 1st
WOESRC Falaise and 2 x 1st champion young bird 400 members and old bird
of the year in the Towers club. 052 herself is turning into a super
breeder being dam g.dam of winners already including 1st club, 1st open
Thames in the hardest race in the Thames in 2012, 1st club, 1st open
Thames 2013, 3rd club 3rd open Thames (beat by 2 loft mates on the
trap), 4th club 4th open Thames (Beat by 1 second for 1st open), 4th
club 4th open Thames , 4th club 8th open Thames , 6th club 9th open
Thames, 10th club 11th open Thames, 13th sec 43rd open L&SECC Vire,
1st section and 1st open G.R National Flying Club, 24th section E, 29th
open NFC in the very hard 2012 NFC y/b race, being the first bird into
Essex by about 2 min. 3 x 1st club (Pitsea) 10th Essex Central Fed plus
other cards. In only 3 breeding seasons this super hen is responsible
for winners on the north rd and south rd and across the channel on easy
and hard days.
Our 2nd bird clocked a couple of seconds later like the first bird was
bred by Formula 1 lofts this time a Frans Zwols Cross Leo Hereman both
parents are 2012 birds and this was the first y/b raced from them, the
nestmate was my 4th pigeon home. the sire is a direct Leo Hereman and
the dam is a Grizzle hen bred by Frans Zwols that was purchased at
Doncaster from Stuart Wilcox auctions".
Third East section and provisionally 13th Open is one to the Burnham on
Crouch loft of ace lady fancier Meg Murray. Meg's timer here is a young
cock that has competed in every yb race this season and has performed
in all weather conditions. Meg says she was lucky enough to escape yb
sickness this year so the birds were fit to get out and onto the
transporter to train and race very week.
The parents of the yb were given to her by Lee Bastone who flies in the
same club as her and lives just a few yards away, as the pigeon flies!
Lee's Dad had some of the best of the Mardon birds and the yb's sire
was bred from one of his Mardon Van Reet cocks paired to a
Soontjen hen. The cock was a full brother to the Radar hen.
The yb's dam is a lovely Soontjen hen with Sabre and Secret in her
She is an '07 hen and he is an '05 cock. The oldest pair in the
stock loft, but obviously still producing great youngsters.
Section prize winners are as follows:-
1st. Dean Childs vel 1035.5 ypm.
2nd.Gladwin ,Jarvis & Family vel 999ypm
3rd. Meg Murray vel 996 ypm
1st. P Lane & son vel 1004 ypm.
2nd. P.T.Oliver vel 825ypm.
3rd.Michel & Rene Houpe vel 666 ypm.
1st. Roger Lowe vel 1081.
2nd. Mark Gilbert vel 1076.
3rd. Mr & Mrs Ken Hine vel1074.
1st.R. T. Brown vel 923.
2nd. Brian Sheppard vel 842.
3rd.I. Carenza vel 785.
The Old Hens Race.
Taking the major prize of first Open here is one to the partnership of
P Jackson & son of Bromley in Kent. The partners clocked ..... for
a velocity of 1071 ypm.
This is what Lee has to say about their National win:-
"August has been a good month for us being 1st 2nd 3rd Surrey Fed
Blandford 3rd August and taking the first 11 positions in the Surrey
federation West Bay 17th August an over the moon month!
Just a few words to explain our performances we have flown as a
partnership for many years My late father Peter always giving
sound advice, he sadly passed away 23rd October 2011 and has been
greatly missed with my son growing up and now working we find the ever
increasing work load to race pigeons at the highest level more
difficult than ever.
There is no doubt introducing pigeons that perform in big competition
is an important factor when stepping up into the bigger National races.
This we did when purchasing a direct daughter of the ''world champion''
multiple Golden Duif winner Jos Thone ace producer Sumo,
‘’Sumo’s princess’’ purchased by us and
Grand Dam of our 1st National Flying Club Forgeres and she is now
also the Grand Dam of our 1st Open British International Championship
Club Guernsey 2013.
Our hens have been raced widowhood and celibate for the whole season
and due to the adverse racing we decided this year to pair our
hens and re focus them for the love of their loft.
Last year we were not happy with the early performances of our hens -
dull skies east winds and poor conditions we felt the birds needed time
to grow confidence and to get some ‘’good sun on their
backs’’ as my father would state. We sent our yearlings to
their first race of the season which was ‘’Le
Mans’’ again a steady race finishing 3rd open on 1264ypm.
We sent to the London South East CC Old hens event Vire and won 1st
open 1st sect E 1430 ypm along with 18th 21st 37th 38th 44th 45th 46th
50th 54th open. Meanwhile, we continued to send to the B.I.C.C Guernsey
with our team of yearling hens and we finished 3rd open 3rd sect
1538 ypm with a yearling hen and had a fantastic race with our
She was bred for the Woodside of Croydon’s Golden
Ring Race but failed to score. She is a double Grand daughter of
my base foundation cock ‘’The Golden Eye cock" when paired
with ‘’Sumo’s Princess’’ Grand dam to
‘’THE OUTLAW’’ cock 1st Open NFC Forgeres.
Again ace producer SUMO responsible for winners all over Europe
including this Grand Daughter ‘’ Silent Lady ‘’
1st open 1st sect e BICC Guernsey 2013.
Our second arrival was a direct daughter to our 1st Open NFC Forgeres
‘’The Outlaw Cock’’ when paired to our ace
channel hen ‘’National Lady" Grand daughter of the world
famous Jos Thone "Sars", ace son of ‘’Karl
Schellens’’ bird "National 1" now put to stock 4th open NFC
Guernsey o.h (2007) 22nd open NFC St. Malo old hens (2008) 47th open
NFC Forgeres (2009) and many other quality positions. She is an
absolute quality hen now breeding the goods.
‘’401’’ was 52nd open Guernsey 2012 beaten by a
loft mate winning £144 she has raced consistently this year and
has excelled this year to possibly 3rd open velocity 1021 ypm picture
of her sitting hatching after the race".
There you have it then, a partnership that set itself goals to achieve
and went right out there and did it by purchasing top quality stock
from the fountainhead. Congratulations Lee and Joe on a terrific
In the runner up spot is an absolute racing machine to the Chadwell St
Mary loft of D Wilton & son recording 1059 ypm. Rob and son
Andrew's timer is a 3 yr old Brasspenning hen raced on the widowhood
system, To say that she is very consistent would be an understatement.
Take a look at her prizes listed below:-
As a young bird.
38th Open NFC St Malo.
28th Open Falaise BICC
163rd Open LSECC Guernsey.
then as an old bird
11th BICC Guernsey.
16 th LSECC Vire .
26th LSECC Carenton.
36th LSECC Vire.
60th NFC Fourgeres .
72nd NFC Fourgues
91st LSECC Vire.
A very handy tool to have at hand that one!
In 3rd East section 3rd Open is the Mount Lessing partnership of
Keith Gosling and Mick Jarvis.
The partnership timed a well fancied and pooled yearling cheq hen
Rosheen this was her second ever channel race in her previous one she
was 19th sect 37th nat Messac BBC race. She is the last daughter of
champion racer and breeder "Brown Ring", this hen was the partnerships
1st sect 1st open NFC winner from Guernsey her other performances are
as follows :-
1st club 1st fed Chichester; 2nd sect 33rd open Guernsey; 2nd club 2nd
fed 46th open Bihorel ;2nd club 5th fed 90th open Gellainville; 1st
club 4th Fed Isle of Wight; 2nd sect 11th Open Guernsey; 100th sect
310th Open Guernsey; 1st club 1st Fed Portsmouth then put to stock
where she has bred numerous prize winners.
The sire of Rosheen was Champion Matt one of the partnerships
best racing cocks his performances are as follows:-
17th sect 27th open Alencon, 19th sect 60th open Alencon, 30th
sect 154th open Tours, 5th sect 11th open Pau ( on day of liberation )
13th sect 112th open Alencon ,11th sect 47th open Bergerac ( on day of
liberation ) 18th sect 167th open Tours,11th sect 24th open Tarbes then
put to stock.
Rosheen was sent to the race sitting eggs and feeding two large
youngsters the partnership sent twelve hens to the race all on the same
nesting conditions and clocked two more quickly after and they should
both feature high up in the result.
The hens were raced on widowhood the early part of the season and have
been paired for the old hens races the partnerships returns were good
10 from 12.They have been trained daily with the young birds and fed VL
Provisionally 1st North section and 4th Open BICC Old Hens is Tony
Brown a septuagenarian and life long fancier who races with
his son in partnership. Tony is a popular club member who loves his B I
C C races and tries to compete in as many races as he can especially
from the channel from a very small back garden
loft, Tony started the season with 10 pair of races
& 4 pair of stock after giving a few ybs away which he always does,
he was left with a yb team of just 16 !! His section winning hen
was having her 4th channel race of the year as she had previously taken
3rd Alencon and had 3rd club Guernsey last year. She has now been
across the pond 8 times and is bred from stock obtained from local
fancier Kevin Linley she is 3/4 Dordin and 1/4 Jan Aarden....
Tony had been getting her wound up for this race and was his
fancied pigeon of the 2 old hens sent,
That excellent lady fancier Meg Murray from Burnham on Crouch Essex
comes in next with a hen on 997 ypm to take 4th East section 5th Open.
This is what Meg has to say about her old hen timer:-
The pedigree for Meg's Old Hen reads like a recipe Mr Heinz would be
proud of! Almost but not quite 57 varieties.The sire is quite
straightforward - a Vandenabeele cock that came to me from Stuart Ager
when we exchanged half a dozen youngsters four years ago. He is down
through a Mark Evans bird and Stuart named him The Roman Lord.He
did actually win the LSECC yb race for me and went on to breed
some super youngsters.
The dam was also racing alongside her daughter on Sunday and came
a creditable fourth to the loft. She is an '07 hen and has a bit
Soontjen, a bit Van Reet, a bit Busschaert, a bit Northeast and a bit
County Durham in her blood! "
When Meg moved south some years ago,she brought with her some Kavanagh
pigeons bought at auction in Gateshead and they proved to be the basis
for her success in the first few years in Essex. She has also been
given some more of these super Busschaert pigeons from Craig Booth of
Hartlepool and they too have been at the top of the results sheet over
the years. The 5th Open's dam came from one of those Kavanagh hens
crossed with a cock that Meg was given by fellow club mate, Lee
Bastone. He gave her a pair of Soontjens with a bit of Van Reet in the
cock and as well as playing a part in the Old Hen's breeding, this pair
were also directly responsible for breeding her yb that did so well in
Sunday's race taking 13th Open on the provisional result
Sarah Adelsberg of Sandwich and yet another successful lady fancier,
clocked a three year old hen to record 985 ypm to finish 5th east
section 6th Open. She is a smokey chequer from a Jos Thone hen and a
Tommy Sparkes Corman As a yearling she won Nonnington club race from
Lyndhurst She has flown Bergerac twice coming second club last year.
(Beaten by a loft mate who won the Fed!)She took a week to come home
from Alencon BICC in July this year! Was sent to Guernsey to make
amends which she has done...flying to her cock bird..
The well known triple Europa Cup winning partnership of F.Knowles &
son of Wingham in Kent come in for 6th sect 7th Open vel 984 ypm. This
is what Sarah Knowles tells me regarding their timer, which is
"Simon’s old hen is GB 09N 81039 a lovely dark hen called
"Bedhampton Express" because her preparation for this race was all with
the Wingham Flying Club from Bedhampton . She has won over 10 x 1sts
in inland races and her nest mate was 20th Open NFC Old
Hens 2011 and her Sire has won 9 x 1sts over his racing career.
Short and sweet I know but you know Simon".
The centre section winner was clocked at the Banstead loft of Vic
Emberson and this one is good enough for 8th Open vel 981 ypm. This
Staf Van Reet hen's previous wins are;
4 th sect 9th Open Falaise 2009 BI CC
2nd sect 6th Open Guernsey 2011 BI CC
13th sect 50 th Open Guernsey BI CC but returned and had been hawked !!
The winner of 2nd centre section 9th Open vel 977 ypm is a yearling hen
racing to the young bird section at the Southfield Lofts of Mark
Gilbert. She is bred from a son of Southfield Supreme 1st International
Dax 17,000 birds when paired to a daughter of Goldern Gaby from M and D
Next up and completing the top ten on the provisional result is one
to the young bird race winner Roger Lowe who gives the following
" My old hen is a full sister to NEMESIS (winner of last season y/b
national NFC ) so she is a daughter of MY LITTLE DIAMOND. This hen has
also won 8th sec 28 th Open BICC Guernsey; 10 th Fed Carentan
1,647birds; 17th sect 47th Open BICC Le Mans 2,182birds and is
raced on the widowhood hen system."
A full loft report on Roger will appear shortly.
The North section winners, A J.Brown & son taking 4th Open, have
already been highlighted above.
In second spot is a four year old blue pied hen of Louella Van
Geel bloodlines for Keith Latham of Southwold. The hen has been used as
a widowhood hen for the last three seasons but due to Keith's illness,
she has been raced on the natural system this season and as such has
raced through to Alencon with the BICC. She was then separated for a
few weeks and re introduced to her mate just prior to basketting for
Guernsey. Here's wishing you a full recovery from your illness Keith.
Neil Weatherhead of Bungay completes the top three in the west section
with a three year old Southwell x Supercrack blue hen. Once again this
is an example of a widowhood hen being brought out of semi retirement
so to speak. She lost her mate mid way through the season and was then
given a couple of club races and lifted into NFC Saintes. On her return
from Saintes she was re mated and allowed an open loft and sent to
Guernsey sitting due to hatch.
The West section winner was clocked at the Street loft of R &
R Wilton recording 865 ypm. This six year old hen was sent just showing
to her mate having been separated for a short time in the week before
basketting for Guernsey. She is a previous winner on the North road and
is bred from one of the Wilton's top pigeons "Bob" who is himself a
winner of 1st section 2nd Open NFC Saintes when mated to Phyllis a
winner of 2nd section 3rd Open NFC Fougeres Old Hens. Blob is also in
the breeding of Rob Wilton's 1st sect 7th Open NFC Saintes winner this
year. Bloodlines being Janssen x Jan Aarden.
The Dorchester partnership of Spracklen & Thomas come in next
with one on 769 ypm for 2nd west section. Their timer is.a three year
old hen containing all the very best of Mark Gilbert's Dax
International winner Southfield Supreme bloodlines. She has been used
as a widowhood hen all season and housed in a hen box in the garage.
Once old bird racing was over she was reintroduced to the racing loft
and this Guernsey race was her first outing of the season sent sitting
eggs - her first of the season. She is a previous winner of 9th sect
23rd Open CSCFC Tarbes so would be too good a pigeon for
most to use as a widowhood cocks stay at home mate.
Way out west at the Abertillery loft of Mark Sparey is where we find
the winner of 3rd West section [ vel 730 ypm]. Mark has enjoyed another
good season in classic and National races and in the Guernsey race he
clocked a yearling blue hen sitting eggs for just a few days. She had
previously flown the channel three times earlier in the season winning
National positions on two occasions including 18th Open Carentan. The
hen is bred in the purple as her sire is probably the lofts top stock
cock - The £30 Cock and her dam is bred by Mark Gilbert and
contains James Bond and Syndicate loft bloodlines.
The section prize winners are:-
1. P Jackson & son vel 1071.
2. D Wilton & son vel 1059.
3.Gosling & Jarvis vel1013.
1.A.J.Brown & son vel 1002
2.Keith Latham vel 965 .
3.Neil Weatherhead vel 964 .
1,Vic Emberson vel 981.
2nd Mark Gilbert vel 977.
3. Roger Lowe vel 974.
1. R & R Wilton vel 865.
2.Spracklen & Thomas vel 769.
3. Mark Sparey vel 730.
......And finally, the winners of the very generous House of Aarden
sponsored young birds, each one valued at between £250-£450.
Pau International:- Geoff & Catherine Cooper.
Agen International:- Mark Gilbert.
Barcelona:- Mannor Lofts.
St Vincent:- Vince and Dai Padfield.
Marseille:- David Hales.
Perpignan:- R Pearmain & Son.
Could the above winners please contact Steve and Lesley at the House of
Aarden to arrange collection/delivery of their young birds as soon as
possible please as the Stud is in the process of being moved from
Exeter to Cornwall and Steve and Lesley would like all young birds with
their new owners before the completion of the move.
On a final not, I have to say that this has been one of the most
frustrating races to report on, as on many occasions I could not
contact the winning fanciers. Despite phoning some a number of times
and leaving messages plus emailing others, many either couldn't be
bothered to take the time or make the effort to contact me with details
of their winning pigeons.
As a result I have to tell you that, in future, if I fail to make
contact on the first attempt, with any of the winning fanciers I
will not phone or email a second time. The onus is then on you to
get in contact with me with the details of your winning pigeons.
Roger Lowe 1st Open BICC Guernsey 1 YBs
Roger Lowe 1st Guernsey1 YBGB13N18502
Lee Jackson 1st Open BICC Guernsey1 OH
1st Open BICC Guernsey1 OH GB11E43975
Dave Lee of the Mr & Mrs Lee partnership 5th section 5th Open BICC Guernsey 1 YB's
Dean Childs 3rd Open BICC Tours 2012 & 1st sect 6th Open Guernsey1 YB's 2013
DrSteve Plummer prov 8th sect 9th Open BICC Guernsey1 YB's
Gosling & Jarvis 3rd sect 3rd Open Guernsey1 OH
Jason Ross of Portsmouth 4th Open BICC Guernsey1
Mark Currivan Ken Hine's grand son with some other grand children.The Hine loft was 3rd Open BICC Guernsey1 YB
Mark Gilbert prov 2nd sect 2nd Open Guernsey1 YB's & 2nd sect 9th Open OH's
Phil Lnae 1st North section 12th Open BICC Guernsey1 YB's
Meg Murray 3rd sect 15th Open guernsey 1 YB 4th sect 5th Open Guernsey 1 OH
Rob and Andrew Wilton 4th open BICC Le Mans&2nd section 2nd Open Guernsey1OH's
Robert Brown of Devizes 1st west section Guernsey young birds with his granddaughter Jessica
Simon Knowles and daughterLucy and son Ryan. Simon is provisionally 6th sect 7th Open Guernsey1 OH
Vic Emberson 1st section 8th Open BICC Guernsey1 OH's