New preliminary PIPA ranking result 'Best old bird and yearling in the Belgian national races' after the races from Bourges (I), Châteauroux (I), Guéret, Montluçon, Argenton I. The available national, zonal and provincial results were taken into account for this ranking.
With no less than 9 Dutch fanciers in the international top 10 Holland really took the cake in last year’s Barcelona race. Jelle Jellema was the supreme ruler with a 1st and 3rd international prize. This is why the prizes of this year's Barcelona contest are a bit orange colored. A descendant of international Barcelona winners, born in one of Holland's best extreme long distance lofts. That's what can be won.
The national victory from Chateauroux in Belgium was won by Rick Hermans, while Gerard Koopman claimed a 1st NPO Souppes. Apparently, the bloodline of Harry continues to win prizes at international level, and grandmaster Jan Hooymans did not want to stay behind: his pigeon Alyda was the fastest of 4,842 pigeons in the NPO Bourges, bringing home another win for the pigeon family from Kerkdriel.
Who could say the opposite whilst checking his performance list? The famous Cannonball from the French doctor Maindrelle is considered one of the pigeons in the world of its generation after his Olympic classification for Budapest, the second for its owner who already represented his country in 1999!
They have won again. Who? Heinz-Josef, Dirk and Heiko Freialdenhofen. Their victory was not that much of a surprise, as we have been reporting about this pigeon loft and their impressive achievements on a regular basis. I really enjoy writing about the kind people behind this pigeon loft and their super class pigeons. I still remember my first visit to Aldenhoven, when I got the chance of taking a closer look at their legendary Forrest Gump.
The superstars Fyther, Gloria and Black Magic, 1. prize breeding children of Blauwe Prins and Lucky 848, maybe the best breeding son ever of Eagle Eye. Together with the absolute best of Gaby Vandenabeele, Jos Thoné, Gerard Koopman, Erik Limbourg, Hugo Batenburg, Geerinckx, Verkerk and De Saer - to name just a few - they form one of the strongest collections of breeders in the world. A dream team composed by one of the pigeon sports’ most ambitious men; the Iraqi pioneer Ali Adel Obaed.
One hundred and eighty-nine members sent nine hundred and ninety-seven birds to Agen with the British International Championship Club race from Agen, in conjunction with the international race. They were liberated at 06.00BST. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
For the National Flying Club race from Ancenis, the birds were liberated at 06.00BST into a light northerly wind. The following is a report on the provisional result according to members' verifications.