Roger Lowe and friend Sheldon Leonard at the loft of Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede
The pigeon career of Roger Lowe started in 1973 in Caversham, Berkshire. Initially, pigeon racing was purely a hobby. Since this time, the old Renier Gurnay strain of pigeons have been replaced with the modern-day families of De Rauw-Sablon, De Klak and Lou Wouters Janssens.
For the past few seasons, Roger has focused entirely on success in national and international races. Having won just about everything available in domestic, club and federation racing when, in partnership with Terry Hudson, he raced an elite team of Theo Hartog pigeons, Roger refocused his goals on a bigger target. As his results in 2013 clearly testify, Roger has most definitely joined the UK’s group of ace national flyers.
Carentan 150 miles section: 1, 6 open national: 28, 70 Cholet 305 miles section: 6, 12, 18 open national: 14, 36, 58 Messac 255 miles section: 23 open national: 33 Saintes 396 miles section: 2, 3, 5, 8, 12 open national: 49, 50, 64, 78, 87 Carentan 150 miles section: 77 open national: 93
Tours 293 miles section: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 open national: 32, 46, 47, 63, 64 Agen 513 miles section: 3 open national: 3 Alencon 215 miles section: 2, 3, 10, 11 open national: 2, 3, 15, 16 Le Mans 244 miles section: 17, 29, 41 open national: 49, 64, 91 Guernsey 155 miles section: 1 open national: 1 Guernsey(o/h) 155 miles section 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 open national: 15, 25, 29, 37, 41
After such an amazing season in 2013, Roger had to wait until the first young bird race in the BICC calendar to record his first outright win. His young bird, named The 02, is a full sister to Little Delight; a winner of 1st section, 1st open Central Southern Classic Carentan and 2nd section, 2nd open National Flying Club Fougeres. Both of these ace racers are double grandchildren of My Little Diamond.
In Roger’s own words “The best pigeon I have ever owned in 40 years is My Little Diamond. She won the young bird national in her only race ever in 2007 and every cock she has been paired to she has bred first prize winners with. She is the dam of The Main Man who finished 2nd and 3rd open Saintes NFC. She is also the dam of Nemesis, winner of 1st section, 1st open NFC Fourgeres 2012. She was also dam to the aforementioned Little Delight. She is from the Jannsen De Klak family."
The 2013 season has been remarkable for Roger Lowe and his family of super-fast racing pigeons. He has achieved fantastic results with pigeons ever since his entry into the sport 40 years ago and such is the quality of the birds presently housed at Orbital Lofts, it will be no surprise to his competitors if he continues to be a major influence in UK pigeon racing for many years to come.