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A report on the British Barcelona Club young bird race from Fougères on 31st August 2019

One hundred and seventeen members entered seven hundred and forty-three pigeons into the British Barcelona Club young bird race from Fougères. They were liberated at 08.00CEST into clear skies and no wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

Paul, Emma, Jason & Jack

First open and first section C was won by Paul Weems of Chippenham on 1425ypm. Paul timed Chunky's Pride, a blue cock sent sitting on dummy eggs and flown on the darkness system. Chunky's Pride contains Syndicate Lofts bloodlines and its sire is a grandson of Drum, Gerry, Outlaw and Rosen. The dam is a grandaughter of Rhianon, Two Twenty Amulet and sister Sphinx.

Martin Williams

Martin Williams of Hereford was second open and second section C on 1412ypm. Martin clocked a small blue hen bred from his old family of pigeons. The sire and dam are both race birds and the grandsire is his sixteen year old Huybregt cock that is now sire to over thirty first prize winners.

Dave & John Staddon

David and John Staddon of Shepton Mallet were third open and third section C on 1321ypm. Their hen was sent sitting overdue eggs. The sire is a son of Bill and Beryl Lewis' Freeland Gem which raced Tarbes six times at 624 miles. The dam is their own racing champion, Shapway Evie.

Bernie McDermott & Martin Jones

McDermott and Jones from Stanford Le Hope were fourth open and first section J oon 1282ypm. Bernie and Martin were in partnership previously before Bernie moved to Essex where Martin has now joined him and rekindled the partnership for this season. They timed a chequer hen raced on the darkness system and racing to the perch. This hen has the bloodlines of the Nearly Cock of Scammel, Peploe and Bromley of Wales.

Mark & Julie Gower

Mr and Mrs Mark Gower of Fordingbridge were fifth open and first section B on 1279ypm. Mark and Julie clocked a Herman Ceausters pigeon originating from Premier Stud. The sire and dam were both bought as youngsters and both became winners. This hen was raced on the darkness system and flying back to the perch.

John Brady

J and J Brady of Benfleet timed two pigeons on 1277ypm  to take sixth and seventh open and second and third section J. The partners clocked two cocks, the first being a cross between a Dave Delea cock and a Dave Goddard hen. Second to time was a direct Jos Thoné.

Gladwin & Jarvis young bird

Gladwin and Jarvis of Leigh on Sea were eighth open and fourth section J on 1276ypm. The partners timed a Formula One Lofts Cor De Heijdde hen, the sire being direct, whilst the hen was bought at Blackpool.

Terry & Karen Haley with Harry & Jack

Terry Haley of Wayford clocked two pigeons to take ninth and tenth open, first and second section D on 1267ypm and 1260ypm. Terry only sent four and timed three in race time. First on the clock was a white grizzle cock bred from a pair from Jimmy Magee of Hoddesdon. Second was a chequer hen bred by Keith and Betty Mott of Claygate.

Around the sections

The section A winner

M, C and J Norman of Southampton were first and second section A on 1249ypm and 1185ypm. First to time was bred from a Dave Vowles' of Street Venner pigeon when paired to a Roger Lowe hen, a grandaughter of My Little Diamond. Second on the clock was a distance bird, the sire is bred down from Olympic Ric, first BBC/BICC Barcelona, 58th international in 2013. The dam was bred by Roger Phillips of Guernsey.

Elvin Booth

E Booth of Gosport was third section A. Elvin clocked a descendant of birds gifted to him by his uncles Bill and Bryan and containing Roland Janssen bloodlines.

James Fulford

J Fulford of Salisbury was second section B on 1107ypm. James timed a Southwell pigeon bred from a pair from John Halstead.

A Harp of Poole was third section B.

Jeff Poole

J Poole of Kings Langley was third section D. Jeff timed a pure Vandenabeele bred from birds puchased from Bob Short and containing Jester and Carrie bloodlines.

Dave & Kyle Harris

D and K Harris of Newport were first section E on 1128ypm. First on the clock contains the old bloodlines of their Soontjen family that have won the section six times in the BBC. All the youngsters are flown on the natural system.

Brian & Sue Stone with grand-daughter, Evelyn

B & S Stone of Belper were second section E on 1101ypm. First on the clock was a mealy pied cock bred by their goodfriend Trevor Jennings direct off his No 1 Eric Coolemans cock.

J Hughes of Market Drayton was third section E.

Tracy Andrew

T R Andrew of Woodingdean was first section G on 1215ypm. The section winner is a chequer pied hen bred from stock on loan from the Sullivan Brothers and containing their Pieter Veenstra bloodlines.

Raza, Barry & Idris Khan

Khan Brothers of New Malden were second section G. First to time was a chequer white flight bred from their stock team of Bullens IRBD and Mark Gilbert's Kanibal Barcelona.

Pete Gretton of Peacehaven was third section G.

That concludes the report of the British Barcelona Club young bird race from Fougères.