Geoff and Catherine Cooper (Peasdown St John, UK) prepare for the international races

Top international competitors, Geoff and Catherine Cooper from Peasdown St John in the UK, compete in a series of national races as a prelude to the international race programme. Starting at distances of 300km through to 500km, these hours on the wing are vital to allow the international team to compete at races over 800km.

Geoff Cooper holding Farm Mirjam

The first of the national races was from Falaise where the Cooper's first bird was a two year old hen called Farm Mirjam. Farm Mirjam was second section (provincial) and she was bred from Georgeson, a top breeding son of George when paired to a hen from Sjaak Buwalda. In the same race the Coopers were also fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth section. The fourth section pigeons is a grand-daughter of Farmer George which won first international Bordeaux.

Geoff Cooper holding Farm Solo

Next up was Alençon where a three year old hen called Farm Solo was first section. This is Farm Solo's third section win in twelve months, having previously been first section Alençon national in 2018 and first section, second national from Pau the same season. Farm Solo is a grand-daughter of George.

Catherine Cooper holding Farm Fiesta

The Cholet national saw the Coopers take another first section win with a yearling hen named Farm Fiesta. Farm Fiesta was seventh section from Falaise earlier in the season. Her sire is a son of Farmer George, whilst the dam is a daughter of Farmer George and Wollongong, so she is inbred to Farmer George.


Another national from Messac resulted in a second section win for a two year old hen which is a full sister to Ivy, first international hens and third international St Vincent.

Farmer George

The final national race before the start of the international season was from Cholet and the Coopers won fourth national with a two year old cock called Farm Fab Four, bred from a son of Farmer George and Wollongong when paired to a daughter of New Laureaat and Kliene Jade, all four grandparents being first international winners. So that is five national races with 2 x 1st section, 2 x 2nd section and 4 x 4th section.


Catherine Cooper holding Farm Fab Four

Other winners with the Coopers' bloodlines include John and David Staddon, the winners of the Cholet national with a grandson of Wollongong and Paul Basham who was sixth open from Cholet with a grandson of Farmer George and Ivy. These successes follow on from last season's grand national winner from Tarbes, a grandson of George, for J Wearn.

The Coopers are now looking forward with relish to the start of international racing. Congratulations Geoff and Catherine!