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Get to know some of the best American OLR fanciers

For years, the American pigeon fanciers have been selecting their pigeons mainly via One Loft Races all over the world. Pigeons that can often prove themselves in extreme conditions. Here we will introduce you to some of the very best fanciers in American pigeon sport.

Kolvenbag & Son

Over the last five years in the United States you would be hard pressed to find a more consistent loft in One Loft Racing than that of Kolvenbag & Son. The introduction of the Queen L family of pigeons from Jelle Roziers is what launched them into elite company culminating with a dominant year in 2017 where Kolvenbag & Son were Top 5 in nearly every category of the rankings in the United States for the top one loft breeders.  There was little let down in 2018 marked by dominant performance in the 350-mile Blue Bucket Stampede Final Race finishing 2nd and 3rd winning over $16,000 in the race series. Although a small breeding loft by comparison to most, Kolvenbag & Son looms large in every race they enter.

McLaughlin Lofts of Frank McLaughlin

Frank McLaughlin is a man that wears many hats! He is the largest importer of racing and fancy pigeons into North America, a Supply Agent for PIPA, master planner for McLaughlin Lofts breeding and racing success with assistance from his brother Dan.

Frank has been a keen pigeon fancier since he was seven years old and has always been aware of the value of the best bloodlines available. For 40 years, McLaughlin Lofts has been at the top of the sport in the powerful Boston Concourse. Frank has won every possible Concourse and National prize, and his pigeons are winning races in numerous countries. Frank was awarded 'Legend of the Sport' by the American Racing Pigeon Union. McLaughlin Lofts pigeons continue to dominate major futurities and National awards each year, in all climates around the globe. 

Frank’s long-standing success is due to his ability to track down the premier pigeons on the world stage. Since the late 1980’s, Frank has had numerous opportunities to visit the top Belgians and many other famous fanciers. McLaughlin Lofts has not only imported birds from these lofts, but also has become close with the Masters of the sport. Frank is recognized as one of the most respected pigeon fanciers in the United States.

Frank McLaughlin, Dan McLaughlin and Nikolaas Gyselbrecht

Mike Chafardon

Mike Chafardon started racing at 11 years old and he won the first race he flew. Since then his dedication to winning has never been stronger. He has won many club and combine futurities in the local Philadelphia area. One loft racing is his passion and Chafardon family of pigeons are responsible for top positions in many of the best one loft races in the USA, SAMDPR & Victoria Falls. His main partner is his wife Lea who loves participating and doesn’t shy away from work around the loft. A perfect combination for winning. Mike has a keen eye for quality and had success over the years with Vandenabeele (via Bert Vandenberghe) and Andre Verbesselt. Recently Mike has invested in some of the best from GG Gaddin’s final auction and only pigeons with the best results will be allowed to blend into the family, Super Crack Crusson and Oswald Van Loon blood have already bred equal firsts and top prizes in one loft races.

Mike’s “Glorious’ hen (daughter of “Gloria”) has raised 29th and 80th SAMDPR and her daughter bred equal first at California Classic one loft race.”Manighar”, nest mate to “Went too Fast” in this auction has already bred top prizes in one loft races in USA and SAMDPR.

APC Loft of George and Jennifer Rankin

In 2013 already, George and Jennifer Rankin of APC Loft ranked 5th place in the world on the prestigious FCI competition World Champion OLR series, being 1st USA loft versus over 16.500 pigeons from breeders in 41 nations. Over the past 6 years (2014-2019) APC loft had the most top 10% winning places on OLR races over 300 miles (483KM) in USA!

A full sibling of AU 19 APC 19381 was 33rd out of over 4.000 bird on the final (550 km) of Chinese Ai Ya Ka Pu in OLR 2018. He is bred from Kees Bosua Kleine Figo (Kerkduif and Kannibaal) and Jos Thone’s Ace Pigeon (Artificial Jutta). A well balanced vibrant AU 19 APC 19381 will enhance the quality of any lofts breeding stock.

Jennifer and George with Joël Verschoot

Ken Easley & Son Racing

Ken Easley & Son Racing is a 3rd and 4th generation father and son team of pigeon men. Over the last 10 years, the Easley’s have relentlessly pursued the best one loft birds in the world. They first personally visited and acquired stock from who many consider the premier One Loft Superstar breeding loft in the world – Helmut & Alfons Klaas. They have subsequently bought Top 10 winners from the SAMDPR, Victoria Falls and Portugal Algarve. The results for both the Easley’s and those fortunate enough to obtain birds from them have been unprecedented. At the pinnacle of their results is Mukiwa, 1st Hot Spot Ace Winner in the 2016 SAMDPR. They also bred “Ninety Nine” who was 7th Overall Ace Pigeon and 35th on the 411 mile final race that saw only 53 day birds out of the 3,478 birds released. In just the last couple of years their pigeons have won over $146,000 in races for the Easley’s and their friends.

Ken Easley and son

Gallo Loft of Manny Rodriguez

It all started for Manny Gallo as a young boy in Cuba keeping pigeons and having a dream. A dream that led him to the United States and back into pigeons in 2004. From 2005 until today, Gallo Loft instills both fear and respect in those who they compete with in local club racing as well as in One Loft Races. Focusing solely on performance and not chasing fancy or famous pedigrees, Gallo Loft has built a family of birds that does it all.  Flying against 1,000s of pigeons every week in one of the largest and toughest combines in the United States, Gallo Loft has won every champion loft and champion bird award – several times. They have won 11 AU National Hall of Fame Awards. They have won 44 National Ace Pigeon Awards. In one loft racing they have been at the top in the largest national and international competitions. They were 8th on the 2010 SAMDPR Final Race. In 2011 they were 1st Champion Bird Canadian International One Loft Race. Their pigeon Hot American Girl won over $45,000 in the races in the 2016 SAMDPR – including 1st on Hot Spot #3.

Steve Furlonge of Irish Syndicate Lofts

Irish Syndicate has successfully flown One Loft Races winning more than their fair share from 2008-2018 winning Champion Lofts, Champion Bird, Average Speed, and multiple birds on 1st drop. On the International stage, our number 1 hen is a direct daughter of Hebberecht’s Champion breeding 7th place Niall (6th Average Speed) SAMDPR, and 2nd Ace Victoria Falls. Breeding also from the best of Hooymans/Hebberecht – 4th Hot Spot Ace pigeon SAMDPR.

Our partners and customers can directly attribute their success from breeding Irish Syndicate banded birds to win in the biggest OLRs in the USA with multiple birds on first drops.

Locally Irish Syndicate has dominated the Arizona Federation from 2019 – 2007  winning accolades and championships for Champion Loft, Champion Bird, Average Speed flying 3 different directions in multiple clubs, combine and Federation against up to 65 flyers to 540 miles

Nemelka Racing Pigeon Loft

After taking a 10 years sabbatical from racing pigeons to attend graduate school and relocations due to professional opportunities, Nemelka Racing Pigeon Loft (NRPL) started back into the sport in 2002. Starting with a Janssen base and supplementing the birds with Vandenabeele, Aarden, Koopman, Hooyman, Florian Hendricks and a few others NRPL has built a family of birds recognized for consistently delivering top results in the biggest races in the United States. Since entering the SAMDPR, NRPL has finished 13th, 32nd, 74th, 76th, 168th, 174th, 237th, 239th & 261st in the final race. In the prestigious California Classic, over the last three years they have finished 3/546b (350m), 8/908b (305m), 9/332b (350m), 14/776b (305m) and 1st Overall Ace Pigeon in 2017. In the 2018 Hoosier Classic, NRPL birds or birds bred from NRPL birds finished 5th, 55th, 91st, 122nd, and 134th winning over $33,000. The Hooymans/Verkerk cock “Florian” – a gift from Florian Hendricks – has established himself as the superstar in NRPL’s breeding loft.

Q-Ba Family Loft with Yoannys Sainz

While not as well known as many, the influence of Q-Ba Family Loft is felt far and wide across the United States in many lofts and many winners. Laser focused on seeking out the best families of pigeons across the world over the last 20 years the results have been nothing short of remarkable. Q-BA Family Loft is one of those rare breeders who has been able to excel both in club racing and one loft races.  National Ace Pigeons, AU National Awards, AU President Cups winner, 1st Place Snow Bird Classic, 1st Place Crooked River OLR are just the surface of the results delivered by this loft.  The foundation of the loft started with Meulemans and Janssens and the subsequent addition of Koopmans, Sangers, and Ganus birds has continued the upward trajectory for this loft that is becoming more firmly established in the national spot light.

Mike Ganus

Last but not least there is off course Mike Ganus! Above anyone, Mike has achieved success in one loft races around the world. In 2012 Mike visited the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race and on the day of the race the weather was sunny, very hot and humid and with head winds. He realised then that the pigeons he had entered were unlikely to win. His American pigeons could cope under those conditions for seven or eight hours on the wing, but for eleven or twelve hours Mike realised he needed a tougher strain of pigeons. To this end he bought the two winners of the race, Untamed Desert and Said in Spun Silver, mated them together and since then his results both in America and around the world have been immense.

In 2015 Mike won the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race, fifteen minutes ahead of the second placed pigeon, with Laura is a Big Winner Today. The sire of Laura is a Big Winner Today is Sun City, the sire of two big SAMDPR winner. The dam is Margo's Treasure, a daughter of Untamed Desert and Said in Spun Silver. Mike is now breeding off the children of Sun City and is excited to see that grandchildren of his base pair are now winning in America. Read more about Mike Ganus here and here.