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John and Dave Staddon win the First UK National Race

The last weekend of April will go down in history as one of the worst weekend racing ever in the UK. Rain and strong North Easterly winds meant that many races were held over from Saturday till Monday. One such organisation was the British International Championship Club. This club organises the International race programme for the UK and has a series of National races.

The first BICC National of the UK season was flown from Carentan in France, due to the bad weather forecast there were fewer birds entered than normal.  This made the race even more difficult as less birds had to fly into a large area, not easy for the first overseas race of the year.

The winner of this first BICC National race was the father and son partnership of John and Dave Staddon from Evercreech in Somerset.  They clocked a two year old hen called “Shapway Annie” (after Bernard Deweerdts' wife) to win 1st National and 1st West section.  Since the partnership was formed in 2005 they have won 9 x 1st National sections, despite moving the racing lofts nearly 20 miles in late 2009. John and Dave would like to thank their good friend, the top International and National winner Mark Gilbert for his part in their National victory. The Dam of John and Dave's winner was “Shapway Lady Gilbert” bred by Mark Gilbert.  Her sire is from the “Ted Cock” when paired to the “Magnus Hen”. The “Ted Cock” won:

12th National Tarbes
170th National Tarbes
14th National Saintes

He is a son of Deweerdts of Kortemarks “Ted”. The Dam of “Shapway Lady Gilbert” is “Southfield Jean” a full sister to the “Treble Cock”. The “Treble Cock” won

12th National Palamos,
5th National Perpignan,
21st National Pau,
34th National Dax,
1st Greater Distance club Palamos
8th L.S.E.C. Pau

The sire of  John and Dave's National winner is also from a World Famous International winning loft, that of Geoff and Catherine Cooper from Peasedown St John. The sire is a  chequer cock called Shapway Lord George.  He is from Mtoto when Mtoto was paired to Georgina. Mtoto is a son of Sylvester who was 4th International Dax when paired to “Zania” 163rd & 189th National Barcelona for Deweerdt of Kortemark.

Georgina is from a son of “Emiel” 1st International Bordeaux for Deweerdt of Kortemark, when paired to a sister to “Nicholls” 3rd National Pau, “21” top racer and breeder, “Fiddle” 2nd National Perpignan. Georgina is the mother of  ‘George’, legendary performer topping the prestigious Tarbes Grand National:

2x 1. acebird long distance RPRA award
Winner of the coveted Kings Cup presented by King George V
Winner of:
1.  Grand Nat. Tarbes against 4,035 birds
2.  Nat. section / 102. Nat. Bordeaux
5.  Nat. section / 42. Nat. Saran against 2,727 birds
17. Classic section / 150. Classic Cholet against 2,203 birds
18. Nat. section / 207. Nat. Tarbes
28. Classic section / 130. Classic Fougeres against 2,640 birds
4.  Littlehampton against 368 birds
30. BBC Nat. Carlisles
75. Nat. Falaise against 3,473 birds
180. Classic Messac against 3,269 birds
291. Nat. Falaise against 4,298 birds
1. Tarbes
1. Bordeaux
3. Tarbes

‘George’ has not been in the breeding loft for very long, but already his children are showing great potential as breeders of long distance National Champions.
‘George’ is breeder of ‘Pearl’ – mother to amazing ‘Farmer George’

1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 – 10,622 birds
1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 overall – 22,029 birds
3. Nat. WS Tours
135. NFC Saintes – 3,484 birds
150. Open Fougeres – 2,161 birds
1. Nat. WS British InterNat. Championship Club Falaise
4. Nat. prov., Fougeres
15. Nat. Fougeres

‘George’ is breeder of ‘Darkie’ – breeder of

2. Int. Bordeaux yearlings
3. Int. Bordeaux hens

Georgina was also Dam to Gina, winner of 2nd National section from Carentan, plus other club winners. Georgina is a sister to “Mr Consistent” 37th International Dax for Geoff and Catherine. Only three pigeons were introduced from Geoff and Catherine but they are all breeding winners, so another huge thank you goes out to Geoff and Catherine.  The nestmate to “Shapway Annie” will be 11th National BBC Carentan, raced on the same day, quite a day for the owners of these two racers. Geoff and Catherine Cooper were also 5th Carentan National in the same race with a two year old widowhood cock called Euro Titch, although he had won cards before, this is his biggest prize so far. He was raced through to Cholet 307 miles as a yearling. Euro Titch is from Euro Star, a son of  Brockamp's Euro Diamond when paired to “Titch 21”.  She is a daughter of “Titch” a top racer and breeder, “Titch” being the sire of “JW” 1st National Falaise, 9th National Dax and a grand sire to George, 1st Grand National Tarbes. “Fougeres” is also the dam of “Fleur” who won 1st National section Sartilly and 2nd Fed Seaton.