Mike Taechaubol (Thailand) starts his career in pigeon racing with winning the Pattaya International Pigeon Race

The final race of the first edition of the Pattaya International Pigeon Race (PIPR), a Thai one loft race, was held on 7 January 2017. The birds were liberated in Udon Thani for a race of 530 kilometres. It was the Thai fancier and business man Mike Sadawut Taechaubol who eventually won the race, and that in his first year of pigeon racing!

Mike Sadawut Taechaubol, a huge success in his first year as a pigeon fancier

Thai newcomer (!) in pigeon racing wins

The final race of the new Pattaya International Pigeon Race started with the liberation in Udon Thani on 7 January at 7am. After a race of 530 km the first bird to arrive was that of  Mike Sadawut Taechaubol (Team A) from Thailand at 2:05pm. Its mother is Beauty Vinnie, a Hooymans bird. A magnificent performance since Mr Taechaubol only very recently joined the pigeon racing community and already wins a one loft race in his first year of racing. He received a royal trophy from His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and 125,000 euros in prize money. Mr Taechaubol is the chairman of Country Group Holdings PCL, Sing Sian Yer Pao and the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Next to that, he is also the executive chairman of the Landmark Waterfront Residence Co. Ltd. as well as Country Group Securities Public Co. Ltd. He started investing in pigeons through PIPA in 2016 and already reaps the benefits in his very first year as a pigeon fancier.

Mike Sadawut Taechaubol (l) is congratulated by the richest man in Thailand and Southeast Asia Dhanin Chearavanont (r);
According to the Forbes World's Billionaires list, Mr. Chearavanont, who lives in Bangkok and is a Thai investor, was the 58th richest man in the world in 2013

Last of three races

Before the final race two other races with a distance of 330 and 430 kilometres respectively were held. The (first) 330-kilometre race from Nakhon Ratchasima (the Bua Yai district) took place on 9 December 2016 and was won by Moo Kud Sue (Thailand). He was awarded with a royal trophy by Her Royal Heighness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and with 12,500 euros in prize money. The second race from Khon Kaen (430 kilometres) was won by Shang Lian Wen (China). He was given a trophy as well as 25,500 euros in prize money.    

Chinese fancier Shang Lian Wen won the ace bird championship

Chinese ace bird

The best overall performance in all three races from a single bird was delivered by the pigeon which also won the second race from Khon Kaen. It was the Chinese fancier Shang Lian Wen who could once again shout victory and received a royal trophy from King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun as well as 12,500 euros in prize money.

Furthermore, a tropy, a certificate and an MG3 car with 1,500 cc (from the car brand Morris Garage) was also awarded to the best racing team consisting of ten birds. That championship was won by the Boonchuay-Sant-Pichai Team.

The Boonchuay-Sant-Pichai Team, winning an MG3 car