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A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Guernsey on 3rd June 2023

Mel and Sue King with Archie
137 members sent 1386 pigeons to Guernsey with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 02.35CEST into strong east-north-east winds. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members’ verifications.

First open and first section B was a two year old on 1146ypm over 94 miles for Mel and Sue King from Blandford. The winner is from the King’s well established Vandenabeele based family. His sire is a double Grandson of the original “Shadow” daughter, half brother to half sister pairing which was kept for stock. This was paired to a daughter of De Chatearoux 1st National Chatearoux KBDB when paired to a daughter of TGoedje of Rudy De Sear. The partners now have an impressive four times British Barcelona Club open winners. 

Prilly Hodges

Second open and first section C was won by Mr and Mrs Hodges from Templecombe with a two year old on 1134ypm over a distance of 105 miles. Gary and Prilly’s winner was a cock raced on the chaos system, the sire and dam of which were on loan from John Gerard. The sire contains Belg 18 Joseph bloodlines, whilst the dam is the 300 hen. 

Steve Bennett

S Bennett of Bristol timed a two year old on 1126ypm over 140 miles to take third open and second section C. Steve clocked a cock, raced on the roundabout system. The sire came from his good friend Steve Hughes of Swindon and is a direct son of his famous 26 hen, when paired to the Grondaleer cock. The dam contains Herman Ceusters bloodlines and came from John Wheatcroft. 

Steve Thorpe

S Thorpe of Swindon was fourth open and third section C with a yearling on 1125ypm over 148 miles. Steve’s blue hen was bred from pigeons he purchased from R and B Smith of Warrington. 

Philip Duckett

Fifth open and fourth section C was a five year old cock on 1123ypm over 119 miles for P Duckett of Highbridge. 

Roger Lowe

Roger Lowe of Reading clocked a yearling on 1122ypm over 153 miles to take sixth open and first section D. Roger timed Devil Diamond, bred from Red Devil, winner of many prizes and itself bred from Fast as Lightning when paired to She is a Star. 

Clint Wansboro

C Wansboro of Swindon was seventh open and fifth section C with a three year old on 1121ypm over a distance of 146 miles. Clint clocked a Van den Buick x Stefan Lambrecht pigeon. The Lambrecht bloodlines came from Ken Wilson of Harrogate. 

Paul Sarahs

P Sarahs of Swindon timed a two year old on 1118ypm over 145 miles to take eighth open and sixth section C. Paul’s cock was also bred from pigeons from Ken Wilson of Harrogate, with the sire being a son of Tam Blair’s Chiefton and Blue Thunder. The dam is a direct Stefan Lambrecht and is also the dam of Macaloney’s De Stefan Champion. 

JJ Schoeman & Shirley May

J Schoeman of Andover was ninth open and first section A with a four year old on 1117ypm over 126 miles. JJ’s pigeon was home bred from Samson x Better than Bolt bloodlines and was gifted to his mother-in-law as he is not a fan of pied pigeons. It was raced on the roundabout system. 

Pete Barlow

Completing the top ten and in seventh section C is Pete Barlow of Combe hill with a four year old on 1113ypm over a distance of 169 miles. Pete’s blue pied hen was bred by Graham Clift and contains Gerritt Lahuis bloodlines. 

Around the sections 

Chris Bennett’s pigeon

C Bennett of Horndean was second section A with a two year old on 1050ypm over 119 miles. Chris’ winner contains Vandenabeele bloodlines through Rudy and Geeloger, that he purchased from Mellonby, Knowles and Simpson. 

John Halstead

John Halstead of Gillingham clocked a yearling on 1103ypm over 103 miles to take second section B. John’s chequer hen had been sitting eggs for seven days when basketed. She contains Joelle Jellema bloodlines that he purchased from Mark Gilbert. 

Steve, Paul & Charlotte Kulpa

S and P Kulpa of Reading were the runners-up in section D with a three year old on 1101ypm over 151 miles. Steve and Paul timed a Herman Ceuster hen with the sire being an inbred double grandson of Eijerkamp’s Nieuwe Olympiad. The dam was a grand-daughter of Eijerkamp’s Euro. 

Sparks & Dallas

Sparks and Dallas of Gravesend timed a yearling on 1056ypm over 185 miles to take first section G. The section winner was bred by Brandon Webb of Wales and contains Van Loon bloodlines on the sire’s side. The dam came from the Fed Cock bred by Norman Sibley. 

Mick & Lin Chaplin

Mr and Mrs Chaplin of Woking were second section G with a yearling on 960ypm over a distance of 152 miles. Mick and Lin’s widowhood cock was bred from their number one stock pair of Burgher Wildermeersch. 

Gladwin and Jarvis

Gladwin and Jarvis of Leigh on Sea timed a yearling on 991ypm over 200 miles to take first section J. The partners timed a hen from their new long distance family of racing pigeons. 

That concludes the report on the British Barcelona Club race from Guernsey.