What are the criteria for classifying ace pigeons in Germany?

The ace pigeons in Germany are one of a kind. They constitute a special category of versatile pigeons of supreme quality but what in fact are the requirements to become an ace pigeon in Germany?

In Belgium and The Netherlands there are different categories of ace pigeons, think for instance of short, middle and long distance ace pigeons. Germany only has two categories: ace cocks and ace hens. That is because there is a fundamental difference between a racing season in Germany and a racing season in Belgium or The Netherlands. The Low Countries have an ace pigeon championship for nearly every distance. In Germany there are races with a distance of between 200 km and 600/700 km and if a pigeon is to be classified in the ace pigeon championship, it has to take part in all these races.
The ace pigeons basically have to win ten prizes in the ten following races: a race of 600 km, a race of 500 km, two races of 450 km and six races with a total distance of 1,500 km (six middle distance races). Races over less than 200 km do not count for the championship. Under these conditions only the very best racing pigeons of Germany are good enough to play a role at national level and to be classified in the ace pigeon championships.

There is a national ranking for the best ace cock and the best ace hen.

The ace pigeons are ranked according to the prizes won. The best pigeons in these championships are generally the ones that win ten prizes on ten races. In case of a draw the following calculation is used:

The number of prizes to be won (according to the result) plus 1, minus the prize that the pigeon has won, divided by the number of prizes to be won x 100 = ace points per prize

Here are two examples to illustrate this system:
Example a)
There are 250 prizes to be won according to the result; a pigeon has won the 1st prize.
Ace points are calculated as follows: ((250 + 1 - 1) : 250) x 100 = 100 ace points

Example b)
There are 250 prizes to be won according to the results; a pigeon has won the 50th prize.
Ace points are calculated as follows: ((250 + 1 - 50) : 250) x 100 = 80.4 ace points

Theoretically a pigeon can obtain a maximum of 1,000 ace points with ten prizes. This is of course nearly impossible because you would have to win ten first prizes in ten races to achieve such a score. Still some pigeons have managed to complete the season with a sensational score. Think for instance of the hen 09711-09-33 of Heinz Meier. She was the National Ace Hen of Germany in 2010 with an amazing score of 960.93 ace points. You can take a look at her achievements of 2010 below. Feel free to calculate her score in the ace championship yourself.

The achievements of the 09711-09-33 of Heinz Meier in the 2010 season:

25.04.10 Genthin                   (229 km)        4,073 p.  179th prize
01.05.10 Genthin                   (229 km)        3,964 p.   14th prize
09.05.10 Brandenburg               (265 km)        3,719 p.    6th prize
16.05.10 Königs-Wusterhausen       (326 km)        3,793 p.    4th prize
22.05.10 Torzym                    (427 km)        6,206 p.   23rd prize
29.05.10 Friedersdorf              (341 km)        2,899 p.   10th prize
06.06.10 Posen                     (526 km)        5,177 p.  548th prize
13.06.10 Friedersdorf              (341 km)        2,457 p.   10th prize
21.06.10 Swiebodzin                (452 km)        4,042 p.   10th prize
27.06.10 Friedersdorf              (341 km)        2,346 p.  437th prize
04.07.10 Swiebodzin                (452 km)        3,488 p.    4th prize
11.07.10 Ludwigsfelde              (305 km)        1,887 p.    4th prize
19.07.10 Slopca                    (610 km)        2,413 p.   20th prize


1st Ace Hen of Germany in 2010