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What is Top Performances?

Weekend after weekend a countless number of races are organised in Belgium and abroad, which makes it impossible for us to give every fancier or ace pigeon the attention he/she/it deserves after a strong performance. That is why we introduced our Top Performances column in 2011, to put every well-performing fancier in the spotlight. This includes fanciers with a small number of pigeons whose results would otherwise remain unnoticed in between the series of prizes of fanciers who send in many pigeons. The distance of the race does not matter. Every fancier deserves a mention, from the stars in the sprint and the middle distance to the long distance champions and the masters in the international races. 

As in all championships, our Top Performances column makes a distinction between the performance of a fancier (i.e. his entire team of racing pigeons) and the performance of a single pigeon. As a result, we have two different categories you can send in for:

  • Top result: the results achieved with all your pigeons in a single race
  • Top pigeon: the results of one pigeon over different races

When and where does the column appear?

All editions of this column are published on the homepage and on our Top Performances page, under Racing Season in the main menu. The column is published weekly and it obviously coincides with the racing season. It usually starts mid/end April and ends in September, depending on the country.

Can anyone submit?

As you may have already guessed, only fanciers from Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany can send in. If you race in one of these countries, you can submit for the following columns:

  • Belgium: Top Performances Belgium
  • The Netherlands: Top Performances the Netherlands
  • Germany: Blick auf die Woche Deutschland (Look at the Week Germany; only appears in German)

Keep in mind that not every result will be published. Every performance has to meet a number of criteria. After all, this is a column for top performances only.

What are the criteria?

Belgium and the Netherlands

Note: In Belgium, most prizes are achieved by finishing in the first 33% of the result, whereas in Holland this is the first 25 %.

A) Top performances – top result (per weekend)

  • Races in Belgium or the Netherlands
  • No duplications allowed (pick the best result)
  • The results that are sent in have to meet the following criteria:
  1. Races with at least 100 pigeons and at least 10 competing fanciers
  2. 50% or more of the fancier's pigeons should finish in the first 33% of all pigeons, and ... (see point 3)
  3. ... at least a certain number of pigeons should finish in the first 10%:
  • 1 to 4 basketed pigeons: at least one out of two pigeons, including at least one pigeon in the first 5%
  • 5 to 10 basketed pigeons: at least one out of three pigeons, including at least one pigeon in the first 5%
  • more than 10 basketed pigeons: at least one out of four pigeons, including at least two pigeons in the first 5%

For instance: if you have basketed 24 pigeons in a race with a total of 100 pigeons, you will need to have 12 pigeons in the first 33% and 6 in the first 10%.

We need complete information and the correct details about the race if you want your results to be published:

  • race date
  • race name and and distance to your loft
  • the number of pigeons participating in the race
  • category (old birds, yearlings, young birds)
  • a full list of the prizes in the first 33%
  • the number of pigeons you basketed for the race
  • the total number of pigeons which won a prize

For example:

09/04 Noyon (160 km) 820 old birds: 1-5-8-25-33-95-120-151-212 (9/11 p.)

Remember: only the results that meet the requirements mentioned above will be published. Results with incomplete details will not be included.

B) Top performances – top pigeon

  • raced in Belgium or the Netherlands
  • no duplications allowed (pick the best coefficient)
  • we have different criteria per category (sprint, middle distance, long distance or allround):
  • sprint (up to 250 km): a pigeon which finishes at least 4 times in the first 5% this season
  • middle distance (250-600 km): a pigeon which finishes at least 3 times in the first 5% this season
  • long distance (over 600 km): a pigeon which finishes at least 2  times in the first 20% this season
  • allround (all distances): a pigeon which finishes at least 4 times in the first 5% this season

Germany

  1. Races in which at least 200 pigeons and 10 different fanciers compete
  2. 50% or more of the fancier's pigeons should finish in the first 33% of all pigeons, and ... (see point 3)
  3. ... at least a certain number of pigeons should finish in the first 10%:
  • 1 to 4 basketed pigeons: at least one out of two pigeons, including at least one pigeon in the first 5%
  • 5 to 10 basketed pigeons: at least one out of three pigeons, including at least one pigeon in the first 5%
  • more than 10 basketed pigeons: at least one out of four pigeons, including at least two pigeons in the first 5%

How and what to submit?

Belgium and the Netherlands

In order to be included in our column you will have to send in your (complete!) achievement and the necessary (and complete!) details using an online form. We cannot guarantee the publication of your achievement if you do not fill in all details (for instance only your first name). You cannot submit for the column by sending an e-mail to PIPA staff members. Our online form is the only valid submission! You can open the online forms by clicking the links below:

If possible, please attach a picture of you or your pigeon as well, preferably a good-quality landscape mode picture with a minimum size of 450 px (width) and 315 px (length).

Keep in mind that we have a deadline for applications. Results that have been sent in after the deadline will probably not be published. In that case you can add your results in the comment section below the article. The deadline is set at Tuesday 12 am but can sometimes be postponed if several races have been delayed.

Germany

In order to be included in the column, you will have to send in your achievements and the (complete!) details to Dirk Zoland at tedln.ndlonaioz-@ e. He is responsible for the German column. If you do not fill in the necessary details completely (e.g. only your first name), we cannot guarantee the publication of your performance. Emails to Dirk Zoland are the only valid way of submitting for the column. Results sent in via email to PIPA staff members will not be taken into account! These are the details you have to send in to have your result published:

  • First and last name
  • City
  • Email address
  • Name and time of the race
  • Distance (in km)
  • Number of pigeons in the race
  • Number of pigeons you have basketed
  • Number of prizes won
  • The prizes you have won (for instance 1-2-3)
  • Category (old birds, yearlings, young birds)

If possible, please include a picture that is suitable for publication (a minimum size of 450px (width) to 315 px (length)).

Keep in mind that we have a submission deadline. Results that have been sent in after the deadline will probably not be published. In that case you can add your results in the comment section below the article. The deadline is set at Tuesday 12 am but can sometimes be postponed if several races have been delayed.

Why should I send in my results?

Some of you might wonder why you should send in your results. You have been reading through this article so we assume that this topic interests you. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements. In 2013 we had 120 Belgian, 60 Dutch and 25 German submissions every week. The reason why so many fanciers are eager to send in their achievements are the following:

  • The high number of races every weekend makes it difficult for a fancier to attract attention. Our user-friendly online form will help you gain recognition without much effort.
  • PIPA is an international website that wants to promote pigeon racing outside of Belgium as well and that is why our Top Performances column is published not only in Dutch but also in French, German, English and Chinese. This means you will not only draw attention in Belgium but wordwide as well!
  • It is quite difficult to get a mention in our Fancier index because there are so many races, winners and series of prizes every weekend. Top Performances makes this much easier for you! You can simply submit a result for the column and your result will be automatically published under your own name in our Fancier index (together with the other submissions for that week). This means your name will be in our list of national and international fanciers for all eternity!

Any further questions?

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at aepd.aeirbtpi@ ec.

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