Premier Stud (Patrington, UK) continues to set the pace throughout 2013

The main enthusiast behind the Premier family is Graham Sparkes, whose dedication and professionalism leaves nothing to chance. After starting the stud in 2009, he has since been joined by racing director, Brian Bolton and then by marketing and sales director, Derek Nicholls, both internationally renowned in the pigeon sport in the UK.

Between them the partners have nearly one hundred years of experience in the fancy. All three directors and another three full time members of staff race Premier Stud birds in their own lofts as well as at the stud.

Over the years, Premier Stud has sourced the best of the best from the UK and Europe and the families now housed and raced there include pigeons from Gerard Koopman, Dirk Van Dyck, Heremans-Ceusters, Antoon and Hilde Reynaert and Kees Bosua amongst others. One of the super racers now owned by the stud is Better than Bolt, a Heremans-Ceusters pigeon with fourteen first prizes to its name and that is widely tipped to be amongst the very best sprint pigeons when the UK awards are decided later this year.

Results from previous years include prizes won racing to their lofts in Belgium where they compete against the very best of the Antwerp Union. In 2010 Premier pigeons in Belgium recorded:

1st Provincial from Argenton 3,182 birds
1st Provincial 1st interprovincial Bourges 4,287 birds
1st Antwerp Union Melun 2,037 birds
1st Antwerp Union Dourdan
1st Antwerp Union Melun 2,265 birds
2nd Provincial Chateauroux, 2nd Union Melun 

In 2013 Premier Stud has achieved four first combine winners in their own lofts and other lofts flying Premier Stud birds have recorded results as follows:

1st Up North Combine Clermont 10,801 birds for I Jamieson
1st NPO Orlèans 11,240 birds for J Van Boxmeer
1st Scottish National FC  Maidstone 4,885 birds for Tam Blair

Shaw Princess

Premier Stud will also be offering descendents of their wonderful breeding hen, Shaw Princess, the mother of, and sister to, two separate Olympiad birds. Also featuring in the Best of British auction will be the Heremans-Ceusters pigeons from Tam Blair, one of many Premier customers that are winning out of turn with birds purchased from the stud.