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One Loft mania in the USA!

Mania is defined as “an excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession.” One loft racing in the United States has reached a level where it could be clinically diagnosed as a mania. Is there any end in sight to the continued enthusiasm, interest and growth in races and breeders participating in races?

The current answer is an emphatic “NO!” Case in point, in 2017, the OLR Stats team tracked 19 races, 60 breeders and over $2,700,000 dollars in prize money.  In 2018, they again tracked the 19 biggest young bird one loft races, but there were 107 breeders tracked and over $3,000,000 in prize money.  Interestingly enough, 2019 is shaping up to blow the doors off those numbers as the biggest race in American – the Hoosier Classic – has increased its 1st prize to $500,000.  Also, one of the most successful one loft race managers – John Timmerman – has added another race with a $250,000 first prize meaning between the two races – the California Classic and The Royal Cup - they will likely pay out over $1,000,000 dollars in prize money in that spectacular race weekend alone.

While 2019 is already here and breeders are banding their next generations of champions we need to look back at who did well in during the 2018 one loft campaign in the United States.  In a few weeks PIPA will be running a Best of USA Auction and you will see many breeders in that auction did very well in the OLR results.  As a reminder, in order to provide information that is statistically significant, www.olrstats.com, created a criterion for tracking races and breeders.  In order to be included in the results the OLR that were tracked had to meet the following criteria:

  • All races had to be completed by December 31, 2018
  • The race must have had over 300 birds entered when they closed the intake period
  • The race must provide its results online

This is all the OLR in the United States that met the criteria and were included in the 2018 Results.

  • America’s International Challenge (AIC)
  • Apple Cup
  • Arizona Classic Derby
  • Blue Bucket Stampede
  • Breeders Fall Classic
  • California Classic
  • Continental Classic
  • Crooked River Challenge
  • Cuevas Classic
  • Flamingo IC
  • Gold Country Challenge
  • Hoosier Classic
  • Peach Classic
  • Plymouth Peak Pro Challenge
  • San Diego Holiday Classic
  • San Diego Triple Crown
  • San Francisco Bay Area Triple Crown
  • Southern Belle
  • Tucson Triple Crown

The breeders that were tracked must have met the following criteria:

  • Sent out at least 25 birds to qualifying races
  • Sent birds to at least 3 separate qualifying races

OLR Stats (www.olrstats.com) provided regular statistical updates throughout the 2018 United States OLR season for those interested parties to follow and provided a final report on the website.  Below are the some of the more prestigious statistical categories and the Top 20 finishers in those categories that were tracked.  Please keep in mind that one of the key qualifying characteristics for recognizing breeders was to factor in the number of birds sent to the races in order to level the playing field a bit between the breeder who sends out 100s of birds to OLR and the breeders who sends 25.

Percentage of Entered Pigeons that made Final Race

This below result shows the breeders that have the highest percentage of birds complete settling and training to make it to the Final Race.


A-Lo Loft’s Liang Chen holding AU 16 NRPL 7010 – daughter of NRPL’s Super Breeder Florian and dam to two money winners in 2018 for A-Lo Loft.

Prize Money Won Per Entered Pigeon

The below result is ranked by the breeders who won the most prize money per pigeon entered in the OLRs. 


A-Lo Loft’s Liang Chen holding AU 17 NRPL 7032 – daughter of NRPL’s Super Breeder Florian and dam to the 5th Place Winner in the 2018 Hoosier Classic 350m and 1st Place Winner in the 2018 Cuevas Classic 350m races.

Total Prize Money Won

The below result is ranked by the breeders who won the most prize money in the OLRs.

Percentage of Pigeons in the Top 10% for races over 200 miles

The below result is ranked by the breeders who put the most birds in the Top 10% of the races over 200 miles factored by the total number of entries.  This should provide data showing which breeders are the most consistently successful in putting birds in the prizes.


Sierra Ranch (Steve Sterchi) one of the best year-after-year. Their birds originated from the old 46 Janssens and Van Loons.

Percentage of Pigeons that finished in Money Winning Positions for races over 200 miles

The below result is ranked by the breeders who put the most birds in the prize money positions of the races over 200 miles factored by the total number of entries by the breeders.


Bieche Lofts is a well-known US Champion with their birds being his base De Baron family supplemented with Leo Heremans, Schellens, Klaas and Gunter Prange.

Percentage of Pigeon Winning Prize Money in the Final Race

The below result is ranked by the breeders who put the most birds in the prize money positions in the Final Race factored by the total number of entries by the breeders.

Summary

This was the second year the statistics have been tracked and the amount of interest of the statistics in the United States far exceeded even the highest expectations.  Both OLR managers and breeders are continuing to provide input for improving the relevance and quality of the statistics in 2019 and beyond.  Congratulations to those breeders and races that were recognized in 2017, 2018 and good luck in 2019!