PIPA visits the Pioneer International Racing Pigeon Club in Tianjin, China

At the end of June PIPA was invited to attend the prize presentation and auction of the first edition of the Pioneer International Racing Pigeon Club's yearling race in Tianjin, China.

The Pioneer International Racing Pigeon Club in Beijing has not only gained recognition in China in the past few years but also in all other parts of the world. The young bird race in Beijing is the yearly highlight of the Chinese racing season and takes place in autumn. The club's success is so overwhelming that three years ago they decided to launch a yearling race as well.

The Pioneer Club's premises house 24 pigeon lofts, each populating about 150 birds. However, fanciers living outside the domain can also compete with the big names in Chinese pigeon racing. Over 6,000 rings were sold for the first edition of the yearling race. In the summer of 2017 the birds started to arrive and were split up between the several lofts on the Club's premises. They were trained for months on end for what had to become the high point in their career.

The actual race took place between the beginning of May and June and consisted of four separate races, ranging from 500 to 550 kilometres, and of an ace bird championship. The races had a very different course with a very quick first race (2,000 mpm), follow by postponed killer races (1,300 mpm) and a fourth and final race in blistering heat with a nasty head wind (1,000 mpm). Obviously birds need to have what it takes if they were to become of the 204 ace pigeons.

Bart Geerinckx was well ranked in the ace bird standings with a 45th place achieved by the best European bird in competition. This bird's sire descends from Blue Lagoon (sire to Little Star, 1st Nat. Ace Bird KBDB Longer Middle Distance Yearlings 2016) x Miss Magic (1st Olympiad Bird All Round in Nitra, Slovakia and 5th Nat. Ace Bird KBDB Longer Middle Distance 2011). The dam is Limogirl, winner of a 7th Nat. Limoges from a full brother to Luc (1st Nat. Argenton Old Birds 2012) x sister to Geerinckx duivin (dam to Laura, 1st Nat. Bourges Yearlings 2010 at Gaston Van de Wouwer's).

We hereby wish to thank the Pioneer International Racing Pigeon Club for inviting us and are already looking forward to the second edition. See you in 2019!