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A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Tarbes on 23rd July 2022

Gemini - first open Tarbes
Forty-nine members sent two hundred and sixty-four pigeons to Tarbes with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 17.00CEST. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
David & John Staddon

First open and first section C is a three year old on 1205ypm over 560 miles for David and John Staddon of Shepton Mallet. The Staddons timed a further four pigeons in the top ten of the section, at second, third, sixth and ninth. The open winner is called Gemini and it was raced on the Staddon's chaos widowhood system. It was bred from their best distance bloodlines, with the sire being Winter's Gem, bred by Barry and Pete Winter from Pearler, a full brother of Little Gem, first and fourteenth open NFC Tarbes grand national and Image, a daughter of Little Gem. The dam, Blue Gem, was bred by Mr and Mrs Bill and Beryl Lewis from their Tarbes Champion, Freelands Gem, the only pigeon in history to win two NFC certificates of merit. This makes Gemini a full brother to the Staddon's great cock Fahrenheit. Second to time was a hen named Stardust, a two year old bred by Dean Pallatt at his Elite Breeding Centre and containing one hundred percent Jelle Jellema bloodlines. 

Kevin & John Zerafa

Kevin and John Zerafa were second open, timing a two year old on 1194ypm over a distance of 527 miles. The Zerafa's had another eleven pigeons in the top twenty of the section. The section winner is a fifty percent Wim Kooreman hen, with her sire being direct out of second national Dax, whilst the dam contains fifty percent House of Aarden bloodlines. In 2017 the Zerafa's won the NFC Fougeres race and the prize included a House of Aarden voucher with which they selected a little pied hen bred out of Padfield's Blue Badge. Whilst they were at the House of Aarden, they also bought a small, blue white flight cock. Both hen and cock have bred the business for the Zerafas, so thanks must go to Steve and Lesley Wright. The partners' second bird was bred by their good friend Dean Childs of Essex and is a grandchild of Chalice King (sire of two national winners) and Chalice Darcy (first national Mont De Marsan). 

Frank Kay & Joe Livesey

Frank Kay of Bolton clocked a three year old cock named the Lockerbie cock on 1149ypm over 728 miles to take fourth open and first section E. This cock is named as he was sent to Lockerbie with no training and was the first bird home. Frank timed a second pigeon on 753ypm to also take fourth section. This one is called the Truro cock as it was Frank's first bird from Truro last season. 

Uninvited Lass

Team Aurel of Telford was sixth open and second section E with a two year old hen called Uninvited Lass timed on 1077ypm over a distance of 662 miles. Uninvited Lass is a double grand-daughter of National Marathon Vasile (one of the lowest ace pigeon co-efficients recorded), Team Aurel's foundation cock. 

Erik Neilson

Eighth open and fourth section A was a Dutch rung three year old on 1040ypm over 540 miles for Wearn Brothers and Neilson of Ramsdean. The partners timed two more pigeons to also take eleventh and twelfth section on 958 and 919ypm respectively. Erik's first timer is a Jelle Jellema pigeon with bloodlines obtained via Jan Williams. Second on the clock is the hen that was fourth open from Perth earlier this season and which is a Tim Hague x New Laureaat x Special One (Nigel Langstaff) bred pigeon. 

K and S Legg and Son of Portsmouth timed a three year old, dark chequer hen on 1028ypm over 530 miles to take tenth open and fifth section A. 

Liberty & Macie Sallis

M Sallis and Son of Brighton were fourteenth open and first section G with a two year old on 1000ypm flying 526 miles. Danny's timer is a Alwyn Hill x Mark Gilbert hen which was raced on the natural system. 

Booth & Roper

Booth and Roper of Tewkesbury timed a five year old, dark chequer hen on 989ypm over 617 miles to take sixteenth open and fourth section C. This hen has been a consistent racer over the longer distances and its sire's parents are a half-brother and half-sister to Invincible Detori. The grandparents on the dam's side are descended from Invincible Spirit and De Smaragd 11. These stock birds came from Louella Pigeon World. Trevor and John timed a second pigeon, a six year old on 898ypm to also take twenty-second open and it is bred down from similar bloodlines. 

Lee & Kevin Buddle

Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover timed a three year old cock flown on the chaos widowhood system on 986ypm over 550 miles to take seventeenth open and second section G. The Buddle's winner is a full brother to Apollo, their thirty-fourth international winner this year. This makes him a son of Tom, one of their top winners with fifth St Vincent, sixth Perpignan, tenth Pau etc. The dam of Apollo, the Bordeaux winner, is The Cooper hen, bred by Geoff and Catherine Cooper. 

Joe Raeburn

Joe Raeburn of Melksham was eighteenth open and fifth section C with a four year old red cock on 985ypm over a distance of 573 miles. The sire of Joe's cock is West Bound, a cock that has flown Tarbes three times and was bred from a son of Jimmy Sheppard's Nobel Lad, first open Pau, when paired to a double grand-daughter of Champion Gwen, first open San Sebastien. The dam of this red cock is bred from Champion Julie, bred and raced by Steve Slade. Champion Julie's breeding comes from John Halstead's Nyland Ashley x Coppenolle x E w Froggatt pigeons. 


Kevin Foster of Longfield Hill was twentieth open and third section G with a three year old hen on 967ypm over 565 miles. Kevin timed another three pigeons to take also fourth, fifth and sixth section. The first pigeon Kevin timed from Tarbes was sent on five day eggs after being on widowhood all year. The sire comes from Mark Gilbert and is a direct son of Southfield Karen, third international, and the dam is a Rauw Sablon, a double grand-daughter of Gilbert, first international from Bordeaux. 

Around the sections

Lanahan & Gerard

Lanahan and Gerard of Poole timed two pigeons to take first and second section B, flying 532 miles. First on the clock was a Dutch rung two year old, red cock on 882ypm, followed by a four year old, chequer cock on 660ypm. Both were raced on the natural system and the first cock was sent sitting ten day eggs whilst the second to time was feeding a large squeaker. 

Cottrell, Richmond and Rogers of Wimborne were the runners-up in section B with a four year old on 540ypm over 534 miles. 

John & Sally Mauger

Mr and Mrs Mauger of Aylesbury clocked a five year old, dark hen on 875ypm over 595 miles to take first section D and thirty-third open. This pigeon is bred from the partners established Chris Hebberecht family of birds which they originally purchased from Barry Winter of Howden. Barry won NFC Tarbes on 2013. 


J and J Brady of Benfleet timed a two year old on day five of the race to take first section J. Flying a distance of 576 miles their xxx was on 296ypm. 

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Tarbes.