Czech Republic Young Bird Champions for the 2013 season (Oldřich Svoboda second from left)
In 2013 Mr Oldřich Svoboda from Polabí was the victorious fancier in this national young bird championship. Not only that but he was also fourth, seventh and tenth in the same category! Oldřich has kept pigeons for forty years and is now forty-seven years old. Most racing in the Czech Republic is on the south west route with the longer races from Belgium, the Netherlands and also the United Kingdom. Olřich breeds forty pigeons each year for young bird racing and the results of his three winning young pigeons in 2013 are as follows:
CZ13-0116-401 co-ef 1.009 CZ13-0116-401 co-ef 1.028 CZ13-0116-401 co-ef 1.912 Total 3.35
CZ13-0116-424 co-ef 2.625 CZ13-0116-424 co-ef 3.027 CZ13-0116-424 co-ef 4.111 Total 9.76
CZ13-0116-405 co-ef 2.018 CZ13-0116-405 co-ef 3.937 CZ13-0116-405 co-ef 5.139 Total 11.09
In contrast to more western European countries, winter breeding is not common in the Czech Republic. Oldřich paired his birds on the 20th February 2013 and bred forty young birds for racing. Training started at the end of June and racing in earnest commenced at the start of August. He is assisted in the sport by his sons and the rest of his family who all take an active interest in the pigeons and their results. Young birds are motivated by the sliding door system and are let out to fly twice daily for an hour or more. They are fed on Versele Laga mixtures. Strains kept are Janssens and Dirk Van Dyck with particular attention to the lines of De Kannibaal and De Rambo.
Summing up Oldřich Svoboda's results in young bird racing for 2013 we have the impressive performances below:
25.08.13 Karlovy Vary 129km 991b 1-2-3-4-5-6 (6/8) 01.09.13 Karlovy Vary 129km 982b 43-47-50-53-58-60-62-65-78-79-81-82-85-89 (14/34) 08.09.13 Cheb 178km 973b 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-12-18-29 (15/28) 15.09.13 Cheb 178km 762b 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-12-18-29 (11/27) 22.09.13 Bayreuth 226km 422b 8-12-13-14-16-17 (6/16)
With old birds he recorded the following performances:
05.05.13 Cheb 178km 1,698b 18-31-46-66-111-115-121-130-151-162-186-219- 232 (16/30) 12.05.13 Cheb 178km 1,890b 1-2-3-15-18-46-96-266-278-290-298-323-365 (14/34) 19.05.13 Bayreuth 226km 1,554b 1-5-86-88-103-132-137-173-225-230-232-245-230- 232-245-266-268-279-283 (16/46) 02.06.13 Cheb 178km 824b 10-32-93-108-119-150 (6/13) 23.06.13 Aschaffenburg 406km 11,261b 97-110-166-248-448-698-1001-1049 (8/20) 30.06.13 Wertheim 379km 682b 2-27-29-92-115 (5/24)
Congratulations from PIPA on your results, Mr. Svoboda. The best of luck for 2014.
Oldřich Svoboda in front of his loft