It was only in 2008 that these fanciers decided to enter the pigeon sport and they quickly formed a partnership. The pigeon bug was picked up from the brother of Jean Pierre Vasseur. After a quick initiation in the sprint and middle distance races, the lofts of Forget-Vasseur decided to then race the extreme long distance races.
During the winter period, their loft of 12 meters long houses 40 racing pairs as well as 11 breeding pairs who breed 50 youngsters each year. The lofts are oriented to the east and are cleaned out daily. According to the partnership the cleanliness of the loft is the most important thing for a pigeon fancier.
The origins of the loft are mainly from the brother of Jean-Pierre Vasseur, Jean-Claude, augmented by pigeons from Alcide Venague. The winner from Pau comes from a cross between a hen from Jean-Claude Vasseur (origin Wim Muller via Eric Vittel and Hendriks via the Belgian breeding stud Hetru). It is with such pigeons that the partnership of Forget-Vasseur has continued its development. After a harsh selection from their original birds, they quickly obtained pigeons able to win the top prizes from races of more than 700 kilometers. This surely is the explanation for this victory from Pau after only 4 years of racing. Physically, their pigeons are middle sized, have flexible muscles, silky feathers and bright eyes.
The pigeons are mainly fed with a sport mixture from Paloma. Two times per week, Jean Pierre adds garlic oil and yeast. In the last few days before the basketing for an extreme long distance race, the pigeons are fed as much as they require. The partnership uses a simple method as close to nature as possible and without any medications. They only go to the vet for the compulsory vaccines against paramyxo and paratyphus.
Before being entered for an extreme long distance race the pigeons are sent racing 4 or 5 times in the club. The winner of PAU was raced 4 times before his victory and flew about 1000 kilometers before being basketted on the 18th of June. After their preparation, the old birds are raced for 2 or 3 long distance races whilst the yearlings are only entered in one long distance race. At the end of the season, the pigeons kept must have won 50% of prizes to be kept in the loft.
Our congratulations to the partnership, who also hope to be married shortly, for this brilliant victory after only 4 years of racing and good luck for the future.