The first BICC National of the UK season was flown from Carentan in France, due to the bad weather forecast there were fewer birds entered than normal. This made the race even more difficult as less birds had to fly into a large area, not easy for the first overseas race of the year.
The winner of this first BICC National race was the father and son partnership of John and Dave Staddon from Evercreech in Somerset. They clocked a two year old hen called “Shapway Annie” (after Bernard Deweerdts' wife) to win 1st National and 1st West section. Since the partnership was formed in 2005 they have won 9 x 1st National sections, despite moving the racing lofts nearly 20 miles in late 2009. John and Dave would like to thank their good friend, the top International and National winner Mark Gilbert for his part in their National victory. The Dam of John and Dave's winner was “Shapway Lady Gilbert” bred by Mark Gilbert. Her sire is from the “Ted Cock” when paired to the “Magnus Hen”. The “Ted Cock” won:
12th National Tarbes 170th National Tarbes 14th National Saintes
He is a son of Deweerdts of Kortemarks “Ted”. The Dam of “Shapway Lady Gilbert” is “Southfield Jean” a full sister to the “Treble Cock”. The “Treble Cock” won
12th National Palamos, 5th National Perpignan, 21st National Pau, 34th National Dax, 1st Greater Distance club Palamos 8th L.S.E.C. Pau
The sire of John and Dave's National winner is also from a World Famous International winning loft, that of Geoff and Catherine Cooper from Peasedown St John. The sire is a chequer cock called Shapway Lord George. He is from Mtoto when Mtoto was paired to Georgina. Mtoto is a son of Sylvester who was 4th International Dax when paired to “Zania” 163rd & 189th National Barcelona for Deweerdt of Kortemark.
Georgina is from a son of “Emiel” 1st International Bordeaux for Deweerdt of Kortemark, when paired to a sister to “Nicholls” 3rd National Pau, “21” top racer and breeder, “Fiddle” 2nd National Perpignan. Georgina is the mother of ‘George’, legendary performer topping the prestigious Tarbes Grand National:
2x 1. acebird long distance RPRA award Winner of the coveted Kings Cup presented by King George V Winner of: 1. Grand Nat. Tarbes against 4,035 birds 2. Nat. section / 102. Nat. Bordeaux 5. Nat. section / 42. Nat. Saran against 2,727 birds 17. Classic section / 150. Classic Cholet against 2,203 birds 18. Nat. section / 207. Nat. Tarbes 28. Classic section / 130. Classic Fougeres against 2,640 birds 4. Littlehampton against 368 birds 30. BBC Nat. Carlisles 75. Nat. Falaise against 3,473 birds 180. Classic Messac against 3,269 birds 291. Nat. Falaise against 4,298 birds 1. Tarbes 1. Bordeaux 3. Tarbes
‘George’ has not been in the breeding loft for very long, but already his children are showing great potential as breeders of long distance National Champions.
‘George’ is breeder of ‘Pearl’ – mother to amazing ‘Farmer George’
1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 – 10,622 birds 1. Int. Bordeaux 2011 overall – 22,029 birds 3. Nat. WS Tours 135. NFC Saintes – 3,484 birds 150. Open Fougeres – 2,161 birds 1. Nat. WS British InterNat. Championship Club Falaise 4. Nat. prov., Fougeres 15. Nat. Fougeres
‘George’ is breeder of ‘Darkie’ – breeder of
2. Int. Bordeaux yearlings 3. Int. Bordeaux hens
Georgina was also Dam to Gina, winner of 2nd National section from Carentan, plus other club winners. Georgina is a sister to “Mr Consistent” 37th International Dax for Geoff and Catherine. Only three pigeons were introduced from Geoff and Catherine but they are all breeding winners, so another huge thank you goes out to Geoff and Catherine. The nestmate to “Shapway Annie” will be 11th National BBC Carentan, raced on the same day, quite a day for the owners of these two racers. Geoff and Catherine Cooper were also 5th Carentan National in the same race with a two year old widowhood cock called Euro Titch, although he had won cards before, this is his biggest prize so far. He was raced through to Cholet 307 miles as a yearling. Euro Titch is from Euro Star, a son of Brockamp's Euro Diamond when paired to “Titch 21”. She is a daughter of “Titch” a top racer and breeder, “Titch” being the sire of “JW” 1st National Falaise, 9th National Dax and a grand sire to George, 1st Grand National Tarbes. “Fougeres” is also the dam of “Fleur” who won 1st National section Sartilly and 2nd Fed Seaton.