Graham Sparkes, Derek Nicholls and Kerry Mellonby of Premier Stud
Premier Stud was born in 2002. From the very outset the ambition of the team was to achieve outstanding results. They thus began to scour the best lofts in Europe in search of a breeding base worthy of realising this ambition. After much thought and deliberation, birds were introduced from such aces as Kees Bosua, Gerard Koopman, Antoon and Hilda Reynaert, Dirk van Dyck and the record-breaking partnership of Leo Heremans and Charel Ceusters. Success was understandably instant; not only at their own lofts but more significantly at those of their customers from across the globe!
As the racing scene has evolved and new names have come to the fore, so has Premier Stud sought to introduce from such lofts. Visitors to Premier Stud today will find the remarkable families of Albert Derwa, Hardy Kruger and Gaston van de Wouwer; however perhaps the family that has made the biggest impact is that of Luc, Bart and Jurgen Geerinckx of Wommelgem, Belgium. Whilst racing themselves at their satellite loft in the Antwerp union of Belgium, they could not help but notice the outstanding results of the Geerinckx loft. Thus a loft visit was made with the outcome being that they were so impressed by the quality of the birds they decided there and then to buy a complete round of young birds from all the best Geerinckx breeders in the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In total, over 100 birds have found their way to Patrington Haven and this stock team has made something of an impact since their arrival; none better than the super hen Miss Argent who has bred four combine winners and a National Ace Pigeon winner in two generations!
Queen of France: 1st RPRA National Ace Pigeon old bird 2014
2014 was a magical year for the pigeons at Premier Stud. With an already successful team being added to and improved by the new Geerinckx introductions, Premier Stud took the Yorkshire Middle Route Combine by storm. They won no less than 13 x 1st combines against some of the finest fanciers in the country. Their most spectacular results were:
Huntingdon 91 miles (2948 birds) combine: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Arras 291 miles (1882 birds) combine: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 23, 36, 37, 38 Billericay (2502 birds) combine: 1, 2, 10, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22 Clermont 346 miles (1348 birds) combine: 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19 Jouy-le-Chatel 371 miles (681 birds) combine: 1, 7, 11, 12, 14, 22, 26, 28 Eastbourne 232 miles (373 birds) combine: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 26, 29 Sleaford (3940 birds) combine: 1, 2, 10, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 Chelmsford (1857 birds) combine: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15
To round off this most memorable of seasons, Queen of France (bred and raced by Premier Stud) was awarded the title of 1st RPRA National Ace Pigeon old bird and Wittekop Lady (bred by Premier Stud) achieved 1st RPRA National Ace Pigeon young bird. A quite astonishing double victory! Click here for Wittekop Lady's pedigree.
Wittekop Lady: 1st RPRA National Ace Pigeon young bird 2014
The results achieved in 2015 have carried on from where the previous year ended. From six combine races thus far, Premier Stud has achieved three victories. Their extraordinary team performances can be seen in their results:
Sleaford (3927 birds) combine: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 23 Huntingdon (3972 birds) combine: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 20 Maidstone (1796 birds) combine: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Arras (1753 birds) combine: 1, 17, 18, 19, 20, 35, 36, 37 Carentan 333 miles national section: 1, 2, 3, 4
May is traditionally the start of the middle distance nationals in the UK and already in 2015 the reports to Premier Stud are outstanding. Since the beginning of May, winners reported include:
1st open West Durham Amalgamation Eastbourne inland national (6226 birds) (Raced by P. Simpson, bred by Premier Stud.) 1st open Welsh South East National Epsom. (Raced by N. Hackland. Both parents bred by Premier Stud.( 1st open Irish National Flying Club Skibbereen inland national (4713 birds). (Raced by A. Hillis. Dam bred by Premier Stud.)
Part of the accommodation at Premier Stud
Since the birth of the Premier Stud project just thirteen years ago, it has established a reputation of unquestionable quality. Year on year, the team have looked to introduce from the best performing families of racing pigeons in Europe. Such bloodlines have enabled Premier Stud to achieve outstanding success at their own lofts in the UK and Belgium. Their many customers have in turn achieved terrific results as the RPRA Ace Pigeon (young bird) justifies. There can therefore be little doubt that Premier Stud will continue to have a positive impact on the UK and European pigeon racing scene.