Probably the pick of the performances from the 2018 racing campaign came from Tullamore (191km) with the NIPA organisation. In this particular race the partnership took 19 of the first 20 positions in the race (and 30 in the top 46) against an entry of 645 members sending 19,146 birds! A record breaking result that will be very difficult for any fancier to beat in the NIPA
On to the 2019 racing season
Their first race was on the 20th April from Tullamore (191km) with the East Down Combine
Cloughey: 241 birds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12,13,17,18,19,20,21,22,23
Killyleagh: 160 birds 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12
Section: 89 members sent 2,371 birds. 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19 and 20 (16 birds in top 20 of the Section)
Open: 133 members sent 3,576 birds 1,2,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,24,25,26,28,30 and 34 (20 birds in top 34 of the Open)
The winning pigeon in this race was a Blue Cheq Leo Heremans based hen that before this race had previously won 11th Open Thurles against 2,729 birds and a 28th Open NIPA Fermoy against 5,495 birds
The runner-up winning 2nd Section 2,371 birds, 2nd Open 3,576 birds was another Leo Heremans based hen that had previously won 3rd Open (again beaten by loftmates), 23rd Open and 36th Open.
In 12th Open position it was interesting to see the simply superb Van Den Bulck racing cock “The 50 cock” showing his class once again. His impressive racing CV now reads : 3rd Open Mallow 4,255 birds, 10th Open Tullamore 22,129 birds, 10th Open Mallow Classic 541 birds, 12th Open 3,577 birds, 13th Open 1,454 birds, 13th Open Mullingar, 21st Open Thurles 5,194 birds, 21st Open Mallow 3,976 birds, 24th Open Tullamore 5,378 birds, 29th Open Skibereen 1,178 birds.
The second race of the season on the 28th April saw a one day holdover with NIPA from Roscrea (223km)
Killyleagh Central : 1,2,4,5,6
Section: 52 members sent 1,158 birds. 1,2,10,17,21 (These 2 won the Section by over 50 ypm on a day where the birds hit lots of rain)
Open: 702 members sent 18,761 birds. 75th and 76th Open
The 3rd race of the season came from Fermoy on the 4th May (307km)
Cloughey (238 birds competing) 2,3,4,7,8,9,13,14,15
Killyleagh Central (124 birds competing) 1st (only entered 3 birds here)
Section (2,190 birds competing from 93 lofts): 3,4,5,9,10,11,19,20
Open : (3,381 birds competing from 140 lofts) 9,10,11,15,16,17,30,31,34,35 (10 birds in top 35 of the Open)
The 4th race of the season was held from Mallow on the 11th May (328km)
Killyleagh Club 1st 2nd 3rd Club (Sent 3 birds).
Cloughey 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th club
In the East Down Combine Section - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 18th and 19th (10 birds in the top 19 of the Section) 94 lofts entered 2,000 birds
In the EDC Open : 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 23rd, 24th and 38th Open (10 birds in the top 24 of the Open) 147 lofts entered 3,378 birds
The three leading birds arrived home together from 328km into a headwind. The winning pigeon is a yearling Kris Wijnants hen that has proved herself to be a more than capable performer. Before this victory she had previously won 10th Open Tullamore 2,708 birds, 12th Open NIPA Tullamore 19,146 birds (beaten by 10 loftmates), 49th Open NIPA Roscrea 7,021 birds and 273rd Open NIPA Dunmanway 5,272 birds
2nd Open as won by a yearling Blue Van Den Bulck cock. He’s beautifully bred with his father being a G.Son of “KITTEL” and his mother being a G.Daughter of “Goede Rode”. Prior to winning 2nd Open he had won 23rd Open NIPA Roscrea 7,021 birds and 28th Open Tullamore 3,577 birds.
3rd Open was won by “The 133 hen”. What a superstar of a pigeon this is! This 2 year old Van Den Bulck x Andre Roodhooft hen has a very impressive racing CV. She was only beaten by 2 loftmates here for 1st Open. Prior to that she had won 4th Open NIPA Fermoy 5,495 birds, 6th Open Tullamore 5,294 birds, 8th Open Fermoy 1,669 birds, 12th Open Thurles 2,729 birds, 15th Open Fermoy 3,381 birds, 17th Open Fermoy 4,126 birds, 35th Open Thurles 5,194 birds, 17th Section F NIPA Roscrea 1,158 birds and 8th Section F NIPA 5 Bird Classic.
Is it little wonder that with results like these that they have earned themselves the nickname of “The Home of Speed”?