Roger Lowe (Caversham, UK) was never out of the headlines in 2013

The performances achieved by Roger Lowe in 2013 were consistently first-rate. From April until September, his name appeared each week at the top of the results sheet.

Roger Lowe and friend Sheldon Leonard at the loft of Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede

The Early Years

The pigeon career of Roger Lowe started in 1973 in Caversham, Berkshire. Initially, pigeon racing was purely a hobby. Since this time, the old Renier Gurnay strain of pigeons have been replaced with the modern-day families of De Rauw-Sablon, De Klak and Lou Wouters Janssens.

New Goals

For the past few seasons, Roger has focused entirely on success in national and international races. Having won just about everything available in domestic, club and federation racing when, in partnership with Terry Hudson, he raced an elite team of Theo Hartog pigeons, Roger refocused his goals on a bigger target. As his results in 2013 clearly testify, Roger has most definitely joined the UK’s group of ace national flyers.

Top 100 National Flying Club Results 2013

Carentan          150 miles         section:                  1, 6
                                    open national:            28, 70
Cholet            305 miles         section:                  6, 12, 18
                                    open national:            14, 36, 58
Messac            255 miles         section:                  23
                                    open national:            33
Saintes           396 miles         section:                  2, 3, 5, 8, 12
                                    open national:            49, 50, 64, 78, 87
Carentan          150 miles         section:                  77
                                    open national:            93

Top 100 BICC Results 2013

Tours         293 miles         section:                    2, 3, 4, 9, 10
                                open national:              32, 46, 47, 63, 64
Agen          513 miles         section:                    3
                                open national:              3
Alencon       215 miles         section:                    2, 3, 10, 11
                                open national:              2, 3, 15, 16
Le Mans       244 miles         section:                    17, 29, 41
                                open national:              49, 64, 91
Guernsey      155 miles         section:                    1
                                open national:              1
Guernsey(o/h) 155 miles         section                     3, 5, 6, 9, 10
                                open national:              15, 25, 29, 37, 41

Guernsey 2013

After such an amazing season in 2013, Roger had to wait until the first young bird race in the BICC calendar to record his first outright win. His young bird, named The 02, is a full sister to Little Delight; a winner of 1st section, 1st open Central Southern Classic Carentan  and 2nd section, 2nd open National Flying Club Fougeres. Both of these ace racers are double grandchildren of My Little Diamond.

My Little Diamond

In Roger’s own words “The best pigeon I have ever owned in 40 years is My Little Diamond. She won the young bird national in her only race ever in 2007 and every cock she has been paired to she has bred first prize winners with. She is the dam of The Main Man who finished 2nd and 3rd open Saintes NFC. She is also the dam of Nemesis, winner of 1st section, 1st  open NFC Fourgeres 2012. She was also dam to the aforementioned Little Delight. She is from the Jannsen De Klak family."

Continuing Success

The 2013 season has been remarkable for Roger Lowe and his family of super-fast racing pigeons. He has achieved fantastic results with pigeons ever since his entry into the sport 40 years ago and such is the quality of the birds presently housed at Orbital Lofts, it will be no surprise to his competitors if he continues to be a major influence in UK pigeon racing for many years to come.