John Crehan (Salford, UK) has two pigeons representing the UK at the Olympiad in Brussels

After another successful season in 2016, John Crehan had two pigeons qualify for the UK Olympiad team in Brussels. Both bred by Jan Hooymans and raced by John, Olympic Jan qualified for the yearling class whilst Olympic Janette will be in the young bird class.

Olympic Jan NL15-1849658

John Crehan and Jan Hooymans' collaboration first started in 2014 when the first batch of youngsters bred in Jan's stock loft made their way to Manchester for John to race. Since then each year has seen more youngsters arrive in the UK and in 2016 John raced two year olds, yearlings and youngsters all direct from Jan's classic pigeons such as Harry, Mystique, James Bond, Cees, Alexia and Rooney. Recent introductions from the lines of New Harry and his sire, Beauty Harry have also been made.

Representing the UK in the Olympiad yearling category will be Olympic Jan, NL15-1849658. Olympic Jan's qualifying performances are as follows:

Worcester   86 miles 1st club,  3rd federation, 1,015p.
Tewkesbury 102 miles 5th club, 12th federation, 1,168p.
Bath       142 miles 1st club, 11th federation, 797p.
Tewkesbury 102 miles 2nd club,  2nd federation, 2nd combine, 3,224p.
Yeovil     176 miles 5th club,  5th federation, 582p. 

Take a good look at the pedigree of Olympic Jan here.

Olympic Janette NL16-1663148

Olympic Janette was the winner of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, North West Region young bird award for 2016. This hen will represent the UK in the young bird category, based on the following performances:

Tewkesbury 102 miles, 2nd club, 2nd federation, 789p.
Tewkesbury 102 miles, 5th club, 9th federation, 946p.
Yeovil     176 miles, 1st club, 1st federation, 3rd combine 1,571p.

Take a look at the pedigree of Olympic Janette here.

Another two top performers




Highlights of the 2016 racing season

Worcester    88 miles   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9,...      federation        1,015p.
Bath        142 miles   1, 2, 12,...                 federation          613p.
Bath        142 miles   1, 2, 15,...                 combine           3,224p. 
Tewkesbury  102 miles   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11,... federation          789p.
Tewkesbury  102 miles   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10,...  federation          946p.
Yeovil      176 miles   1, 2, 3, 4,...               federation          305p.
Portland    201 miles   1, 2, 3, 4,...               federation          201p.
Portland    201 miles   1, 3, 4, 5,...               combine           1,038p.
Carentan    290 miles   1st section, 1st open North West Classic Club    159p.
Yeovil      176 miles   3, 4, 7, 8,...               combine           1,571p.
Bath        142 miles   3, 4, 5, 6,...               combine           3,326p.
Wollaston    69 miles   4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14 15,...   federation          888p.
Tewkesbury  102 miles   6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20,...      federation        1,168p.
Tewkesbury  102 miles   6, 7, 12, 13, 14,...         federation        1,234p.

John completed in two races with the Midlands National Flying Club and scored second section, thirty-fifth open from Bedhampton, 185 miles, 7,176p. and eighth section, seventy-fifth open from Vire, 325 miles, 6,917p.

John Crehan has not looked back since he started his collaboration with Jan Hooymans and both fanciers can be proud of the fact that two of these pigeons will be in the UK Olympiad team.

John Crehan