Popular Spring Exchange in Houten-NL The leading event for the European pigeon sport

On March 2nd and 3rd the organisation will open their doors for the many thousands of visitors who all want to join the initial starting shot of the coming season.

To join the latest trends and developments an event of this scale with 10,000 square meter floor surface needs a considerable preparation time, which is now nearing its completion. The organization reports a growing interest of exhibitors from one loft races and strong fanciers. The last group sells their first or sometimes second round youngsters. Exhibitors who offer their first round for sale usually pair up around the turn of the year and have their youngsters ready for the big event.

The registrations for the event in Houten are already in full swing for several months. With all possible places booked up, the complex of Expo Houten is full to the brim. In order to keep up with all this growth, some corridors have been shortened and the small terrace in hall 1 has been sacrificed. Seating places are sufficient anyway, because on the large terraces in hall 2 and 3 and in the cozy café and restaurant some 700 visitors can stretch their legs.

First full service event in the world

In 2017 the organization made it known that this is the first event in the world where purchased pigeons can be transported by exhibitors present at the exhibition. Purchased birds are easily delivered to the address of the buyer. Most pigeon transporters and even quarantine companies are present in Expo Houten to transport pigeons to all corners of Europe and even worldwide by plane. The trend is set last year, exhibitors and visitors will see in the coming years that more and more visitors will travel to Houten by plane. With this, the largest Spring Event in Europe will appeal to new target groups and the event will become even more international. Especially for UK and Irish fanciers, a trade stand will be occupied by Walkers Euro Transport to deliver your purchased pigeons to your doorstep within no time! Walker Transport works under full Defra licence and will look after your birds with personal care! So all purchased birds will arrive at your doorstep in outstanding condition.

Brexit will cost fanciers license duties in the near future.

Over the last weeks and month’s more is known how the situation will be after Brexit. As we now know you have to have a license to import or transport pigeons to the UK as soon as Brexit is a fact. This license of course cost money. What is not really clear at the moment is if there will be any import duties on each continental pigeon being imported. Fanciers will be informed as soon as more is known in the near future. For the event coming up next weekend all is still as it was before. So be smart and profit now, while it is still possible with free and open borders to the UK.

More than 250 exhibitors are unique in Europe

To see everything in Houten, it is impossible to race across the exhibition floor. If you are planning a visit to the Spring Exchange, plan sufficient time. In more than 20 years organizer Pieter Kos has built an exhibition with name & fame, it is precisely this charisma that guarantees fine pigeon fun every year, but also renewed acquaintance with like-minded people. So, just enter the exhibitor’s stall and pick up info, that is, as already mentioned, the ultimate chance to get the best possible information and products for your pigeons as a fancier.

Pigeon health care, feeding supplements, etc.

The number of exhibiting industry at the event is huge. Houten is known for many years for the wide range of food, nutritional supplements and products. Logically, because the new season is approaching fast. And because our pigeons are brought to the races as top athletes, a good orientation of the fanciers is logical. Without proper medical treatment  and the use of special feeding schedules and supplements, it is almost impossible to race weekly with the same pigeons in the middle distance and in the long distance. Anticipating what is to come, the big champions are distinguished from the crowd, they are prepared and know what is for sale or have it already in house. A victory is mostly in tens of meters per minute and the real champion knows that ... That's why they use this Houten event to take a good look at everything, because there is a lot of choice and the Spring Exchange offers you this opportunity in an excellent way! Products are now all available and still cheap! After Brexit prices will increase most definitely.

Within 4 hours driving from Dover/Calais

The Spring Exchange is not as far driving as you might think… From the border at Dover/Calais it is only about 3½ hour driving! Houten is 5 kilomters south of Utrecht and situated at the main Moterway A27. At the A27 Breda to Utrecht you will find exit number 29 Houten. And for your car sat. nav. you can use zipcode: 3992 AE (Meidoornkade 24, te Houten). For those people who does not like to drive at the continent, many air plane possibilities to Amsterdam airport from where you can take the train. Or even via the ferry Harwich – Hoek van Holland or Hull - Rotterdam.

Potential visitors who organize a bus trip or enthusiasts fanciers who are planning a visit by plane, we recommend contacting the organization by e-mail. With their years of experience, they have many tips that they would like to share with you. The email address is: toonf lni.frps@pofr

The exhibition floorplan 2019 with the impressive list of exhibitors will be released this weekend. Also then you will be further informed via this website. Don’t forget;

Make a note of the date of March 2 & 3 in your calendar!

Opening hours and entry

Saturday March 2nd from 9.00 a.m to 17.00 p.m.
Sunday March 3rd from 9.00 a.m. to 14.30 p.m.
Entry € 12,50 per person, children to 12 years for free!

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