John Chipperfield Of Herne Bay - BICC Poitiers 1 winner (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
Hugo - the Poitiers winner (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
John Chipperfield of Herne Bay was first open and first east section with a yearling on 1515mpm over 345 miles in the first race from Poitiers with the British International Championship Club. John pairs his pigeons at the end of January of each year, allowing them to raise a round of youngsters before being placed on the widowhood system ready for the racing season. He races around twenty-four cocks and thirty to thirty-five hens on this system. After the Pau race he re-pairs his team for the longer channel and the international races.
John's old bird loft
John's winner was a Jan Aarden x Batenburg-van de Merwe and the sire is a full brother to his BICC Pau international winner in 2012. GB15H23765 was bred from pigeons John obtained from Raymond Moleveld and its pedigree includes Blauwe Witpen / Blauwe Bertus, 1st national St Vincent, 37,239p and Monique, 1st national St Vincent. Take a look at the sire's pedigree here.
The dam is a hen on loan from the Jutla Brothers containing the Batenburg-van de Merwe bloodlines, being a grandaughter of New Laureaat, 1st national Barcelona 10,685p. It is also a grandaughter of Matador, 2nd national Barcelona 10,685p. and 2nd international Barcelona 25,382p. Take a look at the sire's pedigree here.
John's young bird loft
Four hundred and eleven members sent three thousand, six hundred and sixty-seven pigeons to the first Poitiers race. They were liberated at 07.45CEST into light southerly winds. John's winner was clocked at 1515mpm over a distance of 550km. As preparation for Poitiers this cock had two inland races and was then sent to Alençon at 207 miles. It wasn't originally on John's radar for Poitiers but in the days prior to basketing, this cock was playing up, refusing to enter the loft when called and generally making a nuisance of itself, behaviour that made John think it might be up for the task in hand.
Congratulations John, on a magnificent achievement and all the very best for the remainder of the season.