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by New Kid On The Block

Ian Gill captured admiring one of his top breeders

This week I decided to pay a visit to my good friend Ian Gill who resides in the village of Kells , just outside Ballymena. Ian is the owner of the website www.pigeonportal.com and a connousier of quality pigeons. When I arrived I was taken back by the quality of stock in the breeding pens.  Ian has a fantastic team of Stock pigeons sourced from the very best lofts in the British Isles and believe me, no expence spared. What has he got to offer? – Well here goes – Ian has the very best – Sprint, Middle & Long Distance – One of Ians top friends in the sport is the legendary Ian Stafford of UNC fame. Over the years  the very best has been purchased from Staffy of the following families ; Staf Van Reet – At Stock : “The 69 Cock” – Top Racer - Winner 3 x 1st Feds – “The Staffy Cock”- Top Breeder – Son of “The Golden Pair”- Full brother to “The 69 Cock” – “ Top Gun Cock” – Top racer & winner 3 x 1st clubs & 2x 1st Fed ( only 5 races) , “ Roselyn Supreme” – Superb – ( Son of Majestic x Princess) – “ Young Daniel Hen” – Daughter of Bert Hessians Young Daniel – “Apollo” – Famous Stock Cock of the late Les Mairs – Sire of countless winners inc. the famous “ Sez Les” ( fantastic racer) Jos Thones- At Stock – approx 25 pair all bred by Ian Stafford from his top producers. The stock is awesome , all hand picked bred off direct sons of the world famous “ Sumo” , “Sars” etc. Koopman- I viewed approx 10 pair who were again all bred by Ian Stafford. I must say that Ian was very fortunate to get these birds as all their parents are now sold, and wait for it. The parents of the birds that I viewed were sold on the PIPA website only a few weeks ago for 66,000 Euro for 11 birds. The Koopmans are again class with a capital C. Then we have the Long Distance families. These are families that Ian is making a name for himself having again sourced the very best with no expense spared . From the continent first we have the Stoffel family. Sourced direct from Germany Ian has approx 20 pair at stock , all direct , and already turning out the goods , with winners reported at club and combine level . Now for something that makes your lips water . I was to view one of the finest team of Irish long distance birds sourced from Irelands best. Over the past few seasons , Ian has attended most of the mayor Clearance sales and purchased the very best of distance winners . In the stock pen I was able to view two major French Derby winners into Ireland and an INFC  Hall Of Fame winner  ,   that Ian  has the privilege of now owning  . I am talking of “ Millenium Lady” – 1st NIPA Sartilly –  & - “ Ruby” – 1st Ulster Fed -  flown France 3 times-  ( both Derby winners ) and the famous hen herself “ DOLLY” .  “ Dolly” was raced by Burns Bros from Dunedin and along with winning a Hall Of Fame award was also winner of the prestigious Harkness RoseBowl . This award was for the best two bird average from the prestigious INFC Kings Cup and Dolly was to win the award with her G/son who was 11th Open in the corresponding race. “ Dolly is now starting to churn out the goods with a number of top distance p/winners containing her bloodlines.   A number of other top pigeons are as follows – Nigel Andersons two top hens winners of 14th, 30th , 36th & 119th Kings Cup between them and now turning out the goods . Ian has the very best of the very best Iron Lady family , purchased at the John Greenaway clearance sale - another family of long distance birds turning out the goods-  Four direct off “ Iron Lady” ( Hall of Fame Winner)- “ The Model” – dtr of Iron Lady – Winner 7th Open Messac & G/dam of 13th Open St Malo – “ The Iron Man” – Son of Iron Lady – G/sire of Ulster Fed  French O/B Derby winner 2008 -  NIPA Bude Open winner – G/son of Iron Lady – As I have stated earliar Ian has the crème de la crème at stock and it is no wonder that winners are reported galore each and every season. Although no racing is done at Kells Ian is part of the racing team of Foulis & Gill – Dundonald – a leading racing duo in the Dundonald area. This visit was well overdue and I hope I have introduced you the fancy to another as I say “ forgotten loft” . Ian is a fantastic stock man with a wealth of knowledge on strains etc. Thanks Ian for sparing me the time to view the quality stock.

Banbridge Legion Sale

I attended the British Legion the other week to take a couple of photos of the presentation of the cheque to the local British Legion. Diamond Carson had organized a sale of gift birds to help raise funds for their building fund. The sale was a mighty success resulting in the sum of over £ 1600 being raised. Diamond would like to personally thank , through the column , all who gave birds and all who helped in any way with this magnificent success. I will leave the final words to Diamond “All help was greatly appreciated – Thank you All”

Diamond Carson NIPA President enjoying a bit of craic with fancier friends

Fanciers attending the British Legion presentation

Attending the British Legion cheque presentation

Banbridge's finest long distance flyers - Mick Conlan Raymond McCracken Jim Butler - attending the cheque presentation at the British Legion



New Kid On The Block

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Tel: 07737275820

Or email : newkidontheblock07@hotmail.co.uk

Websites : www.pigeonportal.com 




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