ESSEX & KENT AMALGAMATION
E. J. SAINS
Ripon - 8th September 2012
Once again the birds were held because of overcast cloud in Yorkshire, then at 9.30am the birds were liberated into a south west wind. Flying into a south west wind with temperatures gradually becoming hotter as the day progressed plus the wind turning more southerly towards the latter part of the race, led to a very steady race.
Mr Bob Fenech & Son - 1st 6th 7th 8th 10th & 12th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Ripon. 1st 4th 5th 6th 8th & 9th County of Essex Federation. Velocities 1304 1294.7 1293 1292.9 1291 1288 ypm 1649 birds.
Bob Fenech's blue chequer cock Frosty Head, winner of 1st open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Ripon.
If you top the Essex & Kent Amal once in a season, then you are flying a very good pigeon, but to top it for the second week running and in both races have multiple drops, taking six top open positions in each race then your birds are not only in super, super form and condition but they are showing you that you have birds that are going to enhance your loft for many seasons into the future.
Bob tells me that this team of young birds are without question an exceptional team. He hasn’t had a team like this since 1999-2000, when topping the London South West Amal with liberations up to four & a half thousand birds.
I asked Bob if he could add to what he had already said about the training of an exceptional team of young birds. He re-iterated the importance of going to a vet and having your birds checked out on a regular basis. It’s no good treating your pigeons with all sorts of things just in case, that only leads to trouble in the long run.
You also need to get early darkness young birds up and moving as soon as possible. Get them flying a reasonable time. Then you will find that once they know what is expected of them they will fly their time around the loft. Once they are fit and flying well do not wait about get them out training. You will lose far fewer birds if you train them early.
I asked Bob if there were any birds that stood out for him. The first bird, a blue chequer cock, came like a train straight off the road. He is a grandson to Louis Kelo. He always looks immaculate, not a feather out of place, and he has a very light head; in fact in the loft Bob calls him Frosty Head.
Three out of Bob’s next five pigeons were all placed early in the last amal race. There is also a little chequer hen flying very well. She is an Adrian Demonter hen. She has been flying very well and Bob has high hopes for her in the Essex & Kent combine the week after next.
Bob Fenech's dark chequer hen The Adrian Demonter Hen, 5 x early bird in the federation this year, plus in the first six open Essex & Kent Amal Wetherby.
Mr A. & R. Tubey 2nd & 16th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Ripon. 2nd & 10th County of Essex Federation. Velocities 1302 & 1286 ypm.
The father and son partnership of Ashley & Ron Tubey need no introduction as they have topped the London North Road Combine no less than five times and are past Tommy Long Trophy winners. This year their young birds have been in great form having won the last five club races for the partnership.
Ron and Ron’s son Ashley fly the Heremans Ceuster of Premier Stud stock and the Louis Cooremans from Bob Fenech. Ron tells me that both the lines have been flying very well. Their first bird, a blue hen, was bred from their Hereman Ceuster, whereas their second bird is a dark chequer hen was from their Cooremans family.
Ron also said that he and Ashley would like to congratulate Bob Fenech on his outstanding performance on winning the Essex & Kent Amalgamation two weeks in succession.
Ashley Tubey with his winner of 2nd open Essex & Kent Amal Ripon.
Mr Dave Hunt & Sons - 1st & 3rd West Essex Federation. 3rd & 17th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Ripon. Velocities 1294.7 1286 ypm.
Dave has once again topped the West Essex Federation and has been placed very high in the amal with a third open Essex & Kent Amalgamation, keeping up his outstanding performances for 2012.
Mr Bob Scott - 1st Havering North Road Federation. 4th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Ripon. Velocity 1294.2 ypm.
Bob Scott of Elm Park tops the Havering Federation with a Staf Van Reet. This nice orange eyed blue cock is one of a kit of 10 young birds purchased by Bob from Rob Scott of Canterbury in Kent.
Bob and his wife Pat share much of the work in and around the loft with Pat also helping out at the club. The young birds have been flying extremely well for Bob and Pat winning both in the West Essex Federation as well as the Havering Federation. Bob made a point that he would like to thank his wife Pat for all the hard work that she puts into the birds.
Thirty one birds were sent to the Essex & Kent Amal from Ripon. In this very trying race 26 were home on the day with 5 homing early next morning.
Bob & Pat Scott outside their lofts.
Mr & Mrs Steven Fenech - 5th & 9th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation. 3rd & 7th County of Essex Federation Ripon. Velocities 1294.8 & 1292 ypm.
For Steven this has been an outstanding season. From the word go the birds have done him proud. 1st 2nd & 6th open Essex & Kent Amalgamation Wetherby, 2nd & 3rd open Essex & Kent Combine Berwick winning 1st & 2nd open London North Road Combine on the same day as well as winning 1st & 2nd open London North Road Combine Berwick yearling in the same race. This is just to mention a few of Mr & Mrs S Fenech’s outstanding performances for 2012.
Again at this Essex & Kent Amalgamation event from Ripon, Steve’s birds were in top form with eight dropping in just under six minutes in a stiff race.
Steve’s first young bird, a dark chequer cock, is a direct son of champion Bolt, a winner of 13x1st including 1st open Essex & Kent Combine Scotch Corner, paired to a special hen loaned to him by his brother Bob. This hen, a dark chequer known as Kim, is a direct daughter of Louis Cooremans’ Tap and Benito. Bolt himself is bred from a son of Tap and Benito making this a close pairing. But when you know that this hen (Kim) is already grand dam of four different pigeons that have won 27 x 1st between them for Denis Sapin, then you can see the value of this pairing.
Steven Fenech's first bird, dark chequer cock, son of Champion Bolt.
Provisional result Ripon
Lib 09.30hrs. South West wind.
Approx 1649 birds. (Essex Central and Stour Valley not taking part)
1 R FENECH & SON, COE 1304
2 A & R TUBEY, COE 1302
3 D HUNT & SONS, WE 1294.7
4 R SCOTT, HNR 1294.2
5 M/M S FENECH, COE 1294.08
6 R FENECH & SON, 1294.07
7 R FENECH & SON, 1293
8 R FENECH & SON, 1292.9
9 M/M S FENECH, 1292.1
10 R FENECH & SON, 1291
11 J CROXSON, HNR 1290
12 R FENECH & SON, 1288.8
13 E GUINCHARD, HNR 1288.7
14 D BURNS, COE 1287.6
15 B & J WILLSON, WE 1287.0
16 A & R TUBEY, 1286
17 D HUNT & SONS, 1285
18 T & T McCARTHY, SOT 1284.32
19 B L ROBINSON, WE 1284.3
20 D HUNT & SONS, WE 1283