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BURTON & SOUTH DERBYSHIRE FEDERATION

by Pete Wightman

Some pre season information for members;

The fed are holding two breeder buyer sales this year, BOTH to be held at the fed H.Q. Gresley Old Hall, Gresley Wood Road, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. DE11 9QW.

The first sale will be held on Sunday March 19th, viewing from Noon, sale commences at 1PM.  The second sale will be held on Friday April 7th, viewing from 5pm, Sale commences at 6PM.  Fanciers are limited to breeding and entering a maximum of 5 YB’s over the 2 sales, there is no limit on the amount of YB’s that can be purchased, and YB’s must be in the pen on the day of the sale. Minimum opening bid is £20 and the auctioneer will be John Sheasby. 80% of the sale proceeds will go to prize money, 20% to federation funds. The race will be flown from Kingsdown scheduled for the weekend of September 16th and 17th 2017. The breeder/buyer birds will be liberated separately, and there is guaranteed minimum prize money of £1000. There will be 4 prizes of 40%-30%-20%-10%, split 50/50 to breeder and buyer of the successful birds. Members are reminded that breeder buyer birds must be entered on a separate race sheet/ ETS printout, and must be timed into a separate manual clock from the federation special race clock.                                                                                                      

Any RPRA member can enter birds into the sales, but only Federation members can purchase the birds to race.

The 2017 Old Bird race programme is as follows;

Starting Saturday April 15th from Cheltenham; April 22nd Hullavington; April 29th Frome; May 6th Blandford; May 13th Kingsdown; May 20th Blandford; May 27th a double header, Fed special race 1 from Coutances, marking Thursday, and an inland race from Frome marking Friday. June 3rd Kingsdown; June 10th  a double header, Fed special race 2 from Fougeres, marking Thursday, and an inland race from Frome marking Friday. June 17th Blandford; June 24th a double header, Fed special race 3 from Messac, marking Thursday, and an inland race from Frome marking Friday. July 1st Kingsdown; and finally July 8th Fed special race 4 from Ancenis, marking Thursday.

Please note, for all 4 federation special races from over the channel there will be a necessity to mark the birds early, as all birds will have to be convoyed from the marking stations to the Federation HQ for pick up by Browns Transport at 7-30pm.

Marking stations for 2017 are Castle Gresley; Birch Coppice; Stretton and Osmaston Park in Derby.

The 2017 YB programme is as follows;

Starting Saturday July 22nd from Cheltenham; July 29th Cheltenham; August 5th Hullavington; August 12th Hullavington; August 19th Frome; August 26th Frome; September 2nd Blandford; September 9th Blandford; and finally; September 16th the YB special race from Kingsdown.

There will be an Inland special race from Kingsdown on June 3rd, £1 a bird, with a £1 single bird nomination, winner takes all. Prize money is Guaranteed at £200 with 10 prizes, same %ge as Fed special race payout. This race is not compulsory, and members can enter as many birds as they wish, but please remember to put your entries on a separate sheet, these birds are also eligible to race in the fed race the same day, as it will all be under one liberation.

The Convoyers Trophy is to be raced from Blandford on June 17th, £1 single bird entry, guaranteed £50 prize money, paid out 50%-30%-20%.

The Old Bird Ladies race will also take place from Kingsdown on June 3rd, £1 single bird entry, with a guaranteed £50 to the winner.

The Young Bird Ladies race will be flown from Blandford on September 2nd, £1 single bird entry, with a guaranteed £50 to the winner.

ANY NEWS TO

“THE MALTSTER”

01283-568000

petethemaltster@tiscali.co.uk

 

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