Martyn Brown & Joe Murphy
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
Almond Valley Federation
News from Archie MacIntyre who wrote; ‘Hi Joe, The federation 6th race of the season seen us at Wetherby on Saturday 5th June with an entry of 1,604 birds (a drop of 400 birds on the previous week) for a distance of between 156mls to 188mls to the north end of the fed. Jim O’Hare had the birds up and away at 08:15 with No Wind at the race point. Reports from the liberation site were the birds cleared the site in one batch. Topping the federation this week on 1511.6 is Robert Reid of Beith flying in Dalry HS. “Speedie” as we know Robert, is never far away from the top whether it’s short distance or the National races. Robert’s winner, “R20” is 4 year old hen flying natural. She was sent sitting 4 days on the night of basketing to this race as part of her preparation for SNFC Maidstone. As she has been very slow to lay this year, and this was only her 2nd race. She is the daughter of Roberts’s good hen “1425” that was 1st sect, 68th open Roye.
Robert Reid 1st Fed Wetherby
R20 has also bred a federation topper as well and is starting to show all the qualities of her mother. 2nd & 3rd fed on 1511.5 and 1511.2 is another club mate, Jim Shepherd of Beith. You will note how close this race was with only decimals splitting the first 3 birds. There is 3 Beith lads who all train together, Robert Reid, Jim Shepherd and John Shepherd (known as the 3 Amigo’s) These lads train their birds very hard, all taking it in turns to take the birds to Euro Central roughly a 35 mile trainer a couple of times a week. Even on a race day with the pigeons that have not been entered that week race. So it’s no surprise to see these lads at the top. Jim’s team of pigeons have been flying well this year taking many multiple prizes, so to see Jim taking 2nd & 3rd fed, you could see this result coming. Jim’s pigeons are raced on a “sort of celibate system” and having handled them most weeks myself at basketing, they certainly have been in great condition. Not much to go on the breeding as they are just a mixed bag of Jim’s own breeding. ‘Heinz 57’ Varity as Jim calls them. Thanks very much to Robert and Jim for the info.
Jim Shepherd 2nd Fed Wetherby
3rd Fed Wetherby
Winners from in and around the clubs:
North Section 482 birds;
1st Dalry HS, R Reid 1511.673: 1st Ardeer HS, Stirrat & McKenna 1467.616: 1st Kilwinning HS, M Salmon 1420.715.
Central Section 353 birds;
1st Darvel HS, R Donegan 1505.2: 1st Irvine HS, D McCullen 1487.8: 1st Crosshouse HS, I Noble 1463.9: 1st Kilmarnock Inv, R Dignam 1254.5.
South Section 393 birds;
1st Cumnock & Dist, J MacKenzie 1379.9: 1st Whitletts & Dist, W Lawrence 1329.4: 1st Mauchline & Dist, E Stewart 1319.5: 1st Annbank & Dist, D Paterson 1145.8: 1st Dalmellington PC, G Mitchell 876.4.
For Ayrshire Federation 7th race of the season saw us at Huntingdon on Saturday 5th June with an entry of 247 birds duplicated into the 3,891 SNFC birds. We were flying a distance of between 267 miles to 305 miles to the north end of Ayrshire Federation. This was one of two races this weekend for the federation as we had above Wetherby as well. The Federation’s entry into Huntingdon was low 4 clubs never sent and many members within clubs never sent as well. This was all down to the fact the federation’s last race prior to the national was Darlington and going to Huntingdon would be a jump on average of around 145 miles for the birds. The birds were liberated at 06:30 into a light variable North West wind. Reports from the liberation site were the birds cleared the site in under 2mins.
Topping the Federation this week on 1308.8 is Robert Donegan (Big Rab) of Newmilns, flying in Darvel HS. As well as being 1st Fed, Robert also takes 2nd Region F, 320th Open. The sire is son of “Strike”, Robert’s first arrival from the SNFC YB National in 2014 and is a Jan Aarden. The dam is a daughter of G Mann national winner. As with many of Roberts’s racers this year, they have not been paired prior to going to Huntingdon. On the Thursday morning on the day of basketing, Robert opened the corridor doors and allowed them just to run together. In 2nd fed on 1305.0 is the partnership of McKenna & Diamond of Irvine, flying in Irvine NTHS. The partnership also recorded 3rd Region F, 337th open and win’s the George Jamieson Trophy for the 1st Yearling timed from Huntingdon in the Federation. The sire is from Alwyn Hill and is a grandson of his famous “Wingdown”. The dam is full sister to “Big Ian” 1st Fed, 1st Region F, and 76th Open Ypres 2019 for the partnership and is full of the T & S McEwen breeding. She had been flying widowhood then paired up on the 22nd May and sent sitting 5 days on eggs. 3rd fed on 1300.2 is J McNeil of Kilwinning, timing a 2 year old roundabout cock. Jock has done something different this year and has been sending his birds most weeks with the Glasgow Federation for liberations with Lanarkshire. The sire is bred down off Jock’s good Jan Aarden hen “Miss Penny”, breeder of 1st prize winners including an Ypres winner. The dam comes from A Flockhart and is bred down off one of his Silver Award winners. Many thanks to Rab, Andy and Jock for the info the prompt info and pictures.
Winners from in and around the clubs
North Section 139 Birds
1st Kilwinning HS, J McNeil 1300.2, 1st Dalry HS, R Reid 1295.6,
1st Ardeer HS, Hughes & Donald 1184.5:
Central Section 63 Birds
1st Darvel HS, R Donegan 1308.8, 1st Irvine HS, McKenna & Diamond 1305.0, 1st Crosshouse HS, I Noble 1113.5.
South Section 45 Birds
1st Annbank & Dist, D Graham 1175.4, 1st Whitletts & Dist, Cuthbert & Cree 1041.4.
Scottish Central Federation
News from Bernie Britton ‘Hi Joe, we hope your all well and staying safe’.
Broxburn & Uphall Pigeon Club result from Newark flown on the 5th June were 5 members sent 185 birds with the convoy liberated at 06-15 with no wind at the race point. Winning 1st club 5th federation is Hugh Rafferty with a chequer cock on roundabout. He is a Flor Engels from Alex Coburn from Ratho. Winning 2nd club 8th federation is Gordon Mackenzie with a blue pied cock flying on roundabout, he is bred Gordon’s mate Stuart Knowles and is a Herman Cluster. 3rd club 11th fed is Hugh Rafferty with a blue bar cock flown on roundabout bred by Louella Pigeon World from their Belgium imports of Van Dyke crossed Jan Aarden bloodlines.
Winchburgh & District Pigeon Club
Had 10 members sent 176 birds with 1st club 3rd federation going to Henry Borthwick with a blue bar cock flying widowhood bred by Andy McCartney from Raploch near Stirling from Donaldson of the UNC bloodlines? This bird has been a very consistent cock having previously won 6th club Darlington; 6th Federation Wakefield. In 2nd club 13th federation is the partnership of Tom and Georgina Weir with a blue bar cock, his sire is a blue bar cock from Walter Boswell from his Silver Award Winner the dam of the blue cock is a blue hen who won 2nd French young bird Derby (in 2018). Thanks to Peter Keogh for obtaining the information for me. In 3rd club is Robert McGill sorry Joe no information on Robert’s bird. Can I say a big ‘Well done’ to Orr & Son on winning the federation. Thanks once again Joe you are doing a great job publicising our sport up here in Scotland every week, sometimes 4 pages Outstanding Well Done!!! Yours Bernie’
East of Scotland Federation
Prestonpans Homing Society
Kingdom Racing Pigeon Association
News from Pete Penman who informs me that the Association were at Kettering on Saturday the 5th June a distance of approximately 280 miles to Fife for the first open race. The convoy of 359 birds were liberated into a light west wind at 09-15am. Tom Berwick of Leuchars takes the top honours with the same 2 year old pied hen that has been his first bird home the last three weeks. She was sitting her 1st round of eggs this year. She is bred from Bob Colven from the NEHU (As I have previously stated Joe this was drunken night out at the BHW show of the year). It was well worth getting a sore head for now ha. In 2nd & 3rd places is Leuchars club mate Dave Wilson. Unfortunately, Dave is away on holiday so I have no details of his pigeon's however this was a terrific performance so well done Dave. In 4th place is the ever-present Dyke Armour of the Coaltown of Balgonie RPC, his timer is a yearling home bred Rod Sparks blue cock on roundabout.
Coaltown of Balgonie; Dyke Armour takes the first 7 positions. His winner is a 3 year old chequer hen bred by Mr & Mrs Williams from Cornwall. His 3rd bird is the nest mate to his club winner.
St Serfs. Leading the way is Stevie Ritchie with the same bird that topped the Kingdom last week from Newark. This 3 year old chequer pied hens' sire has twice been 17th open Reims. The dam is down from John Proctor lines.
North of Scotland Federation
Clubs First Birds as follows;
Devern Valley winner is A Wilson velocity 1453.502
Fr. & District winner is A W Buchan velocity 1446.311
Fr. West End winner is A Higgins velocity 1433.758
Inverurie winner is E & N Yule velocity 1422.683
Keith R Wilson velocity 1422.055
Peterhead & District winner is R H Whyte velocity 1416.839
Elgin & District winner is J Thomson velocity 1387.304
Buckie & District winner is J Cumming velocity 1331.907
Well done to A Wilson on topping the federation and also well done to A Buchan on winning the East Section.
New Lothian RPC
News from Andy Miller with the Melton Mowbray old bird race flown on Saturday 5th June with the convoy of 1079 birds entered by 51 lofts liberated at 08-20 hours with no wind at the liberation site. Topping the club is Willie Hume (Jnr) of Danderhall club flying 234 miles and recording a velocity of 1605 to win £66-80p with another pigeon in 16th place. 2nd place winning £14.00 are T Nolan & Son of Danderhall. In 3rd place winning £96.00 is Jimmy Pryde of Arniston he also wins 13th & 19th places winning £458-80p. We now have our man Andy Miller of Sighthill club once again at the top this week winning £349.00. M Robertson of Danderhall club is 5th winning £93.00 his club mates Helen Aitken & sons are 6th winning £ 25.00 Willie Pryde & son John of Arniston are 7th & 14th winning £25.00. Ian Summers of Sighthill is 8th with J Haig of Danderhall in 9th spot we then have S & S Tierney of Danderhall club in 10th spot they are followed by Brown & Black of Woodburn who are 11th & 20th with J Milne of Arniston in 12th spot, A Walker of Danderhall is 15th with A R Pringle of New Lothian in 17th place. R Rimpson of Easthouses is 18th & 27th with W Massey & son of Bonnyrigg in 21st place winning £140 for their efforts J Haig of Danderhall is 22nd with Freddie Robertson of the same club winning 23rd 24th & 25th places and T Nolan & son of Danderhall make up the top 30 winning 26th open place.
Woodburn 68 birds; G. Thomas & Son 1615 Brown & Black 1559 Brown & Black 1528
Easthouses 142 birds; Laing 1607 Laing 1552 Simpson 1537
Danderhall 384 birds; Hume (Jnr) 1605 Nolan 1602 M. Robertson 1571
Arniston 174 birds; J. Pryde 1599 W. Pryde & Son 1568 Milne 1553
Sighthill 93 birds; Miller 1576; Summer’s 1567; Summers 1511
New Lothian 14 birds; Pringle 1539
Bonnyrigg 120 birds; Massey 1526 Massey 1507 Benson & Moran 1490
Castlebrae 109 birds; L. Mitchell 1516 L. Mitchell 1505 A. Mitchell 1416
Edinburgh Premier 131 birds; Cains & Milne 1488 Dick 1470.6 Dick 1470.2
Edinburgh West 63 birds; Lamb 1453 Lamb 1451 Verth 1435
Loanhead 20 birds; Anderson 1377 Anderson 1356 Anderson 1337
Others 85 birds;