Ray Lunt of High Leigh
As with all things in life people change what they are doing for one reason or another and pigeon fanciers are no different, they come and go. Some leave the sport never to return while others see a few years go by and start to look at what was their chosen hobby of racing pigeons and they need something to do so return to the fold. The same applies to fanciers change partnerships, is the grass greener on the other side, we do not know until we get there and often, we find it is not. The point being we change, we are always looking for something new, a challenge to what we have been doing in the past. I was wondering was that the case when the phenomenally successful partnership of Curtis-Wall-Lunt decided to part company a couple of years ago. The debate then started as to who was going to come out on top, would it be Ray Lunt flying on his own or would it be Gary & Alan who were retaining the Curtis-Wall-Lunt name to race under. Gary & Alan have spent some time working with another loft and doing a good job but it was never going to be the same as racing to their own loft so they lost quite a bit of time getting their own lofts back together again. Even so they have started to show that they can take up the challenge but what will be interesting is how they go on competing against each other when they both have an established team.
Ray is well ahead of the game with this new family and these are his results for this year. Tewksbury 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 207 birds, 4th 6th 7th 8th Fed 1,099 birds, 5th 7th 8th 9th Combine 4,285 birds. Mangotsfield 1st 2nd 3rd club 248 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd Fed 1,315 birds, 1st 2nd 4th Combine 1,758 birds. Yeovil 1st 2nd Club 265 birds, 1st 2nd Fed 1,333 birds, 1st 2nd Combine 1,719 birds. Mangotsfield 1st 2nd 3rd 4th club 91 birds, 1st 2nd 4th 5th North Section 1,005 birds, 1st 2nd 8th 9th Fed 1,669 birds. Worcester 1st 2nd 3rd 121 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th north Section 1,792 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Fed 2,154 birds. Mangotsfield 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Club 105 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th North section 1,868 birds, 4th 5th 7th 8th Fed 3,117 birds. Stafford 1st Club 282 birds, 4th Fed 783 birds. Penkridge 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Club 247 birds, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Fed 1,336 birds. Mangotsfield 1st Club 132 birds, 1st 561 bird’s 1st Combine 805 birds. Cheltenham 1st 2nd 3rd 4th club 52 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th North section 690 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Fed 1,051 birds. Yeovil 1st 2nd 3rd 5th Club 102 birds, 1st 3rd 4th 5th North Section 610 birds, 1st 3rd 4th 5th 807 birds. Mangotsfield 1st 2nd 3rd 5th Club 104 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 7th North Section 1,033 birds, 1st 2nd 3rd 7th 1,483 birds. Last year he did not do too bad with young birds for the first time and from 9 races had some great results. He started off in first gear but by the time the second race came he was back into top gear.
As mentioned Ray has moved into a new family of pigeons, always looking to get better pigeons, will he get any better ones, a question that would be hard to answer. The old family were winning well, and others were also benefiting from the team’s experience with racing pigeons over many years. No matter where they lived the partnership of CWLG have always won, not only won they have mostly hammered the opposition in the land races and have had a few good results in the NWG National from land and channel races.
“Just a few words on the reflection of the last two years with the new pigeons from the Bosma Partnership of Tjipke and Auke from the north of holland. These birds were purchased by myself and good friend Paul Beaumont when we were looking for a new venture to reignite the passion and bring us into line with quality birds that are capable to compete at all levels. To our great delight in the 2019 season these birds did not disappoint. The first-year racing with young birds showed the quality we were looking for winning the federation four times and taking first NWCC from Carentan 284 miles to finish the season. Now we come to the 2020 season things were up in the air due to Covid 19, not knowing whether we would race or not. Everything I have learnt over the years did not apply to this season i.e. not being able to train at the right time due to lockdown. As the season started, I knew it was going to be difficult to get the birds in some kind of condition for racing. As we came out of lockdown and being able to train the birds, I started to work on them, they responded fantastically by doing everything I expected of them. When racing eventually started the birds were a little green but by the second race, they had got the idea and from then on, the old bird season took off. Then came young bird season which was not as difficult as old birds because I could train from the start and winning came straight away from the first race. The Bosma pigeons did not let me down winning with old birds 4 x 1st feds and young birds carrying on also winning 4 x 1st feds. The Bosma pigeons from me have gone to three different lofts where they have had great performances winning 1st feds, also winning big money prizes in Bamfords Gold Ring Race £2000, and in The Taylors Arms Breeder/Buyer for Paul Beaumont winning over £3,600, only sending three birds 228 miles and timing in all three in eight seconds doing 1236 yds p.m. "Good birds on a hard day". I think The Bosma Pigeons excel at longer and harder races and I’m certainly looking forward to next year more so because Paul and myself are introducing a new family of pigeons to complement our stock which I’m sure will speed up the performances of our birds”
I have visited many fanciers and the winners are always good at selecting their stock birds and their selections soon breed winners. Ray is one of those fanciers who can select and certainly knows how to race them. I have included a few photos of the new birds who I expect will continue to win for many years to come. If you are good with stock then you cannot go far wrong.