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Three Border Federation (champions of The 2018 Season)

“ON THE ROAD” WITH KEITH MOTT”

Three Border Federation (Champions of the 2018 season).

The competition in the Three Borders Federation has been strong and hard in the 2018 season, and the mighty Ashridge RPC have come out on top, winning the ‘Federation Points’ Trophy’, with 180 points, with the runners up for the second year on the trot, being the Spelthorne club, on 177 points. Congratulations to the Ashridge lads! Terry Goodsell of the Ashridge club won the ‘Individual Points Trophy’, with 112 points and runner up on 42 points was Derek Reid of the Spelthorne club, and both these lofts won 1st Federation several times in the 2018 season. Thanks to all the workers for their outstanding contribution in the 2018 racing season, including the Federation secretary, Bryan Poulton, and the convoyer, Dom McCoy.

The Three Borders Federation were at Yelverton in mid-July for the last old bird race of the 2018 season and Terry Goodsell of the Ashridge club finish off a wonderful old bird season by winning: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd Federation from the Yelverton race and recorded his fifth Federation winner of the 2018 season. Terry’s season didn’t finish there as he went on and record his sixth Three Borders Federation winner from Kingsdown with a young bird in August. Terry Goodsell’s positions in the Three Borders Federation in the 2018 racing season were: (Old Bird): 9th Federation Blandford (513 birds), 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 21st, 24th, 25th Federation Yeovil (752 birds), 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Federation Blandford (2) (1,268 birds), 1st, 6th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 19th Federation Yeovil (2) (969 birds), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 12th, 13, 14th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd Federation Kingsdown (855 birds), 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 25th Federation Kingsdown (2) (630 birds), 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 19th, 20th, 21st Federation Yeovil (3) (737 birds), 3rd, 4th, 9th, 14th Federation Honiton (647 birds), 1st, 3rd, 13th, 14th, 15th Federation Kingsdown (3) (687 birds), 8th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 22nd Federation Exeter (525 birds), 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd Federation Yelverton (475 birds). (Young Bird): 1st, 7th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st Federation Kingsdown (656 birds), 13th, 16th Federation Yeovil (692 birds), 3rd, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th Federation Newton Abbot (379 birds), 5th, 10th, 12th Federation Yelverton (365 birds). Brilliant pigeon racing! Many years ago Terry Goodsell was one of the very first fancier in the Surrey area to race cocks on the widowhood system, but at the start of the new 2018 season he found he had far too many spare hens and decided to race them, with outstanding success. Terry’s pigeons are mainly raced on the widowhood system, which consists of a team of 20 cocks and he says he liked to keep the widowhood cocks warm in the loft. The birds are paired up after the BHW Blackpool Show in January and the families raced are mainly Soontjens and Janssen of Arendonk, with the Janssens being obtained from the Ponderosa Stud in Holland and Fountainhead Stud. New families introduced recently from the Ponderosa UK Stud are the Heremans-Clusters and Koopman- De Weerdt.

The Three Borders Federation winners in the 2018 season were: 1) Richard Kent (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Blandford (513 birds): 2) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Yeovil (752 birds): 3) Derek Reid (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Blandford (1,268 birds): 4) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Yeovil (969 birds): 5) Dave Watson & son (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Falaise (335 birds): 6) Steve & Annett Appleby (Guildford) 1st Federation Kingsdown (855 birds): 7) Russell Ayres (Guildford) 1st Federation Falaise (463 birds): 8) Alan Stoner & son (Mitcham & Morden) 1st Federation Kingsdown (630 birds): 9) Fred Kimpton (Richmond) 1st Federation Fougeres (288 birds): 10) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Yeovil (737 birds): 11) Derek Reid (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Honiton (647 birds): 12) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Kingsdown (687 birds): 13) P. Clements (Isleworth) 1st Federation Exeter (525 birds): 14) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Yelverton (475 birds): 15) G. Koritsas & Kaz  (Mitcham & Morden) 1st Federation Blandford (687 birds): 16) Derek Reid (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Yeovil (807 birds): 17) Eustace & Koby Benjamin (Richmond) 1st Federation Blandford (834 birds): 18) Eric Fry (Mitcham & Morden) 1st Federation Yeovil (681 birds): 19) Terry Goodsell (Ashridge) 1st Federation Kingsdown (656 birds): 20) M. Wojtczyk (Isleworth) 1st Federation Yeovil (692 birds): 21) Paul Johnson & Partners (Spelthorne) 1st Federation Newton Abbot (379 birds): 22) Eustace & Koby Benjamin (Richmond) 1st Federation Yelverton (365 birds).

Three Borders Federation 2018 trophy winners were: ‘Pigeon Fancier Trophy 1’ Dave Watson & son: ‘Harry Fielding Memorial Trophy’ Russell Ayres: ‘Harley Challenge Trophy’ Fred Kimpton: ‘Blackwell Rose Bowl’ Not Flown: ‘Cooper Challenge OB Trophy’ Not Flown: ‘Longest Old Bird Race Trophy’ Fred Kimpton: ‘Gazette Perpetual Trophy’ Dave Watson & son: ‘Cooper Challenge YB Trophy’ Eustace & Koby Benjamin: ‘Heritage Trophy’ Holden & Pratt: ‘Fred Mott Memorial Cup’ Derek Reid: ‘Ken Besant Memorial Trophy’ (Best Pigeon of the Year) Terry Goodsell: ‘A. Knight Trophy’ Dave Watson & son: ‘Pigeon Fancier Trophy 2’ Terry Goodsell: ‘Sandhurst Trophy’ Derek Reid: ‘Falkland Trophy’ Holden & Pratt: ‘F. J. Elliott Trophy’ Eustace & Koby Benjamin: ‘Federation Rose Bowl 1’ No Claim: ‘Federation Rose Bowl 2’ (Individual Points) Terry Goodsell: ‘Federation Points Shield’ (Club Points) Ashridge RPC.

Three Borders Federation 2018 average winners were: Old Bird Average: Derek Reid, r/u Fred Kimpton: Old Bird Inland Average: Terry Goodsell, r/u Eustace & Koby Benjamin: Old Bird Continental Average: Dave Watson & son, r/u T. McCoy & son: Young Bird Average: Holden & Pratt, r/u Eustace & Koby Benjamin: Combined Average: No Claim: Combined Inland Average: Eustace & Koby Benjamin : Best Average 2 Longest Old Bird Races: Dave Watson & son, r/u T. McCoy & son: Best Average Longest Old Bird & Young Bird: Derek Reid, r/u Eustace & Koby Benjamin.

Some more top 2018 performances reported.

The NIPA in Northern Ireland held its annual St. Malo (450 miles) National on the same weekend as the NFC Tarbes Grand National in the 2018 season and as everyone knows it turned out to be one the hardest weekends of the year for pigeon racing. Members of the NIPA sent 1,841 birds and only seven game pigeons were clocked in on the day of liberation. I think is fair to say that racing pigeons out of France into Northern Ireland is one of the hardest routs in the UK and to get these seven pigeon home on the Friday was a fantastic achievement! I got a phone call from David Coulter of Maghaberry in Northern Ireland on the Sunday to tell me the good news that he clocked on the day from the St. Malo National to win 2nd open and the blue chequer hen was bred from two stock birds bred at the Keith & Betty Mott’s loft in Claygate. I really enjoy those phone calls and Betty and I would like to thank David for taking the trouble to let us know. When I asked the delighted David about the St. Malo National, he told me, ‘the blue chequer hen is now named, ‘Charlotte’, after our second granddaughter and she was bred from ‘Foxwarren Contraband’, a daughter of Champion ‘Foxwarren Fred’ and ‘Lady Tuff Nut’ when mated to, ‘Young Expected’, a son of the ‘Bourges Pair’, ‘Northern Expected’ and ‘Northern Star’. In 2018 ‘Charlotte’ had three inland races, one Talbenny race, where she won 1st club doing 1422ypm velocity. She was sent to the St. Malo National (450 miles) sitting 14 day old eggs and after her near 13 hour fly, was clocked on the day of liberation looking as ‘fit as a butchers dog’. My wife, Siobhan, and my granddaughter, Olivia, are both very interested in the pigeons and like to spend time with the birds. It was such a hard race and my family and I are highly delighted with the result’.

In the week after David Coulter’s phone call I had three more fanciers phone me, telling me about more winning pigeons bred from Keith & Betty Mott stock birds. They say, when it rains, it pours! Two of our best friends, Steve and Tessa Howard of Guildford recently won 2nd and 33rd open BICC Poitiers and the sire of ‘Gee Force’, their 33rd open winner was bred by us. The cock was another son of the ‘Bourges Pair’, ‘Northern Expected’ and ‘Northern Star’. The premier fancier, Dave Johnson of St Austell in Cornwall recently won 12th open BICC Cholet (292 miles) and the dam of that game pigeon was bred by us in Claygate. She was bred around the champion breeder, ‘Foxwarren Fred’. Terry Haley of Watford has been one of our closest friends since the early 1970’s and he always has a couple of youngsters off us every year, with one the ‘Watford Wizard’, going on to win 1st Combine Aycliffe. Terry had a youngster, ‘04367’, off ‘Foxwarren Renegade’ and ‘Thelma’ in the 2017 season, which has gone on and proved quite handy. ‘Foxwarren Renegade’ is yet another son of the ‘Bourges Pair’ and ‘Thelma’ was bred by Brian Denney and is a daughter of Champion ‘Brian’s Blue’, the NCF record holder, being clocked at 748 miles from Tarbes on the day of liberation. As a young bird ‘04367’ flew some very hard channel races and was then turned 290 mile north road to Berwick and returned home in a very strong south wind. In the 2018 season, as a yearling, she had five hard channel races and was in the clock five times, to record: 2nd club, 5th Inter Counties Federation (899 birds), 9th UBI Combine (1,263 birds) Carentan and was first bird on the clock from the longest old bird race, to with 15th Inter Counties Federation Poitiers. Terry had another youngster off ‘Foxwarren Renegade’ and ‘Thelma’ in 2018 and this time it was the blue chequer cock, ‘17845’. Terry sent four babies to the hard BBC Fougeres (235 miles) young bird National and clocked two in good time to record: 7th and 60th open. ‘17845’ was second bird on the ETS to win 60th open National.  Well done to all these fanciers!

That’s my lot for this week! Well done to the Ashridge club members and to Terry Goodsell of Morden on their wonderful success in the 2018 season! I can be contacted with ant pigeon ‘banter’ on telephone number: 01372 463480 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY KEITH MOTT (www.keithmott.com