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News from Terry Williams of somersetoneloftrace.co.uk   2 comments

This blog is based on information that Terry sent me to give the U.K. picture and we thank him.
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The Club Liberation
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Liberations in the Uk are a mixed bag, there are pigeons going all over the place. We have North roaders going South and we have South roaders going North and we have East and West birds going across them all. You could have over 100,000 pigeons in the sky going home and all the conveyors are trying to get the birds up early!! How it works here is the transporter goes to the liberation site and he calls to say he has arrived and gives a quick weather update and receives the home end report as well. He waters and feeds the birds and the next morning he is on the phone to his home end to find out what is what and gives his weather report his end. In between these two are race advisers who are around the line of flight. These advisers are people who have friends or pigeon fancier friends that can give weather reports in their area and that is all they can do. The club race controller has to make his/her mind up if it is safe to release the birds in the weather they have in front of them. They also have to watch out for clashing, which is a nightmare to chase and will never really be prevented. The last call is for the race controller to speak to the driver and conveyor as to the updated weather at the liberation point, it is then agreed to hold over or release the birds at a set time. As far as people are concerned it is the birds which are thought of. Now if there is a bad race everyone is to blame and nobody puts their hands up as there is a string of people on the line of flight telling their view. If the conveyor lets the birds go because he thinks it is good to go and he is wrong, he then must talk to the race controller who is in contact with the race advisers on the line of flight. In a nut shell the conveyor is there to release the birds and to keep them watered and fed for as long as is needed. The weather and wind make the race possible, the bird has to prove itself and perform. Hold overs should not be a problem as the transporter should be geared up for it. A pigeon in the basket will rest and be waiting for ‘the shout’ that they will be going. Thirty odd years ago we were in a National (that is my father and I) and the birds were heldover for 2 weeks and a person in our area won the race. The problem today is the fancier has worked hard to get the bird in condition for the race, as not many are put in condition naturally, the conditioner is now out of the system!!!! Some people lose their best birds, but if 50% are home in the clock then it is the bird that failed and on a hard long race if the conditions are right it is up to the ‘pigeon’ to be in the best ‘condition’ as well. That is why you sent it to ‘win’. “There is always something to blame.”
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The One Loft Liberation
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We could have 100 or 1000 birds to race, more if we could. As soon as the birds are in the loft the entrants are watching the progress every day on the website, so from the start the pressure is on!! Once the birds start training everyone is watching the whole thing, time, place, feed, basketing, the lot! Starting off is just the same as any training and of course we go on the weather, it is the ‘big factor’. We watch it well, as the miles go on we have to make sure there is no large club racing in the week as this is now a big thing as people are racing midweek to miss the Saturday rush!! We are going across country so we have to know ‘who is going from where’ and we also have the ‘ones’ that don’t tell anyone. So we can have a problem as ‘some’ see good weather and decide to have a big training toss!! Anyway, with the liberations we watch and ask people in the area we are going to if there is any problem. So we too have our ‘line of flight advisers’ in place. On the ‘Hot Spots’ not too much of a problem, just have to hope there’s no real big clashing. However when we go over the water into Belgium a totally different tack is taken. We watch the weather pattern a month before our final race to see the different pattens of the wind. Of course we know it won’t be exactly the same, but you have to see the English Channel to believe it, it changes from day to day, so we ‘watch and listen’ to where the wind is ‘coming and going from’ and we take note of the state of the sea etc. As the race day approached we cancelled the race due to high winds and rain coming in, (we can do this as we are racing to one loft). We went the following week, no real bad reports of weather only for later in the day. Had the birds up early (6.45am) and expected they would have a good race. All the advisers said a good day, no problems, so ‘up went the birds’ and that was the last we saw of the birds and the race was a disaster. The weather changed in a matter of an hour or so. We have advisers on the coast line of Belgium and England and we have a camera on a buoy in the Channel. The best is the advisers on the coast. I ring them and I am in contact with the conveyors and I make the decision. So no one is to blame, an adviser is not going to tell something it ain’t! It is the weather that changes the race, wind, sea conditions, even the weather forecasters get it wrong, (more times 2011), common sense is a must in conveying pigeons along with ‘good advice’.
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Somersetoneloft race update 17th December 2011   Leave a comment

2012 OLYMPIC YEAR CELEBRATE IT HERE AT THE 2012

SOMERSET ONE LOFT RACE

Barn Owls, East Town Lane, PILTON, Somerset BA4 4NX

TEL: 01749 890109 MOBILE: 07980895275

E-mail: somerset1loftrace@talktalk.net

Web site:www.somersetoneloftrace.co.uk.

PROBABLY THE BEST ONE LOFT RACE TO BE IN”                       

 

With the growing Interest in what we offer and the friendly way the set up is run we want to offer nothing but the best, this is because the route we fly East to West into Belgium and with the dreaded North sea to cross. The Final race from Ypres in Belgium 268 miles is on a direct line for the birds to try and get home, as the channel is a notorious place for the birds, it is still the biggest challenge for a young bird to fly, the wind is mostly always West and on their nose. We have training and Hot Spot racing along the way and they are exciting for all who enter. The birds will have the best from start to finish, once the basket training and the tosses start, the birds have to prove them selves from day one and they are all equal right from the start. We pride our selves on giving value for money and we try and keep you all up dated as well as we can, we have updates on our web site nearly every day so people can see the progress the birds are making. We now have interest from all over including Europe, and that side of it is growing and the International side is gathering pace nicely. The Final race is as tough as it can get for the young birds, but it is brought to them fairly and they have to show their true colours all the way through, that is why you are sending them to race here, “For the ultimate Test” We have had two hard finals and none worse than 2011, that is why we have moved the lib point, but they will still have the biggest test for a young bird “The Channel”  it can change from nice and peaceful to a blustery headache!  That is the challenge. The health of the birds is Paramount to the lofts and we want all the birds to have the best and to go on to race for you, but for us to start right the birds have to be in good condition from the day they arrive. We have our own intake weaning system in place which works well for us and the birds.  We also vaccinate the birds for PMV, we then monitor the birds progress, and if there is a problem with a bird you have reserves in the loft, and they have been through every thing from the start and hopefully keep you in the race. For the Olympics we want to offer some thing different and we have our ”OLYMPIA CHALLENGE” race to open the games and our Final is to close the games! So we really do want a top race and entries, and hopefully £50,000 could be yours. For a challenge and honest racing come and test your pigeons in Somerset.  Thank you.

Terry & Jane

                         

       HERE IS THE CHANCE TO WIN £50,000 IN “SOMERSETS OLYMPIA RACE” 2012

              IN THE BIGGEST SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD “THE OLYMPICS”                  

As 2012 is Olympic year we are holding a special race year where we want to have the biggest pay out in the UK and even Europe. Our reputation as the fairest set up is offering you the best payout ever, but we need your support to do so. The challenge is for your birds and with the Olympics in England we have the chance to reward them and you for the toughest race, The Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world so let pigeons be part of it, we pay what we say win or lose! .The Olympics are here to enjoy so let our sport enjoy the best pay out for a fair and tough race. If we had 1200 paid pigeons we promise to pay out £35,000 to the winner, that is the biggest payout in the UK, but if we had 1500 paid pigeons we promise to pay out a massive £50,000 to the winner, the biggest in Europe. To get to these figures we need all the support we can get from every one and your birds stand as much chance as any ones in here as all are treated the same and all are equal. We will be limiting the intake for 2012 as the interest is now gaining pace, as the racing and training progress the birds have to work hard for their perch this is because we want them to get to the final and because of this we are giving you reserves on top of your entries to help cover your team, The excitement that this race generates is brilliant and more people are watching how we do things, we have non pigeon fanciers who just love the racing and are always encouraging there hopefuls, we also run our popular Gold Ring system, £10 per bird and the winner takes all on the Hot Spots good bit of fun, last year we had a Junior league for under 15s and for the first year it proved quite popular we want to see this grow this year and it gave a lot of fun to the children they also had their own prize fund. Another unique thing we do is if you want your young bird back after the final race then you can” free of charge”, as we believe it is your bird and you own it, but if you want we can enter it into our yearling race for the following year, and again if it returns from that Final you can have the bird back free of charge, but if you don’t need it we can auction it as required ,but to us if it finishes the 2 finals then it is one of the best birds in the country by far. Our race is gaining more interest every year as we are the only ones to test the birds over the channel , the entrants want to have that little bit of a challenge with a difference, and that is what we offer. As we have already said for two years we have had difficult finals but we have stayed in Belgium to Ypres 268 miles and a straight line for the birds to cross the channel, and we are sure this is the right way as we have the right temperament and mix in the lofts to make it work and we wish you well in the racing. Please enjoy the racing as we enjoy your birds racing here. This is surly the best test for a pigeon in One Loft racing

The intake of birds is from 4th February to the 30th April 2012

SOMERSETS “OLYMPIA CHALLENGE” RACE PROGRAM 2012

Mon     9th July Winchester   55 Miles
Fri      27th July Haslemere (opening of 2012 Games)   85 Miles
Thurs   9th Aug Royal Tonbridge Wells 122 Miles
Sun    19th Aug Folkstone 165 Miles
Sun      9th Sept Ypres (Closing of Paralympic Games) 268 Miles

Training will be in between the races. Liberations may change if needed.                                                                                                                     

                                            Race options for 2012  

OPTION 1: 1 or 2 birds + 1 reserve                                                         £ 140.00  Each

OPTION 2: 3 Birds + 1 free all activated + 2 reserves = team of 6         £ 405.00 per Team

OPTION 3: 6 Birds + 2 free all activated + 4 reserves = team of 12       £ 810.00 per Team

OPTION 4: Junior League 1 activated + 1 reserve.                                 £   50.00 per Entry

If you require bigger teams please get in touch. The reserves will replace any lost pigeon up to the 1st Hot Spot any inactivated reserves must be activated by the 1st Hot Spot at £100.00 each. We will run the Junior League again for the under 15s at 1 entry per person at £50.00 entry + you get 1 reserve, to do so you must have an entry in the main race. One Loft racing is a different challenge as the birds are all on the same level and have exactly the same treatment to progress and once the training starts it is up to them to show there true worth we want your birds to go to the final and race for you and we really do want to pay out the biggest prize in Europe only with your support can we achieve it. The challenge is here, and we want to reward you for entering our One Loft Race. £50,000 could be yours”.

Please phone or email in for all POOLS, GOLD RING Nominations must be in before the 1st Hot Spot , We have online banking phone for details,  Swap Shop birds for sale on the scale below.

Upto the 1st Hot Spot         £125.00

Upto the 2nd Hot Spot        £150.00

Upto the 3rd Hot Spot         £175.00

Upto the 4th Hot Spot         £200.00

Final race to liberation       £250.00

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APPLICATION FORM         ( We have online banking please contact us for details)

PLEASE ENTER AS REQUIRED, EMAILS MAKE IT EASIER TO CONTACT YOU

NAME………………………………………Syndicate  Name…………………………………………….

ADDRESS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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TEL…………………………………………………………MOBILE…………………………………………

E.MAIL………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

ENTER OPTION…………No of birds………..…£50.00 per activated birds deposit £……………

JUNIOR RACE for under 15s…….. £50.00 1 bird + 1 reserve (one entry per named Junior)

Total amount sent £…………………….  If paid in full enter amount £…………….….

Send to: Somerset One Loft Race. Barn Owls, East Town Lane, Pilton, Somerset BA4 4NX                                                                                                                         

RULES FOR 2012      BIRDS MUST BE 28 to 38 DAYS OLD

1)     ALL ENTRIES MUST BE PAID FOR AND ACTIVATED TO WIN PRIZES.

2)     ALL BIRDS WILL BE WING STAMPED WITH OUR DETAILS.

3)     THE TIMING SYSTEM IN RACES WILL BE ON THE UNIKON SYSTEM.

4)     FINAL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS BEFORE BIRDS ARE DELIVERED TO THE LOFTS.

5)      WE WILL ALLOW REPLACEMENT BIRDS AT OUR DISCRETION.

6)     THE PRIZE FUND WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONCE THE LOFTS ARE CLOSED FOR ENTRIES.

7)      RESERVE BIRDS: ALL BIRDS IN THE LOFTS MUST BE ACTIVATED FOR THE 1st HOT SPOT.

8)     THERE WILL BE 4 HOT SPOT RACES THIS YEAR, AND THE FINAL RACE FROM YPRES IN BELGIUM 268 MILES. ALL HOTSPOTS AND LAST RACE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO BAD WEATHER OR MATTERS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

9)     WE WILL RUN A “ACE” PIGEON WITH THE LOWEST FLYING TIME USED, BIRDS MUST BE CLOCKED IN ALL RACES

10)   THE RACE WILL BE CLOSED ON THE 2ND NIGHT AT 2200 HRS FOR ALL HOT SPOTS.

11)  THE FINAL RACE WILL RUN UNTIL THE 4thDAY TILL  2200 HRS, OR PRIZE FUND TAKEN,

12)   WE HAVE OUR TEAM OF SWAP SHOP BIRDS TO COVER EARLY LOSSES AND FOR PEOPLE TO PURCHASE AS REQUIRED.  IF YOU LOSE ALL YOUR BIRDS BEFORE THE FIRST HOT SPOT WE WILL GIVE A SWAP SHOP BIRD FREE OF CHARGE.

13)  WE WILL ALSO HAVE OUR POPULAR “GOLD RING NOMINATION” AT £10.00 PER RING,

14)  JUNIORS UNDER 15 CAN ENTER BUT ONLY IF A TEAM HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THE MAIN RACE.

15)  JUNIOR LEAGUE  FINAL AT FOLKSTONE, RETURNING BIRDS TO BE ACTIVATED FOR £75 FOR THE MAIN RACE

16)  POOLS FOR THE HOT SPOTS AND FINAL RACE, PHONE OR EMAIL UPTO ONE DAY BEFORE RACE.

17)  PRIZE FUND MONIES NOT CLAIMED WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN THE CLOCKED BIRDS AND DIVIDED EQUAL. IF NO BIRDS HOME THE PRIZE  FUND IS SPLIT BETWEEN FINAL RACE BIRDS NO SPONSERED BIRDS WILL RECEIVE THE SPLIT

18)  WE RUN A YEARLING RACE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR PROVIDED WE HAVE 150 PIGEONS AT £150.00 EACH

19)   AFTER THE YOUNG BIRD FINAL YOU MAY HAVE YOUR OWN BIRDS BACK FREE OF CHARGE, CARRIAGE TO BE MET BY THE OWNER.

20)  ANY YOUNG BIRD NOT WANTED BACK OR NOT ENTERED IN THE YEARLING RACE WILL BE AUCTIONED AFTER THE YOUNG BIRD FINAL, MONIES SPLIT 50% TO OWNER  &  50% TO SOMERSET ONE LOFT RACE.

21)  ANY UNPAID BIRDS WILL BE SOLD  AT OUR DISCEATION, ALL  RIGHTS OF ORIGINAL OWNER ARE FORFEITED.

22)  IF WE GET 1200  PAID BIRDS WE GAURNTEE TO PAY OUT £35,000 1st PRIZE AND FOR 1500 PAID BIRDS WE GAURNTEE £50,000 1st PRIZE, ALL BIRDS MUST BE PAID FOR ………………………..PLEASE ENJOY THE RACING

We want to bring you glory and your birds are there to try the Ultimate Test

We want to make your pigeon the top performer in a challenge, we want it to be

THE

“SOMERSET OLYMPIA CHALLENGE”

ATHLETE OF THE SKY

£50,000 IS A BONUS!!

SOMERSET

            ONE LOFT RACE                  Tel: 01749 890109      

     “RACING THE ATHLETES OF THE SKY”  E-mail – somerset1loftrace@talktalk.net

                                                                Web Site – www.somersetoneloftrace.co.uk.

 

        BARN OWLS, EAST TOWN LANE, PILTON, SOMERSET. BA4 4NX

                

                      New Zealand  Charity Donation

 

  This Year our given charity will be for “SENSE” the Deaf Blind Charity

 

We thank you for your donation of 2 Birds, In support of this very worthy cause.

The birds will enter the lofts and then train and race for this charity, any prize funds won in the Hot Spots will go into the charity fund. These donated birds can race under your name as the sponsor up to the last Hot Spot Race and then we will hold a auction for the donated birds with the proceeds going to the charity. The New Owners will then race these birds in their names for the Final Race. Any of the birds winning a Prize in the Final will donate 10% of there winnings to the Deaf Blind. Your support is very much appreciated. We are also having rings donated from around the world to put on birds, with the same rules as above Thank You

                    

We will be opening the lofts for the arrival of your young birds from the 4th February, 2012 with a closing date of the 30th April, 2012. Ideally we would like the birds to be between 28-38 days old. A quick phone call would be appreciated prior to delivery of the birds. We thank you for your support and trust you have a successful year. Good Luck.

 

Please Note: We will vaccinate all birds on arrival at the lofts.

 

Please Remember: Transfer Forms for all Birds Please

 

Organiser and Loft Manager  TERRY WILLIAMS  01749 890109 or mobile 07980895275.

 

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                      Would please fill out the form and send with your birds Thank you

 

 

Name…………………………………………………………….Syndicate Name……………………………………………………………………….

 

Address……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

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E-Mail: Address………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Please tick way of delivery      By Hand………… By Courier…………..

 

Please list your birds ring numbers below:

 

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Posted December 16, 2011 by ferguselley in Somerset, England One Loft Race, U.k. news items

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SOMERSET  ONE  LOFT  RACE

Barn Owls, East Town Lane, PILTON, Somerset BA4 4NX

TEL: 01749 890109   MOB: 07980895275

e-mail: somerset1loftrace@talktalk.net

Web site : www.somersetoneloftrace.co.uk.          

                                     

                                   PROBABLY THE BEST ONE LOFT RACE TO BE IN

Hi every one,

Hope all is well down under, I would like to put a little bit of info from here in England just to keep you all up dated as to what is happening etc , first off we are starting to get ready to pair up for the 2012 youngsters, some have paired already and we hear  of one lot got eggs last week , so they are hoping the 2012 rings arrive before the end of December, as last year was the first year the rings were out before the new year so they are hoping they arrive early this year, at the moment it is blowing a gale and freezing winds with it so the lofts have to have the right conditions for the birds to even feel like having a go, I mean how would we like it if the old bits were not up to it because of the cold !! the same for the birds!, I know how hard it is for you in NZ and Aus to get the up to date bits and pieces and the best type of birds, but believe you me you are better off without some of them, it appears the Young bird sickness is now getting hold again, and in our Lofts for the One Loft race we have to keep a real sharp eye open just as you should all do, most of us know and when it raises its ugly head, and as for club racing it arrives once the young bird racing starts, the naughty problem is most do jab for P.M.V but there is some that don`t , is it the ones that don`t jab that cause the problem or not ! who can say yes or no, but I really do think that the jabbing should be carried out by some one who has been taught to inject properly, I have seen people set up to jab the birds and have been in all sorts of problems, first off they do not clean the birds area of injection ( some jab in leg muscle) the area should be well cleaned with surgical spirit this also gives you a clear area ie neck with lots of flesh to see then pinch a bit of skin and put your needle in about ¼ of inch or 5mm, once you have jabbed clean the area again with the surgical spirit, then the bird will get no cross contamination, the needle should be changed after 15/20 birds have been jabbed, that is why they send you plenty of needles, we found that some people have blood squirting out all over the place and miss the spot and some birds even have 3 / 4 jabs because they miss, now if you had some one who really knows and cares how it is done it will take no longer to take the birds down the club or where ever on a certain day and have a mass jabbing session, then we all have been done if they don`t turn up then no racing when you keep live stock you have to work at it , no rule for one and a rule for another, we have to do so do it properly, and then look at your birds with interest afterwards for a bout a month to check they are OK. In our Lofts we have a mixture turn up from all the UK and Europe and we have to be right on top of the birds to help them , we have noticed that problems start about 2/4 weeks after the jabbing this is a pain as there is not a lot to do except give them plenty of vitamins and what ever recovery mix you put in the water make sure you give them it often they really need you to nurse them with the best you think is best, but I must say you can give the birds the best and most expensive mixes drinks etc and nothing will do the trick, this tests the birds immune system , if we do not dope them up too much they can pull through, I do believe we use too many concoctions today and it does the bird no good at all, once the weaning side is going well the birds are on a protein food to help them and they can eat as much as they want at this age as they need the food to grow , you should give them vitamins etc that you use most are all the same, we use a lot of Cider vinegar in the water 2/4 times a week , and also Orego Stim ,this is a natural water based item and is a gut and health product that works some use every day , but 1 /2 times a week is good as you then have time for just clean water ! A lot of problems with young birds is the stress side of it, most birds are fine but one or two are weaker and we all think they are all ill, most birds will pull through a illness if looked after well , we all can give them antibiotics but that should be the real last thing to do, not the first, if a bird is really sick nothing will save it and if it does scrape in it will not race for you properly, most of us have our way of thinking and dealing with our own birds, but sick ones we only guess at as we are not vets, but listening to different ways helps draw right from wrong and we all make our own verdict right or wrong that is what we do, one time I had 3 sick birds I contacted the vets , and was told to send them some dropping samples  and a mouth swab, which we did, a day later the 3 birds died , the report came the following day and they told me there was no sign of a problem from the tests, I rang them to say there must be as they have died !! we have to control what we know about are own birds the best way forward is observe the birds and act before the nasty bits get a hold, As we run a One Loft we have to handle lots of different Pigeons from different countries etc and the make up of the birds is all so different , small big, medium sized birds but most of all they all have the same thing a brain and heart and it is the one with the best ones that will survive till the end and good racers are trying to prove the birds they keep are the best, that is why you buy a certain type of bird, it suits you, and you will try and make that bird in to a champion, now if you swap and change around a lot, then the top is a long way off, as pigeon fanciers you should suss your birds racing skills from the start as it is you that is bringing the birds up in your loft, if you buy a bird for a small fortune most expect its off spring to win from the start, some do! But they will only perform if you treat them right from the start, and you have a system that they like, a system is a big part of good racing the same thing day in day out, the birds get used to it and prefer it,  take widowhood a simple system but some make it so hard, basic widowhood, for cocks or hens, but the biggest thing we all do wrong is keep going in to the lofts to see if they are OK , widowhood cocks should be seen once a day 2 times max, they should be fed  and watered in there boxes and left alone to sort them selves in to condition with the oblivious motivation needed by you at the right time, that is the management side,  once the birds are in the groove as to speak it is you that gets them to race home a simple system made far too hard by many ! You have to make the brain and heart work to the full, then you may reach the top with the best birds.

We are now preparing for 2012 intake which will begin the Fist week in Feb and finish end of April, we don`t know how many birds we will get but at the moment we have over 300 booked in for this time of year that is good as most wait till after the New year or just turn up with birds, they may get a sudden gush of money or may just decide to have a go, but for 2012 we really want to put on a show with lots of birds and a huge payout to match , we want to pay £50,000 to the winner but we need 1400 birds to make that happen and with the world in a bit of a mess money wise that is going to be hard to get but we are still hopeful ! If you want a full look at what we do please look at our website somersetoneloftrace.co.uk. We race the birds on the Route East to West a tough road for the birds as we have mainly West winds but this is the challenge we want and it seems people who want a  challenge like about it , “The Challenge” we also have the nasty North sea to cross as well as the Final race is from Belgium this year 270 miles for the birds, for the last 2 years we went to Brussels 310 miles ,a real toughie to think about let alone race, hands up we had 2 years of stinkers from there it seemed just to much for the birds with the weather changing and gusting at that time of year it’s tough picking the right day let alone predict the weather ! so this year we have returned to our first race point near Ypres in Belgium and we hope a good move , the birds are trained to get there and we hope to get back as well, we are hoping for a large entry this year as we are running along side the Olympics which we hope will go well , we have a Hot Spot to Open the Games and our Final race will close the games at the end of the Paralympics . Also we have our own Junior League where the juniors have there own prize fund and they win prizes in the Hot Spots with the last Hot Spot there Final , the birds can then be activated for the big final, a real good bit of fun , also this year we are helping the BLIND DEAF charity as all charities have their own heart stopping moments, but this is a cause that I feel I could not or want to be in a position to handle myself brave clever children/ people surviving and enjoying what they know a pleasure to try and help, for this we are hoping to get 2012 rings (bands) sent over from different countries and we will put the rings on our stud birds and  the birds that are in for the Final will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the charity, we have also asked the top studs in the UK to supply some birds as well so it could end up with a good turn out. I hope this little write up helps Fergus new bit get under way as it is a huge task he is trying and he can only get it right if we join him, thank you all for your time and I hope we can help to motivate the people to keep racing pigeons as it is a terrific sport, and remember “ Keep it simple”

Regards

Terry & Jane                                                                                 

Posted December 14, 2011 by ferguselley in Somerset, England One Loft Race, U.k. news items

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Fergus Elley to Terry
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Dear Terry, Brian had just this morning written to me about your one loft race. Anything to promote the sport is always good and you have a great 1st prize. Wonderful that it is the same year as the London Olympics. I have recently started a blog site and will add a section just for your race so please keep us posted. I will also send out an email to my pigeon contacts here in New Zealand in the next few days.

The site address is https://ferguspigeonman.wordpress.com/

You are welcome to send pictures e.t.c. as it would be good for my site and viewers can find the link to your site in the email below which I will place on the site now with this reply.

Cheers, Fergie.

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On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Terry Williams <somerset1loftrace@talktalk.net> wrote:

Hello Mr Elley,
My Name is Terry Williams and I run The Somerset One Loft Race in England , i have been in contact with Bruce Cossons with regards our race for the Olympics in London 2012, we have not been able to get hold of Bruce , so we got in touch with Brian Batchelor who is entering our race next year, If I briefly let you know to what we would like to happen , For the Olympics we are holding a special race year to run along side the Olympics, and we are hoping many countries will enter, we are hoping to have a £50,000  ($1000,000 nz dollar)  1st prize for the winner, but we need the entries to be able to give it, we have Hot Spot races to enjoy and the training is in between the racing , it is a tough race and the birds are trained to the best standard to get to the Final race, as the import of birds from out side the EU is really out of the question due to Defra rules, we would like to offer your side of the world a chance to enter,   We would breed the birds here in England from the stud that supplies our Swap Shop birds ( Reserves) these birds are top draw pigeons and have done well in our racing over the years, to be fair to all , you will only pay for the birds if they get to the Final race, you can watch and follow the races through the year on our web site, for a bird in the Final you would have to pay for the bird (to the stud) and the activation fee the the full cost £285.00  approx ( $570 nz ), you are then in the race to win the hopefully $100,000 nzds prize, We would hope you will be interested in some sort of Syndicate of your Federation members , the more that enter the better the chance , of course single entries can win the lot !!!! . if you could please discuss this at your next meeting , i understand you do not get NZ rings till August 2012 , we can put on UK rings on the birds !!!?  We have spoken to Brian and he knows us quite well and he gave us your address to contact you , Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon , Our web site is   www.somersetoneloftrace.co.uk 
Regards
Terry & Jane Williams
p/s We lived in Whangarei  for 3 years ,        

Posted November 10, 2011 by ferguselley in Somerset, England One Loft Race, U.k. news items

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