*THE DYNAMIC DE MEYERS*
The De Meyers are our new sensational family of sprinters that we've introduced with great success in recent years. Through our friendship with Kevin Head we have been able to obtain some super pigeons that are more than proving their worth. At our lofts we own an extensive team of these lightning fast sprinters, and they continue to win up and down the country. They have won 1st Clubs, 1st Feds, 1st Amals for ourselves and others.
Here's 3 examples of cocks that have been in our race team.
These, and others are available to view in our Photo Album on the main Home page"VAN PERSIE" bred by ourselves in 2010. A genuinely superb racer, and now ace breeder. He won a West Midlands Region Award in the 0-250 miles category in 2011. His father was purchased from the fabulous loft of Mr and Mrs J. Bradley whilst his Dam is one of our wonderful De Meyer Breeding hens. He has 11 x 1st and 3 x 2nd's to his name! Amongst "Van Persie's" performances are :-
1st Club Kingsdown. 1st Section 19 Clubs sent 1,301 birds, 1st Fed (38 Clubs sent 2,816 birds). He won the Fed by over 13 yards per minute.
1st Club Kingsdown. 1st Section (20 Clubs sent 1,620 birds) and also 1st Open Federation against 3,267 birds.
1st Club Kingsdown 278 birds, 2nd Section 1,951 birds, 2nd Federation (Beaten by 0.05 ypm).
As a true widowhood cock "Van Persie" did not get much opportunity as a breeder - and yet on the 8th September 2012 we won 1st and 2nd Section (20 clubs sent 1976 birds) and 1st and 2nd Federation Wincanton against 3,925 birds. Both timers hit the landing board together. The winner was direct out of "Van Persie's" brother whilst the other was direct out of "Van Persie" himself! Since going to Stock "Van Persie" has gone on to breed 1st Section 2,164 birds 1st Wolverhampton Federation 4,353 birds etc
"OILY RAG" BRED IN 2006 BY OURSELVES WINNER OF :-
1st CLUB 381 BIRDS - SW WIND
1st CLUB 305 BIRDS - EAST WIND
1st CLUB 308 BIRDS - EAST WIND
1st CLUB 297 BIRDS - STRONG NE WIND
2nd CLUB 349 BIRDS - WEST WIND
1st WEST SECTION (25 CLUBS) 3,309 BIRDS NE WIND
1st FEDERATION 6,388 BIRDS NE WIND
3rd WEST SECTION 3,088 BIRDS EAST WIND
5th FEDERATION 6,772 BIRDS EAST WIND
16TH FEDERATION 6,679 BIRDS WEST WIND
"Oily Rag" is now proving himself as a breeder by being responsible for birds to win 1st prizes. Gordon Bros & Sons in N.Ireland have pigeons that have taken multiple positions in the top 12 Open of the East Down Combine carrying the blood of “Oily Rag”.
KEVS BOY" BRED IN 2006 BY KEVIN HEAD - RACED BY OURSELVES (BAD TRAPPER). This cock is now an electric Sire and G.Sire of winners for ourselves and other fanciers. The list of his birds that are winning are hard to keep up with!
1st CLUB 105 BIRDS SW WIND
1st CLUB 286 BIRDS ENE WIND
1st CLUB 347 BIRDS ENE WIND
2nd CLUB 379 BIRDS ENE WIND
2nd CLUB 441 BIRDS SE WIND
3rd CLUB 187 BIRDS SW WIND
3rd CLUB 410 BIRDS NE WIND
4th CLUB 305 BIRDS ENE WIND
5th CLUB 227 BIRDS SW WIND
6th CLUB 228 BIRDS NW WIND
4th WEST SECTION 2,698 BIRDS
7th FEDERATION 4,872 BIRDS
14th FEDERATION 6,684 BIRDS
16th FEDERATION 7,501 BIRDS
23rd FEDERATION 3,497 BIRDS
23rd FEDERATION 6,388 BIRDS
26th FEDERATION 6,338 BIRDS
Kev's Boy now retired to Stock in 2009 where he's throwing absolutely top class pigeons 17/09/12. We are 1st and 2nd Section Wincanton, 1st and 2nd Federation Wincanton against 3,925 birds. Both birds hit the landing board together. 1st is direct out of a full brother to "Van Persie" whilst 2nd Federation 3,925 birds is direct out of "Van Persie" himself when mated to a direct daughter of "Kev's Boy" !
*COLIN LLOYD CATTRYSSE*
In 1999 we decided to go to the ultra succesful loft of Colin Lloyd of Cannock.We have always sought the very best racing pigeons and so we decided on the Cattrysse. That year of 1999 Colin Lloyd had hit a purple patch,not only in sprint family but also in the distance. Within a ten day period Colin had topped the Wolverhampton Federation from Saintes but he went onto win the NFC from Saintes again with the same pigeon.(King Arthur).
We met Colin one Sunday morning and purchased 6 late-breds out of the racers and stock loft. These were top quality specimens.These 6 late-breds went straight into the stock loft and through our tough selection policy only 3 survived. These 3 pigeons have formed a base of top performing pigeons. We have topped the Wolverhampton, Worcester and Bromsgrove Federations with these. As like Colin's pigeons they also put up great performances at MCC and MNFC level. We have won both Sections at MCC and MNFC level. One cock for instance finishing 8th Open MNFC Portsmouth in a strong North west wind in the MNFC.
Our two RPRA Award winning cocks "Willenhall Warrior" and "Olympic Taffy" are 50% Cattrysse and 50% Staf van Reets - proves that the Cattrysse are very good crossing pigeons. We believe that a pigeon is a pigeon. Pedigrees mean nothing here - performances do.
* FRANS ZWOLS*
We do not have many of this family on the garden. At present we are largely using them as a cross to see if the best of this breed can be incorporated into our existing family of birds. Results as you'll see below are already HUGELY promising.
In the 2013 YB season one Frans Zwols x Gaby hen won 1st club, 1st Section 1,220 birds, 1st Open Wolverhampton Federation 2,694 birds. 1st Club, 2nd Club, 3rd Section 1,454 birds, 14th Wolverhampton Federation 3,087 birds, 6th Section 797 birds and 23rd Wolverhampton Federation 1,663 birds !!
The lines we have are some of the finest the strain has to offer. They include the blood of : Blue Prince, Boy, Queen, Tip Top Junior, Truke, Prince Amor, Blue Princess, Little Amy, Queen of Rekkem, Sweet Purple, Eagles Nephew, Eagle Boy Junior, Princess Amor, Francien's Boy, Tip Top Rekkem, Smeulders Cock, Game Princess, Zwols Baby, Game Lady, Scholes etc..
Results from our Frans Zwols academy of pigeons continue to impress ourselves and others. Here are some updates for the 2014 season so far. We’ve chosen some inland performances and channel performances. We can also show that these birds are not just winning for ourselves; even though precious few have left our garden.
Huge congratulations to Harry Williams of Maghull in Liverpool. This season he won 1st and 2nd Liverpool Amal from Messac. If this weren’t enough, these two went on to claim 1st and 2nd Open in the North West Combine! 262 members sent 1,362 birds. It was a 395 miles race to Harry and his winner was over 3 minutes clear. The winner was bred here, by us, and the Dam is one of our Frans Zwols hens! (Tip Top Rekeem blood x Francien’s Boy lines)In the last 2 OB races of the 2014 season we finished :
2nd Section 2nd Wolverhampton Federation Kingsdown (1,826 birds).
2nd Section 2nd Wolverhampton Federation Exeter
What we liked about these two performances is that these two cocks share the same Frans Zwols mother (Blue Princess x Prince Amor blood) but totally different fathers! (One is a Gaby based cock, the other a Frans Zwols cock) Yes, two half-brothers in two consecutive races came so close to winning the 1st Open prize.
Another quality performance came in the Midlands Continental Classic race from Carentan this season. We finished 7th Band B, 7th Open (131 members sent 1,086 birds). The mother of this cock was one of our Frans Zwols hens (Blue Prince x Little Amy blood)when mated to one of our De Meyer based cocks (The father was 9th Open in the same race on the same day).
Please enquire if you are interested in any of these families. We are pleased to help.