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Bob Short from Worthing

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A few weeks ago I had a phone call from one of our long time customers and friend, Bob Short from Worthing in West Sussex. Although I have never met Bob face to face we have had many lengthy in-depth conversations on the telephone about various aspects of the sport.
I think the reason why we get on so well is that we tend to think the same (straight talking with no bull sh*t).

Eric Kennedy & Son

Eric Kennedy 200Eric Kennedy & Son
County Wicklow Southern Ireland

Top Father and Son partnership racing in the strong Newtown/Kilpedder R.P.C with 20 members sending up to 450 birds each week. They are affiliated to the East Coast Federation which boasts a membership of 240 lofts sending approximately 2,200 birds up to 5,800 birds weekly.

Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson 200Alan Atkinson (Sandycroft Slayer)
Sandycroft Cheshire

1st, 3rd, 5th Club, 3rd & 18th Federation Hereford 80 miles vel 1,407 birds
1st,2nd, 3rd, 4th Club, 7th,11th, 23rd Monmouth 100 miles vel 1,589 birds
1st, 2nd, 3rd Club 2, 3, 4 Federation 1,669 birds 1509
1st, 2nd & 3rd Federation Frome 1,387 birds vel 1570

Joop Gronen Netherlands

JoopEllen200NL. 37 Championship Victories in 13 years.
The sprint/middle distance champion of the Netherlands.
1st National NPO Salbris 3,835 birds (351 miles 566km)

There are many great champions in the sport that have come and gone but the real super champions are few and far between. These are the men who for decades are consistently at the top and Joop certainly comes in to this category, "The Best of The Best".

Serg & Kristen Van Elsacker-Jepsen

Serg 200King of the middle distance
Nearly unbeatable in middle distance racing!

In 1986 a new King was crowned in the Antwerpen Union regarded by many as the 'high society of pigeon racing'. Until then the name of Serge van Elsacker was unknown but he became the youngest fancier ever to win the prestigious title in the Union, also known as the toughest competition in the world.

De Smet – Van Puymbroeck

Paul De Smet 200De Smet – Van Puymbroeck of Belsele, Belgium
3rd National Champions Long Distance KBDB 2011

During the month of March whilst I was in Belgium I was fortunate enough to visit the partnership of Paul De Smet and Theo Van Puymbroeck. These fanciers house the purest source of Jef De Ridder pigeons which are the base of the De Rauw-Sablon pigeons.

Leo Van Rijn & Jeroen Meeder

Van Rijn Meader 200Van Rijn & Meeder Schipluiden (Netherlands)

Origin of the Van Rijn/Meeder family. The base bloodlines of this family come from the best of,
Gebr. Janssen (Merckx), Karel Meulemans (Kadet), Tournier, Jan Ouwerkerk, R. & X. Verstraete (Uno), D. & L. van Dijck (Kannibaal)

 

Peter Stakenborg

Stakenborg 200Peter Stakenborg Sprint Specialist Neeroeteren Belgium

5th National Champion Speed Youngsters 2011
1st Provincial Champion Speed Youngsters 2011
1st Overall Champion (Association of 4 clubs 100 members)
6th Provincial Champion, 1st Speed Yearlings 2011

Ken Darlington

Ken Darlington 200Ken Darlington The Welsh Wizard

I have been a pigeon fancier since the age of ten and this is the first time I have been without pigeons for over forty years and believe me when I tell you, it takes some getting used to.After auctioning all my own birds last winter on my website which was a huge success I have had requests from other fanciers to auction some birds for them.