The second race of the season was also from Sennen Cove for the National Flying Club held on the 19th of June.
Leading the way in section A was Mick Skidmore from Havant and once again Darren May kindly assisted me in compiling the report.
Micks pigeon is from his own Busschaert family which have been winning at the top level in National and Classic Races for 40 years. Flown on the widowhood system the section winner has also been 25th Open NFC Messac in 2020 season. His sire was 1st section 10th Open NFC Cholet and the dam was also 1st section 35th Open NFC Fougeres. Second and fifth section was M Sallis & Son from Brighton with a Van Loon x Koopman whose parents were brought from Crammand & Langstaff’s entire clearance sale, and had previously been 2nd, 23rd & 26th Fed.
He would like to say thanks to his four daughters who are always helping with the birds feeding and getting them in. Third was Brian May who would like to congratulate Mickey Skidmore on winning the section on a very hard day. So hard in fact it is now known as Black Saturday. His 3rd section bird is out of Stock loft and is of Gem lines. He is a very consistent bird and is a previous winner, his next race will be the long awaited channel race from Guernsey. R Broome & Grandson from Havant were fourth with D Matthews & Culverhouse from Bordon fifth.
Bill Edwards has kindly put together this report for section B with first place being won by K & C Cleife of Portsmouth with a Gaby Vandenabeele hen purchased from Roel Gossen in the Netherlands.
She flew well as a young bird and was 2nd Honiton earlier this year with the Premier 100 club. She went to the first NFC race and took a couple of days to come home but recovered well and came up trumps this time. In second place and no stranger to the prize list is the loft of Mr & Mrs Mark Gower from Fordingbridge in the New Forrest.
Mark timed a hen flown on roundabout, from a son of “Man-o-Chester” (Premier Stud) when paired to a granddaughter of Jan Hooyman’s “James Bond” via John Crehan. She has always been a consistent racer and as a young bird came to win the club twice but was beaten on the trap. She has had two races from the West this year and a two week rest before Sennen Cove although one of those was forced because she nighted out after a Gosshawk attack. “Congratulations to Daniel Hocking and all the Section winners. What a terrible day for racing, I was lucky enough to get 8 from my 10 on the night, with my best hen reported in Devon and the last one home a few days later, flown out.” Third was the partnership of Tony Cottrell, Richmond & Rogers from Bournemouth.
Tony timed a Blue cock named “Zeb” that came into him as a youngster which had been entered into the Pottery’s OLR by Slim Timmis. Tony did suggest that that Slim had him back because he was a cracking youngster but as all the boxes were taken being after the young bird season, Slim told Tony to keep him. “Zeb” has been a consistent racer for Tony being high up in the CSCFC, BBC and NFC, winning over £500, before this 3rd Section Sennon Cove. Tony showed him a little kindness and he has repaid him well, he hopes that after the disastrous racing experienced this weekend by fanciers all over the country that the lost birds will also be shown a little kindness because they are not all rubbish, like he did to “Zeb”. He is bred from a line bred stock cock off “Sky Way Jet” and “Sky Way Express”, both Midland National winners, and a Dutch hen bought for stock. Zeb was sent calling two hens with both making a fuss of him. Tony says half his cock’s team are missing but a yearling cock that was his first timer from BBC Truro has just returned. Tony sends congratulations to all the section winners and hopes that with 11 out of 19, we all get some more home or it is back to the drawing board. Fourth and Fifth is the ever consistent Jason Ross of Portsmouth.
Jason would like to congratulate all the winners on what turned out to be a hard day and said, “I decided to send a large team of 30 to this race, which is the most I have ever sent to a National. This turned out to be a big mistake as I am still 13 missing. My 4th section is the same Vandenabeele hen which was 3rd Section from the first Sennon Cove and raced on roundabout and the 5th section is also a Vandenabeele roundabout hen”
In Section C Mr & Mrs.Hodges from Templecombe were first and third with a cheq cock bred from stock on loan to them by good friend John Gerard.
At the start of the season all pigeons where trained and raced on the East route and of the ten yearling cocks they started with, they had lost three and had seven hawked around the loft so after several weeks rest they decided to switch to the west route, sent six to the race and got all home. They would like to congratulate Daniel Hocking and all the section winners. Second and fifth section was Neville and Diana Spracklen who help me with the section report every race.
They clocked a two year old blue cock raced on widowhood which is Mark Gilbert x Roger Lowe and has been a steady pigeon having also won 1st Club 5th fed from Truro. They had 22 on the day from what was a very tough days flying and would like to congratulate Daniel Hocking on winning the National and all the other winners. Rounding up the report, the ever consistent Mike Staddon in Crewkerne was forth section.
First in section D was Wayne Wright from Honiton, Devon who timed a Frans Zwols bred by his good friends Mark and Sarah Beavis from Kingsteignton.
His hen was not raced as a youngster and at the previous Sennen Cove National race, she did not drop in until 7.50p.m that evening, so she had learned a lot from that first race. His returns for this race were good and I had 3 out of the 4 pigeons home and his pigeons are flown on the roundabout system with which he obtains better results from the hens by working this way. He said “Although I was aware this was a tough race, I was more than happy to see my blue hen drop in and I would like to thank all the NFC workers and race controllers for all their hard work.” Second and third were Smith & Percival in Barnstable with another good section result having been fifth in the previous race. Fourth was Mr & Mrs M.P. Sherborne who timed a yearling hen raced on roundabout which is predominately based on their Spangle family and was having her first race of the season after a few 30 mile training tosses from this new direction.
In fifth position was Marcus Blackmore who would like to thank everyone at the NFC for the work they do.
He would also like to say a big thank you to Wayne Wright from Exeter and Adrian Leech from Hebdon Bridge for giving him the parents of his yearling and also for the kind advice they have given me since he re-entered the sport 3 years ago. His returns were not too bad as he had one of the two sent to Sennen Cove.
Having another brilliant race in section E was Mark Gilbert who was first, second, third and fifth.
His first pigeon was a cock sired by a son of Olimpic Hans of Leo Hermans with his mother being a daughter of Kittle, 1st ace pigeon of Belgium. The second is from Nigel Langstaff bred from a son of Spartacus, 1st NFC Messac and the mother is a daughter of Rolex 1st and 14th NFC Saines. The third is a grizzle hen bred from a grizzle cock via Vermeerbergen Invisible Wonder 2nd Nat Ace Pigeon of Belgium and her mother is a grandchild of Kittle. The fourth pigeon is a hen from a grandson of Pitbull and the mother a granddaughter of Kittel. Splitting him for the first five again was the Chitty Brothers in Kings Langley they timed a blue cock bred by themselves from their remaining Koopman pair which had won over the water as a yearling and had a few Combine positions. Raced on widowhood this five year old has always been in their early arrivals.
Winning section F and having his second ever NFC race after beginning in the sport in 2017 is JJ Schoeman in Andover.
In his first race he was second and third section which he has followed up with first, third and fourth from Sennen Cove 2. JJ said that firstly he would like to congratulate the NFC winner on a magnificent fast pigeon on a very difficult day and all the section winners. His first bird a Heremans Cuester bred from his own stock loft which houses 14 top quality pairs and his third adn fourth birds are both from their J.A.V syndicate Co breeding blood Hereman Cuesters x Mix from Vincent McConnell and Anton Ashore.
He would like to thank Chris Balson for the tips and guidance over this season which has resulted in three 1st club and a 2nd club plus two 1st Fed and never being out of the top five. Second section was Mr & Mrs Webber & Son in Abingdon. They timed a three year old hen flown on roundabout which has been a consistent racer for them having won in the club and taken decent federation positions. She was bred by Roger Lowe of Caversham from which they have had birds from since 2009, with this being the latest to do well for them. She is bred down from My Little Diamond who appears three times in her pedigree, and Southfield Supreme who features twice. They plan to send her to Guernsey with the NFC for her next race. In fifth position was P Gilbert from Chilton in Oxfordshire.
Winning first Open NFC, first and fifth sect G was Daniel Hocking in Bridgwater.
The winner being bred from his 2016 2nd Open NFC Messac hen when paired to her own sire from Derek flowers “Giessen lines” and the dam being bred from premier stud is out of a full sister to better than bolt. His yearling hen “Westerly Queen” was raced on the jealousy system as was his second bird which is a cock nicknamed “lurch” as he’s a monster of a bird and a real handfull. He is bred for the job being a half brother to 2nd Open NFC Messac 2016. from a cock purchased from Derek flowers from his “Giessen lines” crossed with a granddaughter of Sagan . He was paired up to two hens at the start of the season having been allowed to rear a chick from his first hen. Second section was Steven Dickinson & Phil Newton from Locking, Weston Super Mare.
They would like to congratulate Dan on his win, “well done”. Their bird is a lambrechts which has had four races this year all from the south west route and was sent to this race flying only to the perch as he has never been paired. Third was Stuart Wilcox from Bristol who clocked his good pigeon “Buck Rogers” bred by Dutch friends Martin and Buck De Kruijf from Woerden in Holland.
This cock bird is having a top season being 5th Open NFC Sennon Cove two weeks ago and two weeks previous to that he won 1st Club 1st Bristol Fed Truro 1820b. He contains a mix of Martijn and Bucks Leo Heremans, Steve Smits and Karel Leanen lines and is flown on standard Widowhood. Up to now it has been the widowhood hens setting the pace but on this occasion the cocks showed very good form. Stuart would like to add that a few years ago he was fortunate to be asked to conduct some auctions for Peter Fox who has since become a good friend and pigeon confidant. Peter introduced Stuart to Rik and Jan Hermans and the Team at De Duif which has really helped him in so many ways, from great lines of pigeons to systems and techniques. Stuart’s current family of pigeons are based on these friends of De Duif and include Koen Minderhoud, Albert Derwa, Rik Hermans, Willem De Bruijn, Bas Verkerk, Peter Fox and Martijn and Buck De Kruijf. These new lines have been blended with the original Frans Zwols to very good effect. Stuart also timed five more within two minutes of Buck Rogers who will feature in the top 13 of the Open, these are from a blend of the fantastic fanciers named above. One other fancier Stuart would like to thank is Dick De Leeuw who he met at the Golden Duif and works for Beyers and has been of great assistance with feeding and supplements. All corns and supplements are supplied by Country Wide. “Congratulations to Daniel, Steve and Phil.” Fourth was Chris Templar also in Bristol who also had a good race being fourth, sixth and thirteenth Open.
Hubert Walker continued his great form in Section H by winning first, second, third and fifth with birds all based around Ian Stafford's, Marshall bred birds.
These have now produced four NFC section winners, an NRCC first section Perth and a second section NRCC Lerwick winner. All of his team are currently raced on the 'roundabout' system and Hubert would like to thank his friend Paul Coulby, himself a former pigeon fancier, for supporting them on every race day during every race season. In fourth place was G Pugsley of Spalding who timed a three year old dark chequer hen of Southwell Breeding. She was previously 6th sect BICC Bordeaux 546mls last year and her sire is a direct son of Jimmy Shepherds " Noble Lad". A sister has flown Tarbes 661 miles four times and her Dam is a direct daughter of John Halsteads "Cassius" so her breeding is full of stayers. He enjoys NFC racing but finds it very difficult when there is a fresh North East wind as they get very little help over his side of the country. Following up in sixth section was Ron & Angie Auker who timed a two year old cock with the sire being bred by L&K Buddle and the dam was from Padfields stock via a hen given to Padfields by Wim Muller.
He had flown two channel races in 2020 but had only flown one club race of 180 miles this season and was sent sitting just over 1 week after having a training toss of 30 miles 2 days before basketing. Their pigeons have an open loft all day, only being in the loft whilst the youngsters are out and are fed Top Flight mixtures with added beans.
Mark Williamson is having a great season with the NFC in Section I, having his second win of the year with a four year old Cheq hen, which has been a very good racer over the years, with several good federation turns and a 2nd Section MNFC.
She is the same way bred as the Sennen Cove 1 section winner, being again from “The Butlers Son” and “Chequer Vivian”. In second place was Leon Prince with a yearling hen raced on roundabout and had a few prizes this season. Her father was bred by R & B Smith and the mother is granddaughter of his pied Rene Nauwelaert cock. Third was Gavin Duggan in Chipping Campden with Guy Barrett in Shipston on Stour fourth who was having his first “crack” at NFC racing.
His bird is bred from gifts via a Daniel Arrans cock from John Hambridge and a hen from Rob Glover. In fifth place was John Hambidge in Chipping Norton with a blue cock from birds bred by Robert Rome, raced on the roundabout system with its mother being 5th sect in 2019 from Fougeres.
Winning first and fourth in section J was the new Committee Member of the NFC Aurel Voiculescu racing as Team Aurel, they timed a three year old hen called “Bo” which is named after the child of his best friend which was born 10 weeks prematurely.
Bo has been performing excellent this season having already been 2nd Shropshire Federation from Frome. A very keen and consistent hen, bred from his old bloodlines and raced on the roundabout system. His friend’s child, little Bo, is still in hospital and developing well being double in weight since our federation race from Frome. “We just want him to come home very soon to Mummy and Daddy.” The fourth section bird is a beautiful hen “Isabella” which had completed all last year races with Shropshire Federation and she has been to all inland races this year.
No special performances, but hopefully she will be in the mix for the longer races. Second was Mr & Mrs Nigel Shaw from Crewe with a blue cock bred by Shaun Mc Donough.
He has been very consistent having recently won the club against 243b. In this race they only entered two and timed them both. In third place was Craig Gough from Betton Strange in Shrewsbury. He timed a two year old roundabout cock which was his second bird home from the first Sennen Cove race. He had seven of his twelve home on the day and would like to congratulate Team Aurel and all the other section winners.
Kevin Heeley kindly compiled the report for section K with R & M Roebusk in first place with a yearling cheq pied hen which was raced on the natural system and been out to 300 miles as a young bird.
She came to win prizes as a young bird but she is a character pigeon and just does what she wants, entering the loft when she wants. She is bred from a pair of pigeons which Son (Steven) bought as a present for his Dad from Mr Frank Sheader of Scarborough. The cock is a Louis Thijs and the hen is a Flor van Lock which have bred numerous good pigeons, but mainly hens. This year for the first time they put six pairs on the roundabout system, including this hen which lasted three weeks as the fancier could not adhere to the system, so they were paired up. The chequer paid hen proved to be barren so pot eggs had to be used which did not improve her trapping so they gave her the name "The Monkey". The week before Sennen Cove she went to the Fed race from Eastbourne (210 miles) and came to win a good position but did her usual trick of not going in, so Sennen Cove she was bound, after being given a day-old chick on the Tuesday before the race. There was no monkeying about from Sennen Cove, she went straight in! “Many thanks to all the Officials for marking the best possible racing with the situation. The excellent marking Officials at Sheffield and all the people who contacted us with congratulations.” Second was Dave Hubery with a cock which had won second section as a yearling and was 25th sect in the first Sennen Cove. He is the son of a good hen that has won two firsts and many prizes, a Van Coppen bred by Wayne Ellis out of Alwyn Paddy stock. The sire won prizes at Club and is a Busschaert. In third palce was J & J Greenfield with a three year old Denis Sapin Soontjen which is half sister to 1st Sect K 4th Open Messac. As a young bird, she was 5th Carentan and since then she has been 1st Carentan, 1st Kettering, 2nd Newbury, 2nd Buckingham, plus other cards and has been a very consistent pigeon for John. In fourth place was Castello, Family & Leach with a fine-looking blue cock raced on the roundabout system. The sire is bred from theirvery consistent Gyselbrecht family and these bloodlines have won many prizes over the years and have always excelled when the going gets a bit sticky. The dam was bred by their partner, Adrian Leach, and she is a direct daughter of his best breeders "The Syndicate Cock" when he was paired to "Blue Magic" a direct daughter of Wall, Lunt and Green's "Miss Magic". The best of Johns paired to the best of Adrian's. In fifth place was Hall & Hibbert with a blue hen is bred out of an Eric Higginbottom Euro Diamond line and the dam is a Billy Foulstone Malinda line.
In section L Campbell Bros & Son from Meling Park Liverpool won first and second with two yearling hens which arrived together and wasted no time in trapping.
They were both raced on widowhood having been shown the cocks before basketing. They sent six to the race adn clocked five on the day with the first oneeinning the Eccles 2 Bird Nomination Club. Her sire is direct Xavier Verstraete (Belgium) Son “Big Star” and being a inbred Double grandson of “Topstar” he has bred winners including 2nd section National x “Krommen Hen” she is Dam of Combine winners, Bird of years and Gold ring winners and was bred by Gerry Clements. The dam is “Hercules Hen” a Willy Thas x Marcel Aelbrecht also bred by Gerry Clements and has bred 3 x individual Amal winners all against approx. 4000 birds when paired with different cocks she’s also Dam of Liverpool Amal bird of year and bred a lot of other winners. Their second bird is direct Chris Hebberecht “Blue Hebberecht” lines of Ike, Jempy, Pancho Jelle, Gentlemen all bred by Chris in 2014 with the dam a direct Xavier Verstaete being a daughter of “Toppi” son of “Topstar”. Third was Derek Hogg from Preston and forth J Wood & Son in Oldham with a two year old blue cock bred from a gifted bird from J & S Ward paired to a pigeon bought from Chris Gordon’s sale at Blackpool, so would like to thank these two for the birds, it feels good to have 3 birds in the top 10 of the section on an hard race. The second bird is a three year old Jos Thone pigeon and the third bird was two year old cock bred from a bird called the 80 hen which was bird of the year in the Lancashire Combine 2017. They would like to thank everyone for the messages and comments it means a lot.
Fifth was A. Jones & Son, from Hesketh Bank in Preston.
In Section N Kevin McFarlane of Boldon Colliery won 1st & 2nd Section N from Sennen Cove with a yearling cock flown on roundabout.
It’s sire was from Dave Stone’s Gus Janssen family, it’s dam is through Louella Engels family full of distance prize winners.Kevin’s 2nd bird is from a Louella Engels cock & a Tommy Laskie hen also flown on roundabout. 3rd section N was the well established loft of Dave McSween & Jim Sexton of Sunderland.
Their 2yo roundabout cock is from their No1 stock cock of their old Bourges family x with a Nick Adshead hen, sister of Patience & is half brother to their 2020 1st section N youngbird winner. Tony Lyons of Eston, Middlesbrough continued his winning ways winning 4th & 5th Section with a 2yo Vandenabeele cock which was 6th section two weeks earlier from the first NFC race from Sennen Cove.
His 2nd bird won 3rd section again from Sennen Cove 1 & is of Denney lines, a gift bird bred back from a hen Tony gave Lawie & Ransome of Dormanstown.
First Section P was Andrew Cousins from Bishops Stortford who had three birds in the section top ten on what proved a tricky race in to this part of the country.
This was very much in line with losses incurred all over the country from just about every organisation racing on that day. By coincidence Kevin Foster reported a pigeon on the Sunday and it was Andrew who answered the phone explaining it was one from the NFC race. So, initiating this report was made easy by getting the necessary details and here’s what Andy had to say about the race. “My first pigeon is a two year old Dk Cheq hen which won in 2020 6th Sect 44th Open NFC Fourgeres 9,500b, 13th Sect 138th Open NFC Nort-Sur-Erdre 5,600b and in 2021, 689th Open 38th Sect NFC Senan Cove (1) 5,600b,
1st Sect 315th Open NFC Senan Cove (2) 3,400b. Her sire is a Kees Bosua from the clearance sale of Crammond and Langstaff old stock cock Planchetta Cock which has bred Fed open section winners for Nigel and Ian and the dam is also Kees Boshua Via Crammond and Langstaff. The fifth section is a chequer white flight cock bred by old friend John Smale of Abergavenny who I would like to thank for breeding the parents. He is also a grandson of Johns “Freddy” when paired to a daughter of the Etterback cock who won 4th international St Vincent for John 14 1/2 hrs on the wing against 10,000 plus birds. In 2021 he has won 5th Thames North Yeovil 2,781b, 493rd Open 40th ES BICC Truro 5,345b, 436th Open 24th sect NFC Senan Cove (1), 5th sect 633rd Open NFC Senan Cove (2). His sire is a grandson of De Cas and the dam is a granddaughter of the Etterback cock“. Colin Fagg and Linda Nicholas from Sittingbourne were second section which follows on from their first section win in the previous race. They have shown consistent form at the highest level being second sect BICC in the last four weeks. Their hen was a Lindelauf, purchased by son Adam on a visit just before lockdown 2020. She was their first bird in the BICC last week and was also the first bird in the Reeds Gold Ring race from Yelverton last year so hopefully if we get channel racing again she might be a decent candidate. Jim & Pat Connelly timed a black cock for third section which was bred from a Station sire paired to a Gilbert/Legend hen which was raced on their own roundabout system. Their second bird in fourth place was a yearling hen of Batenburg lines with their third bird bred by Andy Gibson.
Unfortunately Section Q did not compete from Sennen Cove again but as Guernsey becomes available, they will be able to enjoy their NFC racing once again.
In section W J. I & C Milward took the top spot in Buckley, Flintshire. Charlie said they were extremely pleased with their result on a difficult day and only their third attempt at NFC racing.
After having much success racing with the Wrexham federation, being Premier Prize winners every year since 2016, they decided to buy some new pigeons and try to race the nationals. It has taken a lot of patience along with a lot of losses, that is for sure. Their red hen arrived from the West at 11:24:02. She was definitely the fancy pigeon out of the eight sent. He was looking at the provisional results and thought it would be around 11:40 to 12pm when they would start to turn up. She looked very well as she always does. Previously this hen has been 8th federation Messac, 373 miles and 17th Section NFC Messac in 2020, along with other prizes on the inland and top 100 section results in the MNFC. The sire is a red cock, "GB13X08917", bred by Pete & Terri Rodgers. He is a son of "White Lightning", who is grandson of Red Barcelona and Full Try, breeding many prize winners. The dam is "NEHU12TR0284", a hen purchased from Mark Webster. She is a Jan Aarden/Van Geel bred by Davies & Son. GGsire is Champion "Beatrix", 1st National St Vincent 55,377 pigeons, 2nd national Dax. They would like to congratulate the winner of the National, Mr Hocking. Second was Stuart Treharne of G Treharne & Son in Nantyglo, Gwent. He timed a hen which is a granddaughter of Gareths Surprise 1st Open BICC Falaise an dof Alans Lad, 1st National Saintes. His second bird, also a hen, is a granddaughter of Alan’s lad and of their number one Van Loon cock “son of Kain”, both hens were raced on the roundabout system , a big congratulations to Dan Hocking on winning the race. Third and fourth section was Mark Sparey in Abertillery.
On then to Guernsey and finally a water race where all sections of the National Flying Club can compete against the whole nation. In an ever changing and difficult situation a lot of valuable free time has been given without question by those who take on the responsibilities of running our club, it is not an easy task, and all of the team should feel proud of their continued efforts to get us racing from the continent as soon as possible.