When the racing season ends, you can reflect and look back to see if your ideas had gone to plan, had you produced that future new champion or had you got it very wrong. Now you have to select for the new year. Some fanciers will do this before the moult has finished − others not. In reality, you should be basing all your selection on results, so why wait until they all look like oil paintings again. Surely, you should be looking to next year. In Belgium, many fanciers who play with young pigeons practice winter breeding.