The birds we house today are from two sources. The first being based on the line of the super Olympic hen, the Paula 5000. (B-84-6453406) from the late Remi de Mey. She was entered in 71 races and won 56 prizes, among them 13 firsts. She represented Belgium in 2 Olympiads which means that she raced super for 4 years.In those days racers at Olympiads were graded. At the Olympiad in Dortmund.
The ‘connoisseurs’ gave her the least points of all birds that were there. Imagine that, the best pigeon of the world was considered to only have poor physical qualities and understandably the pigeon magazines had stuff to write about. Today most hens are finished when they are 2 years old but ‘Paula’ became better the older she got.
13 x 1st prize and 66 prizes and 56 in the top 10%
1984 7th National Ace Pigeon KBDB
1985 9th National Ace Pigeon KBDB
1986 15 Prizes
1987 3rd National Ace pigeon and Olympiade Pigeon Belgium Dortmund
1988 1st National Ace Pigeon KBDB
1989 1st Olympic Pigeon Katowice
Rest assured she was a super, super pigeon and if she were around today what price could be put on such a pigeon. I suppose if she were racing in todays world of super priced pigeons we would never have found out how good she really was, as after her first title or first Olymic title she would have been scooped up and off to Asia.
Now when I write a pedigree the Paula is only referenced in name and to get to her I would probably fall off my table but her unmistakable colouring and winning genes are without doubt more than present in our winning birds. Just look at Jackie our 2013 winner from the North Road Championship Club Young bird Berwick race.
Our source for these remarkable birds was my friend Lucien Geerts from Messelbroek in Belgium.
I first visited Lucien in 2006 I knew then I what these birds were capable of and now some ten years later we are still winning at open level with them.
My second family are based on the Leo Hermans bloodline. These were purchased from Louis Thijs . This was in 2010 and we had to send rings over as the RPRA did not approve the plastic ring being used in Belgium. We purchased forty and these were split between friends and yes we all won with them, in 2011 I fetched a full team and put them on the road, they won as youngsters, topped the federation as yearlings anywhere ever we put them they won. Indeed our only entry into the 2013 Old Hens Berwick race was one of these direct pigeons and proof of the quality was on the result, a single entry and she won 1st Open NRCC, in fact she dropped with our youngsters from the race and I think is the only hen that has equalled the leading young birds velocity.
These two lines have equally raced exceptionly well as they have when put together and what we now have is an excellent fast maturing family of pigeons that have dominated young bird racing in the North Road Championship like no other, as old bird they continue to win and have proved themselves in the sprint middle distance races.
In 2013 we finished 1st, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8,10, 11, 12, 1626 pigeons and also won the old hens with a single entry.
Here is what George Wheatman the NRCC press officer had to say about the result;
'The 60th young bird national organised by the North Road Championship Club delivered what could turn out to be the most stunning result in this famous club’s 102-year history. Provisional results, based on first-bird telephone verifications, show that the winners are Ray Knight and Sons, of Old Leake, in Lincolnshire, but what these don’t reveal is that this family partnership had eleven birds close together and could dominate the final result in a manner never known before. Something like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12, perhaps, with Boston and District FC clubmates, Brian and Angie Garnham spoiling the 1-11 cleansweep by popping in at number nine. This will not be known for sure until the final result is published.
And that is not the end of the Knights’ fabulous Saturday. It is also possible that they will win the old hens race, squeezing in front of the Skegness partnership of Bartle, Harrison and French, the verification leaders, by a whisker. And, wait for it . . . the Knights entered only one bird in this race!'
In 2014; 2,nd 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,1 0,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 Open 1800 pigeons and this year in 2015 we won the race again finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd Open. You can read George Wheatmans report here