Well what can I say but it seems our amazing season has just got even better. I still don’t think what unfolded last night has even sunk in.
Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I want to win Barcelona in the UK and how I have always said with the right conditions, right preparation and more importantly the right pigeons we could get a day pigeon on the clock.
Well last night we made history at Southfield managing to clock the very first pigeon on the day from Barcelona. They were liberated at 6am and after flying 698 miles in 15 hours and 51 minutes we managed to win 1st National and 6th International from 16,561 birds.
‘Southfield History’ as she is now called was paired up earlier in the season and sent on a 5 day baby and she pulled out all the stops to get home to that baby. We decided to have a go at the Internationals on Natural only this year and it has really paid off as we were also 1st National, 6th International from Pau.
Even though she is only 2 years old she does have previous form. Last year she flew the National Flying club Pau race and after flying 570 miles in just over 15 and 1/2 hours scored 10th section, 33rd National. Incidentally in the same race her nest mate scored 4th section, 19th Open. Not bad for a pair of yearlings.
Her Father is Son Naomi of Cor de Heijde 6th Int. Barcelona and her Mother won 17th Int. Barcelona for Twan Bongers so the apple didn’t fall far from those trees.
I would just like to say thanks so much for all the messages I really do appreciate them but there are so many I would be here for days trying to answer them all.
Well another seasons Grand National has come and gone and it turned out to be a tricky one to navigate this year. After a 1.30pm liberation on Friday it was difficult to gauge when they would arrive the following day with rain forecast in diff places en route and strong west winds through France, especially in the channel at the home end. Needless to say we were very happy to finally clock at 1.30pm after 16 hours and 34minutes flying 570 miles for provisional 1st Section E, 3rd National. Our first pigeon was a yearling chequer cock sitting overdue eggs when he left and was roaring in his box once he got back in the loft. He will definitely be a future Barcelona candidate, especially knowing what bloodlines he carries.
He is bred from a son of ‘Southfield Hugo’ 1st National Barcelona 2018, 1st National Perpignan 2017 when paired to ‘Miss New Laureaat’ 1st National Agen yearlings 2018 for Ad Fortuin.
His mother is a sister to ‘Southfield Gold Lady’ 1st National BBC Barcelona, 1st National BICC Barcelona 2020, 1st Section, 5th Open Marseille 2019.
She is out of ‘Golden Barcelona’ the 2014 Gold Wing Winner.