We had a very interesting race today. I expected that it would be a challenging day for such a small number of pigeons. What a surprise when one bird came all alone 49 minutes ahead of the next one. Congradulations to Steve Cappellini Jr. of Massachusetts for breeding a very special bird. It never ceases to amaze me what these birds are capable of doing. We had a good crowd here to watch the race. Everyone seemed to have a great time . We had some great eats and enjoyed some great conversations.When all was said and done we got 70% of the birds sent to the race home.
I will mail out the checks as soon as I get the W-9's back. I hope you all enjoyed the Grand Canyon Classic for 2023. We will start taking in birds as of February 1st.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good Morning All,
I sent the birds last night to our 350 mile station in Richfield,Utah. My hauler called very early this morning to let me know that the winds were howling on their nose from the south.This would make a tough race almost impossible for our birds.I told him to head back and watch for a more suitable spot to release.
He called me back from a small town called Circleville,Utah. We released the birds there into a South wind @ 4 MPH, Clear sky's, 30 degrees. Still a head wind but much more doable for the birds. Hopefully this will give them a better chance for success.
Good Luck to all,
As of right now it will be a go for our Final Race on Sunday,Dec. 3rd. The 350 mile race from Richfield,Utah.
The 275 mile race last weekend got a little tough as the birds hit head winds shortly after crossing the Grand Canyon. Only 5 birds came on the day with 5 more coming home the 2nd day. Congrats to Scott McAllister for having a bird 1 hour before the 2nd bird.
The big test will be this weekend. Good Luck to all.
Due to excessive head winds going over the Grand Canyon on the 23rd, we will now fly on Saturday the 25th. This will give the birds their best chance for success. I have raced over the Canyon many times and have very good results by just knowing what works and what don't. Head winds over the hole just won't give them a fighting chance.
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving,
Good day to All,
Due to really bad weather we are changing the race date to Nov. 23rd. This appears to be the best day for the birds. Saturday was a really bad day with rain and nasty winds. Sunday was even worse with about 140 miles of snow coming down in the mountains then they would of hit a 16 mile an hour wind going over the Grand Canyon. This is not my idea of a good time for our birds. I firmly believe in giving our birds the best chance of success. Hopefully this can happen over Thanksgiving. We will be keeping our fingers crossed.
This will give us a very good shot at getting the 350 off on time.
Good Luck to us all.
We have rain moving in tonight and tomorrow so we will be shipping the birds to Hatch,Utah for a 275 mile race on Saturday night for a Sunday Release. The birds had a short toss on Wednesday to keep them sharp. They came in one group but some chose to play house a little on arrival. They are on the double widowhood system and this is expected.
Good Luck to All on Sunday,
Good Day All,
We are again being hit with record breaking heat for this time of year. Every instinct in my body is telling me to wait one more week before going over this huge hole in the ground called the Grand Canyon. I will take the birds to the South rim on Saturday for another 160 mile race. Next week we will run the Hatch,Utah race of 275 miles. On November 25th we will resume the schedule from 125 miles before finishing with the 350 mile Finale.
I am doing what I think is best for the birds.
I just got back into town after hauling our birds to the Grand Canyon. It was a great morning for a race. There might of been a very slight North wind at release, but nothing worth talking about. I saw very little wind all the way home except for a little bit of North wind about 5 mph about 60 miles out.
These birds are really shaping up in the last week. All the birds were home in pretty good time.
This was our activation race. I will be having a discussion with all the breeders who have birds left. It has been a really tough year for many O.L.R. around the U.S. and I have not been the exception. We are going to try to come up with plan for paying out the race that makes sense. I am going to the A.G.N. race over the week end. I will start making calls when I get home on Monday.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
I have no idea as to what is going on with Win Companion . It clocked race #2 from Valle,Az. with not much of a problem. By this I mean that all 15 birds came home. The last 2 were left off the report. We are trying to resolve that problem. They did clock but were not showing up on the report. I just went on 5 min. ago and now nothing is showing on the Valle report.I'm sure we can get it back.
The birds went on a short 25 mile toss this morning and came great. We couldn't show the toss because of the problems with the system. We are working to resolve the problems. I will continue to keep these birds ready.
If all goes as planned they will be headed to the Grand Canyon for a Friday Release.
I got back from hauling the birds about a half hour ago. These birds had all directions of winds to deal with on the way home. They had a brisk East wind at release. They also hit spots with North winds, Northwest winds in spots, North East winds as they got closer to home. They did a great job being such a small group of birds. I believe that there are 2 birds still out, but I expect them home soon. It's a small group but they are very well trained. I handle every bird in the loft every day and I am aware of every birds condition. I am going to haul these birds to the Grand Canyon on Friday if all goes well.